Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

Fieldtrip to the Devil's Punchbowl © TD Holt-Wilson

Fieldtrip to the Devil's Punchbowl © TD Holt-Wilson

Brecks Earth Heritage Trail

The Brecks Earth Heritage Trails introduces visitors, students and local people to the little known wealth of Earth Heritage features in the Brecks through a multi-faceted interpretation project. 18 publicly accessible sites of interest within the BNG project area were selected for their geology, landforms and links with early human settlement.

There are no physical installations on the ground, and each site may be visited in any order to allow for flexibility. Features on the trail include flint mining sites such as Grimes Graves, the Devil’s Punchbowl- a crater-like fluctuating mere, Lynford Water, where remains of at least 11 woolly mammoths were discovered in 2002 and Botany Bay, a disused brick pit in Thetford Forest where Palaeolithic hand axes and scrapers have been found, dating back as far as 400,000 years.

Users can access the trail via several different means, encouraging all ages to explore geodiversity in the Brecks. An interactive app for iOS and Android was developed by Ugly Studios, guiding users to the point of interest via GPS, on specially drawn maps of the local area. Once arrived at the site, users can then use the App to access information about the site and surrounding area. An accompanying website, featuring further in-depth information about each site and it’s history is hosted on this website. 

 

 

 A 47page illustrated book accompanies the website for those who lack access to the internet or those cannot obtain a strong enough signal and an A3 tri-fold leaflet, it promotes the trail has been distributed to all local TICs, libraries and museums.

A launch event was held in June 2017, with an introductory talk by project lead, Tim Holt-Wilson, followed by a tour across Brandon Park to see some geological points of interest and demonstrate the App.

Go to: The Brecks Earth Heritage Trail Website for more information. Or download the book

 

Legacy

 

  • App to be maintained for at least 5 years into the future.
  • Libraries stock copies of the book.
  • Increased awareness of geological features among local population.
  • Digital presence of the trail ensures that no physical maintenance is needed to prolong the life of the trail

It was fascinating to discover the hidden geological history of the Brecks, the trail revealed so much I didn't know and encouraged me to visit new places

Trail User

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Lackford Lakes SMT Panel © TD Holt-Wilson
Brecks Earth Heritage Trail
Brecks Earth Heritage Trail
Brecks Earth Heritage Trail
Brecks Earth Heritage Trail
Brecks Earth Heritage Trail