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A review of #DigitalBridgend

Really looking forward to blogging about this, it's a new app that unearths the hidden heritage of a town and county that I've become very familiar with over the last few years, well, at least I thought I was familiar with!

This app was going to teach me so much more, and take me to places that I didn't even know existed. All in all, there are 17 trails to follow all related to heritage and they are trails that you can't cheat with, you have to be there to experience it, you have to find the places of interest and you have to complete them too. Great. Will get me out and about that's for sure.

Digital Bridgend -english -final -cover

The way it works is that there are 6 'hubs' or central places which are themed in a certain way. For example, there's Bridgend and its Castles, which has two trails to follow, and this is where I'll start. Before I do though, it maybe worth pointing out how this thing works. It's a big app, and its one that's a little bit cleverer than others I've been involved with or tested before. It doesn't require a mobile reception to work, it relies on the satellite signal itself, so that's going to save me a lot of money and not frustrate me if the signal dips (and this is mountainous Wales after all!).

The app also intelligently locates each place you need to find, points you in the right direction and tells you precisely how far away the place you need to find is located. When you walk within 20m of the place, something happens - usually some commentary, sometimes a game, a quiz or a scavenger hunt (requiring you to 'mop' up points of interest in that locality - you'll see what I mean when you get there). Once you find the first one, it then tells you how to find the next one and so on.

Sheep Dip 1

So, it's big, it's clever, and has information on over 300 places to find throughout the county of Bridgend. Because of this, it works best on the most recent and latest smartphones. I'm using an iPhone 5 for this (other smartphones are available.

To begin, search for Digital Bridgend on the App Store (Apple) or on the Play Store (Android), and then download the app from there. It takes a while, but it is worth it. You may want to free some space on your phone too. It gave me an opportunity to get rid of all the apps that I no longer use, because I'm going to be using this one a lot over the next few months . Once you've downloaded it, selected one of the 6 hubs that you want to explore, it then tells you to download the information that you need. So make sure you're in a place where you can get wifi initially.

Ok. Its Bridgend and its Castles to start. Watch this digital space

A review of the new #DigitalBridgend App by Andrew Lloyd Hughes