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SERVICES OUR SERVICES We are an experienced self-guided tour creation company, specialising in developing app based interactive interpretive experiences for use on smartphones and tablets. Our solutions work in widest possible range of environments including: museums, outdoor attractions, towns, historic homes, heritage sites and the countryside. Designed to meet the changing demands of the rapidly growing digital savvy visitor market segment our solutions deliver rich, emersive, multi-layered experiences. We aren’t app developers, instead we offer a shared platform solution, leveraging what was previously an elusive promise of technology convergence into a game-changing reality, creating an unprecedented opportunity to realise your key aims and objectives. Our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), shared platform approach delivers multi-media, app based solutions for significantly less than the cost of developing, managing and maintaining a bespoke app and hardware offering. Get in touch at info@handheldtours.co.uk to find out more, in the meantime download our app and see some of our work in action! TOWN WALKS Tourism is the fifth largest industry in the UK but the protracted economic downturn has had a significant effect on tourism and leisure spending with value for money habits adopted in the recession continuing for some time. Changing lifestyle trends coupled with the information explosion is driving visitor expectations ever higher, with easy to access/use, interpreted and curated experiences high on a destinations desirability list. Don’t have a town walk? We can develop one for deployment on our app platform (Apple & Android), encouraging visitors to explore your town’s history, engage with its heritage and discover interesting places to shop and eat. Already have a town walk? Our approach...
HS2: A danger to the greenbelt?

HS2: A danger to the greenbelt?

The government’s planned High Speed 2 rail line has garnered a lot of criticism from groups across the political spectrum for a variety of reasons. It is a rail line initially planned to link only two British cities, and one that will result in the destruction of up to 50 ancient woodlands (a problem worth its own post). HS2, as the Department for Transport’s website argues: “will fundamentally improve rail infrastructure in this country, breaking with twentieth century railway thinking and practices.” However, with many groups arguing that it will be an expensive waste of money and permanently damage the green belt, many habitats, woods and forest, it’s worth analysing whether it will change our experience of the countryside forever. Positive environmental effects? On the HS2 website, there is a page entitled ‘Positive Environmental Effects’. Within it, they argue that HS2 will be positive for the environment as a whole, as it “will see millions of air and road trips move to rail, reducing carbon emissions and congestion, and the space it will create for freight will move hundreds of HGVs per hour off the roads.” On the surface, then, it appears that HS2 will have a positive impact on the environment, at least in terms of emissions. However, environmental groups have been sceptical, with a government environmental audit committee concluding that “at best, the [emissions] savings are likely to be relatively small”. Furthermore, the government is yet to take into account the impact HS2 will have on our landscape and countryside. Their plan to offset the resultant losses in biodiversity that will be caused by the destruction of...
Navigating British farmland

Navigating British farmland

The British countryside is neither daunting nor dangerous, and little is required by way of equipment in order to enjoy it! You’ll be pleased to hear that the preparation you actually need to put into venturing out into the countryside is quite minimal. In terms of vital items, if you have a decent pair of walking shoes, a waterproof of some description and a water bottle, you are more or less set. Technology can even take the pain out of navigating, particularly if you’re on one of our tours where you can let your smartphone or tablet take the strain (in which case you may want to invest in a battery life solution, as discussed in a previous blog post). It’s therefore easier than ever to physically and materially prepare for your walk through the countryside. However, the British countryside is as diverse as it is scenic. Chances are, you will be passing through villages, woodland, and privately-owned farmland on any walk through the countryside. There are some general rules that are worth familiarising yourself with to ensure your own enjoyment and safety, as well as the happiness of any local landowners, habitats, or animals. The countryside is for everyone to enjoy, which means we all need to play our part in preserving it. The Countryside Code The Countryside Code was established in 2004 to replace the older Country Code. It focuses on three key mantras: ‘Respect. Protect. Enjoy.’ It’s rather self-explanatory, involving ways of respecting other people who live and travel in the countryside, the ways you can protect environments in which you are a visitor, and ways...
Maximising your touring experience: finding the right battery life solution

Maximising your touring experience: finding the right battery life solution

We believe that our app offers the ultimate touring experience by combining the old with the new. We are, however, aware that it is ultimately limited by the capabilities of contemporary hardware; specifically, battery life. The typical smartphone battery will last around 4-5 hours with continuous GPS use, which is generally enough for our walking tours, though you could be cutting it fine. Whilst technology is improving quickly all the time and new, better smartphones are released year after year, it may be the case that a bit of battery life management is required over the course of a walk. This can be done in a number of ways through the phone software itself: you can lower your screen brightness, for example, or maybe close background apps you aren’t using. There might even be a ‘battery saving’ mode available on your phone. However, there are other ways to maximise battery life – inexpensive portable charging equipment, for example, of which there are a number of types. The general principle is that they remain a mobile, unused battery source that a phone low on power can draw charge from if necessary. They can therefore at least double your phone’s battery life, and offer a perfect, easy solution to the issue of ‘power-range’. Choosing a portable charger There are a few important things to look out for when choosing a portable charging solution. Firstly, you want to be sure that a portable charger has the same power capacity as your phone, if not more. The reason for this is that you ideally should be able to get an extra ‘full charge’...

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WEATHER TEST   WEATHER PLUGINS   IN TEXT AREA   SEARCH WATERWAY WALKS - Miles -510152550100 All Walk Types Town Walks Historic Home Walks Countryside Walks Waterway Walks County Hertfordshire Buckinghamshire Oxfordshire London Surrey Hampshire Greater Manchester Walk Distance 1-2 miles 2-4 miles 4-6 miles 6-8 miles Search Showing 5 out of 5 results 5 per page10 per page15 per page25 per page Little Marlow Water and Woods Walks Walk Distance: 2-4 miles, 4-6 milesDuration: 1-2 hours, 2-4 hoursCalories: 500-1000Location: BuckinghamshireDifficulty: MediumAmenity: Dogs Allowed, Parking, Pubs, Tearooms, Toilets, VillageTerrain: Flat, WoodlandRoute Type: Countryside Walks, Waterway Walks Views of the Thames Walk Distance: 2-4 miles, 4-6 milesDuration: 1-2 hours, 2-4 hoursCalories: 500-1000Location: OxfordshireDifficulty: MediumAmenity: Dogs Allowed, Free Attractions, Monuments, Parking, Pubs, Tearooms, Toilets, VillageRoute Type: Countryside Walks, Waterway Walks River Wey Walk Walk Distance: 4-6 milesDuration: 2-4 hoursCalories: 500-1000Location: SurreyAmenity: City, Dogs Allowed, Monuments, Paid Attractions, Parking, Pubs, VillageRoute Type: Countryside Walks, Waterway Walks Kew to Putney Bridge Tour – Planning Walk Distance: 4-6 milesDuration: 2-4 hoursCalories: 1000-1500Location: LondonRoute Type: Waterway Walks Dorchester Roman Tour – Coming Soon Walk Distance: 4-6 milesDuration: 2-4 hoursCalories: 1000-1500Location: OxfordshireDifficulty: EasyAmenity: Dogs Allowed, Free Attractions, Paid Attractions, Parking, Pubs, Toilets, TownRoute Type: Countryside Walks, Waterway Walks 5 per page10 per page15 per page25 per page   Wunderground...

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