|Published: 10th February 2011 15:31|
Walkers, cyclists, horse riders and canoeists across Cheshire can now discover the county's hidden gems following the launch of an improved version of a popular website.
The site, which can be visited at http://www.discovercheshire.co.uk/, uses interactive mapping to provide detailed information of almost 100 maintained routes and trails around the county.
Featuring improved mapping, a clearer layout and a range of new places to explore, it enables users to find a wide range of routes with just one click and print out maps and directions to take with them into the countryside.
Developed by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cheshire East Council and The Mersey Forest, DiscoverCheshire also provides information on country parks, places of interest and events.
Users can search for particular attractions, activities, pubs, restaurants and accommodation within easy travelling distance of a chosen route or destination.
The website also features a wealth of multi-media content, including image galleries allowing site visitors to preview their routes, guided tours that can be downloaded to MP3 players and video clips.
Councillor Richard Short, Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, said: "The new DiscoverCheshire website is an excellent resource for people who like to enjoy all that Cheshire's wonderful countryside has to offer.
"Whether you have a particular route in mind or are looking for some inspiration, the site is an invaluable planning tool that can be tailored to meet your individual requirements to really make the most of your day out.
"The website is a fine example of partnership working between Cheshire's two councils, with the aim of providing information in an innovative and exciting way.
"As we approach the Spring I hope both residents and visitors to Cheshire will use the site to explore the many hidden and inviting corners of our county."
As a special offer, a lucky 50 visitors to the DiscoverCheshire website will be able to claim a free lavishly illustrated calendar.
It features full colour photographs of the county's beautiful countryside, abundant wildlife and popular country parks. Full details are available on the calendar page at http://www.discovercheshire.co.uk/.