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Norfolk trails celebrated with design inspired by iconic London tube map

PUBLISHED: 15:34 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:31 04 January 2018

The Norfolk Trails tube style map. Image: Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk Trails tube style map. Image: Norfolk County Council

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A team at Norfolk County Council (NCC) have come up with an innovative way to encourage the region’s residents to get out and about on the network of walking trails that criss-cross the county from Hunstanton to Horsey.

The geographic map of the region's walking trails. Image: Norfolk County Council The geographic map of the region's walking trails. Image: Norfolk County Council

The Norfolk trails team has created a map of the walking network designed in the style of London’s iconic tube map.

Russell Wilson, senior trails officer at NCC, said: “What we were trying to do was just come up with a really simple way to show all the trails in Norfolk.

“The tube map is an iconic design that displays a complex web of information in a very straightforward way.

“It’s iconic and it has lasted as long as it has because it is easy to understand.”

At the launch of the new Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path maps are members of the Norfolk Trails team (from left) Andrew Middleton, Chris Brough, Russell Wilson and artist (C) Andrew Ruffhead. Picture: Ian Burt At the launch of the new Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path maps are members of the Norfolk Trails team (from left) Andrew Middleton, Chris Brough, Russell Wilson and artist (C) Andrew Ruffhead. Picture: Ian Burt

Mr Wilson added that the council hope the map will encourage people to use the trails.

He said: “It should make it really easy for people who have made it their New Year’s resolution to try out all the trails, or for people to see all the routes they’ve tried and to track down walks to different areas.

“The tube map also works brilliantly as it slightly mirrors the shape of Norfolk.”

The trails team are pleased with the positive response to the map on social media.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport group, speaks at the unveiling of the plaque marking the work to pedestrianise Westlegate and All Saints Green. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Martin Wilby, chairman of the council’s environment, development and transport group, speaks at the unveiling of the plaque marking the work to pedestrianise Westlegate and All Saints Green. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

And Mr Wilson added that so many people had been interested in buying a poster version of the map, that the trails team are looking into having some posters and mugs of the map produced.

Martin Wilby, chairman of NCC’s environment, development and transport committee, said: “Our trails team have done a great job in creating this fantastic colourful map inspired by the world famous underground map we all know so well.

“We’re proud of our gold standard 1,200 miles of Norfolk trails which see over one million visitors each year.

“The first time I saw the map I immediately took a look at the Angles Way path near where I live and it made me think of all the other places I could explore.

“The positive reaction to the map on social media makes me hope that many others will do the same thing and discover new parts of our lovely county.”

The map includes the major settlements that the trails pass directly through.

It does not include the Little Ouse Path, which has only just opened, or unofficial routes such as public footpaths or public rights of way.

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