DaffodilWay hosts a group of country walks in the ‘Golden Triangle’ area of NW Gloucestershire, UK. The area is renowned for the gold of the wild daffodils which bloom across the fields, orchards, hedgerows and verges in the month of March. The local villages of Dymock, Kempley and Oxenhall (which from the triangle) host ‘Daffodil Weekends’ in March/April, events that have drawn in excess of 10,000 visitors to walk the area. The main walk being the 10 mile loop of the Daffodil Way.
Early version of DaffodilWay
The original DaffodilWay app, released in 2012, used a landscape format and only featured the Daffodil Way walk.
The occurence of the daffodil symbols on the map was based on real-time flowering data – in terms of approximate location and number in flower. This information was sourced from communiity volunteers and updated on the server the app communicated with. Real-time updates on events and any issues with the path could also be displayed, as shown in the above example.
The location shown by the photo currently displayed in the app, was indicated on the map by a camera icon (visible just to left of Dymock in the sample screen shot), with the camera icon also indicating the direction the photo was taken. The blue dot showed the users current location with the corresponding national grid reference displayed in the lower left corner.
The Daffodil Cam
In the information section, the Daffodil Cam provided a feed of images taken from the same location, revealing the development of the daffodils as time progressed, with the ability to compare with images from previous years.
Below, a selection of screen shots from the original Daffodil Way app running on various Apple and Android devices.
9 Sons of Kempley app
Originally a standalone app published in 2014 for Android and iOS devices, the app is now discontinued, but its content forms the ‘9 Sons of Kempley‘ walk downloadable into the DaffodilWay app.
The 9 Sons of Kempley app was produced as part of the 2014 The MOMENT Centenary Project to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of World War I. The ‘nine sons’ being young men from the Dymock – Kempley area in NW Gloucestershire, called to war from their peaceful country life, to lose their lives in foreign lands.
The app included a map and historic arieal photographs, of the locations of the homes of the nine sons. The map included an option to overlay a 1919 map. Photographs and other documents relating to each of the sons was included. A timeline for the lives of the nine. A stop frame animation of the erection of the memorial to the nine, on Kempley Green.
Dymock Poets’ Cottages Walk
in the case of the Nine Sons of Kempley, maintaining an app with a niche audience, for iOS and Android updates, is not really practical. Back in 2014 app production was a much simpler affair!
The walk passes by cottages that were once the homes of the so called ‘Dymock Poets’ namely Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Wilfrid Gibson, and Edward Thomas.
The app had optional background audio of birdsong recorded on May mornings in the area,
Other walks available in the DaffodilWay app
Poets Path 1 an 8 mile circular walk
Poets Path II an 8 mile circular wal
Centenary Glade a 1.2 mile walk around a forest glade created to mark the 2019 centenary of the Forestry Commission
Three Choirs Way a 6 mile linear walk along a section of the long distance Three Choirs Way
Ryton Redmarley a 3 mile circular walk, created to mark the opening of the new Garland Hut in June 2017
Garland Hut – Barbara Davies – Windcross Paths Group
The late Barbara Davies, one of the founders of the Windcross Paths Group, a band of volunteers who in the 1990’s set about clearing the footpaths of the Golden Triangle which had become badly neglected. To raise awarness of the paths, Barbata began writing and illustrating leaflets and maps to support walking and cycling in the area. In a shed in her garden, she created a visitor centre, called the ‘Garland Hut’. Walkers and cyclists could drop in for a rest, browse the information there and if Barbara was around, be entertained by her encyclopedic local knowledge over a free cuppa and delicious homebaked cake. The Garland Hut remains open, but sadly, Barbara is not there to entertain you. The Windcross Paths Group continues to publish and update Barbara’s publications as well as maintain and raise awareness of the paths.