Lonely Planet Writer

The UK's first braille treasure hunt has been launched in Greater Manchester

Treasure trails are great fun and a brilliant way of exploring an area, which is why the launch of a new braille treasure hunt in England is to be welcomed. The Stockport Brows and Bridges Trail in Greater Manchester also aims to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by people with vision impairments on a daily basis.

The UK’s first braille treasure hunt has been launched in Greater Manchester. Image: Treasure Trails

Walthew House, a charity for people with sight and hearing issues, has launched the trail, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the country to utilise braille. Lasting around two hours, the aim is to solve clues on a circular route of approximately two miles, incorporating plaques, signs, statues, monuments, images, engravings or any other unique or quirky features found in the area. As well as utilising sales of the trail to raise funds, the charity will encourage its service users to take on the challenge of the full trail accompanied by sighted guides. It also plans to host British Sign Language-interpreted events for deaf people who want to participate in the trail.

The Market Hall in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Image: Treasure Trails

The trail has been devised for Walthew House by Treasure Trails’ writer, Stuart Marshall. “I’ve actually devised two separate trails for them,” he says. “The first will feature a short section towards the end that will focus specifically on the charity’s work and incorporate tactile clues where players will have to use touch to solve them. We have also put together a slightly shorter second version for less sighted participants and Walthew House can convert both versions into braille.”

The UK’s first braille treasure hunt has been launched by charity, Walthew House. Image: Treasure Trails

Treasure Trails is a Cornwall-based company, which creates fun, interactive experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. There are more than 1200 of self-guided trails available throughout the UK. To find out more, please visit here.