Building Heritage Trails

NTHPTom Johnson in Somerset shared a link to PreservationNation, a blog from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Seven Steps to Plan a Heritage Trail” is a quick slide show introducing the concept. Briefly, it outlines important components like setting goals for the heritage trail experience and identifying compelling stories along the route. Check it out here:
http://www.slideshare.net/PreservationNation/2014-0422-toolkitseven-steps-to-plan-a-heritage-trailrevisedjr?htm_source=slideshow02&utm_medium=ssemail&utm_campaign=share_slideshow_loggedout

Thinking about creating a heritage trail in your region?  You can find detailed guidance here: http://www.leics.gov.uk/an_introductory_guide_to_heritage_trails.doc.  “A Short Guide to Heritage Trails,” by Keith Small, provides insight into maximizing the benefits for community residents and visitors alike, offering suggestions on types of trails, choosing trail features, and risk assessments. It may be a “short guide,” but it’s also a thorough introduction to planning a heritage trail.

Another link I like is http://www.heritage.tas.gov.au/media/pdf/trails.pdf. Designed for classroom use, this little lesson plan has the added benefit of getting kids involved with community history and heritage.Canalway-suspension-bridge-over-Cleveland-intersection-2--199x300

Heritage trails can be formatted for walking or driving, and include active or passive experiences for travelers. Some span a few city clocks, others traverse vast distances. Whatever geography your trail plans to cover, a heritage trail is a great way to connect people to the places you cherish.