Biosphere launches sustainable tourism app for visitors to North Devon

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North Devon UNESCO Biosphere have launched a new web app aimed at visitors and residents, to highlight the fantastic experiences available in the area, while helping to reduce pressure on the popular hotspots.

The North Devon Explorer web app will provide real-time information on traffic congestion and weather, and aims to help people find the hidden gems in and around the biosphere, spreading the visitor load and economy.

The North Devon Explorer app will allow visitors to:

  • Discover the range of activities our biosphere has to offer, including natural and cultural highlights; walking and cycle trails; gardens, nature reserves and wildlife; museums and stately homes.
  • Find their nearest visitor information centre
  • View current weather information at their chosen destination
  • Check tide times at coastal points
  • Locate EV charging points across the area
  • Identify traffic congestion
  • View a range of hospitality related businesses certified by the North Devon Biosphere Business

Partner Eco-Accreditation Scheme

The app also provides visitors with a guide through the towns across the area through reciprocal links
to the dscvr app, launched by Torridge and North Devon Councils in 2021.

Andy Bell, biosphere service coordinator, North Devon UNESCO Biosphere, says: “We have designed this app to help give visitors to northern Devon access to a range of experiences that will add to the quality of their stay in our area. With up-to-date weather and traffic information, they can avoid busy hot spots and get more enjoyment by connecting with our wonderful environment and culture.”

The project was developed and part-funded under the Interreg Channel programme through the BioCultural Heritage Tourism Project co-ordinated by North Devon UNESCO Biosphere. This project’s aims were to demonstrate how tourism growth can be compatible with regions of very high environmental quality.

“After months of work behind the scenes getting this app created, tested and refined, I’m delighted that we are now able to launch North Devon Explorer, just in time for the summer holidays!” added Sarah Jordan, North Devon Explorer project lead.

“I urge all accommodation providers to mention the app to their guests in their pre-arrival information or welcome packs, as an extra layer of service and to help us spread the visitor load this summer.”

The project was also part funded by The Tarka Country Trust, in line with its objectives for the conservation of sites and education for all.

• Access the North Devon Explorer web app at northdevonexplorer.com