Southampton City Council has launched three new self-guided trails in partnership with the free walking and wayfinding app, Go Jauntly, to get people walking around the city.
One of the walks is themed around public art, another is a foodie tour and the third is an exciting treasure trail for children around Houndwell Park. Each walk gives the user a new perspective on the city’s unique culture and encourages people to spend more time outside.
The Southampton Public Art Trail takes walkers on a tour of some of the city’s sculptures, mosaics, murals and benches while telling the story of each piece. Highlights include the sculpture outside the BBC Radio Solent building, the street art created in the Re:Claim Southampton Festival and the dancers on the Bedford Place car park railings.
The Southampton Foodie Tour points out restaurants located inside architecturally stunning buildings, the history of Southampton’s food markets and even notes some famous people who have dined in these places. It features award winning eateries, tempting delicacies and fascinating foodie traditions.
The third new walk, called The Ocean Explorer Trail, sets children on a challenge to prevent pirates from stealing valuable jewels. They’ll need to solve clues to find the letters that spell out the name of the ship the villains are planning to target.
Cabinet member for Growth and Deputy Leader, Councillor Jeremy Moulton, said: “Walking around Southampton gives us a fantastic opportunity to see and learn about some of the city’s lesser-known points of interest. It’s a great way to combine nature and the outdoors with our heritage and culture, and it’s all completely free of course! It’s great to work with Go Jauntly and to launch these walks which also complement our bid to make Southampton the UK’s City of Culture in 2025.”
Sage Fitzpatrick, Marketing Manager at Go Jauntly said, “It’s so exciting to be working with Southampton City Council once again to encourage people to walk more around the city. Our walks give users a new perspective of some of the city’s fantastic culture, from delving into an artist’s story to sharing details about long standing foodie traditions in the city.”
Download the Go Jauntly app for free to access the walks. Simply search for Southampton and enjoy the walking options.
Go Jauntly is a mobile app that promotes everyday walks and outdoor adventure. Users can find self-guided routes and trails by searching for a location and choosing a route based on distance, terrain and amenities. Southampton City Council’s My Journey programme has worked with Go Jauntly to create 18 walks to encourage residents and visitors to explore the city on foot.
The work with Go Jauntly has kindly been funded through the European Regional Development Fund.
Southampton Foodie Tour: http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/3809870927070433772
Southampton Public Art Trail: http://app.gojauntly.com/walk/8009981142944518636
The Ocean Explorer Trail: https://app.gojauntly.com/walk/1453990208747409900