We are delighted that the Love Exploring App is now available in South Tyneside.
It is a fantastic way to enjoy some exercise, learn more about our lovely area and have lots of fun!
What does it do?
The app, which is free to download, allows you to follow guided trails around the area and discover more about our rich history, public art and places to visit.
There is also a games section which takes you into the world of augmented reality - you may even meet some dinosaurs on your travels or some dancing skeletons and more this Halloween*!
Where can I enjoy the app in South Tyneside?
The first trail routes available on the app are in the following areas:
South Shields Seafront - Approximately 2 miles in length, this trail will take you through our beautiful seafront parks and along Littlehaven Promenade.
The Customs House and Riverside area of South Shields - A route of approximately 1.4 miles starting at The Customs House then following the river path before heading slightly inland and passing sites such as the Old Town Hall.
Whitburn - This route is approximately 3.25 miles and on it you will follow a trail through the beautiful village centre and Cornthwaite Park, along part of the coastline and past Whitburn's historic windmill.
Jarrow - This route is approximately 1.25 miles and takes you past the popular attraction of Jarrow Hall, the historic St Paul's Church & Monastic Site and around the surrounding area.
Hebburn - A trail that will take you in a loop around Hebburn Riverside Park. The route is approximately 2.25 miles.
For each route there is a guided trail as well as a Dinosaur Safari game.
* A fun Halloween game will also be available between 25 October and 7 November.
New trails and games will be added at regular intervals.
How does it work?
It's very straight forward to use.
Once you have downloaded the app on to your phone you will be able to see where to head in South Tyneside to start the selected trail. When you are there open the route on the app and it will direct you to the next point on your selected trail.
If you are following the Dinosaur Safari, for example, the map on the app will guide you to where the nearest dinosaur is and alert you when you're close by. Then look through your phone and a dinosaur will appear. Take a selfie with it and then enjoy a dinosaur quiz which is linked to the national curriculum.