Trails set to get people out and about

Budding detectives, treasure hunters and super sleuths will soon be solving clues all over Norfolk as they take part in a series of special trails set up across the county.

Budding detectives, treasure hunters and super sleuths will soon be solving clues all over Norfolk as they take part in a series of special trails set up across the county.

For the past few months, Dave Senior, from Dereham, has been researching and creating routes in places ranging from Great Yarmouth to King's Lynn and from Wells to Wymondham.

Each route has been designed as either a murder mystery, treasure hunt or spy trail. The idea behind them is to encourage visitors and locals of all ages to explore the county and learn snippets of local information from the questions they must answer to get to the end of each trail and complete their mission.

Mr Senior said: 'I want to get people out exploring areas they may have lived in for years and learning things they may never have found out otherwise.


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'It is about trying to showcase Norfolk in the best way we can, and hopefully these trails will encourage people to look a little bit deeper into Norfolk rather than just the main tourist spots.'

Mr Senior set up the Norfolk branch of Treasure Trails in March after spending 24 years in the RAF. His trails will be available to the public from tomorrow.

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The Dereham spy trail was the first route he created, and the fictitious mission for walkers taking this route is to crack a secret code and stop the detonation of a bomb planted by evil genius, Dr Dan-Gerous, to destroy Bishop Bonner's Cottage.

Mr Senior spent about two days putting together each trail before getting friends and family members, including his wife Suzi and sons Michael, 13, and Matthew, 10, to check his routes.

'The thing I found quite surprising when creating the routes was that I thought I knew Norfolk well. But it was only when I looked in the little nooks and crannies of places that I realised I had so much still to learn,' he said. 'It has been fun and educational for me putting together these trails, and I am looking forward to finding out even more as I create new trails.

'I have been enjoying finding out stories about local people. I have been especially fascinated by the amount of military information about, as well as all the stories about the lifeboats.'

The other spy trails Mr Senior has already created are for Old Hunstanton, Holt and Wymond-ham. There are treasure trails for Hunstanton, Yarmouth, Cromer and Blakeney and murder mystery trails for Wells, Sheringham, Castle Acre and King's Lynn. All of these will be available to buy, at �5 each, from tomorrow. Once people have finished trails and discovered the de-activation code, murderer or treasure, they can enter their answer online and stand a chance of winning a prize.

For more information visit www.treasuretrails.co.uk, call Mr Senior on 01362 694132 or email norfolk@treasuretrails.co.uk

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