Free on-line map widget helps explore the South West

To help visitors explore the South West's beautiful countryside a free online map 'widget' is now available. This widget and supporting marketing toolkit is to help tourism businesses offer more to their visitors throughout all four seasons.

The scenery of the South West is the most important reason for visitors coming to this beautiful region. 90% of us now use the web to plan our holidays and over 80% of visitors to the South West take part in a countryside activity. To show all the different types of activities and locations a creative map has been designed based on the famous tube map of London.

The widget is a map of the South West which promotes outdoor activities to help visitors get out and about. Any type of tourism business can easily install the widget on their website and, once installed, their visitors can start planning their holidays in advance. 

The widget includes live feeds from a number of larger tourism websites, such as the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and the South West Coast Path. Each time these websites are updated, the widget will automatically update so they can be sure their visitors are seeing the latest information.

Karen Venn of Norburton Hall at Burton Bradstock said: "The widget is exactly what we've always wanted for our website. It provides local knowledge at the touch of a button and is ideal for guests in our self catering cottages. Our guests can plan to explore the area in a way that exactly suits them, all matched to their interests and their desired level of challenge. The amount of detail is amazing and includes refreshment stops, an elevation profile of walks, a 3D fly-though giving an aerial view and even times of local buses which opens up large stretches of the Jurassic Coast and SW Coast Path to be explored with ease. I think it's absolutely perfect!"

You can see the installed widget here on the Norburton Hall website http://www.norburtonhall.com/placestovisit/placestovisit.html

The widget has been made available thanks to the work of the teams from the South West Coast Path, the Cornish Mining World Heritage and 1 South West with funding from Defra Rural Development Programme for England.

The widget is available from http://swoutdoormap.info