Navan Cycling Initiative recently teamed up with Wild About Navan to create a new self-guided tour of Navan’s wildlife.
The new tour aims to encourage people to engage in a new way of seeing our local surroundings. You can explore the sights and sounds of Navan and the beautiful living heritage it has to offer, and learn about some of our town’s wildlife, rivers, bridges, history and flora at your leisure.
The self-guided audio tour is for all ages and enthusiasts. Enjoy at your own pace and time. Whether you live in Navan or visiting, this audio tour draws attention to the splendour that can often go unnoticed.
The 13-stop tour was designed to help explore the abundant nature surrounding Navan town. Among the points of interest featured are: St. Anne’s Primary School with newly installed Swift boxes; Athlumney castle and the old Infirmary with their arrays of wildflowers poking out from between the stonework; and Poolboy Bridge where the Boyne and Blackwater rivers meet. The tour also has interactive elements: learn how to recognise bird calls by listening to the various samples, and estimate current wind speeds using the Beaufort scale, invented by Navanite Francis Beaufort in 1806.
The Navan’s Living Heritage Tour can be accessed by visiting Youraudiotour.com/tours/1479, or by scanning the below QR code with your phone
“The aim is to encourage people to really stop, look around and see what’s right on our doorstep,” says Annina Niskanen, Wild About Navan. “This tour will encourage us all to seek out natural spaces in Navan; to use our parks and riverside walks as places to unwind and re-energize while celebrating and protecting our woodlands, hedgerows, rivers, and the wildlife that lives alongside us”.
Easy to use, the tour allows you to listen to the sounds of some of our town’s wildlife and rivers, and highlights our many bridges and historical buildings. The 13 stops form a semi-linear tour of ~12km around Navan town. You can visit a few of the sites closest to you, or decide to visit them all on your bike in one evening! This tour can be used anytime by anyone with a smartphone and mobile data (or free WIFI in Navan town).
The Navan’s Living Heritage Tour can be accessed by visiting Youraudiotour.com/tours/1479, or by scanning the above QR code with your phone