A NEW walking app inspired by the work of a Millom poet could bring culture-invested visitors to the 'hidden gem' of a town.

The recently developed Norman Nicholson digital trail will take in routes that the poet himself would regularly walk.

The trails are currently two, with three more in the works - not only about Nicholson, and can be enjoyed by general visitors of all ages.

It is hoped that people will enjoy the app with any current Covid-related restrictions.

The project has been made possible with £20,000 of 'accelerated' funding from the Towns Fund, and hopes to bring to life places loved by the acclaimed 20th century writer. The app has an introduction from Melvyn Bragg, Cumbrian broadcaster and President of the Norman Nicholson Society.

As well as providing routes, the app has images, text and audio, telling visitors about the area, its history and points of interest. It also links to other local attractions in the area.

The Norman Nicholson House Community Interest Company has led the project, and funding will allow the app to be operated for at least five years.