Holt Owl Trail flying forward with £10,000 funding boost

A new heritage trail is due to open in Holt next year. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A new heritage trail is due to open in Holt next year. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A new heritage trail revealing the history and hidden secrets of Holt is flying forward with a £10,000 funding boost.

The money, from North Norfolk District Council's Big Society Fund, will cover almost half the estimated £21,000 cost.

The Holt Owl Trail will provide a circular walk following a series of numbered plaques around the town centre.

Cley based wildlife artist Robert Gillmor has designed the logo for the bronze plaques, which feature the town's owl mascot.

A total of 24 locations have been earmarked in the town centre, with looped trails revealing other points of interest including Holt's historic yards.

In addition to pavement plaques, the trail could also be followed using a booklet and smartphone app.

Information boards are planned to be put up in car parks and public places advertising the trail to visitors.

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The town council is spearheading the project which it is hoped will be up and running before next summer.

A grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund is also being considered by the council.

Mayor Duncan Baker said: 'This is about half of the money that is required and is a great achievement.'