A NEW activity trail has been designed to encourage locals to explore the Goldthorpe and Dearne Valley areas.

The Dearne Community Story Trail is supported by Barnsley Council, with funding from the Goldthorpe Town Deal Board using money from the £23.1m awarded to Goldthorpe from the government’s Town Fund.

The trail – created by artist Lydia Caprani, storyteller Beccy Dye and local community groups and schools – is made up of 16 illustrated boards with an oval hole to put your head through and capture a picture.

With some boards located inside buildings, the designers hope people will go out and explore places they have never been to before.

Organiser Julie Turner, who has led the project, said: “This is a unique community art project which really captures the heart and soul of our area and we’re thrilled to have been involved.

“It’s been immensely rewarding to work with so many amazing community groups and to listen to people’s stories has been such a privilege. Working with creatives such as Lydia and Beccy, who have always gone the extra mile with us, has been a rewarding experience.

“It’s wonderful to see people taking photos with the boards and to realise that we can give people pleasure and a lot of fun through something really simple in concept.

“I encourage everyone to get involved by taking lots of photos with the boards and finding out more about Goldthorpe and the Dearne.”