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Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore

Judging by the number of TV detective shows set in the UK, it seems we all love a good murder!  And it is always fun to explore a place that we’ve seen on TV, so here’s a brief round up of ideas of places to explore that are linked to a detective series or character.

Inspector George Gently and Vera are both set in the North East.

Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore - Vera is set in the North East
Vera is set in Geordie Land

Vera is filmed on location in Northumberland and we have a range of Trails across the county that show off the scenery including a Trail that follows the coast line (and you can choose which direction to go in), and a third driving Trail The Flodden Fields Mystery that is about 17 miles long.  Durham City plays host to George and there are no less than five Trails around the City suitable for all ages including the City of Durham Pub Trail because you are under no obligation to enter any of the pubs that you pass along the way!

Remember Robbie Coltrane in Cracker? Set in Manchester where we have three Trails to choose from, if you follow the Manchester Spinningfields Treasure Hunt, you will reveal the location of a REAL hidden gem!  Scott and Bailey is also set in Manchester and most of the filming was done there.

The fictional universe of Inspector Morse and later Lewis is Oxford.  We have a series of five Trails in Oxford City. The Trails are totally independent of each other, and explore different parts of this stunning, historical city. They are all walking Trails and all circular and all take the usual two to three hours, however there is so much to see in Oxford, you could easily take a whole day over each one! You are really spoilt for choice!

One of the more recent TV series that captured the imagination of the viewing public was Broadchurch. The series is set on the Dorset Coast and filmed at West Bay.  And guess what! We have a Trail around West Bay.  We got this feedback from J.S of West Bay. “An excellent 2 hours where I learned more about West Bay than during the 4 years I have lived there. My granddaughter and her cousin also enjoyed the experience.”   Got to be worth the trip!

Great British TV Murder Series Settings to Explore - Dixon of Dock Green
Dixon of Dock Green

There are of course lots of TV shows set in London, but our particular favourites are Dixon of Dock Green which was set in the East End and New Tricks filmed in central London. We have a large range of Trails available right across the capital from The Cable Car Mission in the east round to Putney Bridge in the south and Highgate in the north – we’ve got it covered!

Midsommer Murders are set in lots of different locations, so we’ll save a look at those for another time.

Have you done any of these Trails? If you have, we’d love to hear how you got on. Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Email and join in the conversation!



9th October 2013

Posted In: Did you know


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Keeping on Top of Trails

It is really important to us is to ensure that our Treasure Trails are up to date and clues are intact. With over 1,200 Trails in the catalogue that is a tall order.  However, we are extraordinary lucky in that you, our loyal customers continue to help us with your feedback.

You may not be aware of it, but you help in several different ways.

Keeping on Top of Trails - Text us if you are stuck on a clue
Text us if you are stuck on a clue

As you walk around the Trails you have the opportunity to use the Stuck on A Clue Text Line. This is a bespoke service so if you can’t solve a clue you can text us and we will text back the answer!  The service is automated and an immediate report is generated for each of our Trails so that we can easily see which clues on which Trails are being texted about.  More often than not the clue isn’t broken but is a sneaky one and just wasn’t found, so we watch the text line very carefully.

When you’ve solved the mystery or cracked the code you can submit your answer. Lots of you don’t submit your answers and when we’ve asked you why not, you say you’ve enjoyed the experience and feel no need to see if you got the right answer or not.  However, if you do decide to submit your answer you will be entered into the prize draw and could win £1,000. You can see whether you were right or not and you can download a certificate. You can also give us your feedback and let us know if a clue has gone missing.As part of the feedback you give when you submit an answer you are asked to rate the Trail experience and whether you are likely to recommend the Trail to someone else. We believe that word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool but we are also very interested in your ratings because if a Trail receives 7 or less then it is carefully reviewed in case the problem is a broken clue and if all the clues are intact but it still receives a lower than average rating then we are likely to take it out of the catalogue completely.

And some of you tell us using Facebook or Twitter or you phone us directly in the office.

Once we’ve identified there is an issue with a Trail the authorised trail writer who is responsible for that particular Trail will then make a trip out to that town or village and check what has happened to the clue and if it really has gone missing they will replace it.

Keeping on Top of Trails - Scaffolding, the bane of a TT Writer's life!
Scaffolding, the bane of a TT Writer’s life!

More often than not the clue isn’t really broken or missing, it is under repair! Scaffolding is the bane of a Treasure Trails writer’s life! The Trail is amended to suit but the older version is kept ready to re-instate once the building has been painted, restored or renovated.

So thank you for your help and please keep up the good work!

25th September 2013

Posted In: Trail Blazers


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