Whipsnade Zoo, in Bedfordshire, have hit on a new way of getting Google to literally drive traffic to their doorstep.
I noticed this when plotting a route between Stevenage and Tring (both Hertfordshire) for an upcoming job. Looking at an overview of the route using Google Maps I could see a large kink in my journey. Like any former FIA president knows, large kinks are best avoided so I looked closer at the map to see why I was being sent on a detour….
Despite many attempts at trying to drag the blue line to snap onto the rather conveniently named Tring Road (B489) I could not get a route that avoided the aroma of animal dung.
I’d been to Whipsnade Zoo only the year before and as part of a few days away in Milton Keynes*. Although I’d love to go back I’d got work to do and didn’t fancy walking around the place again (my poor legs!).
In the end I decided not to trust the Google Navigation on my Samsung Galaxy S2 and reverted back to my Nokia / Ovi Maps combo which didn’t suggest locations for me to go other than the ones I’d asked for.
*Yes, I chose to go to Milton Keynes for a short break. It was great because I went to Bletchley Park (mmmm codebreaking), the National Museum of Computing (mmmm computers!) and then did some indoor skydiving at Airkix (mmmm vertical hair drying experience). The next day was my leg achingly interesting day out at Whipsnade Zoo.