At sheringham paper, norfolk uk

@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 202 - 1st November 2017

Norfolk Coast logoEasy access walks this Autumn

The Norfolk Coast Partnership has produced a range of fourteen information sheets on accessible walks in the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The walk information has been developed in order to give everyone the confidence to get out and enjoy this special place. All the routes are short (˝ to 1 ˝ miles), start and finish near car parks with accessible toilets, offer frequent seating opportunities and are well waymarked, they also offer the opportunity for everyone to discover special parts of the area.

The information sheet also contains photos of things to look out for, the waymarkers to follow and the terrain of the route in order that you can judge for yourself if it is suitable for you. Suitable for everyone from wheelchair users to families with pushchairs and the elderly.
To find a route for you, visit: norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk and search ‘Easy access walks’.

Walkers are Welcome logoWALKERS ARE WELCOME TOWNS BOOST OUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS—AND THE ECONOMY

In the last ten years, Walkers Are Welcome towns have developed 1,200 walks totalling over 6,342 miles—the distance from London to Lima—and raised massive sums of money for their local economies.

This information is revealed in a recent survey of 69 of the 111 Walkers Are Welcome towns in England, Scotland and Wales. Towns are accorded national Walkers Are Welcome status by the network’s national committee, once they have proved that they have demonstrated their commitment to promoting facilities for walkers. They must show they have support from local businesses and a broad-based committee, and that they help to keep paths open and waymarked and encourage the provision of public transport.

The survey reveals the many benefits which Walkers Are Welcome towns provide to their communities.

For instance, Walkers Are Welcome status has helped to boost the numbers using cafés, pubs and accommodation and the income from car-parks; it has helped to keep public toilets open; it has raised massive funds for local economies.

Some towns do practical work on paths to ensure that walkers will truly feel welcome and not encounter obstructions, poor waymarking and broken stiles. Some run walking festivals to attract visitors. They provide and lead a range of walks—for recreation, health, families and people with disabilities. They explore local history, nature and other features of interest. Walkers Are Welcome towns work in partnership with local businesses to promote walking and an attractive environment.

Says Kate Ashbrook, patron of the Walkers Are Welcome Towns Network: ‘The results of the survey are impressive. If you scale up the responses, the money raised from Walkers Are Welcome in a year must be over one million pounds. The energy and activities of these towns are phenomenal.

‘This survey shows that by promoting walking, the towns are putting themselves on the walking map, with all the benefits which follow. We hope that many more towns will recognise the value of being part of the Walkers Are Welcome family and will apply to join us.’