The entire Wales Coast Path team would like to wish good luck to the Rotarians in their efforts to develop a coastal route around the Rhins of Galloway. Your reader, John Thompson, was right in pointing out the economic benefits of a coast path.
In Wales, we opened what is believed to be the first continuous path around a country’s coastline in the world in May this year. The 870-mile path stretches from the border in North Wales to Chepstow in the south.
The path opened to international acclaim, with a Lonely Planet accolade as the best region in the world to visit in 2012, and the path’s international profile continues to grow, enhancing not only the profile of walking in Wales but also of Wales itself as a “must visit” destination.
Walking is already big business, bringing in excess of £600m a year to the Welsh economy.
With the Wales Coast Path expected to bring in an additional 100,000 visitors a year, it is hoped the benefits already experienced by Pembrokeshire, and more recently Anglesey, will spread to the rest of the coast of Wales as local businesses benefit from the opportunities these additional visitors will bring.
If the success of the Wales Coast Path can be replicated in the Rhins of Galloway, there will undoubtedly be increased tourism, economic and health benefits for those involved.
Wales Coast Path Press Office,
c/o Quadrant, Greenmeadow Springs, Tongwynlais, Cardiff.