Well Done Congratulations to everyone involved a tremendous achievement – 870 miles, 41 Blue Flag beaches, 18 castles, 12 nature reserves. The Wales Coastal Path is now open
5th May 2012 will be the official opening of the Worlds First National Coastal Path.
The 850 miles of All Wales Coastal Path is currently being developed in partnership with Welsh Assembly Government, Countryside Council for Wales, Visit Wales and the 15 Coastal Authorities. The idea was developed out of a desire to build on the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path and Anglesey Coastal Path both which are major contributors to the visitor economy of Wales.
The project is called Tramp Wales. It attracted my interest because it has recognised the need to engage younger people in a new trails from the start and has also recognised their current situation with regard to the costs of travel and the large costs of creating suitable facilities along the trail. Added to this they have identified the digital environment can help to make all this happen. They have some interesting ideas…
The aim of Tramp Wales is to encourage younger visitors to Wales and to walk the All Wales Coastal Footpath, which officially opens on the 5th May 2012. To promote the Green credentials of Wales and collaborate with key stakeholders and local communities.
This will be an international opportunity promoted to Young People across the Globe. Developed as part of the European Year of Volunteering.
Some Students can no longer afford to travel to other continents for a Gap Year and the idea is to offer Tramp Cymru for FREE.
Students will walk the circumference of Wales, both the long distance coast path plus the Offa’s Dyke path and work in the local community. In exchange they will couch surf in local homes or lodge at other local accommodation providers.
For the first couple of years it is envisaged they would support the building of hostel style accommodation by labouring, planting gardens and allotments in the selected towns and villages along the way. This is a Win Win for both sustainable communities and hard up students.
Work placements and training opportunities would be organised and provided by the many existing voluntary organisations in Wales and focus on Green Tasks. Training would also be a major feature of the programme encouraging skills development and providing the opportunity for young people to ‘Walk into Work’.
The digital environment will provide the infrastructure to deliver this programme and it is hoped a social enterprise can be established to deliver the programme.
Students will micro blog activities and home owners will confirm availability of accommodation. A competition for places would be championed by an organisation such as Ramblers Cymru.
With 10,000 under 30’s walking the footpaths and living in the communities spending £10 per day, the tourism spend will be increased by £36.5m per annum.
This package could also be franchised to other countries and would potentially attract the next generation to return to Wales to see what a previous generation built.
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