NEWS FROM EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
Walking is the theme of the next Exmoor Awareness session which takes place on Wednesday 19 March 2014 at Lynmouth Pavilion. Aimed at tourism providers, but open to anyone with an interest in discovering more about Exmoor National Park, the day will focus on walking as one of the most popular activities undertaken by visitors to the area.
The day will include an overview of the many walking opportunities available within the National Park from short easy access trails to multi day-long distant routes and information on ‘Walkers are Welcome’. Mark Owen, National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path will talk about England’s longest trail, which starts by traversing the dramatic Exmoor coastline, and will highlight new resources available for businesses to make the most of the National Trail. Attendees will be introduced to the new Coleridge Way extension opening later this year highlighting how businesses can gear up to take advantage of the extended 51 mile route from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth following in the footsteps of the romantic poets and Elizabeth McLaughlin will be talking about the importance of the romantic poets to Exmoor.
Exmoor National Park Authority’s Access and Recreation Manger, Dan Barnett, will lead a field trip in the afternoon exploring the Valley of Rocks. Delegates will see a new access path being developed to provide access to the beach at Wringcliff Bay along with a range of landscape improvements completed within the Valley of Rocks.
“This will be a great opportunity to learn more about Exmoor’s fantastic walking offer” said Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager for Exmoor National Park Authority. “Research tells us this is one of the most important attractors for people visiting Exmoor and one of the most popular activities undertaken and so we hope the day will help to equip accommodation, information and activity providers to make the most of the opportunities available.”
A final session of Exmoor Awareness for 2014 takes place on the 2 April considering Exmoor’s Coast including Exmoor’s unique coastal woodlands, seashore wildlife and new ideas to make the most of Porlock Marsh. Advanced booking is essential on a first come, first served basis. The cost is £15 a session, or £27.50 if attending both including all talks, lunch and refreshments and the field trip. To book download a booking form from http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/communities/tourism-trade/Events-and-training.
For further details call Exmoor National Park on 01398 323665.
The event is supported by the COOL Tourism EU Interreg Channel project and the Lynmouth Pavilion Project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.