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Wales coastal path opens to create 250-mile trail

Plans to create a continuous path along the entire Welsh coast will move a step closer with the opening of a new footpath today.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson will be in West Wales to officially open the latest stretch of the Wales Coast Path.

Although the new route is just 0.83km in length, it connects the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail with the Ceredigion Coast Path.

Once this link is open, the 250 mile (400km) path will run from Amroth, east of Tenby in Pembrokeshire, to Ynyslas, north of Aberystwyth in Ceredigion.

Mrs Davidson, the AM for Pontypridd, said the Welsh Assembly Government was committed to establishing a continuous 850 mile path that runs around the coastline of Wales by summer 2012.

She said: “I am confident the path will attract more visitors to this stunning coastline and in doing so will provide a real boost to the local economy.

“I hope the path will encourage people to live more active and healthy lives, in line with the Assembly Government’s Change4Life programme.”

The Wales Coast Path scheme was established in 2009, and has received£#3.9 million funding to date – £2 million from the Welsh Assembly Government and £1.9 million from the European Regional Development Fund.

 

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