Burnham project launches to earn walking accreditation for town
new group of volunteers has been formed to start a new project
to make Burnham-On-Sea the first coastal town in the south west
to gain 'Walkers Are Welcome' accreditation - and boost its visitor
a public meeting in Burnham's Princess Theatre this week, a number
of interested tourism businesses, organisations and residents
agreed that it would benefit the community to be recognised for
encouraging walkers to the town and surrounding area.
new group will adopt a formal constitution and seek funding to
prepare several walking guides, which will then be promoted across
the UK to attract visitors.
new group agreed to set up a steering committee whose first task
will be to demonstrate wider support for the idea by gaining signatures
from supporters in the area. It will also work with local businesses
such as accommodation providers and cafes on what can be provided
specifically with walkers in mind.
than 100 locations in the UK are already members of the scheme,
including several in Somerset, where the financial benefits have
latest destination to be included is Cheddar. The benefit of accreditation
is that it encourages more people to spend time and money in places
that have it.
have been reassured by the attendance at the meeting and the messages
we received that people will help us put Burnham on the map as
somewhere with something special to offer walkers," said
a spokesperson for Burnham Chamber of Trade, which is one of the
groups leading on the project.