of new Somerset Coast Path will bring boost to Burnham
tourism industry could be set for a big boost with the opening
of a new walking route along Somerset's coastline next month.
walking route between Minehead and Aust in South Gloucestershire
will be launched in mid-March by Natural England as part of its
England Coastal Path project. Initially, the section from Minehead
to Brean will open with the remainder to follow.
will soon be able to access some of the best coastal views in
the West Country with the opening of this new route," a spokesperson
for Natural England told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"It's part of the England Coast Path project which will enable
people to walk about 2,800 miles around the whole of the country's
coastline. The whole route around England will be in place by
new route will include Burnham-On-Sea, Berrow and Brean and is
expected to bring large numbers of extra walkers into the area.
is a great opportunity for Burnham's businesses. The new route
will bring a boost to accommodation providers and shops in the
town, so the launch is definitely very welcome," said a Burnham
Chamber of Trade spokesman.
tourism manager Ian Jefferies told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This
will be a fantastic opportunity for our area. I have already had
enquiries from people keen to walk the new route and interest
is really building."
Devon and Cornwall, the coast path creates millions of pounds
of extra revenue every year, so this is an opportunity. As an
example, a luggage transfer service is being set up by a Burnham
taxi service to help walkers get between B&Bs."
England and Somerset County Council spent more than two years
meeting with landowners along the route to agree where the route
Councillor Harvey Siggs says it will be the first time that a
"continuous walking route" will be available along the
whole of the county's coastline.
will link with existing promoted trails such as the River Parrett
Trail and West Somerset Coast Path as well as Steart," he
expect the route to bring additional trade to local businesses
throughout the year and along the whole route."
route, according to Natural England, will not only offer "spectacular
sea views over the Bristol Channel" but give the public full
access to the area's beaches.
showing England Coast Path progress so far