of new Somerset Coast Path welcomed in Burnham-On-Sea
official opening of a new walking route along Somerset's coastline
between Minehead and Brean has been welcomed in Burnham-On-Sea this
week, with hopes that it will boost visitor numbers and trade in
launch of the new section of the extended England Coast Path by
Natural England has been welcomed by Burnham's MP, the town's Chamber
of Trade, tourism bosses and the Town Council.
James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is a huge opportunity
for Burnham, Berrow and Brean - our stretch of the Somerset coast.
We already are recognising the value of walkers and walking to our
the 15 miles of the South West Coast Path that is open in Somerset
has been worth £770,000 per mile value added to the local
economy. The addition of another 43 mile stretch of the path will
mean nearly £40million of added value into our local visitor
economy, with Burnham at the centre of that along this stretch of
added: "This is a great opportunity for Burnham and what we
need to do now is grab what Natural England have done for us by
getting the coastal path here and make Burnham the most attractive
place we possibly can for walkers to come and stay and feel welcome
to bring more people back next year."
as an industry is worth billions of pounds per year in the UK and
Burnham is now part of one of the most prominent paths in the country."
are hundreds of thousands of people who walk along a stretch of
the England Coast Path each summer - Burnham is now on the map and
part of that. This is a really exciting opportunity for the town."
Heard, Natural England's area manager, added: "It's great to
be able to open this stretch of the Coast Path. I think it has a
huge amount to offer visitors and we are delighted that it's now
England Coast Path project which will enable people to walk about
2,700 miles around the whole of the country's coastline."
are opening 58 miles of it in Somerset this week, and are working
on the next section from Brean to the Severn Bridge which will complete
the whole Somerset coast."
Somerset's CEO John Turner added: "When we consider that rural
tourism in the UK is worth between £3-4bn a year, this new
coastal path for this stretch of Somerset is incredibly important.
It's something that Visit Somerset in relation to 'walkers are welcome'
across the county will be publicising as part of our community reach
to ensure that if there's something free to see and do in Somerset
we will get the message out there. We are working with local communities
to bring benefit, connecting pathways, businesses and customers
coming in. We wholeheartedly support it."
Chamber of Trade & Commerce added: "This is certainly a
great opportunity for Burnham to benefit from a potential influx
of extra visitors. The new route is very welcome and could well
bring an increase in trade to accommodation providers and shops
in our town."
England and Somerset County Council have spent two years meeting
with landowners along the route to agree where the route should
go. 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. We expect
the route to bring additional trade to local businesses throughout
the year and along the whole route."
Top, Burnham's MP James Heappey, Burnham's Deputy Mayor Bill Hancock,
Matt Heard of Natural England, town councillors David Hoggarth and
Andy Brewer, Burnham Chamber of Trade Chairman Mark Newman, and
Visit Somerset's John Turner
showing England Coast Path progress so far