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The creation of the Wales Coast Path developed out of a desire to build on the economic success of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – both of which are major contributors to the visitor economy of Wales

While the Coast Path is important for the Welsh economy, it is also seen as an important initiative in encouraging both locals and visitors to discover and enjoy Wales’ outdoor spaces and the health and welfare benefits it can provide.

In addition to funding from the Welsh Government and the coastal local authorities of approximately £2 million per year, the European Regional Development Fund allocated nearly £4 million over four years in support of the project. Welsh Government is committed to the long term future of the Wales Coast Path and is funding a two year programme totalling £1.15 million to further improve the Path during 2013/14.

The resources section (below) offers reports relating to the impact of the Path. This includes Visitor Surveys and an investigation into the value of the Path to local businesses.

Related document downloads

Economic assessment of the Health benefits of walking on the Wales Coast Path This report uses the World Health Organization’s Health Economic Assessment (HEAT) tool to conduct an economic assessment of the health benefits arising from people walking regularly on the Wales Coast Path. PDF [676.1 KB]
WCP End of Project Report Wales Coast Path End of Project Report 2007-2013 - A report on how the Wales Coast Path Project delivered against it's aims and objectives. PDF [1.1 MB]
Wales Coast Path Visitor Survey 2015 This report highlights the analysis of the Wales Coast Path Visitor Survey 2015 and Economic Impact of Coastal Walking 2014 PDF [1.3 MB]


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