Coastal path association seeks collaboration with inns

The Rumps Photographer Peter Edwards (2014 Photo Competition entry)

The South West Coast Path Association is calling on coastal inns in South West England to join the organisation to encourage the use of their facilities by walkers along the 630 mile-long path.

The path stretches from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. More than 9 million people visit the South West each year to walk on the world-famous path, the longest way-marked trail in the country. Walkers spend an estimated £560 million each year during their travels to the region.

One association business member, Sally from The Cricket Inn in Beesands, Devon said: “Being a member with the association means we’ve linked to all walks on the Path within a five-mile radius, so it’s a great way of letting people know we’re here and generating business for both the food and drink and the accommodation side of our business.  We noticed this summer large number of locals and non-locals were stopping off with us for lunch as part of their day walk on the path and then booking to come back to stay with us at a later date, so we’re converting hungry walkers into guests. We’d definitely recommend it to similar businesses on or near to the path.”

The role of the South West Coast Path Association, a registered charity, is to protect and promote the coastal path. Its website has more than 1.2 million hits a year, with people looking for more information about how to walk the path, when to go and where to stay. Association business membership offers B&B and hotel owners and innkeepers the chance to feature on the site, which is linked to popular walks in their area. In addition, each business is listed in the annual guidebook.

To find out more, visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/business-membership or call 01752 896237