The Bournemouth-based The National Coastal Tourism Academy latest report finds that coastal walking is popular.
The survey for Perceptions of the English Coast: Identifying Opportunities for Domestic Non-Visitors reveals that “The most popular activity was walking”.
The summary says: “Coastal walking appeals across the board.”
Under a section looking at weather it suggests that “destinations need to focus on activities which can still be fun when the weather isn’t ideal (walking, water sports) and promote their all-weather attractions particularly cultural and historic ones”.
Bournemouth has the Bournemouth Coast Path which, if promoted like the Dorset Coast Path, should be bringing significant economic gains.
This timely report should be concentrating minds at Christchurch Council which has just closed a crucial Christchurch Coastal Path link.
This is at Highcliffe Castle. It should be reopened as an investment for future years since the spot combines all weather walking and an historic attraction which are both mentioned in the National Coastal Tourism Academy report.