Step out to discover Coastal Treasures with Norfolk's Walking and Cycling Festival 2019
The fifth annual Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival is taking place this October. This year the festival is being hosted by the Coastal Treasures project which aims to promote sustainable tourism and open-up new ways to explore the rich heritage of West Norfolk.
Cllr Andrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council’s member champion for walking and cycling, said: “We’ve got a bumper series of events this year with something almost every day during October. There are gentle strolls, nature and history walks, a run to a brewery and family friendly activities. Most of the events are free so I’d like to invite people to come and explore, and connect with Norfolk’s stunning scenery and fascinating history.
“If you can’t make it to any of the events it’s easy to choose a walk to suit you anytime as the Coastal Treasures project, which is hosting this year’s walking and cycling festival, has seen a brand-new set of circular way-marked walks and cycle tours created throughout north-west Norfolk. The routes have been chosen to showcase the landscape, landmarks and heritage of the area.”
And this summer saw Norfolk’s 84 mile-long National Trail, the Peddars Way & Norfolk Coast Path, become completely stile-free, making the long distance routes more accessible than ever.
People are urged to take a look at the Walking and Cycling festival events listing to book their place, and to keep checking back as more events are being added weekly. Go to www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/wcf for more information.
A wide range of walking, cycling and horse-riding routes, including the new Coastal Treasures routes, are available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/trails
About the Coastal Treasures project
In July 2017, Norfolk County Council was awarded funding from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund for the Coastal Treasures project. Coastal Treasures promotes sustainable tourism and new ways of accessing the wealth of heritage features in the coastal area between King’s Lynn and Burnham Overy, and beyond into inland north-west Norfolk.
About the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF)
The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. The CCF encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs.
Since the start of the CCF in 2012 it have awarded grants to 277 organisations across the UK to the value of £170m. This funding is forecast to deliver over 16,000 jobs and help attract over £316m of additional funds to coastal areas. The National Lottery Community Fund has delivered the CCF on behalf of the UK government and the devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The UK government announced in 2015 that the CCF will be extended to 2021 with at least £90m of new funding available for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21.
Press release courtesy of Norfolk County Council.