Tourism Partnership North Wales (TPNW) has announced a new smartphone app for six circular walks along the Wales Coast Path from Flintshire to Gwynedd.
TPNW have used Rougeo, an easy to use on-line service for creating Smartphone and iBook apps for visitor trails, guides, events and places of interest to produce the WCP Trails North Wales app.
Paul Sandham Managing Director of Geosho, Caernarfon based company responsible for the Rougeo product said: “We’re delighted to be supporting TPNW in the release of this new app and particularly to make a difference for local businesses and visitors to this stunning part of the country.
“Today an incredible 70% of the UK population own a Smartphone or tablet device and users expect to use them in every aspect of their daily lives. As a result websites and apps have become a fundamental to successful tourism organisations such as TPNW”.
With 44.5 per cent of adults regularly enjoying a walk of more than two miles, walking is the most popular physical activity in Britain and has been identified as a key part of the new Tourism strategy for Wales ‘A Partnership for Growth’.
With funding from Welsh Government, via Visit Wales, Tourism Partnership North Wales is aiming to build on the three million visitors and £32m the Wales Coast Path has generated in the last 12 months.
Regional Strategy Director Dewi Davies said: “We’re very pleased to support the development of the product offer around the Wales Coast Path in partnership with Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales.
“We have more than 870 miles of magnificent coastline in North Wales and some brilliant walking experiences along the Wales Coast Path which is proving a massive hit.
“We therefore made it our special mission to identify six fantastic circular walks in order to make it easier for the customer so they can enjoy them by starting and ending the walk in the same place.
“The Wales Coast Path has attracted three million walkers and generated £32 million in spending by visitors.
“Geographically, we’re very well placed as a destination for a day visit a short break or a long stay because we’re virtually on the doorstep of around 20 million people in the North West and the Midlands.
“That’s why we developed the six circular walks as part of our Walking North Wales campaign.”
Each walk is based on our stories, myths and legends here in North Wales and all of them have our unique and stunning scenery as a backdrop.
All walks are downloadable from a smartphone or tablet app called WCP Trails North Wales. This is available for both android and iPhones and can be used before you start your journey, so if you are in an area of poor reception you’ve still got guidance all the way through.
The app will gives a route map, points of interest and lots of helpful information so you don’t go off the beaten track.
Each walk can also be printed from the Walking North Wales website to give hard copy information on each walk.
Dewi Davies added: “We know how successful the Wales Coast Path has been and we’re going to build on that great success.
“These walks aren’t just for visitors because they can also be enjoyed just as much by people who live in North Wales.
“We know how popular North Wales is for our near neighbours in the North West and the West Midlands, and these circular walks provide even more great reasons for them to come here.”
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The 6 circular walks are:
Conwy Ancient Secrets
Penmaenmawr to Llanfairfechan in Conwy
Giant Slayer Walk
Nant Gwrtheyrn to Tre’r Ceiri Iron Age Hillfort in Gwynedd
Holy Well of Celtic Legend
St Winefride’s Well to Duke of Lancaster Ship in Flintshire
Menai Strait Spectacular
Llanfair PG to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey
Prestatyn Coast & Waterfall
Prestatyn to Dyserth in Denbighshire
Shimmering Snowdonia Sandbanks
Porthmadog to Black Rock Sands in Gwynedd