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Wales gets ready for tourist season after damaging Winter storms

Porthcawl was battered by winter storms earlier this year Credit: PA

Funding of £855,000 has been announced today to help make sure Wales is prepared for the tourist season, following the winter storms.

The Wales Coast Path, which welcomes nearly three million visitors every year, will receive £545,000, so that areas of the path that were damaged during the bad weather in December and January can be repaired in time for summer.

This funding will be available to the 17 local authorities that were the worst hit.

Aberystwyth, one of the areas hardest hit by the January storms, will also benefit from a £310,000 allocation to restore the promenade and get the area back to business.

The funding will be used to replace damaged lighting, railings and street furniture like benches, bins and flag poles.

The promenade sea wall will also be repaired and repointed.

Today's announcement takes the total funding to over £10 million to help coastal areas which suffered from the wettest winter on record.

See more: In pictures: the storm damage across Wales so far.

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Coastal path success brings £32m for Welsh economy

coastal path in Llanelli
The survey shows most people use the coastal path for leisure purposes Credit: PA/ Antony Stone

Visitors to Wales' coastal path have helped to boost the Welsh economy by £32m in the last year.

The results from two surveys has found that nearly three million people were attracted to the welsh coast last year, of which 95% were visiting on a walking holiday.

The 'Visitors Survey' has also shown that local businesses have benefitted from the increased tourism.

32% of businesses taking part in the survey say the Wales Coast Path will become more important in future to the success of their business in the future.

The coastal path was opened in May last year and stretches 870 miles from Flintshire to Chepstow.

Hundreds turn out to finish soldier walk

People gathered at the Senedd for the final stretch of the 870 mile walk Credit: Nicola Hendy/ITV Wales

Hundreds of people have gathered at the Senedd for the end of Walk on Wales - a charity trek by soldiers, family and friends.

11 relay teams have taken part in the walk which began on 25th August and travelled around the Welsh coastal path.

Walk on Wales is a charity set up by two veteran Welsh guards who served in the Falklands War.

The baton is inscribed with the names of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died serving their country since the end of the Second World War.

The charity hopes to raise £1m for the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal and Combat Stress.

Walk on Wales: forces fundraising from Chester to Flint

They call it the Walk on Wales - a trek by soldiers, families and friends - hundreds of miles around our coastline. The final destination is back in Cardiff with - they hope - a million pounds raised for forces' charities.

Today they set off from Chester on the North Wales leg of the tour - a platoon of walkers with t-shirts and sponsorship forms.

Rob Shelley was there to see them off....

Read: 870-mile walk begins in Cardiff

Walk on Wales: stage two of forces walk begins in Chester

Today's stage began at Chester Racecourse

The second stage of a 870-mile charity walk around the Wales Coastal Path began today.

The walk aims to raise £1million for the charities Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

It's been organised by Walk on Wales, a charity set up by two Falklands veterans.

The walk aims to raise £1m for forces charities Credit: Twitter: @WalkOnWales

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Fundraising walk held 'to remember and help' soldiers

Former Welsh Guards Officer Jan Koops is one of a small group planning to walk the entire 870-mile stretch of the Wales Coastal Path to raise money for forces charities.

This is a very personal journey of remembrance for me. It's a pilgrimage that I have wanted to do for many years.

I hope that this walk will allow us to acknowledge those who died and help those who are in need.

– Jan Koops

The fundraising walk began today at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Walk on Wales: 870-mile walk begins in aid of soldiers

The 870-mile walk around the Wales Coastal Path aims to raise £1 million to help our troops

An 870-mile charity walk around Wales in aid of our soldiers has set off from the Senedd this afternoon.

The fundraiser has been organised by Walk on Wales - a charity set up by Falklands veterans Captain Jan Koops and LSgt Dai Graham.

The walk aims to raise £1 million for the charities Combat Stress and the Welsh Guards Afghanistan Appeal.

Eleven relay teams will walk the entire length of the Wales Coastal Path carrying a specially commissioned silver baton.

The baton is inscribed with the names of the 50 Welsh Guardsmen who have died serving their country since the end of the Second World War.

A small minority of those taking part will walk the entire 870-mile stretch.

Welsh Government welcomes Wales Coast Path award

Ministers have welcomed news that the Wales Coast Path scooped the top prize at a recent ceremony in London.

The 870-mile path won the Silver Jubilee Cup and the Exemplary Rural Planning category at the Royal Town Planning Institute awards on Wednesday evening.

Culture Minister John Griffiths said the accolade was 'thoroughly deserved', while Economy Minister Edwina Hart called the Welsh coast 'one of our most important tourism assets'.

The Wales Coast Path has already provided a £16m boost to the Welsh economy and has been voted by the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 as the greatest region on earth to visit in 2012. This latest award is excellent news for the the Wales Coast path and for Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport
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