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Luggage and accommodation service launched for Wales Coast Path walkers

Three of North Wales' walking holiday companies are joining forces to provide a service for ambitious walkers looking to tackle the whole of the northern Wales Coast Path.

Together the three companies will be able to book all the necessary accommodation and handle all the logistics of baggage transfer and pickups.

There is nothing more annoying than walking along a trail all day and then discovering that you have to walk another two miles to get to your hotel - and another two miles to get back to the trail the next morning.

Luggage transport means that being weighed down with a haversack is a thing of the past. No heavy bag makes walking much more enjoyable and hugely increases the ground that can be covered in a day.

– Peter Hewlett, Managing Director, Edge of Wales Walk

New scheme encourages walkers to tackle Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast path opened in May 2012 Credit: PA

A new initiative has been set up to use the Wales Coast Path as a shot in the arm for the Tourist Industry in North Wales.

Three of North Wales' walking holiday companies have joined forces to provide what they call a full and seamless service for ambitious walkers looking to tackle the whole of the northern Wales Coast Path.

Together the three companies will be able to book all the necessary accommodation, and handle the logistics of baggage transfer and pickups, while walkers are free to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The three companies that will operate the service are Clwydian Walking Holidays, Anglesey Walking Holidays and Edge of Wales Walk.

The Wales Coast Path is an 870 mile path that goes all the way around the Welsh Coast. 320 miles of the path are in North Wales.

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Active Travel Bill passed by Assembly Members

Assembly Members have voted in favour of plans to radically reform support for cyclists and walkers, to encourage more healthy lifestyles. The new law is said to be a world first.

It would force local authorities to consider the needs of both walkers and those on bikes as they plan transport networks. The Active Travel (Wales) Act also calls on Welsh Ministers and Councils to promote active travel and provide annual updates to the Welsh Assembly.

Jane Lorimer, National Director of Sustrans Cymru, said “The passing of this legislation shows that Wales’ leadership is serious about making walking and cycling the normal choice for more of our everyday shorter journeys."

School children help launch new travel law

Children at Millbank Primary School in Ely helped to launch the new Bill Credit: ITV News Wales / Richard Morgan

School children from Millbank Primary School in Ely have helped to launch a new law that aims to make walking and cycling in Wales safer.

The Active Travel Bill puts a duty on local authorities to improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.

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Sustrans: 'the most effective public health initiative since the smoking ban'

A charity that promotes walking, cycling and public transport says the new Active Travel Bill has the potential to be the "most effective public health initiative since the smoking ban."

Sustrans Cymru first suggested the new law in a petition to the Assembly six years ago.

It says that the networks of new routes created by the Bill will play a major role in persuading people out of their cars for shorter journeys but what is also needed are programs that will help people to take advantage of the routes.

The evidence shows that the easiest way for most people to get more exercise is to build it into their daily routine, but even though most everyday journeys are short, many of us still choose to take the car; in fact 20% of our car journeys are less than one mile.

The Active Travel Bill aims to get more people walking and cycling for short local trips as part of tackling the obesity epidemic and reducing congestion.

– Lee Waters, National Director of Sustrans Cymru

Active Travel Bill aims to make cycling and walking 'easier and safer'

It is hoped that more people can experience the health benefits of cycling and walking and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. Credit: JANE MINGAY/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Proposals are being launched today aimed at making walking and cycling "easier and safer".

The Welsh Government's Active Travel Bill will place a legal duty on councils to create a network of routes for walking and cycling, and will require them to continuously improve it.

The government says the plans are being introduced so that more people can experience the health benefits of cycling and walking and greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.

It says that by encouraging more people to walk and cycle, congestion will be reduced and the number of days lost through sickness will go down.