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Powys woman nears end of 1000 mile homeless trek around Wales

A Welsh grandmother is walking more than 1000 miles around Wales to raise money for a homeless charity.

Rebecca Morris left her home at Knighton in Powys on St David's Day. Today she's expected to hit the 900 mile mark when she walks from Barry Island to Cardiff.

Rebecca Morris - second from left - has been joined by her sister and supporters for this leg of the journey Credit: Mike Griffiths/ITV News

" I have had a couple of times along the way where I've had a bit of a bad leg and I've had difficult days" she told ITV News.

"But considering the distance, and the fact that I've walked every day fifteen miles for sixty days, I've been very lucky. I've met some fabulous people along the way"

Celebrations for second anniversary of Wales Coast Path

The Welsh Government developed the Wales coast path two years ago Credit: Welsh Government

Celebrations are taking place today to mark the second anniversary of the opening of the Wales coast path.

Culture and Sport Minister, John Griffiths AM, will join walkers on a Ramblers Cymru Big Welsh Walk at Southerndown Beach in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The anniversary also sees the start of the Love the Welsh Coast campaign, run in partnership with Natural Resources Wales.

The campaign is a month-long programme of walks and other events to highlight the Wales Coast Path and attract visitors to the coast.

Developed by the Welsh Government in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, 16 local authorities and two National Parks, the 870 mile Wales Coast Path is the first path in the world to run right along the coastline of a country.

In the year running up to September 2013 the path attracted 2.82 million visitors and provided a £32.3m economic boost to coastal towns and villages across Wales.

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.

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.

Coastal path success brings £32m for Welsh economy

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.

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