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Win cash prizes with National Park Footpath User Survey

by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority on 10-Aug-2015
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The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has launched a new Footpath User Survey to gather walkers’ views on the condition of the country path network in the National Park.

The path network managed by the Park Authority includes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail and other public footpaths and bridleways that give access to the countryside in the National Park.

Those who fill out the short questionnaire will be in with a chance of winning three cash prizes of £100, £75 and £50.

National Park Authority Access Manager, Anthony Richards said: “We recognise the positive benefits walking brings to the local economy in terms of visitor spend and also to local people and visitors in terms of their health and well-being.


“The data gathered will provide the Authority with a better understanding of footpath use in the National Park, who is using the path network and what motivates and inspires people to get out walking.


“The results will help us plan for the future and tell us where we need to target our resources, in order to improve the general condition of public rights of way and how we promote the footpath network.”

The Authority has placed seven boxes on the Coast Path and five on the inland paths in the National Park, containing simple forms for people to fill out. Once the forms are filled out, they should be posted into the slot in the box for collection.

The survey boxes can be found at: Nevern, Pantmaenog, Gwaun Valley, Cwm yr Eglwys, Garn Fechan, Abereiddi, Newgale, near Broad Haven (North), West Angle, St Govan’s, Saundersfoot and Minwear.

The last footpaths surveys were the Country Paths Survey 2005 and Coast Path User Survey 1996/7. Both these surveys provided useful data to prepare the Pembrokeshire Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2007-17 (ROWIP), which identifies the priorities for the strategic management of public rights of way in the county.

The results of the new survey will be used to guide the future management of public rights of way in the Park and will help to prepare a new ten-year strategy to replace the current ROWIP.

The survey will last for 12 months with a prize draw made on 1 August 2016.  The project is being part-funded by the Welsh Government’s Rights Of Way Improvement Plan Grant.