Walkability project strides on with a little help from the Friends

An increasing number of people are making the most of Pembrokeshire’s world class walking opportunities thanks to the continuing success of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s Walkability project.

The project, which is part-funded by a Support for Life grant obtained by the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, helps people of all abilities to enjoy the spectacular countryside and coast around them.

Walkability Project Users’ Forum members are pictured with Project Co-ordinator Paul Casson and Rebecca Evans of Public Health Wales at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids.

Walkability Project Users’ Forum members are pictured with Project Co-ordinator Paul Casson and Rebecca Evans of Public Health Wales at Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids.

The funding of nearly £5,000 has enabled the project to engage more people by delivering more walks, run walk leader courses, provide transport for walking groups and allowed the purchase of equipment such as waterproofs and walking poles.

Walkability Project Co-ordinator Paul Casson said: “We are extremely grateful to the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park for obtaining this funding, which has helped even more people get out and get active in the National Park.

“The funding has enabled the project to organise a programme of more than 35 walks for a range of groups, promoting health and well-being, a sense of community and adult learning. We have also trained additional walk leaders so that even more people will benefit from Walkability in the long term.”

The Walkability Project has also established a users’ forum so that those taking part can rate their experience, discuss the benefits they are experiencing and make suggestions about how sessions could be improved.

The forum recently met for the first time at the National Park Authority’s Oriel y Parc Gallery and Visitor Centre for a session facilitated by Rebecca Evans of Public Health Wales.

For more information about the Walkability Project visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/walkability.

To learn more about the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visit www.fpnp.org.uk.


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