Cheddar is an ideal contender to become a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village being adjacent to both the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Somerset Levels and having a wide range of facilities for walkers including walk routes, places to eat, stay, shop, and being accessible by public transport.
This national scheme offers a range of benefits to communities who want to encourage more visitors as a way of supporting local services e.g shops and public transport, and businesses.
Benefits of the scheme http://www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk/ include:
- Attracting more people to visit your village to enjoy local walks
- Economic benefit for local shops, B&Bs, Hotels, Pubs, Cafés, Restaurants, etc. through increased footfall
- Demonstrates that walkers will be given a warm welcome by the local community
- Encourages preparation of local walking guides and signage
- Helps ensure that footpaths and facilities for walkers are kept in good condition
Sarah Jackson, AONB Manager said ‘We are inviting tourism businesses to an initial brief meeting on Tuesday 24th February 11.30am-12.30pm, Bath Arms Hotel Cheddar to find out more and share ideas on how it might work for Cheddar. Whether you have a shop, accommodation, camp site or pub and feel that you have something to offer visitors to Cheddar or could be involved in improving the visitor experience in anyway please come along to the meeting. To register as a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ village, demonstrating that there is local support to welcome visitors is essential.’
If you will be attending or would like to be involved contact Sarah SJackson@somerset.gov.uk or 01761 462338