Park Authority helping people find their feet

20th August 2013

Popping out for a quick saunter around the block sounds easy to achieve, but if you have a mental or physical illness or disability even getting to the start of a walk can be a challenge.

A forum organised in Pembrokeshire recently by West Wales Action for Mental Health brought a range of organisations together which deliver a recognised therapeutic service, including Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority’s successful Walkability project.

The Authority’s Walkability Officer Paul Casson attended the event and said: “There is now much more acceptance of the benefits of walking from a range of organisations, which is evident with the Authority being invited to speak at this local mental health forum.

“Our Walkability programme works with a wide range of groups who have overcome a range of disabilities and been helped to kick-start a desire to get outdoors – our experience backs up increasingly strong evidence of the clear mental and physical benefits of walking.”

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail provides essential coastal access for walking as well as a wide range of other activities – fishing, rock climbing, bird-watching. It also provides reliability – you can go almost anywhere on the coast of Pembrokeshire, turn left or right and enjoy an unforgettable walk.

The Authority’s Health and Tourism Officer Hannah Buck added: “The National Park Authority has increasingly shifted its focus towards how it can better promote the health and well-being benefits of access to nature and formalise its role in supporting activities like walking.

“The Forum was an invaluable opportunity to share the success of Walkability and network with other organisations working across a range of communities, including children and families, the elderly and volunteers.”

For more information about Walkability contact Paul Casson on 01646 624880 or for a range of easy access walks visit

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