Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

What are National Trails worth?

26th October 2016

Sorry I’ve been quiet of late. The last couple of months have been extremely busy. Hopefully you’ve kept up to date with some of our news posts.

We’re now well into autumn, but it’s still remarkably dry and quite mild. Perfect for getting out on the trail, which is about at its driest. Hard on the feet, but rolls nicely under your tyres.

Overseeing surfacing improvements and ensuring we have a budget next year has taken most of my time. I’m part of a small national working group looking at evidence gathering to show the value of National Trails to government and other funders. We’re also lobbying government departments to ensure our small grant income is not too harshly cut and investigating new funding streams.

Did you know that total government spending on National Trails costs UK taxpayers only 3p per year, but that these same trails receive over 80 million day visits generating an estimated £500 million to the local economy. It’s also estimated that the health benefits from people using National Trails saves the NHS over £1 billion per year. These are staggering numbers, but most important of all is the feeling you get when you walk or ride along a trail in our beautiful countryside. That’s priceless.

We have some great new products available in our shop. You can now buy a Kelly Hall bespoke sign vintage stile travel poster celebrating the SDW. Also available are blank greetings cards, mugs, badges and some unique candle holders. Our candle holders are made out of old SDW signposts by our volunteers. Take a look at what’s available now. You might find some useful Christmas presents!

I’m off to Hampshire tomorrow to see how our contractors are getting on with improvement works in the Meon Valley. I’ll report back again soon.

More blogs from this Trail »

More blogs from all trails »

Share this post: