Walking in Wales: New trail complete as final stage opens

For more than 150 years, the Heart of Wales railway has meandered through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain.

Now walkers can enjoy one of the UK’s longest fully-waymarked footpaths, loosely following the line, from Shropshire to Carmarthenshire. The last stage of the 141-mile trail opened this week.

One tourism expert said Wales was “ideal” for such walking tourism due to its nature and heritage, and the predicted rise in visitor numbers is expected to provide a “major boost” to the local economy.

“Wales is ideal for this type of tourism because one of its greatest assets is its diversity of countryside in close proximity. Combined with heritage railways such as this, Wales has the potential to be like Switzerland in attracting walker visitors.”

Heart of Wales Community Rail Partnership said: “With large numbers of visitors planning to walk the trail this summer, we are keen to put local cafes and pubs, family farmed produce and ‘off the beaten track’ B&Bs at the centre of the walking trail experience.”

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