As part of the Linking Up project, we worked with communities across rural Wales to help them plug gaps identified in their walking and cycling networks. These areas were:
- The West shore of Llandudno linking to Deganwy and National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 5
- Flint town
- Flint to Connah’s Quay link along NCN Route 5
- Brynmawr to Garnlydan missing link
- Usk to Pontypool link
- Garw Valley link to NCN Route 4
- Pontarddulais link to Grovesend
- Narberth to Haverfordwest link
Their experiences are used as case studies within this toolkit to show how the principles we have identified work in practice and we thank them all for their input and their enthusiastic participation in the project.
In this toolkit we aim to help you on your journey.
Section 1 sets out how to go about influencing the development and improvement of paths in your area, from setting up a stakeholder group to carrying out feasibility studies.
Section 2 sets out how you as individual business or as a community can attract more walkers and cyclists to your area and start reaping some of the economic benefits this could bring.
Section 3 sets out the benefits of walking and cycling and provides you with some facts and figures to help you justify the development of new paths and the improvement and promotion of existing ones.
In addition we also provide a handy glossary to help you understand some of the jargon involved in the process.
Each section can be downloaded separately or as a whole. We hope that you find the toolkit informative and useful and wish you luck in developing new paths in your area.