A project to highlight overlooked towns and villages in the Cotswolds and to attract visitors has been unveiled with nine towns and villages welcoming new interpretation panels, which will display 37 walking and cycling routes so that people can explore the countryside in each location.
Stroud News And Journal report that the Cotswold Gateways project is being led by Cotswold National Landscape, and has been funded by the Rural Payments Agency as part of their Rural Development Programme for England grants scheme.
The panels will help celebrate the local culture, businesses, heritage, and wildlife found in each location, and help visitors get to know those towns and villages and what makes them special. The Cotswold Gateways panels will be found in Charlbury, Cirencester, Dursley, Hawkesbury, Marshfield, Painswick, Tetbury, Winchcombe, and Wotton-under-Edge.
Once the current lockdown restrictions are eased, the locations will be accessible by public transport, allowing people to explore the locations in a sustainable and eco-friendly way. There are also opportunities for exploring by bicycle, with on and off-road options.
The locations are accessible by public transport so that when coronavirus restrictions lift, and people can travel more freely, they will be able to explore the routes in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Becky Jones, access and volunteer lead, Cotswolds National Landscape, said, “We’re delighted to announce the completion of the Cotswolds Gateways project, and I want to say a huge thanks to the many people who have given their time and expertise to make it a success – it’s been a true partnership project that will benefit both locals and visitors to the area.”
All walking routes will be available to download via www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/cotswold-gateways.
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