1. Identify or create segments of the path, banded into easy (say, up to 3 miles, good surface, relatively level), medium (say, 3-10 miles), challenging (say, 10-20 miles) or very challenging (>20 miles or relatively steep and difficult conditions). 2. Identify or create free car parks and bus-stops at segment ends along the path (gateways). 3. Install at each gateway a robust, single, unisex, eco-friendly toilet, usable ...more »
How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?
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The problems are grouped into 7 main themes:
Theme 1: Facilities for all
Theme 2: Opportunities for business
Theme 3: Community engagement
Theme 4: Accessible information
Theme 5: Infrastructure
Theme 6: Funding and Policy Making
Theme 7: Making plans
Theme 8: Marketing, communications and branding
Theme 9: Geography and environment
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The Challenge closed at 12 noon on 2 May 2012
Develop an integrated and consistent online presence for the Wales Coast Path using Open Source Software. This will cover three aspects : 1. Communicate - a multi-language website, a blog with multiple local advocates, social media for communications, marketing & organising initiatives, and finally a directory with geo-mapped accommodation, activities and attractions (the 3 A's). 2. Inform - key to the success of the ...more »
A communications hub is placed strategically on the coastal path at car parks, information points, community locations etc. The hub will use low cost satellite broadband to connect to the internet to provide WiFi hotspot, tourist information point, emergency services, local communications etc.
Provide in a dashboard format local information that can be used by residents and visitors
real time route plotter alerts with social gaming with active alerts for all uses walkers local business along the path route - aimed at getting walkers and users to communicate and link to each other dynamically both web and smartphone enabled.
West Coast Path users can benefit from information on niche products and price available in the area and get it delivered at any point of convenience. Renewable Energy based Precise Information Display System along the path bridges Tourists and the communities along the path, while tourists enjoy the nature and also shop valuables in the area.
This highly intuitive use of digital technology, downloadable to over 86% of the smartphone market, combines creatively designed content that is unique to the area, providing bespoke visitor experiences that promote local and visitor engagement with the community; thereby increasing visitor numbers, dwell time, spend and repeat visitors to the Wales Coastal Path and the surrounding communities.
The idea is to incorporate the whole coastal area for walking by creating a grid of walking stretches (eg of about 1 or 2 miles long) - also inland - where the intersections are numbered/labeled. The user can then,through apps, make her/his own route by connecting the numbered intersections, creating any custom route wanted, saving it and using it for walking. Specific points of interest, cafes, accomodation can be ...more »
Detailed list and maps of parking available along the Wales Coast Path.
I am not necessarily proposing that I develop this idea, but could be taken forward by others.
Widely promote the Wales Coast Path to attract experienced walkers and non-walkers alike by presenting visitors with a series of themed itineraries that incentivise use of local businesses and suppliers.
Establishment of network of local people acting as hosts along the Coastal Path, who would offer overnight accommodation and possibly refreshments during the day as well. Local hosts would be well informed about their local area and the Path, so able to provide walkers with information and advice about: Path itself; local environment, local history, local geography, local community news. Welsh speakers would also offer ...more »
Provide an open and free to use publishing platform along with free to download mobile apps and web apps that allow trail tales to be built and consumed. Engage with local communities and organizations to bring a wide range of "trail tales" into this platform. Promote the consumption of this unique content telling the story of the Wales Coast from the perspective of the local communities through mobile and web apps ...more »