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New walking guide launched in Bures to help boost tourism profile of village




A new project showcasing the walking routes available throughout Bures could bring about many benefits to residents and visitors alike, according to the local council.

The Walking in Bures leaflet, produced by Bures St Mary Parish Council and the Dedham Vale Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project, has been distributed to businesses and tourist information centres in an effort to boost the village’s profile.

In addition, a new information board, funded with grants from Suffolk County Council and Braintree District Council, has been installed at Bures Recreation Ground, featuring a detailed map, plus online links and a QR code for mobile phone app users.

Launch of Walking in Bures. From left: Jenny Wright Parish Clerk, Gill Jackson, Chairman Bures St Mary Parish Council, Katherine Davies, Stour Valley Visitor Development Officer, Jan Aries, Vice-chairman Bures St Mary Parish Council and Bures Rights of Way Officer. Contributed picture. (27815789)
Launch of Walking in Bures. From left: Jenny Wright Parish Clerk, Gill Jackson, Chairman Bures St Mary Parish Council, Katherine Davies, Stour Valley Visitor Development Officer, Jan Aries, Vice-chairman Bures St Mary Parish Council and Bures Rights of Way Officer. Contributed picture. (27815789)

The project follows a village-wide survey, in which 80 per cent of respondents said local footpaths were important to them, with many interested in having more information about them.

Gill Jackson, chairman of Bures St Mary Parish Council, said this, combined with the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project’s goal of boosting local tourism, was the impetus for the new initiative.

“In Bures, we’re in need of more retail facilities and the more people we can get into the village, the more likely we will get businesses set up to meet the needs of residents,” she told the Free Press.

“When we have given out the leaflets to be distributed, it has brought about a general feeling of positivity about the village.

“If you have lived here a long time and see this, you feel a sense of pride in the place you live. It brings benefits to the profile of the village.”

Katherine Davies, Stour Valley visitor development officer, added: “The overall aim of the project is to increase economic activity within the Stour Valley by attracting more visitors to the area.

“It is hoped that this leaflet will encourage visitors to Bures, which will have a positive impact on local services and businesses, but, most importantly, to inspire people to get out walking and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.”


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