New walking guide launched in Long Melford to help boost village tourism
With the height of summer arriving, Long Melford hopes to help residents and visitors make the most of the village’s sights and natural environment, with the launch of a new walking guide.
The Dedham Vale Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project has published a new brochure, Walking in Long Melford, featuring maps and information about key attractions in the village.
Produced with support from Long Melford Heritage Centre, it is part of the Improving the Stour Valley for Visitors project, which produced a similar leaflet for Bures last year.
Katherine Davies, Stour Valley visitor development officer, said the goal of the new guide is to encourage more visitors to Long Melford, bringing increased economic activity to the area in the process.
“Firstly, we want people to get out and enjoy their local countryside and all the health benefits that walking brings,” she told the Free Press.
“It’s also about encouraging people to visit Long Melford itself and make a day trip out of it. That will support visitor-focused businesses, which will have a positive impact on the local economy.”
Around 7,500 copies have been printed, and will be available from the heritage centre, various local businesses and tourist information points in the Stour Valley.
John Nunn, Long Melford Parish Council chairman and heritage centre director, said the guide marked another positive project in the village, amidst the unprecedented times of the coronavirus crisis.
“A lot of villages have these guides, but Long Melford has missed out in the past,” he said. “We hope this will be a bit of a lift for people.
“We’ve got a lot of new residents in the village, some of whom are not aware of all the walks available in the district. We just hope this will supplement their experience.”
Cllr Nunn thanked Lisa Tipper and Dave and Sheila Williams for their help to produce the guide.
For more information, go online to www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org/publications/walking-guides.
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