Lindisfarne Inn joins Northumberland Coast Path Passport Scheme
The Lindisfarne Inn has signed up to a new passport scheme for walkers using the Northumberland Coast Path.
The Lindisfarne Inn is now an official Welcome Ports on The Northumberland Coast Path Passport, a scheme introduced by the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Martin Marshall, general manager at The Lindisfarne Inn said: “We are ideally placed for walkers using the Northumberland Coast Path being the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island and close to the Northumberland coast so jumped at the chance to support the Passport scheme by becoming an official Welcome Port.
“As well as providing a great offering for guests who are walking or cycling in the area, becoming a Welcome Port shows our commitment to being walking and cycling friendly. We offer single night stays, serve up food and drink all day, every day including a special Explorers menu and have trained, knowledgeable staff offering local information, advice and guidance.”
The Northumberland Coast Path, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, is split into six sections for walkers, each of which can be completed in a day. The passport is intended to provide walkers with a guide to places to stay, eat or take a break on or near to the path.
The Northumberland Coast Path has been used by thousands of walkers since it opened in July 2006. Many are visitors to Northumberland who come specifically on walking holidays and their contribution to the local economy runs into millions of pounds each year.
Iain Robson of the Northumberland Coast AONB said: “Walkers are the perfect visitors. They often arrive without a car and because they are travelling light, tend to buy everything that they need from local businesses. They leave only footprints on the beach and lot of money in the local economy.
“We hope that their passport will become a treasured possession, a memento of their walk evoking memories of the friendly inn where we stayed, those tasty fish and chips eaten on the harbour or that refreshing pint at the end of a long day’s walk. Collecting stamps along the way will become part of the experience for walkers.”
The Northumberland Coast Path passport pack contains a passport and certificate, which walkers can send in for verification on completion, plus information about the Welcome Ports taking part in the initiative. The pack costs £2 and any surplus raised from sales will go towards maintaining signs and way markers along the path.
For more information about The Northumberland Coast Path Passport scheme go to www.northumberlandcoastpath.org