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Hadrian's Wall needs more toilets
Hadrian's Wall
The wall runs from the west of Cumbria to Wallsend
A government-backed project has begun to provide more facilities for walkers on Hadrian's Wall.

The Hadrian's Wall Tent Project offers up to 50% funding to farm and tourist businesses which provide toilets, campsites and other facilities.

Thousands of people use the Hadrian's Wall trail between Bowness on Solway and Wallsend every year.

Research shows basic services such as accommodation, toilets and drinking water are lacking in some areas.

Now the government is making cash available for new services to be established along the length of the World Heritage Site.

David McGlade, national trail officer at the Countryside Agency, said: "This will not only benefit walkers by helping provide amenities in areas where services are lacking, but it will also directly benefit the farming community too."

Ambitious plans

Tamsin Beevor, business development officer at Hadrian's Wall Tourism Partnership, said: "The Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail has now been open for two summer seasons.

"It is clear that, along with the Hadrian's cycleway, which is due to open in summer 2005, additional visitors are creating business opportunities for farmers and others to fill the gaps and help improve the visitors' enjoyment."

The project will offer grant funding of up to 15,000 for each successful scheme.

Earlier this year ambitious plans to put Hadrian's Wall on the worldwide list of 'must-see' tourists sites were published.

The proposals are for 56m to be invested that could increase visitor numbers to more than one million and spending by 72% over six years.

It followed an independent year-long study into how best to make use of the Roman site.

Plans include the creation of a story centre and transport hub in Haltwhistle, upgrades of sites along the wall and improvements to the Hadrian's Wall national trail and cycle paths.

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