Walkers visiting a trail which runs along the route of Hadrian's Wall have contributed almost £4.5m to the region's economy, figures show.
The wall runs from the west of Cumbria to Wallsend
The Countryside Agency says since the opening of Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail in May 2003, more than a million visitors have been to the area.
More than 400,000 walkers have used the trail since it opened and walkers have generated £4.5m expenditure.
The trail goes from Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria, to Tyneside.
The number of long distance walkers using the trial between May and September rose by 31% in 2004 compared to 2003 - 2,370 to 3,112.
The number of days long distance walkers spent walking the trail rose by 13% with the average time taken to complete it rising from 5.8 days in 2003 to 6.3 days in 2004.
There was also an increase in the number of day walkers.
Countryside Agency national trails officer, David McGlade, said: "Hadrian's Wall path continues to grow not just in popularity but in its ability to contribute to the economy of the region.
"The initial £6m investment in the new trail has already generated almost £4.5m of expenditure.
"Remoter areas and small businesses have seen a significant rise in visitor numbers and expenditure, so I am delighted that the trail is playing such a strong part in the economic vitality of the region as a whole."