A NEW website, pioneered by the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has just been launched to promote the natural assets of the North Devon coastal area.

The AONB spans from Welcombe to Combe Martin - a tall order to explore easily until now. Explore the Coast website highlights not only just how much there is to see and do, but how to do so with your own personalised itinerary, without spending a penny or getting in the car.

The website www.explorethecoast.org opens up new avenues for tourism, with easy to use facilities to discover the best spots for scenery, nature and history, all at the click of a mouse.

It aims to inspire both residents and visitors to leave the car behind and explore the coast around them.

The website was pioneered as a result of focus groups with small tourism businesses, who highlighted the need of visiting families to spend part of their holidays close to their accommodation. While visitors like the beaches and theme parks, exploring the natural environment close to their accommodation was also seen as important, as were activities they could do for free and without having to use their cars.

Training events are currently being scheduled across the AONB – so if you are a community organisation or tourist provider and would like to know more about making the most of the site, contact clare.manning@devon.gov.uk or call (01237) 423655