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Korea Friendship Trail at Stinchcombe

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Korea Friendship Trail

Walkers in South Korea are a step closer to walking the Cotswold Way National Trail thanks to the launch of the Cotswolds – Korea Friendship Trail in the South Korean island of Jeju Olle.

Along part of the Jeju Olle long distance coastal walking route, walkers can now find the same waymarked wooden signposts that are used along the Cotswold Way. The launch of this part of the trail in South Korea follows a similar launch which took place at Stinchcombe Hill last year, where a specially marked trail promotes the links with South Korea, and marks the completion of this new friendship trail – one of the first friendship trails in the world.
Friendship trails are similar to twin towns, whereby trails in different countries team up in the name of partnership, mutual publicity and international alliance. Through the concept of the Cotswolds Korea Friendship Trail and others in the world, it is hoped that the idea will spread across the globe, promoting understanding and walking, whilst boosting tourism and local economy.

“This is a real opportunity to promote international friendship and cooperation. We are proud to be joining up with Jeju Olle, and hope this special relationship will benefit people, landscapes and conservation in both our countries,” said James Blockley, Cotswold Way National Trail Officer.

A downloadable route guide for the Cotswolds Korea Friendship Trail at Stinchcombe Hill is available here.         Source: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk