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Wales Coast app finds winner

Aberaid members: Lucy Hancock and Lindsey Gaunt
Winner: Kelly Osbourne was chosen for her creative depiction of ‘Love The Welsh Coast’
Winner: Kelly Osbourne was chosen for her creative depiction of ‘Love
The Welsh Coast’

A photo competition , launched to celebrate the new version of Keep Wales Tidy’s Wales Coast App, crowned an overall winner at an event held in Pembrokeshire on Thursday 2nd October. The ‘Love The Welsh Coast’ competition saw people from all over Wales submit their best Welsh coastal images for a chance to win a night’s stay at the famous St Brides Spa Hotel, recently voted best place to stay in Wales by the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2013.

The lucky winner, Kelly Osbourne was chosen at the exhibition at St Bride’s Hotel by judges Jane Davidson (Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement at Trinity St David’s) and David Wilson Pembrokeshire Professional Photographer, for her creative and personal depiction of ‘Love The Welsh Coast’.

Stephen Crabb, MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire said: “It is exciting to see this new app being developed which I have no doubt will be a huge asset for anyone using the all Wales path. Pembrokeshire is blessed with amazing beaches, stunning scenery and welcoming people – and this app will help visitors to our county experience these things to the full.” The unique Wales Coast App has been developed by Keep Wales Tidy, with funding from Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales by Living Data.

The latest version of the Wales Coast App contains all the information you need to enjoy the Welsh coast. The only app to contain detailed information on 153 beaches across Wales, it also provides information on: how to get there, the coast awards they hold, the public facilities such as toilets, car parks and lifeguards, as well as the nearby wildlife and historical attractions. This is the first time that this level of detail and information has been collected for the entire Welsh coast. With the recent success of the Wales Coast Path, avid walkers will like the fact that the App also measures the route and gradient of the Coast Path, allowing you to map your progress and access live weather links and tide timetables.

Because the smart phone knows the user’s location, the App can also find the nearest beach and allow the user to search for the particular facilities that they are looking for. The app also functions without mobile phone coverage, allowing walkers to use it along the entire Wales Coastal Path. The ‘Love The Welsh Coast’ exhibition will be available to view at Coppet Hall, Saundersfoot until Friday 31st October 2014. As well as unveiling the exhibition, the event announced an exclusive partnership between Keep Wales Tidy and National Trust. Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said: “We have witnessed an array of awards for our beautiful beaches here in Wales.

People want to know where to find Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awarded beaches this summer, as well as finding out about the local area, facilities and amenities. The Wales Coast App is the perfect tool for walkers, families and individuals looking to explore the Welsh coast.” The Wales Coast App is available now to download on the Apple App Store and the Android Play Store, start your adventure now and love the welsh coast.