Are you a visitor to Worthing, or perhaps a newbie resident? Have you explored the independent galleries, or tried out that new restaurant in town? As part of National Walking Month, Worthing Borough Council’s tourism arm, Discover Worthing, has launched Walk it Worthing a new digital interactive map to help visitors make the most of their stay and encourage local people to explore the town.
“The beauty of Worthing is everything is within walking distance. However, many of the town’s real hidden gems are tucked away and could be easily missed,” says the council’s Visitor Economy and Marketing Officer Judy Fox.
The Walk it Worthing interactive map is similar to Google Maps but links to the Discover Worthing website. Simply input your location, the distance you’d like to walk, search either by category, for example art galleries and museums or restaurants, or by theme including rainy day activities, family friendly or outdoor activities, and Walk it Worthing will give you walking directions to your chosen destination.
As Judy explains: “Imagine you were staying at the Burlington Hotel which is located to the west of Worthing on the seafront and wanted to find a place for dinner. Your natural instincts would probably send you along the promenade into central Worthing. Not ideal on a rainy day. Using Walk it Worthing you can type in your postcode, search Restaurants and Bars and up will pop a number places on Rowlands Road – a great neighbourhood area with an independent buzz, just off the beaten track.”
National Walking Month is the brainchild of national charity Living Streets. It is designed as a month of celebrating walking and encouraging others to become involved, improving the physical and mental health of all. Walk it Worthing also feeds into Adur & Worthing Councils’ public health and sustainability strategies.