Coast Alive Designates IAT Trails


On March 16 at their Annual Meeting in Varberg, Sweden, IAT partner Coast Alive officially designated more than 10,000 kms (6,000 miles) of North Sea Trail and North Sea Cycle Route as part of the International Appalachian Trail.  The new IAT route will cross much of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and England, and often follow the North Sea coastline.


 (l-r.) Coast Alive Director Magne Haugseng and IAT President Paul Wylezol with North Sea trail map


The two-day annual meeting held at the historic Varberg Stadshotellet brought together representatives from the 14 Coast Alive partners from the North Sea region,




and included presentations and workshops on landscape biographies, climate change, small business development, geo-caching, the IAT, and various Coast Alive projects and initiatives.  Filmmakers Inge and Kai Hartmeyer were also at hand to screen short segments from their popular North Sea Path TV series.


(l-r.) Coast Alive's Magne Haugseng and Theo Spek of the Center of Landscape Studies, Groningen University


John Wright CBE, National Chairman of the UK Federation of Small Business


IAT President Paul Wylezol givers presentation on International Appalachian Trail


Denmark's Karen Greve Somerset discusses a Coast Alive initiative with Coast Alive Directors Magne Haugseng (left) and David Hassall (right).


In addition to meetings and presentations, the well-planned event included guided dinner tours of a sheep farm with gift shop and restaurant, and the nearby Varberg Castle.





Coast Alive is a project of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.