Tourists to beat a path to the hills

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Hundreds of footpaths and rural attractions were reopened yesterday and the tourism industry hoped for a bank holiday rush to recoup losses from foot-and-mouth. With sunshine forecast and bolstered by the Prime Minister's upbeat assessment that the virus is under control, millions are expected in the countryside.

Hundreds of footpaths and rural attractions were reopened yesterday and the tourism industry hoped for a bank holiday rush to recoup losses from foot-and-mouth. With sunshine forecast and bolstered by the Prime Minister's upbeat assessment that the virus is under control, millions are expected in the countryside.

In Devon, 80 footpaths were opened, providing access to nearly half of the county's coastal routes. Restrictions were lifted from paths up Snowdon in north Wales and the North Yorkshire Moors.

A spokesman for the Ramblers' Association said: "These are great areas opening up. I'm sure a lot of people will be out there walking." The National Trust said 403 of its properties would be open, and the AA reported heavy traffic on all motorways heading out of cities.

Temperatures of 17C (63F) in southern Britain and 15C (59F) elsewhere are forecast.

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