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Coastal route upgrade in Gower keeps walkers on the right path

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Walkers have been flocking back to a brand new stretch of coast path which has been completed along the Gower coastline.

270 metres of accessible coast path has been installed along the coast between Gower beauty spots – Limeslade and Rotherslade.

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The essential work was completed earlier in the year after coastal erosion was discovered near to the original path in 2019.

Following the inspection of the path, Swansea Council’s Countryside Team brought in contractors to create a new path further inland and away from affected area.

The Council was awarded funding by the Welsh Government to build the new section.

Andrew Stevens, Cabinet Member for Environment & Infrastructure, said: “Once we had discovered problems linked to coastal erosion on the existing path, it was important that we looked at an alternative route for all the thousands of walkers who enjoy using this path throughout the year.

“We’ve created a new section a few metres back from the original path, in an area that is safe and away from the cliff side where the erosion has occurred.

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“Fortunately we were able to complete the majority of the work to create the new section of path without disrupting visitors’ enjoyment of the coast path.

“The new path ensures we can maintain a fully connected walking route across the entire Gower coastline.”

The Council has also confirmed the new section is an upgrade to the original route providing improved accessibility for wheelchair users and prams and will include new benches for the public to enjoy the wonderful views.

Similar work has previously been completed along a 260 metre-long stretch of path between Limeslade and Langland where coastal erosion had also threatened the old route.

And a further 1500 metres of coast path has also previously been upgraded between Caswell Bay and Langland, providing improved access for all.

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Swansea’s section of the All Wales Coast Path was officially opened in 2012 where 61km of coast path have been joined together to enable walkers to trek from Swansea’s waterfront in SA1 and walk right through to Loughor, travelling through Caswell Bay, Port Eynon, Rhosilli and Llanmadoc.

Cllr Stevens added: “I believe our section of coast path along Swansea and Gower has some of the most scenic views along the entire Wales coastline. It really is stunning and I would encourage those yet to experience it, to go and have a stroll.”

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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