Vale council launches two coastal pathways
Vale residents and visitors can now take full advantage of
the area's stunning coastline, following the official launch of two
stretches of the coastal path at Lavernock and Heritage Coast.
The continuous linear Wales Coast Path, which
will be completed in May, will stretch for some 1400km (870 miles)
around the whole coast of Wales, linking to Offa's Dyke National
Trail, running along the English border to provide a complete
Funded by the Welsh Government and delivered
through local authorities from 2007 to 2013, the Coastal Access
Improvement Programme will make physical improvements to existing
paths along the coast, develop new routes, provide information and
improve opportunities for access.
And the programme has allowed the Vale of
Glamorgan Council to undertake considerable improvements along its
stretch of the coast path, which extends for 45km from Bridgend at
Ogmore in the west to Cardiff Bay Barrage in the east and
incorporates most of the Heritage Coast, which is 14 miles in
In St Mary’s Well Bay, Lavernock, the council
has worked with the Welsh Government, South and West Wales Wildlife
Trust and St Mary's Well Bay Caravan Park to provide an alternative
route, following collapse of the previous footpath due to
Within the Heritage Coast, the council has
worked with Dunraven Estates to dedicate 7.5km of access as a
public path. This represents a sizeable addition to the public
footpath network and in turn has allowed major works to be
undertaken, significantly improving the path through the valley at
Cwm Mawr as well as upgrading gates and signing along the rest of
The full 870 mile length of the Wales Coast
Path will be officially opened in its entirety on Saturday, 5 May
2012. One of the three official openings will take place in
Cardiff, on the Roald Dahl Plass.
Environment Minister John Griffiths said:
"The Wales Coast Path is already ensuring
worldwide recognition for our beautiful coast. Indeed, Lonely
Planet has named Wales’ coast the greatest region on Earth to visit
"We expect the Wales Coast Path to attract an
extra 100,000 new visitors to our coast each year. This is great
news for coastal businesses, great news for our tourism industry
and great news for Wales’ economy as a whole, particularly at this
economically challenging time.
"The fact that the Wales Coast Path will be
open ahead of the London 2012 Olympics, when the eyes of the world
will be on the UK is another real plus point. However the path is
not just for tourists, and I really hope it will encourage people
in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales to get out and about and
enjoy their local coast line and countryside."
Picture caption (L to R): Trica Cottnam,
coastal access officer; Frank Colman, chair of local access forum;
Sue Rice, Countryside Council for Wales; Bob Guy, VOG; Alex Bailey,
bay caravan park and Gwyn Teague, Rights of Way Officer, launch the
new coastal path at Lavernock.
Find out more about Public Rights of Way in the Vale here.