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Coast path upgrade planned along Gower coastline

Limeslade Bay, Gower

One of the most popular sections of coast path on Gower is being re-routed to protect the route from coastal erosion.

The existing stretch of path which provides fantastic views between Limeslade and Rotherslade is being threatened by coastal erosion, which Swansea Council has identified during an inspection late last year.

The Council’s countryside access team has now applied for funding to build a new section further inland to ensure the thousands of walkers using it each year can continue enjoying the popular outdoor attraction.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement & Infrastructure Management said: “The new path we aim to create will ensure we can maintain a fully connected walking route across the entire Gower coastline.

“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.

“At present, the existing path is still safe to use and we are hopeful that the majority of construction works can be completed without the need to close the existing path. However there will be occasions when we need to close it for short periods so work can be carried out safely.

“We are also taken the opportunity to consider access issues and make sure the new path is more accessible for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs.”

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.

Swansea’s section of the All Wales Coast Path was officially opened in 2012 where 55km 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.