All Wales Coast Path is to be upgraded

Swansea Labour backing coastline path upgrade to improve wheelchair and pram access

A new section of public walking path along Swansea’s Gower coastline is being developed to provide better access for wheelchair users and parents with prams.

Local contractors brought in by the Labour-led Swansea Council are completing a 260m stretch of path between Limeslade and Langland.

The new concrete footpath will replace a section further out towards the cliff edge where some sections have suffered from coastal erosion and started crumbling away.

In a bid to make the new path more accessible for everyone, gentle slopes will replace steps which featured on the old path.

New benches will also be installed to give walkers and chance to sit down and appreciate the stunning views along the coastline.

Funding for the scheme has come via the Welsh Government’s coast path grant.

Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said; “Our coastal paths all around Gower are very popular and much loved by those that walk them.

“The job of maintaining them and ensuring everyone can enjoy the stunning views is an ongoing one.

“Recently we have seen small sections suffer the effects of coastal erosion which means we have had to close it and create a new section further inland.

“While we are creating the new path we have taken the opportunity to consider access issues and make sure the new path is more accessible for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. We have done this by lessening the gradient of the slopes and avoided using steps which were included in the previous path.”

The latest works follow previous improvements to other sections between Langland and Caswell with around 1.5km of coastal path being upgraded.

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.





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