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New Gower coastal path opens to the public

A new footpath along the Gower coast has opened to the public - two weeks ahead of schedule.

limeslade path open

Swansea Council has completed the new 260m section of footpath between Limeslade and Langland after discovering part of the older path network was suffering from coastal erosion.

Local firm Hamilton Contracting, was drafted in to assist the Council with the construction of the new section, which has been developed slightly further in from coast edge and less likely to be affected by coastal erosion in the future.

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

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

Phil Holmes, Head of Planning & City Regeneration, said: "The new path we have created ensures we can maintain a fully connected walking route across the entire Gower coastline.

"Once we had discovered problems linked to coastal erosion on the old 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 also 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, travelling through Caswell Bay, Port Eynon, Rhossili and Llanmadoc.

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

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