Plans for new Brean to Weston cycle
for a brand new cycle path between Weston Pier and Brean Down
are edging closer to becoming a reality.
Grimshaw, the manager of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, right,
is overseeing the £200,000 project to create a traffic-free
cycle and walking route called the Brean Way which he hopes could
open in 2017.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, he said: "The existence of a traffic
free route from Brean to Weston, and one which was just five miles
in length, so well within the range of even a novice cycling family,
would undoubtedly be a considerable attraction for visitors to
Brean and one can imagine that a Brean Cross Sluice Path would
quickly become part of the normal holiday activities for Brean
visitors in Weston could look forward to cycling around to Brean
Down to appreciate a view they have only been able to see from
a distance before."
from one small rise at Walborough, the route proposed is level
and large parts of it are in place. The promenade at Weston is
open to cyclists now. The beach through to Uphill has the same
firm sand as at Brean. The path over Walborough has a tarmac surface
and stone farm tracks of varying degrees of repair lead through
to the Sluice."
main works required, apart from repairs, are to create a promenade
along Uphill Road North by widening the footway into the tree
belt alongside the Golf Course; rendering the Sluices itself suitable
for the public to use; constructing a new path on Diamond and
Southfield Farm lands to avoid the very busy Weston Road; and
providing a brick or similar surface to the bridleway through
to the beach."
of these works are cheap - the total cost will be high but we
are getting backing from various partner agencies."
permissions have been agreed, and planning details approved, then
this Weston and Brean Path would become a significant new initiative."
think it will be among the best cycling routes in the west country
and it will attract lots of extra visitors into the area."
currently warn people not to attempt crossing over the River Axe
estuary, where deep mud makes it treacherous.
once the new cycle path is completed, cyclists will be able to
safely cross over the Axe via a sluice bridge at Diamond Farm.
company has been awarded £2,500 by Sedgemoor District Council
this month towards the cost of the new path.
news comes just weeks after we reported on the opening of Somerset's
new Coastal Path which took place in Burnham-On-Sea, as we featured