cyclists head to new Brean to Weston cycle path on opening day
of cyclists joined an inaugural ride along a new £500,000
path linking Weston-super-Mare and Brean Down on Bank Holiday Monday.
has taken 20 years of planning but cyclists and walkers can finally
enjoy the route, although organisers say the path will not be fully
completed until the end of May and will be officially opened in
the Brean Down Way, it runs for eight miles from Weston Pier to
Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a long-awaited
route via the Brean Cross Sluice to get over the River Axe.
Grimshaw, the overall lead from charitable body Greenways And Cycle
Routes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We had lots of interest on
Monday and saw over 500 cyclists using the path for the first time
with lots of positive feedback. It's something that a lot of local
people have wanted for many years."
Levett, who has overseen grant funding applications, says she's
delighted the project has secured funding from several big organisations,
including North Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council and
the government's Coastal Communities Fund, to enable it to open.
path will be popular with holidaymakers wanting to travel between
Weston and Brean, and also with walkers who want a safe route to
enjoy the superb countryside and coastal views.
starts by the beach in Uphill, although people can also start along
Westons seafront. It takes users to the National Trust coffee
shop in Brean Down and out to the wartime fort.
work to complete the path is a real community effort, with more
than 100 volunteers currently involved in completing the final section
of the project in Brean with some travelling from as far
afield as Scotland to join in.
Hallett is overseeing an incredible wooden structure called the
'Great Bird Wall of Brean' which is 120 metres long and includes
1,000 plants of larch wood.
who specialises in public art, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The
wall has been designed to reflect the landscape around it and resembles
drift wood washed up on a beach. The design allows the wind through,
and gives glimpses of Brean Down behind. It's here to protect the
red shanks because this is an important roosting ground for them."
from Birnbeck Pier to the National Trust coffee shop in Brean Down
is estimated to take about an hour.
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