A brand new cycle path between Brean Down and Weston Pier is set to open in May.

John Grimshaw, the manager of Greenways and Cycleroutes Ltd, right, is overseeing the £200,000 project to create an eight-mile traffic-free cycle and walking route called the Brean Way.

Speaking to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week, he said: “We started talking about this walking and cycling route between Brean and Weston back in 1995 so it’s great to be so close to launching now.”

“The final task is a work camp in April when we will have a group of 30 volunteers building the last half mile. The grand opening is being planned for May 1st.”

“This new cycle route will become a considerable attraction for visitors to Brean and Weston and I expect it to quickly become one of the most popular paths in the south west all year-round, linking up with the England Coast Path.”

He added: “The path has a high-quality surface and the majority of it is tarmac that is ideal for cyclists and walkers.”

“We have carried out detailed negotiations with all parties, including land owners, and it’s great to be here, approaching the opening.”

Coastguards currently warn people not to attempt crossing the River Axe estuary, where deep mud makes it treacherous.

But once the new cycle path is completed in May, cyclists will be able to safely cross over the Axe via a sluice bridge at Diamond Farm.

The news comes a year after we reported on the opening of Somerset’s new Coastal Path which took place in Burnham-On-Sea, as we featured here.