£277K investment to fix ‘missing link’ in Coast Path ensures safety of Devon walkers

8th January 2014

Walkers who were previously forced to use a dangerous section of the A399 between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe in North Devon to avoid high tides at Watermouth can now look forward to continuing along the Coast Path in safety, thanks to work as part  the South West Coast Path team’s ‘Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ project.

At a cost of £277,000, the long-awaited improvement to the coast path at Watermouth, which was officially opened before Christmas, represents the biggest single investment out of the entire ‘Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ project. The project is supported by a grant from the Rural Development Programme for England with additional funds provided by Devon County Council and the South West Coast Path Association.

Says Mark Owen from the South West Coast Path team: “By moving the trail off-road and re-aligning the A399 further into the hillside to provide space for a footpath on the seaward side, walkers can now walk safely regardless of the level of the tide. The work achieved at Watermouth Bay has shown what a great partnership of public and private working together can do. By improving the sight lines and drainage, the work has also made the route safer for drivers.”

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