Torquay coast path upgraded
WORK has been carried out to improve a popular "in town" stretch of the South West Coast Path.
The stretch from Oddicombe Beach to the Cary Arms is a very popular section and acts as an important link between the beach and wider countryside.
The project's aim was to improve this section dramatically by carrying out much needed re-surfacing on a section that has suffered from poor drainage and infrastructure that was dated and becoming unstable.
Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust carried out the works thanks to funding received from the Great South West Walk and the Rural Development Programme for England.
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The Great South West Walk, which took place earlier this year to celebrate the South West Coast Path Association's 40th anniversary, raised over £500,000 and identified 90 much needed improvement projects around the entire 630 mile South West Coast Path.
The event and the improvements it supports are all part of the South West Coast Path Team's 'Unlocking our Coastal Heritage' project, which received funding from the RDPE to conserve, enhance and interpret the Coast Path.
This project has benefited from new steps created using oak sleepers that were dressed with limestone. The old Victorian pipe works have been resealed and capped which means the water now runs under the path.
Chris Lingard, Countryside Manager at the charity, said: "Once again we have been able to dramatically improve part of the ever-popular South West Coast Path and make it attractive and safe for all users. This section neatly links the coast to the countryside and will help more walkers take advantage of this beautiful spot."
Steve Church, Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association, said: "The Association is delighted to have allocated funds from our anniversary project to these works. This length is a very popular part of the Coast Path, much used by afternoon strollers and long-distance walkers alike, and we are sure all users will appreciate the excellent work done here."