8, 2017 PHOTOS:
Brand new Weston to Brean cycle route officially opens
ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to mark the long-awaited opening
of a new cycle route between Weston and Brean on Friday (July 7th).
new Brean Down Way stretches for eight miles from Weston Pier to
Brean Down Fort and provides walkers and cyclists with a route over
the River Axe for the first time via the Brean Cross Sluice, which
is now fully open.
route was officially opened with a ribbon cutting by the Lord Lieutenant
of Somerset, Annie Maw, pictured above, with Cllr Elfan Ap
Rees of North Somerset Council, alongside Burnham's MP James Heappey,
Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Mike Cresswell, and Cllr Andy
Brewer who is Burnham's Second Deputy Mayor.
means cyclists can now bypass the long, busy and often hazardous
Accommodation Road," said Cllr Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset
Councils executive member for highways and transport.
addition, the route is intended to increase tourism in the region
by allowing easy access between the two resorts of Weston and Brean.
That has been a long-awaited link for many residents and tourists
to the two destinations."
route also forms part of the long-distance National Cycle Route
33, which will eventually connect Bristol and Dorset."
groups who have supported the project include North Somerset Council,
the charity Greenways and Cycleroutes, the Environment Agency, Wessex
Water, Natural England, Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District
Council and their contractors, Brean Parish Council, the National
Trust and landowners.
Greenways and Cycleroutes volunteer work camp built the field section
of the path and the Great Bird Screen of Brean and a
previous work camp built the 900-metre section approaching the sluice
on the North Somerset side. The screen protects birdlife roosting
grounds on the mudflats at Brean from cyclists and walkers who might
May, the final leg from the sluice to the beach at Brean was completed
in partnership with Somerset County Council and their contractors
final set of work has seen the installation of safety and security
fencing on the sluice. Other works are being carried out by the
Environment Agency to replace the sluice gates ahead of the opening.
These works have been brought forward a year to prevent the new
path from being closed again in the future.
Grimshaw, the overall project lead, from charitable body Greenways
And Cycle Routes told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It's great that
this path is being unveiled - it's something that a lot of local
people have wanted for many years."
revealed that he hopes to extend the cycle path to Clevedon in the
total cost of the sluice works was £50,000 - of which North
Somerset Council is paying £25,000 - while works were also
undertaken by Kingcombe Aquacare.
Somerset Council has funded the project on the north side of the
sluice with £329,000 from the Local Growth Fund and Local
Sustainable Transport Fund.
for the south side of the sluice works totalled £250,000 and
was obtained through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development,
the Hinkley Point Community Impact Mitigation Fund and the Coastal
path will be used by holidaymakers wanting to travel between Weston
and Brean, and by walkers who want a safe route to enjoy the superb
countryside and coastal views around Brean and Uphill.
starts by the beach in Uphill, although people can easily start
along Westons seafront. It will take you to the National Trust
coffee shop in Brean Down and out to the wartime fort.
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