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Upgrade for glorious stretch of Wales Coast Path

A STRETCH of some of the finest walking country in Wales is getting a makeover in time for the summer to make the glories of Gower even more accessible.

Caswell Bay

Swansea Council is stepping in to upgrade a stretch of the Wales Coast Path between Langland and Caswell Bay thanks to a Welsh Government grant.

And when it's done it'll make it easier for families - even those with buggies or prams - to enjoy some of the best seaside views in Wales.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Infrastructure Management, said the project was part of the council's ongoing effort to improve the stretch of coastal path between Mumbles and Caswell Bay over the last nine years.

He said: "While I'm a bit biased, the Gower section of the Wales Coast Path is the best of all. It's one of Swansea's major attractions, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to its ever-changing environment.

"The work affects a section of the Coast Path over 500 metres long west of Langland Bay towards Caswell.

"The new path will create a wider, non-slip walking surface, and take the Path away from erosion danger points.  Thanks to the removal of some steps, it'll be easier for families with smaller children and disabled people to enjoy as well."

He said: "Swansea's tourism industry generates more than £417m a year of income for local businesses employing more than 5,000 people. The Coast Path is key to that success story, so it's great news that these improvements are going ahead."

Work is due to start on site early next month (February), and the Coast Path will be closed until the end of March so that the work can be completed as quickly as possible.

To find out more about the Wales Coast Path and its iconic 50km stretch around the Gower AONB go to www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

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