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Makeover for much-loved footpath completed

A STRETCH of some of the finest walking country in Wales has had a makeover.

Langland Bay

Walkers will be getting the chance to enjoy a beautiful stretch of Wales Coast Path between Caswell Bay and Langland following an upgrade paid for with a grant from the Welsh Government.

The improvements have involved a new concrete surface on 700 metres of the path, which is one of the country's busiest, with over 100,000 people using it every year. 

The path has also been moved inland at certain points where it was in danger of being eroded by the sea, and a flight of steps has been removed, enabling use by families pushing prams and people confined to wheelchairs.

Mark Thomas, Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Infrastructure Management, said the upgrade would help improve the walking experience for all the family.

He said: "I'd like to invite everyone down to this wonderful stretch of coastline walking to enjoy the views, take a little exercise and have a great day out.

"The Gower and the Wales Coast Path is among the country's finest tourist attractions and it draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to Gower's ever-changing environment.

"Walking in places like this is a great activity to get involved in because of the benefits to health and well-being of getting out and about in the natural environment, and now that families with buggies and prams can access this path more easily it'll mean children will have the chance to take part at an even younger age."

Cllr Thomas said: "Swansea's tourism industry generates more than £417m a year of income for local businesses employing more than 5,000 people. The Wales Coast Path is key to that success story, so it's great news that these improvements have been completed in time for Easter.

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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