ramblers constructing path

Creating the Coast Path

There are many people to thank in the development of the Coast Path, including landowners for their cooperation both in the creation of new sections of the path as well as improvements to existing paths, the European Union and the Welsh Assembly Government for their funding contributions and to volunteers for their hard work and dedication in constructing the path.

ramblers constructing a footbridge

Ramblers Association volunteers have made a major contribution to the development of the Ceredigion Coast Path. Volunteers working with the Coast Path Officer have been out in all weathers establishing new routes, clearing miles of path, cutting through dense scrub and excavating new routes, erecting stiles, gates, bridges and restoring sections of stone walling.

The volunteer’s efforts were recognised in 2006 with the top award for best project in the Ramblers Association Footpath Worker Awards.

Others organisations that have contributed to the development work include the Aberystwyth Conservation Volunteers and United Nations Volunteers.

The advent of an initiative to develop a Wales Coast Path produced a second tranch of funding. Under the Coastal Access Programme projects have mostly been contract based. This finance has not only seen the development of new sections of coastpath but has also enabled substantial improvements to take place on existing sections. Major surface improvements have taken place along popular stretches of the path that were suffering from the affects of increased footfall. Sometimes these works are initially seen as intrusive but they quickly mellow back into their surroundings. This work has also provided benefits for disabled path users and for families with push chairs.