Posted by: KimBoland | March 20, 2014

Rhossili Beach Path

We’re really pleased that Rhossili Bay has made it once again into the top ten beaches in the world according to the Trip Advisor poll. It shows what a wonderful, special place it is and recognises the work we carry out to keep it at its best for everyone to access and enjoy.

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Rhossili Bay, Voted best beach in UK, 3rd in Europe and 9th in the World

We understand that there are frustrations among some people about the current issues around the access path to the beach following the storms.  

A diversion has been put in place at the bottom part of the footpath, to ensure continued access on and off the beach but we realise this is not ideal.

Rhossili Beach Path - February 2014

Rhossili Beach Path – February 2014

Although we are the owner of the land all matters relating to Public Rights of way are a local authority issue – as the sole body responsible for the rights of way on Gower.

We have been kept fully informed by the council and support how they are addressing the matter.  Unfortunately, while it would be good to have a permanent access path completed before Easter, we have been advised by council staff and other involved bodies that this isn’t an option yet, one of the reasons being the ground is still very wet and not safe enough for the work to be done.

A Swansea Council spokesperson said: “We’re working closely alongside our partners on a scheme to relocate the footpath and construct new steps down to the beach at Rhossili after the damage caused by the severe storms earlier this year. We’re close to securing funding for the project but we also need permission from both Natural Resources Wales and Cadw before work starts because of the site’s scientific and archaeological importance.We hope work will have finished on site by the end of May.”

So we’d ask people to bear with the council to get this done properly, to allow a new access pathway to be built that can once again allow everyone safe access to the glorious Rhossili Bay.

In the meantime, please access the beach via the diverted route from Rhossili, or via Hillend at Llangennith.  

 

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