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Improvement work finished on popular coastal footpath

The new footpath
The new footpath

Walking enthusiasts visiting Craster can now enjoy a newly-improved footpath.

Northumberland County Council’s countryside and green spaces team has made improvements to a section of the Coast Path at Craster.

The footpath, which heads south out of the village, originally had a grass surface.

But with the ever-increasing popularity of walking on the Northumberland coast, the surface had been eroded, creating various narrow routes, often turning to mud during wet weather.

The area has now been levelled and a wide, crushed stone path laid, linking back to the south end of the village, providing a path that can be enjoyed all year round.

This project is the latest phase of footpath work in the area which has been funded through the council’s Local Transport Plan.

Other improvements have seen improved surfacing to sections of the Coast Path between Cullernose Point and The Bathing House and more recently near Howick Haven.

Paul Jones, director of local services and housing delivery at the county council, said: “Our Local Transport Plan funding helps us to make improvements to facilities for walkers, cyclists, motorists and those who use public transport.

“Popular walking routes can easily become eroded through heavy use and we are pleased that through this investment we have been able to improve this section of path along a very popular and beautiful section of our coastline to ensure it will be fit for purpose for many years to come.”