Cyngor Gwynedd have announced that the Wales Coastal Path has a new 3.2km section of the path that leads walkers through woodland on the Penrhyn Estate near Bangor. This is part of the work to place the path closer to the coast where possible, and the new section will connect the Porth Penrhyn area with the current path near the Aberogwen nature reserve.
Councillor Dafydd Meurig who is the Cabinet Member for the Environment on Cyngor Gwynedd said:
‘I am delighted to see this public footpath open through Parc Penrhyn. Thank you to everyone involved, it’s great to see Gwynedd leading the way in developing the Coast Path.
‘This path will be a fantastic resource to local residents, and it will offer breath-taking views of Traeth Lafan and the coastline beyond.’
Rhys Roberts, the Coastal Path Officer for the region said:
‘Work started well back in January and despite the wet spring, which delayed the work by a few months, we are now ready to welcome walkers to make the most of this beautiful area.
‘We would like to thank the Penrhyn Estate for their co-operation whilst our contractors established the path. Some minor works will continue over the next few weeks, but with so much interest in this new section of the path we decided to open as soon as it was practicable to do so.
‘It’s another milestone for us in Gwynedd as this latest legal agreement takes us over the 20-mile mark of newly created footpaths since 2010.’
There was quite some work in making the site suitable for walkers. Two parts of the Penrhyn Estate wall needed to be demolished to allow access to and from the path, and work had to be done to ensure that the path was safe from potential falling trees. The project was funded by the Welsh Government. You can learn more about the new section of the Coastal Path on Cyngor Gwynedd’s website by following this link.