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Last Updated: Monday, 1 May 2006, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Coastal path aiming to fill gaps

After more than 30 years of work, the Anglesey coastal path will soon have its grand opening.

It covers some 125 miles (200km), split into 12 separate walks featured in a booklet produced by Anglesey Council.

There are still two gaps left where the estimated 300,000 annual walkers must either walk inland or hop on the bus to the next route.

The plan now is to fill in these last sections and to promote the path as one of the best in the UK.

The beauty of it is that you can do as little or as much as you want
Rosie Frankland, rights of way officer

The path has had work carried out on it over a period of 30 years but the past four years have seen the most changes, with 10 miles of new sections.

"We estimate that around half the people who use the path are local," said Rosie Frankland, Anglesey's rights of way officer.

"The path itself is the most complete it's been and it was decided because a four year Objective 1 grant project was coming to an end, that this would be a good time to have an official opening," she added.

Gwyn Jones, chairman of Rhosyr Community Council, who has written a preface to the booklet introducing the walks, said: "I felt that a coastal footpath was one of the most important resources from the point of view of presenting the island's history, geology, botany and wildlife."

National trail

When two remaining gaps in the path near Menai Bridge and at the Alaw estuary are filled the whole island coastline will be covered.

"We will be working now to get these gaps filled in as soon as possible," said Ms Frankland. Her favourite walk is near Cemaes and Amlwch on the island's northern coast because it is "the most spectacular".

"Our long-term goal then is to get the path considered as one of the national trails such as Offa's Dyke.

"This path is ideal because in reality only a small proportion of people walk the entire route. The beauty of it is that you can do as little or as much as you want," she added.

The official opening ceremony will be on 9 June.




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