We have carried out repairs on a much-loved section of the South West Coast Path between Walls Hill and Ansteys Cove in Torquay.

Essential repairs were carried out after the path had become very steep and holes appeared in the footway due to a void underneath.

The path, which is along the cliff edge, like much of the South West Coast Path is affected by coastal erosion and is regularly checked for defects to ensure it remains safe to use.

Torbay is home to 22 miles of the South West Coast Path which is not only part of its UNESCO Global Geopark designation, but offers some of the best scenery and views the UK’s coastline has to offer.

The works which were organised by SWISCo and jointly funded by us and the South West Coast Path Association, saw the void being bridged and new steps installed.

In addition, there are also brand-new steps on the path between Babbacombe and Oddicombe beaches.

Cllr Steve Darling, Leader of Torbay Council said; “As a regular visitor to this part of the coast path, I am pleased to see these improvements. The repairs will provide much greater access to this part of the coast which is popular with residents and visitors alike. I’d also like to thank the South West Coast Path Association for their work in keeping the path open.”

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture for Torbay Council said; “Walking the South West Coast Path is one of the best ways to get active, feel healthier and take in our stunning natural views. With so many walks and areas to discover it is vital that we work with community partners to keep it usable for all.”  

The repairs were made in time for the English Riviera Spring Walking Festival which takes place between 22 and 29 April. The English Riviera Walking Festival offers over 20 coastal walks led by experienced guides. The walks range from the historical to the magical, with walks for all fitness levels. Learn more about the English Riviera Walking Festival via: https://rivierawalking.co.uk/

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