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Ramblers Welcome New Stretch Of Weymouth Coastal Path


9:03am 29th June 2012

The first 17 mile stretch of the England Coast path which takes in Weymouth Bay officially opens to Ramblers today.

Parts of the coast path now run closer to the sea, and new rooms' been created on either side for walkers to relax and enjoy the views.

The South West Coast path generates an estimated £307M a year for the local economy.

Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook said: "I'll be visiting this stretch in a week's time with the Dorset Ramblers as they celebrate the entire 17 miles with an inaugural walk, and I can't wait to see what's been accomplished. Although a lot of the stretch was already in existence, there have been some brilliant improvements to make it easier and more enjoyable for people walking in Weymouth. These include better views in several parts as the path winds closer to the sea than it did before, and room on either side of the path to relax and enjoy the surroundings of the Dorset coastline. The completion of this first stretch of the new coastal path is a great achievement, and shows just how wonderful it will be to have the route right round the English coast."

Ramblers will be heading to the coast of Weymouth for an inaugural walk on the 6 July to be among the first to walk the first official stretch of the English Coastal Path.

Preparations for the next stretch in Dorset are set to begin this year and will include 33 miles from Portland, Rufus Cove to Lyme Regis. The Ramblers will continue to work with Natural England, landowners, local authorities and other parties to find the best route forward for all in order to realise the dream of a complete English Coastal Path.

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