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Winter walks ahead, as new timber bridges restore rights of way in Ludon Valley

Three large timber bridges in North Cornwall have been replaced as part of Cornwall Council’s Public Rights of Way Capital Safety Programme, restoring walking routes in the Ludon Valley, Crackington Haven and St Gennys.

The condition of the existing bridges had deteriorated, and one of the bridges had collapsed, leading to one section of the path being closed in September 2018. 

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All three bridges were replaced with 9.5m bridges in May to June of this year, and should last well over 20 years in their current location.

The paths through the wooded valley are a very important recreation resource and are used by locals and visitors alike, and form the basis of many of the circular routes from the Haven and the South West Coast Path.

Cornwall Council Countryside Officer Dave Wood says: “It is always a great shame when we have to close a section of a right of way, as we had to here in 2018. It’s always a great pleasure to restore a lovely walk like this through the Ludon Valley. We hope locals and visitors will take advantage, and brave the chill to enjoy this beautiful part of North Cornwall this winter.”

Local geologist Jane Anderson says: “This footpath couldn’t be re-opened soon enough for the locals. It’s an extremely popular path, leading as it does to connecting footpaths which branch inland with routes back to Crackington, or leading  to the South West Coast Path, Strangles Beach, Boscastle, or back to the Haven for coffee! We are enormously grateful to Cornwall Council, Cormac, and Debbie Ebsary in particular for getting this pathway open pretty promptly.”

Story posted 14 November 2019