Coast path opens
FANCY a walk by the seaside?
Well now’s your chance after a new 68-mile path giving access to previously inaccessible areas of the Teesside coastline was opened.
The ribbon on the route was cut under the Transporter Bridge by youngsters Vincent Williams with Frances and Nicholas Cross.
Natural England is undertaking a project to create a 2,700-mile England Coast Path.
This part of route - costing £82,000 - is the longest part of the trail and will pass through places between Filey Brigg in North Yorkshire to the Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Mayor David Budd was among those at the opening ceremony and praised the variety of our coast.
He said: “It’s not just about the wonderful coastline in North Yorkshire, which is obviously the best coastline in the country - it’s the most impressive part of our coast.
“But this is about from Redcar to Middlesbrough, then from Middlesbrough again out towards North Gare.
“This is about the industrial landscape, past and future.
“And it’s about an urban landscape, I think it will attract a lot of people,” he added.
“People are interested in heritage and industry and regeneration.
“It may not be beautiful cliffs and beaches but it’s just as interesting, and I think the contrast will bring a lot of people.”
One popular route in the South-west of the country has already proved what benefits the England Coast Path can bring.
Natural England expects the 2,700 mile pathway to be completed by 2020. This is the second section to be opened in the North-east so far.