Coast path opens

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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