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Holkham/Wells - Celebration of Coast Path accessibility improvements and stunning new circular walk

27 February 2020

An event today Thursday, 27 February, has marked the official opening of a new circular walk between Holkham and Wells and accessibility improvements to a popular section of the Norfolk Coast Path. The section of the Coast Path between Holkham and Wells was upgraded this winter with a brand-new surface made out of locally sourced materials which means that the formerly uneven surface can now be used by all.

A need for the improvements was identified after a review was carried out by the Active Trails team who assess paths across the county. The team helps to highlight areas for improvement and creates guides to make sure people looking for walks can easily identify if a route is suitable for them or their family and friends. This work over recent years means Norfolk is now more accessible than ever with 18 access tested route guides covering more than 35 miles of paths.

Cllr Dr Marie Strong, Norfolk County Councillor for the Wells division, said: “It is a privilege to live in such a beautiful part of the country and this project which will open up paths to many more people is something of which the county council can be proud. It is by removing barriers we can help people to visit and enjoy our wonderful North Norfolk coast with their friends and family which is why I am especially pleased that members of Active Trails who assess routes for accessibility attended the opening.

In addition to the Coast Path improvements a new circular walk between Holkham and Wells-next-the-Sea has just been created opening-up a 6.75 mile, fully signed, route in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Cllr Andrew Jamieson, Norfolk County Council’s Member Champion for Cycling and Walking said: “The team have been doing exemplary work to make sure more people can access the great outdoors and all the benefits that brings. These improvements to the Coast Path mean everyone can now access this much-loved section of path between Holkham and Wells. Also I’m eager to try out the new circular walk which takes you beside in the breath-taking beach at Holkham, through sweeping parkland and to the delights of historical Wells-next-the-Sea.”

Over recent years the county council’s Norfolk Trails team have been creating short circular walks off the long-distance Norfolk Trails. The new 6.75 mile circular walk between Holkham and Wells that has been officially opened today takes the total number of circular routes off the coast path to 29. This is in addition to 9 circular walks off the Marriott’s Way Norfolk Trail and 8 upcoming new circular walks soon to be created off the Weavers' Way Norfolk Trail.

The access improvement scheme builds on work completed last summer to completely remove stiles from the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path to make them more accessible than ever for everyone.

Find these and other access tested and circular walks here: www.norfolk.gov.uk/trails

The £205,000 scheme was funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) following a successful application by Norfolk County Council.

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