The new section of the South West Coastal Path between Strete Village and Street Gate has been officially opened on the 9th July. The new path section provides a safer and more interesting route between Strete Gate and the village centre of Strete.
Jonathan Dimbleby has marked a significant milestone in the history of the South West Coast Path today, by officially opening a new stretch between Strete and Strete Gate in South Devon. The event follows years of local residents and groups campaigning to take the route off a busy road.
Thanks to Natural England and Devon County Council for providing the majority of funding and a contribution from Strete Parish Council, along with the collaboration of local landowners and the South West Coast Path Association, this hotly anticipated project is finally complete and a route that has never before seen views of some of Devon’s finest coastline, can now be accessed by the public.
Broadcaster and local resident, Jonathan Dimbleby, is passionate about the coast close to his home in Moreleigh, South Devon, and is a keen supporter of campaigns to protect public access to beautiful places. He said: “I was very pleased to accept the invitation from the South West Coast Path Association to open this new and important section of the Coast Path. As a local resident I enjoy regular walks on the South Devon coastline which has everything, from sandy beaches and secluded coves to rockpools and dramatic cliffs.
“Walking the South West Coast Path is the best way to experience this natural beauty and it’s vitally important that this access is maintained. This new section at Strete represents the fantastic work of the South West Coast Path National Trail Partnership to secure the best possible route as part of its 630-mile National Trail.”