The severe 2013/2014 winter storms washed away the last 50m of the main path to the beach at Rhossilli Bay. The weight and inflexibility of the concrete path, combined with non-stop rain and high tides, led to its collapse.
’The impact of the weather gave us an opportunity to review how people get to the beach, which is backed by soft cliffs that will continue to erode,’ said Alan Kearsley-Evans, our coast and countryside manager for Gower and Ceredigion. ‘A new footpath was put in place by the local rights of way team ahead of the busy summer period in 2014.
‘As well as creating better access by replacing the previous steps with a slope, the new footpath has been designed to be more mobile and is cut into the side of the slope. If it becomes damaged again, it could be removed, stored and then rebuilt with relative ease.’