Major project to realign road and create new path means walkers no longer have to walk in the busy main road.

THE coast path at Watermouth has been officially reopened after a £277,000 project to fix a ‘missing link’ that forced walkers into the dangerous main road.

That section of the A399 between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe has been moved across into the hillside to allow space to create a path walkers can use safely.

It is the biggest single investment ever in the South West Coast Path’s Unlocking our Coastal Heritage project and was paid for by a grant from the Rural Development Programme for England with additional funds from Devon County Council and the South West Coast Path Association.

“By moving the trail off-road and re-aligning the A399 further into the hillside to provide space for a footpath on the seaward side, walkers can now walk safely regardless of the level of the tide,” said Mark Owen of the South West Coast path team.

“The great work achieved at Watermouth Bay has shown what a great partnership of public and private working together can do.”