Brambledown Landscape Services Ltd were appointed as Main Contractors on 4 phase project to create 10 miles of new Coastal footpaths by Stockton Borough Council.
In a Grand opening ceremony carried out by Natural England’s Chair Tony Jupiter, the new coastal footpath runs along the Tees estuary.
The route will pass key tourist attractions such as the Transporter Bridge, the RSPB Saltholme Nature Reserve and the Teesmouth National Nature Reserve, helping people to explore the natural and diverse wildlife which have made the area their home.
Natural England’s Chair Tony Juniper said:
“This stretch will give walkers access to 10 miles of beautiful coastline, enabling people to visit some wonderful nature conservation sites along the estuary”.
The route will incorporate parts of the estuary that were previously inaccessible to the public or very difficult to reach. Well over half of the stretch is brand new access to new areas, with Brambledown Landscapes responsible for the construction of a causeway, boardwalks and footbridges.
Councillor Shane Moore, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said:
“This marvellous new route will enable walkers to explore this fascinating area of coastline, which is rich in wildlife, including a host of different bird species and the seals of Greatham Creek.”
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Borough Council’s cabinet member for environment and transport, said:
“I’m delighted to see this stretch of the England Coast Path officially opened to the public and I’m sure our residents will take great pleasure from walking and visiting the new route, as will those who visit the area from further afield.”
And Tompion Platt, Ramblers’ director of advocacy and engagement, said:
“It’s really exciting to be opening another stretch of the England Coast Path, joining up with coastal paths in Yorkshire and Northumberland and bringing us one step closer to being able to walk the entire way around the English coastline.”
The 4 phase works for Brambledown Landscapes commenced almost 3 years ago and are valued at almost three quarters of a million pounds.
There is now a 156-mile continuous portion of the England Coast Path in place, running from Filey in North Yorkshire to Amble in Northumberland.