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Wales Link Path Way marking commences

Published: 16/09/2016

Flintshire County Council Countryside Services have started work on way marking of the new Wales Link Path project. The first way marker, at the very start of the route on the south side of the Saltney Ferry footbridge has been installed. Work will now carry on, way marking the route through Saltney, Bretton, Doddlestone, Burton, Hope, Caergwrle, Ffrith, Four Crosses finally ending in Llandegla. The Wales Link Path connects The All Wales Coastal path with Offa’s Dyke path. Spanning eighteen miles the route is very diverse, starting with lowland farmland, through panoramic woodland finally ending in stunning upland heathland. The project was possible via Coastal Communities Funding. The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Bernie Attridge, said: “The Wales Link Path route now connects rural and coastal areas, upgrading rights of way through four counties and, once the way marking is completed, it will be a fantastic new route for avid walkers in the countryside.” Stephen Lewis, Flintshire Countryside Ranger running the project, said: “The first way marker put in was to make people think about the Wales Coastal Path. One fingerpost reads, Cardiff 812 miles. This is not the direct route to Cardiff as the crow flies, it would take you that many miles to walk the coastline of Wales to Cardiff.” Councillor Richard Lloyd, Councillor for Saltney Mold Junction, said: “It’s fantastic that the Wales Link Path starts off in Saltney and to incorporate the Saltney Chain Link into the logo for the route, helps preserve important local heritage.” (L – R): Jim Craven (volunteer), Stephen Lewis (Flintshire Countryside Service Ranger), Danielle Duncan (volunteer) and Richard Lloyd (Councillor for Saltney)