The official opening for a new cycle route linking Brean to Weston-super-Mare is taking place on Friday 7th July 2017. The new pathway provides easy access to Weston for walkers and cyclists, via a sluice bridge over the River Axe.
The £200,000 project by Greenways & Cycleroutes Ltd provides a traffic-free cycle path called the ‘Brean Down Way’. The route from Brean Village Hall to Weston Grand Pier is 5 miles via the Brean Cross Sluice. This cuts out an additional 3 miles – the circuitous driving route to Weston – as well as providing a safer alternative to the narrow and heavily-trafficked Weston Road.
From the Weston junction opposite Brean Village Hall, there is a kerbed pathway running parallel to Weston Road. The cycleway then leads across farmland and over the sluice, entering Uphill where you can continue along to Weston seafront.
Since the closure of the Uphill Ferry in1980, which ferried passengers across the River Axe from Brean to Weston, there has been no easy route to connect the tantalisingly close coastlines.
The new pathway is a welcome link between the two seaside resorts and a novel attraction in itself for our visitors. The cycle path route is mainly level, apart from a small rise at Walborough, and its 5 mile length makes it accessible for families and novice cyclists alike.
For those wanting a longer expedition of 8 miles, the extended route is from Brean Down Fort – travelling down the sloped pathway of the cliff, along Brean beach and joining the new cycleway at the Weston Road junction – leading onto finish at Weston Grand Pier.
It is intended for the cycle path to be combined with the England Coast Path project. This existing 58 mile stretch from Minehead to Brean Down is a hiker’s paradise with beautiful views of the diverse Somerset shoreline. An extension of the coastal path to Weston-super-Mare only enhances its appeal and accessibility.
The Brean Down Way cycle path is now completed, with an official opening taking place on Friday 7th July 2017.