A new shared-use path between Canaston Woods and Bluestone National Park Resort has begun construction. The 350-metre path will run alongside the A4075 from Eagle Lodge which is located next to the popular main trail site through the woodland, known as Knights Way.
Included in the plans is a proposal for a new parking area opposite Eagle Lodge which will be confirmed once funding from the Welsh Government is approved.
Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Environment and local Member said:
“The intention is to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists alongside the A4075 and link the Pembrokeshire Trail to the entrance into Bluestone.”
The project has had strong local backing, including support from Bluestone National Park Resort.
Yvonne Buckingham, Head of Sales, Marketing and Guest Services from Bluestone, said:
“The new cycle path will help improve the safety and accessibility for our guests, and enable them to explore and enjoy the surrounding areas of Bluestone.”
The route is popular for Pembrokeshire residents and visitors, but pedestrians are often forced to walk along the road verge and cyclists often come into conflict with traffic due to poor sight lines. This new path will allow people to explore this area of Canaston Woods safely and provide a designated route directly to Bluestone.
Once the additional Welsh Government funding has been secured, the intention is to complete the entire 1km section of this key active travel pedestrian route from April onwards.
Cllr Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Transportation, said:
‘This funding from Welsh Government is very welcome and will allow us to make good progress on these two key routes.
“We have recently submitted a funding application to Welsh Government for a package of route improvements and we envisage this current work is just the start of a number of new walking and cycling improvements across the County.”