Grant towards new 2 metre wide path of 620 metres in length
Posted: 13th October 2014
Offa's Dyke Path, Plumweir Cliff By-pass, Chase Farm, Tidenham Chase, Nr. Chepstow, NP16 7JR
Offa's Dyke footpath by Plumweir Cliffs where it follows the line of the scheduled monument through Caswell Woods, Tidenham was difficult to walk.
This section of Offa's Dyke Path is one of the most used routes in the county and a major concern is the effect on the monument of wear and tear caused by the large numbers of walkers passing through the area on route to, or from, the ever popular Devils Pulpit and beyond.
It was suggested a new 2 metre width path of approximately 620 metres length be constructed, taking it off the scheduled monument and onto adjoining, uncultivated land.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provided a grant of £10,000 towards the estimated overall project cost of £20,737 with additional support being provided through the landowners, Wye AoNB , English Heritage, The Forestry Commission, Natural England and the County Council.
Construction began in November 2012, managed by the County Council's Public Rights of Way team and monitored throughout by the county's Archaeology Department.
Since its completion, the new route has been well appreciated. By its continued use, it is confidently expected to ensure the monument is preserved for future generations to enjoy.