Pictured at the official opening of the Wales Coast Path in Chepstow are, from left to right, Brian Hood, Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council; John Griffiths; Nick Horton, MD of Forest Pennant and Giles Howard, Monmouthshire County Council Cabinet Member.Photo:Gareth Kiddle
Organised to celebrate the beautiful countryside around the Offa’s Dyke and the newly opened stretch of the Wales Coast Path, the walk included a meeting with the last lave net fishermen in Wales, who continue this centuries-old fishing method along the banks of the River Severn.
Monmouthshire’s Chepstow to Blackrock section of the Wales Coast Path was officially opened in Chepstow on September 19 by John Griffiths, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development,in an event supported by adventa. The launch, attended by more than 50 people, celebrated the completion of a six-mile stretch which leads from the Old Town Bridge to the Severn Estuary, following the seadefencewall toMonmouthshireCounty Council’s picnic site atBlackrock, near Portskewett.
The Wales Coast Path starts in Chepstow and finishes 850 miles away at Queensferry in the north. Completion of the entire length is scheduled for May 2012. Over the past four years Monmouthshire County Council has made improvements to rights of way on or near to the coast, to pave the way for the opening of the path in Monmouthshire.
Two stones at Chepstow mark the official start point of the path and similar stones will stand at Queensferry. In a joint project between Monmouthshire County Council Countryside and adventa an artist will be commissioned to enhance the area around the stones at Chepstow creating an iconic gateway to both the start of the Coast Path and its link to Offa's Dyke Path National Trail.