Spectacular walk unveiled

November 03 2017

A PICTURESQUE cliff top walk in Hanham has been restored to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of Avon Valley Park.

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A PICTURESQUE cliff top walk in Hanham has been restored to mark the 60th anniversary of the creation of Avon Valley Park.

The Panorama Walk, boasting spectacular views overlooking the Avon Gorge, was established in 1957 when Avon Valley Park first opened but fell into disrepair, requiring urgent work to make the location accessible to visitors.

Now, thanks to a £39,000 grant from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB), the walk has been restored and  has been officially unveiled by Cllr Ian Blair, chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

The grant from CETB funded the replacement of existing cliff top fencing, clearance works, new signage and access paths. In addition, a newly created seating area has established a focus point at the summit providing panoramic views over the valley. 

South Gloucestershire Council's community spaces team provided the designs for the project in support of the Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands.

Robin Champion, secretary of the Friends of Avon Valley Woodlands, said: "The project has made this beautiful area more accessible to a great number of people who are now able to enjoy the fantastic vista and views across the valley."

Located within the Avon Valley Woodlands nature reserve, the Panorama Walk forms part of Avon Valley Park. The surrounding woodlands are home to a wide variety of wildlife and are an ideal location for people of all abilities to enjoy getting closer to nature.

Angela Haymonds, CETB Trust secretary, said: "The trustees were delighted to fund the restoration of the Panorama Walk. Thanks to the new viewing area more people will be able to take in the scenery and the wonderful views of the River Avon."

CETB funding is available for a wide range of projects that bring benefit to local communities. This may include refurbishment of churches or buildings of architectural or historical significance, or general amenity projects, such as improving disabled access or improvements to parks and nature reserves.

For more information contact Angela Haymonds on 01753 582513, email ahaymonds@cetb.org.uk or visit www.cetb.org.uk