New bridge opens up new route for disabled access in the Cotswold Water Park
Thanks to a combination of partnership working, volunteering efforts, no small amount of collaboration and just a bit of determination, a new circular route for those with limited mobility and parents with pushchairs has been opened up in the Cotswold Water Park.
In May this year, local walking group the Cirencester Ramblers made a successful application for some grant funding from the Community and Environmental Improvements Fund to replace a single plank (and very rickety) bridge with a fully DDA compliant wooden bridge running from the canal tow path to the shores of Lake 6, at the Gateway Centre, near South Cerney.
At the same time as the installation of the new bridge, a significant project was undertaken to upgrade and improve the footpath running along the lake edge, thanks to funding provided by the Rights of Way team at Gloucestershire County Council. Visitors will now be able to use this route the whole year round without getting muddy!
Quote from Richard Holmes of Cirencester Ramblers
“ This project has enabled the creation of a delightful circular route designed with the aim of enabling more people to access the countryside, which is at the heart of what the Ramblers strive to achieve all across the UK “
Quote from Jill Bewley of the Cotswold Water Park Trust
“We are really pleased to see the completion of such a practical project funded by the CEIF, and one which will benefit so many people. We get a huge number of requests for information about routes suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, and with the ease of accessibility at the Gateway Centre this is sure to prove really popular.”