Footpath 32, Mawddwy, which goes from behind the Village Hall down to Dol-y-bont Common, had to be closed for safety reasons following damage caused by landslides some years ago.
The new path, designed by the Gwynedd Consultancy, includes new steps down to the river Dyfi, and the restoration work will also help protect the village from further landslides which could jeopardise properties there.
Following initial work on stabilizing the river bank by the Environment Agency Wales, grants from the Welsh Government’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan, the Dyfi Biosphere ‘Darganfod Dyfi’ CAN funds, and the Snowdonia National Park, enabled the Gwynedd Consultancy to go ahead with the design work. Dinas Contracting Cyf wedi employed to do the work using stone from the Aberllefenni Quarry nearby.
Councillor Gareth Roberts, Gwynedd Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for the Gwynedd Consultancy, said:
“The upkeep of public footpaths of a high standard is a high priority for us as a Council as a way of encouraging more people to walk and to enjoy the countryside.
“The new path is a welcome boost for Dinas Mawddwy and the area, and I’m proud of the work done by the Consultancy and all the partners.”
Councillor John Pughe Roberts, who represents the area on Gwynedd Council, said:
“This project respresents a major investment of £80,000 for Dinas Mawddwy and the surrounding area. It will be very useful as a footpath around a village, as well as an added attraction for tourists to the area, which will boost the economy.
“It was a pleasure working with all the partners who were involved with the project and I’m grateful for the support of everyone who has been part of the work.”