Walkers to get Energetica boost

RESIDENTS and visitors may soon be able to walk a continuous route over some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Europe, as work gets underway to look at improving and linking the coastal pathways running between St Cyrus and Cullen.

As part of the region’s Energetica project, ACSEF is undertaking a review of the current condition of the existing pathways. The work, to be carried out by Tares-based consultancy ‘Walking-the-Talk’, will recommend key sections for improvements and examine the solutions for linking the current gaps.

The first phase will aim to improve and develop a specific section of the Aberdeenshire coastal path within the Energetica corridor, to provide a high quality link between Blackdog and Peterhead. The improvements may include widening sections of the pathways, better surfacing, new signage and access point facilities and interpretation.

Energetica is a development corridor stretching north to Peterhead from the Bridge of Don, which encompassing the airport area in the west and is central to Aberdeen City and Shire’s aspiration to become a global energy hub, Aiming to tie together and develop distinct communities with world-class leisure and business facilities, it hopes to offer a dynamic, low carbon environment capable of competing with the best in the world when it comes to attracting people and investment.

There is a footpath along the majority of the coast from Blackdog to Peterhead. However, some is in need of upgrading, while other sections are not well defined. Key areas for consideration are from Old Slains to Whinneyfold, the Ladies Bridge area at Cruden Bay and the beach walk from Blackdog to Newburgh.