Walkers along Dorset’s coastal paths will be able to enjoy a new section after restoration work between Lyme Regis and Stonebarrow.

Major cliff falls and landslides in 1995 and 2001 saw walkers being diverted away from the unstable and dangerous route and onto a lengthy, unpleasant diversion via the A3052.

Thanks to the generosity of Lyme Regis Golf Club a new footpath has been created to bridge the gap between Lyme Regis and Charmouth.

Dorset Council worked with the local golf club, community members and volunteers from the South West Coast Path in order to design the new route.

It takes walkers safely away from the unpredictable cliff edge but retains stunning views of inland hills and valleys - including Golden Cap - all the way to Portland.

Tara Hansford, Dorset Council’s Strategic Outdoor Access Development Coordinator, said: “The path is clearly marked by signposting and a newly surfaced path from both Lyme Regis and Charmouth taking you around and across the golf course and through woodland.

“Where necessary the path is protected by a safety fence to protect you from the occasional flying golf ball.”

In addition, Dorset Council worked in partnership with the National Trust and a local landowner who has provided access for a new cliff top path signposted for walkers from Charmouth beach up to Stonebarrow.

This route also takes the walker through a parish boundary gate that records the alleged landings of Viking ships on Charmouth beach, designed and crafted by Alex Brooks, Emma Moloney and Tara Hansford. But don’t forget to close the gate as you walk through to stop the cattle from escaping.

Cllr Noc Lacey-Clarke, Dorset Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, Travel and Harbours, said: “Thank you to the local landowners, businesses, community, partners, volunteers, contractors, funders and Dorset Council officers for their commitment to addressing these problems on Dorset’s Coast Path.

“This project restores much needed links on the Dorset section of the Southwest Coast Path, helping to provide a great walking experience. The Coast Path is invaluable for tourism and the local economy, but these local links also help connect communities to each other and the facilities they provide, supporting our Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy and providing highly valued networks enjoyed by people for recreation, health and wellbeing.”