A 380m stretch of the Salterns Way cycle route has undergone much needed improvements, following generous funding from the F.G. Woodger Trust. The Trust has pledged a total of £23,000 to improve the Salterns Way, and some of this funding has been used to upgrade a stretch at Apuldram which is used by thousands of cyclists every year.
The Salterns Way is 18km long and runs between Chichester and West Wittering. It is a lovely way for cyclists to enjoy the wonderful scenery within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However, constant use over the years has taken its toll on the Apuldram stretch, which can become very muddy and waterlogged in winter.
We commissioned the upgrade, following news of the funding and closed the stretch for two weeks whilst the improvements took place. The cost of this work was £10,000 and the remaining £13,000 will be used to improve other stretches in the future.
Richard Shrubb from The F.G. Woodger Trust said, "We are delighted to fund improvements to the Salterns Way - especially the busy stretch at Apuldram, which provides a safe route for cyclists who would otherwise cycle on the busy main road (A286) from Dell Quay to Chichester Marina. The Trust supports projects that benefit local people and this work has improved a popular area for cyclists and walkers, providing a more durable surface for them to use for years to come."
Ivan Western, Secretary of the Chichester Cycle Forum uses this stretch for his daily commute to Chichester said, "The Salterns Way is a wonderful cycle route and the Apuldram stretch is a vital link for people cycling between Chichester and West Wittering. It can become very wet and muddy and cyclists have welcomed the improvements. We are grateful to The F.G. Woodger Trust, the Conservancy and the landowner for making this happen. "
The Conservancy worked with several landowners to create the Salterns Way in 2004 and it is the only route for cyclists within Chichester Harbour. Walkers can enjoy numerous footpaths and coastal paths, but these are very fragile and can be easily damaged by bicycles.