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Natural Resources Wales and the local authorities are continuing to work together to make improvements to the alignment of the Path. The following, in north to south order, are the permanent changes to the route which have been made since the Path opened on 5 May 2012.
A long standing 3 mile / 4.7 kilometre gap in access to the coast of the Llŷn Peninsula has been removed thanks to an agreement between Gwynedd Council and six landowners to create a Public Footpath between Porth Widlin and Porth Oer. The latter of these is better known to many as 'Whistling Sands' due to the noise made underfoot when walking on the beach.
This section of the Wales Coast Path, which is entirely in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passes the popular beach at Porth Iago and provides spectacular views throughout. It is now available for use, although further improvements to the infrastructure, including the installation of steps and additional waymarking, are planned.
When the Wales Coast Path opened it was necessary to undertake a 6.5 mile / 10 kiilometre inland detour between Tonfanau and Tywyn to reach the first bridging point of the Dysynni River at Bryncrug. However, the installation of a new bridge, using the abutments of a former army bailey bridge which was demolished around thirty years ago, means that walkers and cyclists no longer have to follow this circuitous route.
The bridge project was funded by Gwynedd Council, the Welsh Government, TRACC (the local transport consortium) and the European Regional Development Fund.