THE access path down to one of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park’s most popular beaches has been repaired following a mammoth effort by around 70 volunteers.

The cliff above the access path to Caerfai beach suffered erosion during the storms of early 2014. The access to the beach was temporarily closed as the path had been undercut and become unstable following a landslide.

The access was reopened once specialist contractors had undertaken the repair work in time for the summer season; however the surface on a 50m stretch of the path was still in need of attention. That is when an army of volunteers stepped in.

National Park Authority North West Area Ranger Ian Meopham said: “This would have been a costly job, but thanks to the hard work and determination of the volunteers involved the path has been finished, many wheelbarrows of concrete later.

“Ten tons of concrete have been poured on this path to bring it up to scratch, which highlights the size of the job that was at hand, especially given the path’s steep incline. The completion of this project will ensure more people can enjoy a safer route to this beautiful beach.”

Among those involved were National Park Volunteer Wardens, the Friends of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Pembrokeshire College Students and students completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The path to Caerfai beach has now also become a registered public right of way following a legal agreement made between the landowner and the National Park Authority.