Pier to Pier Way to open as soon as current work is completed

The new Pier to Pier Way cycling and walking route linking Clevedon’s and Weston-super-Mare’s piers will open as soon as work on both the route and outstanding legal agreements have been completed. 

North Somerset Council had hoped to complete the final construction work on the long-awaited 13-mile route so it could open this summer. However, after a delay, the council has now instructed its contractor to finish the work. It is expected to take a few weeks for the contractor to mobilise and then a further six weeks for them to carry out the work. People shouldn’t try to use the route in the meantime. 

The outstanding legal agreements are now at their final stage and await sign off by the respective parties.

We are really sorry for the additional delay, as we know many people are keen to use the route. 

We look forward to opening the route as soon as possible and enabling our communities to enjoy new, active and safer ways to travel between Weston and Clevedon. We will let everyone know the opening date as soon as we can. 

Cllr Hannah Young, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for active travel

Development of the Pier to Pier Way supports North Somerset Council’s commitment to providing sustainable travel routes across the area, to offer health and wellbeing benefits to residents, and encourage more cycling and walking, as well as reducing car travel and providing a great day out. 

The route will also improve access to our beautiful countryside and contribute to the council’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. 

The Pier to Pier Way is funded by National Highways, Sustrans, the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the Department for Transport, and North Somerset Council. 

North Somerset already boasts a host of cycling and walking routes for everyone to enjoy. 

Other key routes include: 

  • Brean Down Way – a 20mph zone has been introduced in Uphill to make this otherwise traffic-free route from Weston to Brean seafront stress-free. From here users can continue on road (or beach, with a mountain bike) to Brean Down 
  • Strawberry Line – starts at Yatton railway station, with bike hire available from Strawberry Cycles, to Cheddar. Visit strawberrycycles.com 
  • Festival Way – Nailsea to central Bristol 
  • River Avon Trail (also known as the Pill Path) – this stone path runs from Pill/Ham Green to the Cumberland Basin and is most comfortable on a mountain bike. 

For the latest information on the Pier to Pier Way visit n-somerset.gov.uk/piertopierway

Press release by North Somerset Council.