Better access to popular path on Purbeck coast

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Harry Alexander, one of our local correspondents, has persuaded Dorset Council to install an accessible gate on a popular path between Worth Matravers and the South West Coast Path, between Chapman’s Pool and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Harry Alexander has successfully persuaded Dorset council to improve accessibility on the popular path. Photo: Harry Alexander

The new gate opens up the obstructed path, which was blocked by a difficult stile, and a padlocked gate with barbed wire. Harry has lobbied the council about this for 20 years, as the route was impassable by anyone with impaired mobility.

The path provides access not only to the national trail but also to a beautiful sunken garden to the south, which is managed and maintained by families of those lost to war.  It is set in a magnificent stretch of countryside.

Says Harry: ‘I am delighted at last to have achieved this improvement, which will enable the path to be enjoyed by many more people.  It is also a superb place to sit and take in the fabulous views.’

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