Stonehenge public pathway finally OPEN after four years

Stonehenge

Published by the Spire FM News Team at 5:43am 11th October 2017 (Updated 6:40am 11th October 2017)

The old A344 road is now a grass track for walkers and cyclists.

It's been four years since the road that went past Stonehenge was closed to traffic, and FINALLY it's reopened for public use.

The old A344 was shut in 2013 when English Heritage built the new visitor centre, with the aim of 'restoring the land to its ancient way'.

It was a condition of the planning permission granted for the centre that a section of the road be dug up and grassed over.

The path was originally due to open by October 2016 but that had to be extended because it took longer than it was thought for the grass to grow strong enough for cyclists and pedestrians to use it.

The pathway finally opened this month.

A344 when grassed ovr

In a statement , English Heritage has said:

"We're pleased to announce that the permissive path running along the route of the old A344 from Byway 12 to Stonehenge Bottom was opened to cyclists and pedestrians on the 30th September, following the sufficient establishment of the new grass surface, as agreed with Wiltshire Council."

The path links the A303 at West Amesbury with Shrewton - a diversionary path through the National Trust field has been in place since the road itself was closed back in 2013.

English Heritage say that to let people onto the land before the grass was ready would have caused long-term damage to the land.

Walkers and cyclists can use the ground from now on, but we're told that horses aren't permitted.

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