Ladies’ Walk, one of Southwold’s most picturesque, historic paths, has been closed for three years following a council ruling that it was unsafe for the public. Now, a local firm has completed plans for its restoration.
With work beginning imminently, the Ladies’ Walk is scheduled to be reopened by November this year, meaning that this will be the last summer that the winding beach pathway will be off limits.
‘We have been working in an unusual environment, using established engineering techniques,’ principle engineer Brian Wilkins told the East Anglian Daily Times, ‘It has been an interesting mix of art and science. We are refurbishing the original cast iron handrail posts, which were made in an Ipswich foundry in Edwardian times. And to get the finish just right, the aggregate we found most suitable for the concrete sections comes from Wangford Quarry, just outside Southwold.’
The council plan to pay for the schemewith the income generated from the letting of new beach hut sites.