The Bray to Greystones Cliff Walk is one of the most spectacular coastal walks in Ireland but unfortunately it has been the subject of severe coastal erosion over the years. This is particularly evident at the southern (Greystones) end of the walk where erosion of the boulder clay cliffs has resulted in the walk becoming dangerous in parts.
Wicklow County Council has recently purchased in excess of 2 acres of land and relocated and resurfaced a section of the path in order to make it accessible to the many walkers who use it on a regular basis.
Further south of the relocated section of path, temporary works have been carried out in order to divert the path from the cliff edge. These works were undertaken with the agreement of the adjoining landowner, which was greatly appreciated.
Permanent works are proposed as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) project proposed for the Greystones Harbour and North Beach area. A Compulsory Purchase Order has been published to acquire the land necessary to facilitate the objectives of the Greystones Development Plan for this area.
As part of the CPO procedure Rights of Way will be extinguished in order to allow development to take place. These Rights of Way relate mainly to existing pathways, however, access to the Cliff Walk will be maintained at all times and bidders for the PPP project have been required to ensure that both temporary access is maintained during construction works and that permanent and improved access is provided on completion of the project.