New Footpath Surfaces - Tell Us Your Views!

Some different footpath surfaces are being trialled at Martlesham Creek on the river Deben this spring - take a walk out on the river wall and let us know what you think of them.

The river wall, and the footpath that runs along it, were damaged in the December 2013 storm surge.  The landowners have repaired the river wall, which now incorporates two lower sections, which are designed to allow water to overtop in extreme tides in a controlled way so as not to damage the walls.  The water will then drain back into the river at low tide through sluices. 

Two novel surfaces, Tenax and Ankalok, are being trialled on the low sections. We’re interested to hear how you think these new surfaces perform alongside the two surfaces that are most usually used, Crushed Concrete and Hoggin.

Please note: Walkers should not cross these low sections when water is coming over.   During these extreme events the footpath will be closed. 

Feedback from walkers:

If you’ve had a look and have walked on the new surfaces perhaps you’d help us by completing a short survey - click here to go to the survey

Your comments will help us select the best surfaces to use in future projects.

Some of the AONB’s volunteer Coast and Estuary Wardens will be on site helping gather feedback from walkers.

At the time of writing this (April) the newly-finished work is looking very bright and stark in the landscape, but it will weather and blend in as vegetation starts to grow on the spillway matting and on the wall edges.

A report on this project giving technical specifications can be found by clicking here.

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