A vital link has been added to the Clarence Coastal Trail with works now finishing on the new Cremorne to Lauderdale track.

The 3.8-kilometre new section of track traverses the coast between Cremorne Beach and Mays Beach, offering spectacular views across Frederick Henry Bay to Primrose Sands and the Tasman Peninsula.

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said the track was already proving popular in the local community.

“We have already been receiving some great feedback from local residents,” he said.

“I commend council’s track crew for their hard work in building this new addition to the Clarence Coastal Trail, which is sure to be well used over the coming years.

“A special thanks also to local resident Jim May, who donated a small piece of land to accommodate an improved track alignment, as well as undertaking some fencing work himself.”

The May family purchased property in 1874 and Mays Point, Mays Beach and Mays Hill were named after them.

Clarence City Council Alderman Dean Ewington, Chair of the Tracks and Trails Committee, said with the current surge in the use of coastal trails during COVID-19, it was great to have another option for the public to explore and keep active.

“And with exercise being such a big part of all aspects of our health, this new track will only help the community to navigate this COVID-19 period,” he said.

“The other great thing is that it adds another missing link to our extensive coastal trail network, which really is a great asset for the whole community.

“With further upgrades planned for other coastal trails, we have one of the best networks in Australia and potentially the world – I encourage everyone to get out and see this great new track.”

The last section of the Cremorne to Lauderdale track, located at the Mays Beach end, is still under construction and walkers are advised to obey signage and the direction of the track workers when passing through.

Planning work is now underway for a future track around Mays Point which, once constructed, will provide a continuous coastal trail between Seven Mile Beach and Cremorne.