Original article from Kent Live
Throughout the pandemic, many of us have been on countless walks as part of our daily exercise routine.
However, some footpaths during The 149th Open Golf Championship will be temporarily closed to walkers while players from all over the world compete for the Claret Jug at the Royal St George’s Golf Course in Sandwich.
Crowds of up to 32,000 are expected on each of the Championship days from July 15 to 18, with less expected on the practice days from July 11 to 14.
But what footpaths will be shut to walkers during this event and when will they reopen?
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We've done some research into these burning questions and this is what we've found here at KentLive.
What footpaths are closed?
Public Footpath EE231, which forms part of the Saxon Shore Way and passes through Royal St George’s Golf Club, will be closed for its entire length (from North Stream to Prince’s Drive), The Open states.
An alternative route between the GreenWall path and the beach will be signposted along public footpaths ES1 and EE230 via the tour Valley Walk.
Public Footpath EE248 between Tollgate Cottages and where it meets Public Footpath EE249 will be shut.
Public Footpath EE249 between Princes Drive and Guilford Road is also closed during the tournament, Deal Town Council's website adds.
The closure came into force on Sunday (July 11) and is valid until the tournament ends – no later than Monday (July 19), a notice from Kent County Council reads.
Are there any road closures?
Yes, Kent County Council (KCC) will close some roads in Sandwich, Deal and surrounding areas to "ensure smooth traffic flows and minimise congestion".
Below are the nine roads that will be closed, with access maintained for permit holders where applicable:
- Golf Road, Deal – between Ethelbert Road and Guilford Road
- Ancient Highway, Sandwich Bay
- Delfside, Sandwich
- Guilford Road, Sandwich Bay
- Knightrider Street – between The Quay and Upper Strand Street – 6am to 2pm only
- Ramsgate Road, Sandwich – between the junctions with The Quay and Willowbank
- Sandown Road, Sandwich – between the junctions with St George’s Road and Guilford Road
- Pike Road, Eastry – at the junction with Venson Road
- Canterbury Road West, Cliffsend – from Cliffsend Roundabout eastwards to the western boundary of number 54