The heavy clouds and cold weather did little to dampen the spirits of the Cliff Path Management Group at the launch of the latest edition of the Hermanus Cliff Path brochure at the Windsor Hotel on Monday, 8 July.

At the back, from left are David Beattie’s daughter, Jennifer, Overstrand Mayor Dudley Coetzee, and Morgan Hendricks. In front: David’s wife, Jane Beattie, Lizelle Hendricks, Anina Lee and Councillor Kari Brice.
PHOTO: Kathy Mulock-Bentley

The brochure is dedicated to the memory of David Beattie, who literally and figuratively put the Hermanus Cliff Path on the map. David, who founded the Cliff Path Management Group in 2002, passed away suddenly in November last year.

The ± 12km cliff path is one of the most unique attractions of Hermanus and stretches from the New Harbour along the coastline to Grotto beach. The updated edition of the cliff path brochure includes information on the origins of the names of various points on the map, such as Tamatiebank, Kammabaai and Sieverspunt, to name but a few.

Wheelchair-friendly sections have been created wherever possible for the benefit of the disabled, elderly and infants in strollers and prams.

Speaking at the event, Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, pointed out that David was a man who truly dedicated his life, not only to conservation, but also to unlocking the treasures so richly bestowed upon the Overstrand. “All too often, I am humbled by our residents’ willingness to sacrifice their time and energy without reward. David was such a person.

“With the aid of the Cliff Path Management Group, who took it upon themselves to manage and market our cliff paths, many tourists from all over the world have had the opportunity to safely wander along these paths and feast their eyes on the panoramic views of Walker Bay, our unique Floral Kingdom and bountiful marine life. I am convinced that the Hermanus Cliff Path will remain a major drawcard for tourists from all over the world for many years to come.”

The Mayor congratulated the Cliff Path Management Group (CPMG) who took the initiative to launch this attractive, updated brochure to not only inform visitors of the attractions they can discover along the way, but also to remind locals that the privilege of enjoying the Cliff Path is theirs to savour every day.

“I am sure David would have been proud of this moment,” he concluded. In a moving gesture, the Mayor then handed over the very first edition of the new cliff path brochure to David’s wife, Jane, who was accompanied by the couple’s daughter, Jennifer. The new brochures are available to the public from the Hermanus Tourism Bureau in the Station Building in Mitchell Street.

The Hermanus Cliff Path was originally constructed by the Hermanus Botanical Society (HBS). David started the CPMG after seeing how this unique asset of Hermanus was deteriorating through lack of much-needed upgrades and maintenance. The CPMG works closely with the Overstrand Municipality, Fernkloof Advisory Board and HBS. They rely on private donations and contributions from the municipality to maintain this important feature of Hermanus. If you’d like to become involved or make a donation, please contact hermanuscliffpath@gmail.com

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