AN AMBITIOUS project to bring an overgrown Flintshire footpath back in to use has won a massive cash boost.

The Mold Railway Footpath project, which aims to turn the former Mold and Denbigh railway line runs into a fully-functioning public footpath, has won a slice of a £100,000 prize fund from the Bovril Great Outdoors Revival campaign.

The scheme was put forward for the funding by Howard White, chairman of the town’s Ramblers’ Association.

He said: “The path is currently used by dog walkers, but it is quite overgrown and muddy and there is some litter lying around.

“The funding will be put towards clearing it and forming a proper gravel path to make it suitable for walkers of all abilities and hopefully for disabled people too.”

The path runs north from near Mold town centre for about half a mile, linking with paths alongside the River Alyn.

The funding from Bovril will also see boundary fences and gates tidied and some signposts provided.

The footpath project won the cash after it fought off competition from more than 200 schemes across the country.

David Titman, brand manager for Bovril, said: “Following the launch of the Bovril Great Outdoors Revival campaign we have been inundated with nominations for restoration grants and it has been really tough choosing between so many worthwhile projects.

“However when we came across Mold railway footpath during judging, the idea clearly brought so much value to the local community and health groups, with the prospect of reaching further we knew we had to help.

“The restoration on this is due to start within the next few weeks and I am really excited to see how it all progresses.”