The victim was approached by an Asian man in a black hooded top as she walked near Brunel Close at about 5.30am.
Lee-Anne James, of Brunel Close, walks along the footpath with her dog Eddie up to six times a day and said she was 'shocked' after hearing about the attack.
"You do not want to see anything like that on your doorstep," she added.
The Gullet is a secluded footpath which runs from Ludlow Road to the Larchfield estate.
The 53-year-old described the area as being usually quite friendly and quiet and added she would continue to use the footpath despite the assault.
"It will not put me off," she said.
Matthew Reid regularly uses the walkway to travel into the town centre where he works at Odeon cinema.
The 26-year-old said he was aware the area had a bad reputation but added ‘you just had to carry on’.
Following the attack, police said they were in the early stages of their investigation but are doing everything they can to locate the attacker.
He has been described as an Asian man in his 20s with a moustache who has wearing a black hooded top.
He pushed his victim over as show walked near Brunel Close at 5.30am and sexually assaulted her before running away.
Call 101 with information.
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