Record rainfall dampens spirits

Rainfall has been reaching record amounts in the South West causing the worst set of landslides that the area has had to deal with in over a decade according to experts. The record rainfall and ensuing landslides have left the South West Coastal Path destroyed causing many closures and damage up and down the path.

Given the fact that the Path annually brings £300m to the South West as a major tourist attraction this is a big concern for many in the region that depend on tourism to support their businesses and livelihood.

Seven separate sections of the path between Cornwall and Devon have been closed due to the heavy rain and now some local authorities have repair bills that are expected to cost tens of thousands of pounds.

The South Wet Coastal path is 630 miles in length and runs from Somerset to Dorset. It has been ranked as one of the greatest walks in the world by Lonely Planet the travel guide and now may not be able to fully open this summer.

Many geologists have already warned walkers to be careful over the festival holidays if they venture out onto the path as the saturated ground and the stormy seas could make it possible for more landslides to occur.

Trail officer, Mark Owen, stated that the damage will likely take a number of months to completely repair as the landslides are the worst they have seen since 2001. He added that the coastal path is a very vital part of tourism in the region and there will temporarily have to be many inland diversions that will draw negative attention to its reputation.

The Met Office in Exeter stated that April and May in Cornwall and Devon were the wettest months in over a century.