South West Coast Path work continues thanks to £75,000 investment
Phase one of the South West Coast Path flagship project is close to completion and work is ready to start on phase two, with more than £75,000 being invested towards improving the path.
Stage one consisted of Granite stone being pitched in order to solve serious erosion problems and to improve the access between Sennen and Land’s end. It started in mid-January and over 220 metres have been treated, costing around £20,000.
South West Coast Path team, National Trust, Cornwall Council and Land’s End Company funded and undertook the work.
Stage two will now commence, entailing a further 600 metres of stone pitching to complete works on the most difficult sections of the path between Sennen and Land’s End, costing over £55,000.
Funding for stage two has been secured from the RDPE, Land’s End Company, Cornish Cottage Holidays, Natural England and the National Trust, co-ordinated by the South West Coast Path Association as part of their Great South West Walk celebrations.
Nigel Picken, CEO of Cornish Cottage Holidays commented:
“I am delighted that Cornish Cottage Holidays is able to support improvements to the South West Coast Path as it is enjoyed by many of our guests, as well as our staff and their families. In addition to the funding, our team will be taking to the Coast Path as part of the Great South West Walk celebrations on the Sennen Cove to Land’s End leg on Tuesday 7thMay which we are very much looking forward to.”
The South West Coast Path Association is organising the “Great South West Walk” to celebrate their 40th anniversary, taking place in April and May with a relay of 56 sponsored walks to cover the whole 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset).
With the aim of raising £250,000 the event will fund a series of over 50 improvement projects around the entire South West Coast Path to be completed by the end of the year.
Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association, Steve Church, is grateful for everyone’s support saying:
“The Great South West Walk has been supported by such a wide range of organisations and businesses who all love to walk and have come together to give something back to the path. It really has been overwhelming just how many people are playing a part in this event, which will fund vital improvement projects around the entire South West Coast Path.”
Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event, raising funds needed for significant improvement projects, over and above general maintenance of the path, with the ethos of putting 40 years of love back into the Coast Path.
Walkers joining the anniversary event will be asked to try to raise sponsorship, with every pound making a difference, so that further funding can be levered from relevant organisations via matched giving.
If you would like to take part in the Great South West Walk, you must register in advance by calling the SWCPA on 01752 896237