Sennen to Land's End coast path improvements nearly finished
7:00am Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
Phase one of a project to improve the South West Coast Path from Sennen to Land's End is nearing completion.
The first stage, started mid-January, has seen a granite stone pitching project to solve major erosion problems and improve access from Sennen to Land’s End, with over 220 metres costing in the region of £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.
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 said: “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. For more information on the Great South West Walk, or to register in advance, call the SWCPA on 01752 896237.
More information about each leg of the walk, the dates and the improvement project is available at www.GreatSouthWestWalk.co.uk.