A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched by the National Trust to help reinstate a coast path to Porthleven.

Parts of the path between Porthleven and Penrose fell into the sea following intense winter storms this January and has been barricaded off ever since.

The trust has now launched a fundraising appeal to help raise some of the money needed to create a new path along the coast, reflecting the original, now disappeared route.

It is a major task with at least 650 metres of new path required, which will have a high standard of surfacing and drainage.

Planning applications have recently been submitted and provided permission is granted, the aim is to reinstate the route by this autumn.

The trust said there were "significant" challenges in reinstating the route, including taking into account the coastal wildlife, archaeology and local farming, with an estimated cost of around £30,000.

Greg Cross, the National Trust Ranger who is leading the project, said: "The new route is designed and will be completed in a way that respects the important features of this coastal area, it will be an asset that can be enjoyed well into the future

‘Work like this always costs more than you expect, this path needs to withstand daily use and unpredictable weather. We appreciate any help people can offer to get this much loved stretch of coast path re-built and usable again."

The National Trust will be launching a fundraising page at nationaltrust.org.uk/penrose or donations can be made by calling 01326 554082.