South West Coast Path blazes new trails
It’s been a great year so far for the South West Coast Path with some exciting new developments, including a number of path improvements and the creation of hundreds more short circular and linear walking routes. All this wonderful work can be seen by visiting our brand new website with all the latest news and essential Coast Path information.
Unlocking our Coastal Heritage
We are more than two years into a three year-grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), a European investment to improve the economic benefits of the Coast Path to the region’s economy. This has enabled us to work closely with our partners and private businesses to enhance sections of the Coast Path and to further promote them through improved provision of visitor information. For information about path improvements visit the news section of our website.
Last year we published the first two in a series of 7 short walks books for the entire Coast Path. The remainder were to be published this summer. In addition, we now have over 300 short walks available to download from our website with many more currently in production.
We have been producing walk information boards for various holiday parks and attractions along the coast with their financial support. Many are installed and the aim is to have 90 by the end of the year, each with details of 3 or 4 walks that holiday makers are encouraged to sample during their stay.
A series of family friendly walking routes have been developed in conjunction with Treasure Trails, a national provider of fun walks with a quiz element to encourage greater participation and enjoyment for children. There are currently three in Cornwall, including Looe to Polperro, Lelant to St Ives and a Porthcurno circular route. There are plans to develop another 10 for the rest of the region.
We have also improved the information available on our website for dog owners with advice from Steve Jenkinson from the Kennel Club and an introductory video to walking the Coast Path with your dog.
New website launched
In January we launched our new improved website that’s designed to be much more user-friendly for both desktop computers and hand-held mobile devices. It includes all the essential walks information from the previous site and more, with a walkfinder tool to make searching and downloading routes as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.
At the heart of its design is an interactive map that enables you to access all the walks available at a glance and to zoom in to see walking routes in more detail. You can even view a 3D fly through of the walks in Google Earth. There are links to real time transport information for users accessing the site from their mobile device whilst out walking the Coast Path. Plus, it enables users to create personalised itineraries that can be saved, emailed or posted onto social media to share with friends and relatives.
As well as short walks or long-distance hikes, there’s a great choice of routes that incorporate a pub or tearoom along the way, or that cater specifically for families and dog owners. It remains a vital reference for the more extreme walking enthusiasts who might want to challenge themselves to completing the entire length of the Coast Path, as well as those with a specialist interest in culture, heritage, wildlife or geology.
If you’re inspired by one of the stunning photographs on the site, you can find out exactly where it was taken and where the nearest walks are to get you there. You may even want to contribute your own photographs of your Coast Path adventures to inspire others.
And finally, don’t forget to visit www.southwestcoastpath.com to experience this 630-mile adventure. There are some fantastic locations showcasing the seasons at their best, as well as tearooms opening up to serve the region’s famous cream teas - all great reasons to go for a Coast Path walk.