Route Changes

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Route Changes

The South West Coast Path owes its unique character to natural processes. Our coastline would not look so beautiful and dramatic if it wasn't for cliff and beach erosion. The downside is that sometimes cliff falls or landslips close sections of the Coast Path resulting in temporary inland diversions, which can occasionally be quite lengthy, being needed. In these instances, always follow signing and information on the ground or check out this page for up to date information.

We are also constantly looking for opportunities to improve the route in the few places where it is not as good as it could be.

Recent changes that may not be in your guidebook or shown on your map are (click on the links for more details):-

  • Exmoor and North Devon: Minehead to the Cornwall border (4 route changes)

    • Yenworthy (between Porlock Weir and Lynmouth): Short diversion

      April 2013: There has been a landslip below Sugarloaf hill, Yenworthy, at Grid reference SS 805 492, and as a result the path has been diverted slightly inland.
    • Crock Point (nr. Woody Bay) - Short diversion around cliff fall

      Feb 2013: Following a landslip the Coast Path has been moved slightly inland around the affected area.
    • Instow (low tide alternative route no longer recommended)

      April 2014: On the north side of Instow, at low tide walkers were signed across the rocks and sand around the headland at Black Ground. However the storms of early 2014 means that this route has become quite hard to walk, with slippery rocks to cross, and so the low tide route is no longer waymarked as part of the Coast Path and walkers should follow the main route inland of the cricket field.
    • Appledore - path now reopened

      July 6th 2014: Thanks to funding secured by the South West Coast Path Association from the Coastal Communities Fund, Devon County Council has been able to repair the damaged sea walls and the Coast Path has been re-opened back on the coasty.
  • North Cornwall: Devon border to Newquay (2 route changes)

    • Trevone Bay, near Padstow

      January 2015:- Cornwall Council has a 21 day Emergency Closure dated from 7th January 2015 for a length of the South West Coast Path at Trevone Bay, near Padstow. This restriction is necessary for public safety owing to coastal defence works.
    • Hawker's Cove, Padstow - minor diversion

      Feb 2014: A minor diversion to the South West Coast Path route due to an imminent cliff fall at Hawkers Cove, north of Padstow on the Camel Estuary. The diversion is along the footpath immediately inland.
  • West Cornwall: Newquay to Falmouth (4 route changes)

    • Hayle - Minor route change

      As part of the renovation of North Quay on the outskirts of Hayle, have a new riverside walkway has been constructed along which the Coast Path now runs (previously it ran along a track about 30 metres away)
    • St Ives to Clodgy Point

      The South West Coast Path from Porthmeor Beach in St Ives to Clodgy Point, will be closed between the 29th June 2015 and the middle of September to enable repairs and improvement work to be undertaken.
    • St Loys Cove: Difficult walking along the beach section

      Feb 2014: At St Loy's Cove the Coast Path runs along the back of the beach for about 50 metres, and storms have washed boulders across the path making walking difficult.
    • Long Rocks, Marazion: Footpath and cycleway closed for repairs

      May 26th 2015: Repairs complete and path reopened earlier than expected. May 11th, 2015: The Coast Path has been closed by Cornwall Council at Penzance. The 3 week closure is between Long Rock car park and Penzance, for repair and upgrading to the footpath and cycleway. Nov 3rd 2014: Repairs complete and path reopened. Oct 18 2014: The path will be closed between Penzance and Marazion, for up to 3 weeks whilst repairs are undertaken. Whilst closed, the alternative route (the road inland of the railway) will be signposted. May 2014: Update - path now reopened, but surface is a bit rough if you are cycling, or using a mobility scooter. Feb 2014: Between Penzance and Marazion, Network Rail are carrying out emergency repair work. Therefore, a section of the Coast Path has been closed.
  • South East Cornwall: Falmouth to Plymouth (8 route changes)

  • South Devon: Plymouth to Exmouth (10 route changes)

  • East Devon & Dorset: Exmouth to Poole Harbour (8 route changes)

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  • Set Construction underway at Wheal Owles, Botallack There is a lot of activity in and around Wheal Owles at Botallack at the moment as work has begun on dressing up the old Engine House so that it can once again become Poldark's 'Wheal Leisure'. From the South West Coast footpath, you can clearly see the Whim and various wooden buildings being constructed. Filming of the second season of Poldark is due to begin late next week. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • More info about Thurlestone Golf Club Charity event on 11th September. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Thurlestone Golf Club's post. A great charity golf day for groups of friends or staff to take part in on 11th September at Thurlestone Golf Club - book your tickets today! more
  • The South West Coast Path from Land's End makes its way across Gwennap Head and descends into Porthgwarra. There are many shorter walks if you prefer including one which goes past the old coastguard cottages to the National Coastwatch Station and then back via the daymarks. The secluded cove and sandy beach at Porthgrarra featured in the 'Pilchard' scene in the recent adaptation of Poldark. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • 29 days to go before the South West Coast Path Challange and an amazing 3,069 miles have been clocked on our mileometer! Have you signed up yet? more
  • The countdown has begun with just 30 days to go until the South West Coast Path Challenge gets underway to help protect the coastline in partnership with The National Trust South West. What will your challenge be? #lovethecoast more
  • Few shots from our walk around Harlyn Bay more
  • Sunset on the zennor to St Ives section ,fab walk more
  • Woo hoo! We have already clocked more than three times the length of the Path on our mileometer for the Challenge - a total of 2,249 miles! Have you signed up yet? Read about it in our newsletter and sign up for more information (subscribe button on top left corner of newsletter) #Challenge630 more
  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos. In other news... It's take your dog to work day at the Association office! Here's Kiera, trusty sidekick of path rep Colin and our Marketing expert Sophie with little Lulu - woof woof! more


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