Route Changes

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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)

  • 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 (3 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 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 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 (11 route changes)

    • Royal William Yard, Plymouth - new route

      June 2013: The construction of a new staircase linking the historic Royal William Yard and Devil's Point park, has enabled us to extend the Coast Path around the Stonehouse peninsula.
    • Oreston, Plymouth: New route opened

      2012: A new 900 metre section of path has been opened between Pomphlett Road roundabout and Oreston which avoids an unpleasant road section.
    • Thurlestone - Update - path reopened

      April 7th 2015: Update the repairs are now complete and the path has been reopened. March 16th 2015: The footbridge across the outfall stream of South Milton Ley is undergoing major refurbishment which is expected to take 2- 3 weeks. Whilst work is underway, the bridge will be closed, and walkers have to divert across the beach or walk inland on lanes and a footpath around the Ley.
    • Thurlestone and Hope Cove - short diversion due to cliff fall

      Update Aug 2014: Between Thurlestone and Hope Cove there is a short diversion. The previous 2nd diversion on the outskirts of Hope Cove is no longer needed as a bridge has been constructed across the affected section.
    • Lannacombe (near Start Point) - short diversion around cliff fall

      Oct 2013: Following a cliff fall, the Coast Path has been permanently moved onto a new route.
    • Lannacombe Beach

      The South West Coast Path was closed for 5 days between MONDAY, 23rd FEBRUARY 2015 and FRIDAY, 27th FEBRUARY 2015, both dates inclusive for 60 metres eastwards from Lannacombe Beach car park. It has now reopened.
    • Blackstone Point, Dartmouth: Short diversion due to storm damage

      Feb 2014: The footbridge on the Coast Path between Compass Cove and Blackstone Point has been washed away by the recent storms, and walkers are diverted onto a path through the fields above.
    • Kingswear - route change due to cliff fall

      Jan 2013: Due to a cliff fall severing Beacon Road and the Coast Path, the route has been moved onto the nearby Beacon Lane.
    • St Mary's Bay between Berry Head and Sharkham Point, Brixham: path reopened

      Update April 2015: Thanks to funding secured by the SWCP Association from the Coastal Communities Fund this path has been repaired and is open again. Feb 2014: Following cliff subsidence a section of the Coast Path above St Mary's Bay between Sharkham Point and Berry Head has been diverted inland.
    • Teignmouth: Sea wall to Holcombe - Update: Path reopened

      Update: Aug 2014: Following repairs to the sea wall alongside the railway between Teignmouth and Holcombe the Coast Path along the sea wall has been re-opened to walkers.
    • Dawlish to Dawlish Warren: Diversion whilst sea wall repaired

      UPDATE-January 2015 : More of the South West Coast Path along the sea wall has been reopened.The diversion now extends from the station along a footpath to the A379 and then over the footbridge and back to the Coast Path.
  • East Devon & Dorset: Exmouth to Poole Harbour (8 route changes)

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