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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)

    • 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 and mid July to enable repairs and improvement work to be undertaken. Whilst the closure will be kept to a minimum, to enable machinery to operate safely, walkers will have to take an inland diversion around the works.
    • 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 (11 route changes)

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

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  • *NEW FILM!* Follow my recent microadventure on the Cornish Coast Path from St Ives to Penzance. Breathtaking scenery, cute animals, and a dramatic helicopter rescue! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhjKv_Hnfrc Cornwall Wildlife Trust Microadventures The South West Coast Path youtube.com more
  • Godrevy Lighthouse from Gwithian Towans, Cornwall. The coast path from Hayle to Godrevy is largely undefined as it crosses the towans (sand dunes), but whichever route you take there are good views of Godrevy Lighthouse. 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 www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • St Uny Church, Lelant, Cornwall The church overlooks the Hayle Estuary and is unique as it sits on two popular rights of way, the South West Coast Path, and the St Michael's Way, (which starts at St Uny and crosses to St Michael's Mount on the South Coast). St Uny's church dates back to the 12th century, originally called St Euny's church. St Uny (or Euny), is a popular saint in the area, there are several local churches dedicated to the saint Hayle and Redruth for example). The present church at Lelant largely dates from the 15th century. It is thought that the church was rebuilt at a time when wind blown sand silted up the Hayle estuary and encroached on Lelant, the vicarage itself was buried in sand. A number of ancient Cornish crosses can be found in the graveyard. In the 14th century, Lelant lost an estimated 40% of it's population with the Black Plague, many were buried in the church grounds. 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 www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • 3 miles of Golden Sand. The view over Porth Kidney to Hayle and Godrevy. It is a short walk through the golf course at Lelant to Porth Kidney and the Hayle Estuary. For the more energetic you can follow the South West Coast Path to Carbis Bay or St Ives. 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 www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
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  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos. Very pleased to see our #Challenge630 event in this month's Devon Life Magazine and we made it as a cover line too! Who's up for the challenge? http://t.co/3NlsIFIaG6 more
  • Out on the Coast Path this weekend? Then #voteforus in the #FTAwards2015 http://t.co/QF4BfAVfWK best Eco holiday! Share your pictures of family walks and let your friends know you voted by 31 August t.co more
  • St Michael's Mount from Longrock St Michael's Mount is a tidal island linked to the town of Marazion by a granite causeway. It has a resident population of about 35 and has been the seat of the St Aubyn family since the mid 1600's The earliest buildings, on the summit, date to the 12th century, the harbour is 15th century and the village and summit buildings were rebuilt between 1860 and 1900. The chapel on the summit is appropriately enough dedicated to St Michael, patron saint of high places. The Mount is now managed by The National Trust. A boat service operates from Marazion to the Mount, when the causeway is under water. The path on the left of the photo is the South West Coast path which has been widened and surface between Penzance and Marazion to provide a dual purpose route for walkers and cyclists (bike hire is available). 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 www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • Had a fab time at Yealmpton Show yesterday! Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello and good luck to all entries in our hike & dine giveaway. Winner to be announced very soon! more

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  • A happy competition winner who is #WalkingAway with a copy of #SimonArmitage new book! https://t.co/05eDVunL47
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  • Very pleased to see our #Challenge630 event in this month's @DevonLife made it as a cover line too! Who's up for it? http://t.co/3NlsIFIaG6
  • Out on the Coast Path this weekend? Then #voteforus in the #FTAwards2015 http://t.co/QF4BfAVfWK best Eco holiday! http://t.co/wNuiYFu5A5
  • RT @Archie_notail: Quite a long winding set of steps on this steep section of the @swcoastpath near Petargon Waterfall. http://t.co/QROSKTz…
  • RT @Dartmoor_photos: Bolberry Down #devon @DevonLife @swcoastpath @SouthWestUK @SouthHamsDevon @VisitDevon #photography #southhams #moon h…
  • Beautiful blue moon last night! https://t.co/DZ1lJMuuke
  • RT @ILoveCornwallUK: Top walks to enjoy this week recommended by our friends from @swcoastpath #loveCornwall http://t.co/j0caucf27y http://…