Accessible path opens up a view for all at Bolberry Down
The stunning coastline at Bolberry Down is now accessible to all, thanks to an initiative by the National Trust and the South West Coast Path.
This relatively flat section of the coast path provided the perfect opportunity to create a smooth trail, with plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the view.
The path is an existing part of the South West Coast Path, and has been resurfaced and slightly widened. It is now wide enough for buggies, wheelchairs and walking hand in hand.
Ken Carter, Chairman of the South West Coast Path Association said ‘We are really pleased to see this project completed as it will enable more people, particularly young families and those less able, to experience a spectacular section of the Coast Path.’
The route takes you from the Bolberry car park, which includes disabled bays, to the end of Bolberry Down. From here you can discover the beautiful views of Hope Cove, and on a clear day you can see as far as Lizard Point.
After two years of fundraising, the Bolberry Down access path took just two weeks to complete.
The first 400m was funded through the SWCP Association. From there the path project gained momentum, with further donations from the SWCP and the Veronica Awdry Charitable Trust to complete the full 1.2km route.
Careful maintenance with wildlife in mind
Due to the area being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it was vital that the surrounding wildlife and environment were disturbed as little as possible. In the long term it will benefit wildlife as people are more likely to use the path, and therefore not create any disturbance to the areas away from the path.
As part of our annual footpath cutting programme, we will cut the borders to keep this path accessible into the future. You may also spot a ranger using a leaf blower to clear away gravel and plant debris.
The path was funded metre by metre and is now standing sturdy for all to enjoy. It’s thanks to our supporters who visit, donate, volunteer, and buy memberships that we can look after our South Devon coast and countryside for everyone to enjoy.