Update on South West Coast Path collapse
During the winter a large section of the South West Coast Path collapsed into the sea on the popular route between Porthleven and Loe Bar. Since then we’ve had an open day to show interested parties the proposed new route and ways that they can help support with fundraising and volunteering their time. Greg Cross, the Area Ranger, is leading on this project.
" Many thanks to everyone who came to look at the plans and share their thoughts at the recent Open Day. It was really good to meet with and hear from so many people, and to get such positive feedback and offers of support."
So what’s the plan?
The plan has two parts; firstly a new 650 metre coast footpath route to replace the closed section. This will be well surfaced and between 1.5 and 2 metres wide and fenced off from the agricultural fields it runs through to allow stock grazing to continue.
In addition, a new multi0-use trail / bridleway link from Bar Lodge to the existing bridleway through Higher Penrose Farm. This will be part surfaced, part grass, and similar to the new route at Highburrow that we completed four years ago. The views from up there are really very special.
As part of the whole project, the old byway route then has to be officially extinguished (legally, at some expense) and we will then designate the new routes officially to Cornwall Council.
Longer term, if we can raise the funds we would like in 2019 to surface the section of the Higher Penrose route between Highburrow and the new bridleway link.
Because we are investing in providing a better surfaced and wider path than would be the case in more remote areas, we need to submit a planning application for these surfacing works (and will include any possible 2019 works as part of it).
Timetable and costs:
The planning application will be submitted in early April, and during the 8 week application process we will be preparing specifications and tenders so we aim to start work in June. We won’t know exactly how long the work will take until then, but all we can say is that we are working as hard and fast as we can, and will continue to do so. The coast path link will start first and the bridleway link immediately afterwards.
Based on previous similar projects, we estimate that the new footpath (including fencing and all other works like surfacing) will cost around £35,000. The new bridleway link we believe will then cost an additional £30,000.
Fundraising and supporting:
We are currently creating a crowdfunding web page where you can donate to the new coast path route appeal, and we will be sharing details of that shortly. We are also investigating grants which might be able to support the work, and had some great ideas from the Open Day regarding potential sponsored walks as well as raising awareness at Porthleven Food Festival.
Thanks again for your support and encouragement, and if you would like to get in contact please do so here.
Area Ranger, Penrose