Reconnecting the Porthleven to Penrose South West Coast Path: Project updates


Parts of the coastpath between Porthleven and Penrose in Cornwall fell into the sea following intense storms in the winter of 2017. A much loved and popular route, the team at Penrose worked on a solution to reconnect this section of the South West Coast Path, reopening it in September 2018 thanks in part to donations.

Re-instating the route for future generations

The plan for the project was to create a new path along the coast, reflecting the original, now disappeared route. It was a major task with at least 650 metres of new path required that needed to be a high standard of surfacing and drainage that blended into the coastal landscape. 


The challenges with re-instating the route were significant, including taking into account the coastal wildlife, archaeology and local farming. The new route was planned considering potential future coastal change, storms and severe weather events. This careful planning and sensitive delivery will help to ensure that the route is open for people to enjoy for many years to come.

  • We rebuilt 650 metres of new coast path
  • It cost around £50 per metre to re-build
  • It will then cost £1,200 per year to maintain the new section of coast path

Reconnecting the Penrose to Porthleven coast path

Find out more about the damage the storms caused on the coast, and how Ranger Greg and his team planned on reconnecting the coast path between Penrose and Porthleven.

Latest updates

01 Sep 18

New footpath opens Saturday 1st September!

After eight months of planning, fundraising and work on the ground we are very pleased to announce the new footpath is now open to enjoy! I would like to thank everybody for their support and patience whilst we have been working on re-establishing this amazing route. For all the horse riders and cyclists the new bridleway route is expected to be completed by the second week of September. Our contractors are just in the process off fencing this off and re-building the traditional Cornish hedges to allow our tenant farmer to graze those fields. It would be great to hear your thoughts on the new route and to see any pictures taken of the amazing new views. If you would like to forward these to me at I would love to see them.

The view from the new section of coast path at Penrose

02 Aug 18

Practical work enters final stages

The recent good weather may not have been the best for the garden plants but it has really allowed our contractors to maintain steady progress with the new coast path. A large part of the surfacing is complete, and we are now working on the trickier sections on steep ground around Bar Lodge. Fencing works will follow soon after and then the route can be opened whilst we continue then with the new Bridleway link and landscaping works. We are putting all our efforts into opening the new route as soon as possible, and appreciate your patience and support during the final push of practical works. I will keep you up to date with when we think the new route will be open, with the current good progress we will be complete by the back end of August at the very latest. If you have any queries please feel free to contact me direct on 01326 554082. Thanks again for your continued support. Greg

A digger at Penrose working on the new coast path

06 Jul 18

New coast path work begins

Thank you to everyone for your thoughts and support whilst we developed the plan for the new coast path and bridleway link. It’s almost 6 months to the day when we first heard reports that the coast path was collapsing, and it feels great to be able to report that, after so much hard work since then, our contractors are on site and making steady progress. The excellent weather is helping, and with the work involving moving large amounts of earth and stone back and forth between various compounds and we really appreciate your help in keeping everyone safe by using the temporary diversion route. I will keep everyone regularly updated on progress and timescales for opening the new coast path route. If you have any queries please feel free to contact me direct on 01326 554082, and thanks again for your continued support. Greg.

A digger gets to work on the coast path at Penrose