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

Project

Parts of the coastpath between Porthleven and Penrose in Cornwall fell into the sea following intense storms last winter. A much loved and popular route, the team at Penrose have been working on a solution to reconnect this section of the South West Coast Path. Follow the project updates here below. 

Latest posts

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

12 Jun 18

Planning approved and a provisional start date set

A big thank you to everybody who has supported our donate online fundraising appeal. The appeal is currently approaching £1,000 which is really great news, and much appreciated. We are very pleased to hear that the planning application for the work has been successful and we now have all the permissions in place to start on the new path . Behind the scenes there has been no let- up in work, with specifications and tenders sent out and reviewed, and through more site meetings we have a provisional start date of the 2nd of July. Our contractor has estimated that to complete the new coast path section will take approximately 5 weeks from this date, with this section then re-opening. The next phase of work on the new bridleway link will start immediately after this, with another estimated time of 4-5 weeks to complete. Thank you to everyone for continuing to use the official diversion route and allowing the coastal fields to be grazed safely by our farm tenant’s cattle. Thanks again for all your support so far. If you have any questions please contact me directly at Gregory.Cross@nationaltrust.org.uk

A Ranger at Penrose working on the new section of coast path in a tractor

14 May 18

Fundraising appeal launched

It's going to cost £30,000 to reconnect the South West Coast Path between Penrose and Porthleven so an appeal has been launched to help raise funds for this project with the aim of having the project finished by autumn 2018.

Ranger standing in the distance at Penrose