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2016 AGM to be held on May 14th

The 2016 AGM is to be held on May 14th at The Heights Hotel, Portland. They are offering special rates for members that weekend. Contact Jenny at the Hotel if you would like to stay. We look forward to seeing lots of our members there.

630 Mile World Record Breaking Run

53 year old Devon man, Mark Berry, has run the 630 mile South West Coast Path in a record breaking 11days, 8 hours and 15 minutes, shaving an impressive 3 days off the current world record of 14 days, 8 hours and 2 minutes, which was only set just over a month ago. Mark expects […]

Thurlestone Charity Golf Day – Friday 11 September

The Thurlestone Golf Club is hosting a special charity golf competition on the 11th September supported by Bartons Solicitors, this 18-hole 4 BBB open competition, aims to raise funds for South West Coast Path improvements and repairs. It costs £60 per pair to enter and includes lunch. For further information and to enter a team […]

South West Coast Path Association’s Spring AGM

Saturday 28 March 2015, Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe Stepping Forward The South West Coast Path Association’s AGM took place on Saturday 28 March at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe with a record 140 delegates who turned up to witness a monumental step in the evolution of the Association. A key vote was taken to enable the Association […]

Salcombe Coastal Marathon – Saturday 2nd May 2015

Take part in the sixth Coastal Marathon from Torcross to Bantham, via Salcombe along some of South Devon’s most beautiful coastline. This is a multi-terrain event taking place over 26.2 miles with 4500’+ ascent open to both walkers and runners and will have two coach transfer times to allow for different speeds. Entries must be […]

Vote For Your Dog’s Favourite Walk in the West

Voting has just opened for the third annual Top Dog Walk competition with the backing of Your Dog Magazine and the Kennel Club’s access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, an expert on where dog owners can go and what they can do in the countryside. The South West Coast Path are inviting dog owners to nominate their […]

Golfers hit the target

Local people and businesses came together on Friday 3rd October at Thurlestone Golf Club, in South Devon, to hold a Golf Day in support of the South Hams Appeal for the South West Coast Path. A strong turnout of players, plus great support from businesses including; Bartons Solicitors as lead sponsor and the South Sands […]

Penny Mordaunt MP Visits the Coast Path to Discuss Storm Damage

The new Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP, visited the South West Coast Path at Thurlestone, South Devon, earlier this week. The South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA) has recently secured over £500,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund to spend on much needed repairs to sections of the 630 mile path that suffered from the […]

Thurlestone Golf Day Supports the South Hams Appeal

The South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA) has launched a fundraising appeal to raise a minimum of £20,000 for urgent repair works to sections of coast path between Dartmouth and Bantham in the South Hams, and to establish a Fund for future improvement projects in the South Hams. The Coast Path is a vital link […]

South West Coast Path Secures £1 million Investment

This project will repair, improve and promote the South West Coast Path (SWCP). Funds will help with 32 urgent repair works to the path, information boards and signage, and marketing.  This will create and safeguard around 788 jobs from construction, management and tourism generated by the path. Management of the Coast Path is co-ordinated by […]


The 2015 AGM will be held at 2pm on 28th March at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe. More information about the venue is available on their web site at We are happy to tell members that The Elmfield Hotel is offering delegates a special rate for the weekend of the AGM at £55 per […]

SWCPA Supports the National Trust coastal appeal in bid to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary

A multi-million pound fundraising appeal is being launched today by the National Trust in a bid to raise money to acquire Bantham beach and the Avon estuary in south Devon. One of the finest estuaries in South West England and the best surfing beach in south Devon, this coastline is a place that has captured […]

South West Water and the South West Coast Path Association team up to support one of the region’s major tourist attractions

The South West Coast Path Association is very happy to announce that they are working with South West Water as their lead supporter for the next year. Together we will ensure that the South West Coast Path is one of the best walks in the world for all to enjoy.

As well as a high quality path, it is the views and natural environment that people come to enjoy, and so the work South West Water has done to help to clean up our coastal waters makes it a natural partner to the South West Coast Path Association.

South West Water and the South West Coast Path Association are both committed to delivering high quality services to communities across the South West. The South West Coast Path is well loved and well used by thousands of local people every year. By working together South West Water and the South West Coast Path Association will be able to join forces to improve and promote this important regional and local attraction.

South West Coast Path Association Launches Urgent Appeal for South Hams

Today, the South West Coast Path Association launched a South Hams Appeal to raise £40,000 for urgent improvement works to the South West Coast Path between Dartmouth and Bantham. Storm damage from recent winters has created much erosion to the path in the South Hams. It is currently open for business but needs urgent improvement […]

South West Coast Path scoops top honour at South West Tourism Excellence Awards

The South West Coast Path has been awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Contribution to Tourism” title at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2014. The award was presented in recognition of it being “critical and integral to the visitor economies of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset” and its key role in maintaining and enhancing tourism across […]

South West Coast Path Association hits double donation aim with £640k

A walk to raise cash to protect and improve the South West Coast Path has achieved doubled its target. The South West Coast Path Association today announced it has more than doubled the original target of securing £250,000 to improve the trail, reaching an astounding total of £640,000. It means that over 130 improvement projects […]

Eric Wallis Memorial Staircase

On Wednesday 19th June in brilliant sunshine, the Eric Wallis Memorial Staircase was officially opened.  The staircase forms a terrific improvement and links the Coast Path through the Royal William Yard to Western Kings Point and Devils Point. At the top of the staircase is a plaque commemorating the work of Eric Wallis who was Honorary […]