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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 or will decline further.

Concern for how the cost of urgent improvements and upgrades to the path will be met, has prompted the South West Coast Path Association to launch its first ever fundraising appeal aimed at a particular stretch of the path.

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 the region. A full report is available on the South West Coast Path Team website at www.southwestcoastpath.com/swta

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 have been completed along the South West Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of many tourism businesses and sponsorship from nearly 1,000 walkers.

To mark its 40th anniversary, throughout April and the beginning of May the association, which is based at Lee Mill near Plymouth, staged the Great South West Walk to raise money for improvements to the path.

Read more: Express & Echo | Western Morning News

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 Secretary of the South West Coast Path Association for 25 years.  The staircase was officially opened by Liz Wallis.

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