Unlocking our Coastal Heritage

Between 2010 and 2014 the Rural Development Programme for England invested £2.1 million into the Unlocking our Coastal Heritage project.

The overall aim of this project was to increase the economic value of the South West Coast Path (SWCP) by protecting and enhancing heritage features, improving the quality of the route and working with businesses to improve the facilities and information provided to visitors.

This investment along with additional public sector contributions and numerous generous donations from businesses and the general public has enabled a partnership of organisations led by the SWCP Team to deliver over 300 projects spread across the whole path (see map below for details of these).  

Together these projects have raised the profile of the South West Coast Path as a “cultural corridor” with a wealth of historic, artistic, and cultural heritage – as well as its more recognised environmental quality. It has also resulted in a strengthened and invigorated partnership of public, private and charitable organisations that have come together to deliver the project.

The full report can be viewed here (to download a printable version, click here).

The project had several themes, and you can find out about each of these by clicking on the links below:

Heritage Improvements

Route Improvements

Education and Interpretation

Delivering Economic Growth

You can find out the work of each of the partners who helped deliver the project on the Partnership  Working page.

A-Z project listing