Unlocking our Coastal Heritage - Heritage sites along the SWCP

The aim of this part of the project was to conserve and restore 30 individual cultural, historic and archaeological monuments along the route of the SWCP. This included mining infrastructure, ancient monuments and coastal defence features.

The people living, working, worshipping and occasionally fighting along our coastline over thousands of years have left their mark on the landscape and a rich heritage and cultural asset. As a result, distributed along the full length of the South West Coast Path, historically and archaeologically significant sites abound; from mining infrastructure to ritual burial sites, and from modern signal and lookout stations to ancient defensive fortifications.

However many of these features are at risk of being lost or irreparably damaged, or have potential to be opened up to a wider audience. The project enabled conservation and enhancement work to be completed at 30 sites, and so gives visitors new insights into our heritage and safeguarded these sites and features for generations to come.

A-Z project listing

  • Beer Head

    General view of the site looking west 25 During June and July 2011 a staged programme of archaeological investigations was undertaken at Beer Head. This ...
  • Berry Camp, Branscombe

    Berry Cliff Camp-Lime Burning_small 26 The site comprises Berry Cliff Camp, an Iron Age hillfort and an adjoining prehistoric field system. Both ...
  • Black Head

    Black Head target area 17 The site of Black Head comprises the remains of a Promontory Fort. The site is a small ...
  • Burgh Island

    Working on the Huer's Hut on Burgh Island 20 Burgh Island is a popular and distinctive destination on the South Devon coast near Bigbury. Most visitors ...
  • Carne Beacon & Veryan Castle

    View across Veryan Castle to Carne Beacon on the HorizonView across Veryan Castle to Carne Beacon on the Horizon 14 Carne Beacon is located just outside of the village of Veryan in mid-south Cornwall. The site was ...
  • Cot Mill

    Cot Mill in the Cot Valley near St Just 10 Cot Stream near St. Just is part of the St. Just Area of the Cornwall and West ...
  • Crane Castle

    Crane Castle dig in 2012 6 Crane Castle comprises the remains of a prehistoric promontory fort in the form of substantial upstanding remains ...
  • Dodman Point

    ArchaeoPhysica - survey at Dodman Point 16 The Dodman is the site of a large promontory fort along the south coiast of Cornwall. It ...
  • Embury Beacon

    Embury Beacon dig 3 Embury Beacon Fort is the site of an Iron Age Hillfort on the west side of the ...
  • Godrevy Barrow

    Godrevy Barrow excavation 7 A small scale excavation and topographical survey of Godrevy Barrow, Gwithian, Cornwall took place in 2012-2013. The ...
  • Golden Cap

    Golden Cap excavations 28 The work was carried out because these three scheduled monuments on the edge of Golden Cap were ...
  • Hallsands

    The completed interpretation point at Hallsands 22 The ruined village of Hallsands, devastated in a storm in 1917, is an iconic site on the ...
  • Hardy's Monument

    Hardy Restored 28 Work to restore the Hardy Monument on Black Down, Portesham in Dorset, has been completed by the ...
  • High Peak

    High Peak dig 24 High Peak Camp is a Neolithic settlement and Post Roman occupation site situated upon a heavily eroding ...
  • Hillsborough

    Geophysical surveying at Hillsborough 2 The history hunters project run through North Devon Museum service and North Devon AONB afforded the opportunity ...
  • Kenidjack Valley dressing floor

    Kenidjack Valley dressing floor 9 This project is at a site consisting of the remains of a 19th century dressing floor adjacent ...
  • Kimmeridge Fossil Museum

    Kimmeridge Rocks. Photographer Mark V Pike (2013 Photo Competition entry)

    30 Kimmeridge Fossil Museum

  • Mason's Trail

    Mason Trail booklet cover 27 The Mason’s trail is a short trail using the South West Coast Path and other footpaths ...
  • Nare Head

    The bunker entrance before cleaning 15 This project relates to the site of a World War II Starfish command bunker, on Nare Head ...
  • Park Head

    Barrow dig at Park Head 5 Just north of Bedruthan steps in North Cornwall the site of Park Head Barrow comprises the remains ...
  • Poltesco Capstan House

    Capstan house completed

    Poltesco is located in the South East of the Lizard Peninsula, close to the village of Ruan Minor ...

  • Porthmeor Stamps

    Working on the granite revetment 8 This project consists of the remains of a mid-19th century waterpowered stamping mill and associated dressing floors ...
  • River Erme historic slipways

    River Erme interpretation panel

    The project involved restoring the surface and retaining wall of the historic slipways leading to the beach and ...

  • St Anthony Head

    St Anthony Battery 13 The site on St Anthony’s Head currently comprises the remains of a World War II coastal ...
  • St Catherine's Point

    The Iron Age Cliff Castle at St Catherine's Point In 2012 Historic Environment Projects, Cornwall Council was commissioned by The National Trust to carry out an archaeological ...
  • Torcross

    During work on the Torcross bunker. 23 Torcross is located on the South Devon coast at the southern end of Slapton Sands. In World ...
  • West Soar

    UXB at West Soar 21 Work on the Admiralty signal station at West Soar fell into two categories: Lime repointing, and timber ...
  • Willapark, Boscastle

    Willapark near Boscastle 4 Earthworks and topographic features at Willapark, near Boscastle, Cornwall. The results of the survey show that construction ...
  • Wind Hill

    Wind Hill OS map circa 1955 1 Countisbury Castle (also known as Wind Hill) is an Iron Age promontory fort, which dominates the eastern ...
  • Winnianton, Gunwalloe

    During the excavation work at Winnianton 11 This project consisted of 3 seasons of research and excavation carried out on coastal land adjacent to ...