About the Association

For almost half a century we have been championing the South West Coast Path to make it one of the world’s greatest trails. Since its designation as a National Trail in 1973, we have been working to establish, improve and protect the 630 mile route to make your experience on the Path the best it can be.

Today, the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA) is a registered charity, providing information for the National Trail and raising funds to improve access for all. We coordinate hundreds of projects with the help of the Trails Partnership. 

Our vision

Connecting people to nature through inspirational Coast Path journeys.

Our mission

Protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Coast Path as one of the world’s great trail experiences.

Our work is only possible thanks to the support of 11,000 plus members, individual fundraisers, business supporters, regular donors and of course, our volunteers. We have over 100 volunteers who give their time help us carry out the work needed to look after the Trail.

For every mile, from Minehead in Somerset to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset, it costs us £1,500 to keep the Path open, clearly signed and in good shape. That's £945,000 every year. If you love the South West Coast Path, help us care for it by becoming a member. You’ll receive the latest copy of our Official Guide to the South West Coast Path, so you can start exploring it for yourself with 50% of your membership fee helping to protect and promote the Path.


If membership isn't right for you, please think about making a donation to help us protect the South West Coast Path.

Business Supporters

As a business based on or near the Path, you’re an essential part of the South West Coast Path experience for the 9 million visitors who spend time on the National Trail each year.

Whether you are a food and drink provideraccommodation provider or run a visitor attraction, experience or activity – you help to make the SWCP one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. You make the Way.

Find out more here>> Become a Way Maker