Media and Press Info

Welcome to the South West Coast Path Media Hub.

This area is dedicated to journalists, bloggers and those in the travel trade media who are looking for more specific information about the South West Coast Path (SWCP). Whether you want details about the Trail’s economic value, environmental profile, visitor numbers, or are simply looking for walk recommendations to include in your writing or promotions – you’re in the right place.

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Editorial

The SWCP is a rich editorial topic. From adventure travel pieces, wildlife features and inspiring people stories to articles about health & wellbeing, heritage, art and literature - you’re guaranteed to find something your audience will love to read about. Click the link below to access our Editorial Hub, which includes guidance for writing about the Path, facts, statistics, and answers to frequently asked questions. If you’re researching a specific topic or feature and would like our advice or are looking for us to write something for your publication, please get in touch with our Communications Officer.

Photography

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, we have a vast photo library covering almost all of the 630-mile SWCP. These images are available for media to use free of charge as long as the photographer and the South West Coast Path Association is credited accordingly. You can access our photo galleries hosted on Flickr below. We have also grouped images by type and geographical section to help you find what you’re looking for. Once you’ve found the image(s) you want, simply email us with the link to that image and we will supply it in high-resolution for you. Please note, some of our older images are not available in high-resolution. If you can’t find what you are looking for or have a specific request, please contact our Communications Officer with more detail.

Filming permissions

The South West Coast Path boasts a wide variety of landscapes such as grassland, heathland, moorland, woodland, sand dunes, mud flats, coastal cliffs and saltwater marsh – making it very popular with photographers and filmmakers. The Path mostly follows public rights of way which pass through land that is privately owned or owned by organisations like the National Trust. Access rights don't necessarily include filming or photography and so the most important thing is to make sure you have checked first with the landowner and highway authority.

Formal consent may be required, and also additional permits/insurances may be needed e.g. if you are planning to use a drone or are wanting to film in an area with a protected status, such as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Please note, fees and charges may be applicable. We advise that you liaise directly with the landowner/highway authority in your proposed filming location to check and obtain any necessary permissions. If you need help finding out who the landowner is for a specific section of the South West Coast Path, please contact us and we will do our best to provide this information.

Media spokesperson

Our charity has been helping to care for and champion the South West Coast Path since 1973, so we have an in-depth knowledge on all aspects of the Path’s condition, management, maintenance, and use. If you are a journalist looking for interviews, comments or more information, please contact our Communications Officer with more details about your request and we’ll be happy to help.

Press & Fam trips

We are always happy to hear from journalists, bloggers and trade contacts about possible press or fam trips that will help raise the profile of the South West Coast Path and our work to protect it. However, as a charity we do not have budget set aside to help facilitate this kind of work. We can however offer guided walks, interviews, stock photography and reach out to our partner network (as appropriate) to help facilitate specific requests. To enquire about a press or fam trip, please contact our Communications Officer with details of your publication/organisation along with more information about desired locations, dates, length of trip etc.