Enjoy pest-free walking this summer
Along with lovely weather comes not so lovely stuff like troublesome ticks, blood sucking horseflies and prickly plants such as brambles and thistles (where many of these little nasties like to hide). Below is some advice on what to look out for and how to prevent getting bitten or stung whilst out walking.
1,000 steps closer to fundraising target
We're delighted to announce we've reached the £10,000 mark as part of our community appeal to raise £40,000 by the end of October. The money raised so far will be immediately allocated to installing 1,000 wooden steps needed on the Coast Path this summer.
Record setting Beach Retreats support the Path
We are delighted to announce that Cornwall self-catering specialist Beach Retreats have begun supporting the Association as sponsors. On the longest day of the year, 21st June 2018, to celebrate our new partnership, they set the record for visiting the most Cornish beaches in one day - a rather creative challenge they took on to raise money for our '40 for 40' campaign.
Forthglade leads the way in protecting the South West Coast Path
Forthglade, the Devon based natural pet food maker, established in Winkleigh in 1971, has teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association to help protect one of the region’s favourite dog walking spots.
A Father's Day to remember
Treat your Dad to a special day out on the coast this Father’s Day with a walk along the South West Coast Path, followed by a good pub lunch with great sea views. There’s nothing quite like a good hike to spend some quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Welcome to our new National Trail Officer
This week, Richard Walton is taking over from Mark Owen as the South West Coast Path National Trail Officer. Richard brings with him a wealth of experience in managing a wide range of countryside sites and public access, most recently in Bracknell Forest, but previously in Cornwall and North Devon. As National Trail Officer, Richard will be coordinating the upkeep of the Trail and developing improvement projects.
After almost 20 years of working on the South West Coast Path, Mark is stepping down from the role to focus on his other passion - looking after a wildlife friendly Dartmoor farm producing high quality pasture fed beef and lamb.
To ensure a smooth handover, they have been working together for the past few weeks, meeting with many of the Association’s volunteers and the rangers working for the local authorities and National Trust who care for the path.
Below: Mark (left) & Richard at Wembury
Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and discover our new rubbings trails
As part of our youth engagement project ‘Coast Path Explorers’ we’ve created new and exciting ways for you to get out and enjoy the Path this summer.
TV’s Julia Bradbury & Olympian Jo Pavey back efforts to raise £40,000 for the Coast Path
Celebrities, outdoors enthusiasts, walkers and runners alike are coming together to help raise £40,000 to support the South West’s 630 mile National Trail.
NEW APRIL DATE Early spring ramble
Come and spend a day out with us in the beautiful South Hams, Devon on the new date of Friday 20th April.
The countryside at a crossroads: security needed for our National Trails
The South West Coast Path Association welcomes the House of Lords Select Committee’s report on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act. Especially as it highlights the importance of access to the countryside and the important role England’s National Trails play in the local economy and our wider health and wellbeing.