Welcome to our new National Trail Officer

Published on: May 29, 2018, 9:22 a.m.

Richard and Mark

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

Richard and Mark

Join the world’s largest treasure hunt and discover our new rubbings trails

Published on: May 23, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

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

Published on: May 1, 2018, 2:36 p.m.

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

Published on: March 29, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

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

Published on: March 23, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

Sundown at Valley of Rocks: Photographer Mike Watson

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.

Young amateur photographer wins competition with a shot that took three years to perfect

Published on: March 21, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

Seventeen-year-old Josef FitzGerald-Patrick from near Land’s End has been announced the winner of the South West Coast Path Association’s annual photography competition. The winning photograph, which beat over 4,800 other entries, shows a firework display held at Land’s End in August last year and took the budding photographer three years to perfect.

South Hams Society – Beach Cleans 2018

Published on: March 15, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

The South Hams Society are organising a number of beach cleans throughout 2018. See the information below if you wish to join in! For more information contact Penny Fenton t: 01548 561539  e: [email protected] or Vivien Napper t: 01548 842405 m: 07855 383601 or check our website at

East Soar, Salcombe - Art Exhibition by local students inspired by oceans and coasts.

Published on: March 14, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

This Easter visit an exhibition of artwork of work by inspired by ‘the Ocean’ at East Soar’s Walkers Hut just off the Coast Path.

Recent storm damage update

Published on: March 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

The wet and stormy weather during January and February has taken its toll on the South West Coast Path. Whilst the vast majority of the 630 miles of Coast Path is unaffected (other than being more muddy in places than normal) some of the cliff falls have meant that sections of the Path have had to be diverted inland.

Woodland walks

Published on: March 1, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

We are lucky enough to have some fabulous trees and woodlands along and near to the route of the Coast Path. If you are trip planning for later in the year, here are a few ideas for woodland walks.