A New Home on the Coast Path

The Association will be moving to Royal William Yard in Plymouth, where they will join over 70 businesses. It will be the first time in the charity’s 46-year history that it will be working for the Path, on the Path, having previously been based inland near Ivybridge. The charity’s work includes coordinating and fundraising for infrastructure projects, storm damage repairs and community outreach work along the 630-mile route, ensuring people of all ages, abilities and background can access the Trail.

Director of the South West Coast Path Association, Julian Gray, joined the charity last year from the international NGO Rainforest Rescue.

Julian said, “We’re incredibly excited about the move. This marks a true milestone in the Association’s history and being part of the lively business community at Royal William Yard, so close to the Trail we look after, will open a huge number of opportunities. We hope to make the Yard our home for a long time and eventually establish somewhere that visitors can come and learn more about the way protected areas like the South West Coast Path are looked after and maintained.”

The new office is located just a stone’s throw from an iconic staircase that links the defensive western end of Royal William Yard to the Coast Path above. The Eric Wallis Memorial Staircase, which opened in 2013, holds a special significance for the charity, as it was dedicated to the memory of Eric Wallis MBE whose tireless work over 25 years as Secretary of the Association had a huge impact on the development of the Path. Without his work and that of the other volunteers of the South West Coast Path Association, the Coast Path would not be the asset it is today. 

Award winning regeneration company Urban Splash are behind the transformation of the former Naval site and its Grade I and II Listed building into hundreds of homes, thousands of sq ft of workspace and leisure amenities – as well as reopening up the marina and waterfront.

Urban Splash commercial director Emily Handslip said; “This news marks the addition of another awesome organisation into the Yard.

“Over the past decade we have brought a mix of national and homegrown operators to the community, intent on creating a vibrant place filled with people who love the Yard and all it has to offer – something we continue to achieve with each new tenant.”

If you would like to find out more about the work of the South West Coast Path Association, how to become a member or access free information about walking the South West Coast Path National Trail, please visit

PHOTO: Board of Trustees for the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA), Left to right: Bob Mark, Steve Church, Martin Davis, Lucy Daniel, National Trails Officer Richard Walton, Secretary for the SWCPA Andrew Lack (back), Keith Wainwright (front), Director of the SWCPA Julian Gray, Graham Keene, Chair for the SWCPA Ken Carter and Vice Chair of the SWCPA Peter Scupholme.

Published on: April 25, 2019