G7 and the Coast Path

This page is up to date as of 1st June.


G7 Summit at Carbis Bay 2021

This year's G7 Summit is being held at Carbis Bay, Cornwall - which the South West Coast Path runs through. The international event formally runs from 11th - 13th June, however with so many world leaders coming to West Cornwall, there will be disruption either sides of these dates. Sections of the Coast Path will be diverted (please see below for more info). There will also be a number of road closures in place, which will cause disruption to traffic and access in and around the location of the Summit. Accommodation is also extremely limited (if available at all) and you may be subject to routine secuirty checks if you are staying within a short distance of the Summit's location. 

We're working with the relevant authorities to ensure the impact to Coast Path users is kept to a minimum and will keep this page updated with any news.

Will the South West Coast Path remain open during the summit?

  • Most of the 630 mile (1,000km) trail will remain open during the G7 Summit.
  • However, sections of the South West Coast Path between Lelant and St Ives will be temporarily closed due to the G7 Event. This applies from 1st - 17th June inclusive. A mostly road based alternative route is available, as shown by the green line on this plan. Please follow the alternative route as signed. This uses Church Lane, Longstone Hill / St Ives Road (A3074), and Wheal Margery (reverse also applies).
  • Carbis Bay Beach is a private beach and will be closed to the public during the G7 Summit.
  • If you're walking the Coast Path, please note accommodation will be in very short supply in West Cornwall during the Summit. In addition to all the UK and international delegates, there will be world media and many others down in the area for associated fringe events.

CLICK HERE FOR G7 Temporary Diversion

What G7 events are the Charity involved in?

We're involved in three online events on 11th June.

  • 12:30 to 13:30 - a virtual G7 Trails Summit is being hosted with the World Trails Network and will have an international panel of speakers talking about trails, climate change impact and mitigation, and coronavirus recovery.


14:00 to 15:00 - we're hosting our own South West Coast Path Forum, with speakers presenting the latest work along England's longest National Trail.



15:45 - 17:00 - the South West Coast Path Association's virtual AGM.



What will the impact be in the area?

For some businesses, such as accommodation providers around Carbis Bay, the G7 Summit will bring welcome custom. However, for other businesses, the disruption to traffic and services will not be as welcome. It's also worth being aware that disruption will extend beyond the Carbis Bay site with a media centre set up in Falmouth and protest sites in Exeter, Falmouth, Plymouth and Truro.

  • It's expected that under the current roadmap for lifting lockdown, most hospitality businesses such as bars, restaurants and cafes will be open by this time. Accommodation will be open although bookings are expected to be high and availability very limited at this late stage.
  • To manage traffic around the venues and keep residents safe, a number of traffic management measures will be put in place including road closures. Please visit the Devon & Cornwall Police website for more information about this. 
  • Great Western Railway have confirmed that the St Ives Bay Line will be closed, with a rail replacement service being provided between 7-14 Jun.
  • Public transport should be running away from the main site, but it's worth checking the local timetables for your specific service.
  • Ferry services should be running, but it's worth checking the local timetables to see when they're running.
  • Public toilets are permitted to stay open, however, you may find some are still closed, so please take this into consideration when planning your visit.
  • Car parks should be open away from the G7 area, but if driving to access the Coast Path, please check car parking before you go.
  • Do not park anywhere that could cause an obstruction for residents or for emergency services requiring access.

Useful Resources

For some businesses, such as accommodation around Carbis Bay, the G7 Summit will bring welcome custom. Useful Resources

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Published on: June 1, 2021