Latest news on path diversions
Article updated January 14th 2014
As you may have heard on the news, during the winter of 2012-13, there were an unprecedented number of cliff falls that affected the SW Coast Path, caused by last year's record breaking rainfall. The vast majority of these have been largely resolved with only short diversions, but a few longer diversions remain.
Below is the list of cliff falls, landslips and other flood damage that have impacted on the path since December 2012 when the spate of cliff falls started. For route changes that preceded this please also see our route changes page.
The recent cliff falls that have affected the path are shown below in path order (click on the links for maps and more details): Diversions referred to as 'short' are less than ¼ mile longer than the original route. As you can see from the list below, thanks to the help of landowners and the work of rangers and wardens who look after the path, in most instances the path has been reopened with only minor diversions.
- Exmoor - Yenworthy (between Porlock Weir & Lynmouth) - short diversion due to landslip
- Exmoor: Crock Point, near Woody Bay - short diversion
- North Cornwall: Morwenstow - Update: Path reopened.
- North Cornwall: Tintagel to Port Isaac - Update: Path reopened
- North Cornwall: Watergate Bay - Update: Path reopened
- North Cornwall: Trevelgue Head, Newquay - Update: Path reopened
- North Cornwall: Gannel Crossing, Newquay - Update: Boardwalk repaired and path reopened
- West Cornwall: Kenidjack Valley - Update: Path reopened
- West Cornwall: Porthchapel near Porthcurno - Update: Path reopened
- South Cornwall: Cadgwith, the Lizard - Update: Path reopened
- South Cornwall: South of Chynallis Point near Coverack - short diversion
- South Cornwall: Porthallow, the Lizard - short diversion
- South Cornwall: Porthoustock - short diversion
- South Cornwall: Portscatho - short diversion
- South Cornwall: Durgan - short diversion
- South Cornwall: Porthluney Cove (Caerhayes) to Hemmick Beach - Update: Path reopened
- SE Cornwall: Par to Polkerris - Update: Path reopened
- SE Cornwall: Lansallos (between Polruan & Polperro) - Update: Now reopened
- SE Cornwall: Talland Bay to Looe - Update: Path diverted again
- SE Cornwall: Whitsand Bay - short diversion
- SE Cornwall: Millendreath to Seaton (Monkey Sanctuary) - Update: The new section of path is now open and available to members of the public. The sign plates at the main access points have been installed and the diversion signs removed.
- SE Cornwall: Porthpean - Update: Path reopened
- SE Cornwall: Portwrinkle - Update: Path reopened
- SE Cornwall: Downderry - short diversion
- South Devon: Wembury Point to Wembury Beach - Update: Path reopened
- South Devon; River Erme to Fernycombe Point - Update: Path reopened
- South Devon: Thurlestone to Hope Cove - 1 mile diversion
- South Devon: Lannacombe Cove - Update: path reopened slightly inland
- South Devon: Kingswear - short diversion
- East Devon: Axmouth to Lyme Regis - Update: Path reopened
- West Dorset: Ridge Water near Golden Cap - Update: now reopened
- West Dorset: Burton Bradstock - Update: path reopened on slightly different route
- Dorset: Portland, West Cliff - short diversion
- Dorset: Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove - minor diversion around cliff fall
- Purbeck, Dorset: Kimmeridge to Chapman's Pool - 4 mile diversion
- Dorset: South Beach, Studland, Purbeck - short diversion
Work is ongoing to re-open the remaining diverted sections, as soon as we can reach agreement with landowners, secure funding, and undertake the path construction. Work is also needed over the next year to bring the new routes up to the standard of the rest of the path.
Published on: Sept. 11, 2013