New slate waymarkers guide the way for Cornish walkers

The sand dunes of west Cornwall attract thousands of local walkers and tourists every year, but with the traditional wooden Coast Path waymark posts often disappearing or ending up as firewood on a beach barbecue, the routes aren’t always as clear as they could be. 

Now Cornwall Council has come up with an attractive solution to the problem: the installation of large waymarkers using locally sourced slate that has been hand-carved by Cornish stone carver Peter Martin. The new waymarkers have been positioned through the dunes between Godrevy and Hayle, and north of Perranporth.

Funded by Cornish Cottage Holidays and the South West Coast Path Association, installing the new waymarkers hasn’t been without its challenges. Weighing more than 100kg each, the signs are too heavy to lift by hand, and with the sand too soft for 4x4 vehicles, each had to be helped into position using a tracked digger.

Says Steve Church, secretary of the South West Coast Path Association: “We are pleased to have joined our partners to help fund the new waymarkers over the dunes. The difficulties of finding the route of the Coast Path across the dunes has been recognised for some time and these waymarkers, which show the way while being visually and environmentally appropriate to the area, are the ideal solution. Our thanks go to all those involved in their production and installation."

Says Gareth Dickson of Cornish Cottage Holidays: “We are delighted to be involved with this most worthy project on the South West Coast Path. Peter has done a fantastic job and his waymarkers will stand the test of time, guiding locals and visitors along the coast in this stunning part of Cornwall for generations to come.”

Caption: one of the slate waymarkers in the dunes between Hayle and Godrevy by Stephen Tew

Published on: April 24, 2013