New boardwalk at Polly Joke improves route for walkers

A section of the South West Coast Path, above Polly Joke beach in Cornwall, has been improved thanks to a combination of volunteer work and sponsorship funds from Parkdean Holidays.

It took 220 hours of volunteer time for the National Trust Volunteers to build a new boardwalk above the beach making it safer for visitors to cross this wet and boggy section of the Coast Path.

This project is just one of the 90 due to be completed this year - all part of the South West Coast Path Team’s ‘Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ project which has been funded by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

The projects have also received funding from the Great South West Walk – an event that took place this year to celebrate the South West Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary and raised over £500,000.

The boardwalk at Polly Joke beach has been made possible thanks to sponsorship from Parkdean Holidays, who have been supporting a number of projects along the Coast Path.

Stephen Griffiths – South West Regional Manager of Parkdean Holidays commented on the improvements:

“Thousands of visitors love using the Coast Path and appreciate the work that is being done to maintain and improve it. This will benefit the huge number of holidaymakers visiting the area”

Mike Simmonds – Head Ranger of National Trust North Cornwall is pleased with the result, saying;

“The new boardwalk is really fantastic and makes a potentially difficult section of the Coast Path much safer for people to access – anything that enables walkers to experience Cornwall’s fantastic views and coastal scenery is a brilliant addition.”

Steve Church from the South West Coast Path Association who co-ordinated the Great South West Walk to help make the repairs possible also commented:

“The South West Coast Path Association is delighted with the work that has been done to improve the path near Polly Joke. This is a very scenic location and as well as the cove itself the Coast Path here also gives access to the headland of Kelsey Head with its superb views. The many walkers who consequently use this length will have a much improved route here and on behalf of all the users of the Coast Path the Association thanks all those who have helped to bring about this improvement.”

Polly Joke beach lies on the Newquay to Perranporth section of the South West Coast Path which includes salt marsh plants and many species of wading birds as well as breathtaking seasonal wildflowers for walkers to enjoy.

Pictured above (from left to right): Mike Simmonds and Stephen Griffiths in front of the Polly Joke boardwalk that has been rebuilt.

Published on: Aug. 12, 2013