News

Downas Cove route improved thanks to volunteers and fundraisers

Volunteers have stepped in to help improve a section of the South West Coast Path at Downas Cove, in Cornwall, after the success of the Great South West Walk.

The Great South West Walk was arranged as part of the South West Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary, and so far has raised over £500,000 for 90 improvement projects across the Coast Path’s 630 miles.

The Conservation Volunteers for Cornwall were able to improve a section of Coast Path by building a set of new steps up the hillside to the east of Downas Cove and by making a new oak bridge, which is both more attractive and durable, across the stream in the cove.

The event and the improvements it supports are all part of the South West Coast Path Team’s ‘Unlocking our Coastal Heritage’ project, which received funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to conserve, enhance and interpret the Coast Path with a requirement to match-fund the investment.

Along with this funding, Parkdean have sponsored this project which was led by CORMAC on behalf of Cornwall Council’s Environment Service.

Ray Smith, General Manager of Parkdean’s Sea Acres Holiday Park; located on the beautiful Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, is delighted:

“It is fantastic to be able to help to preserve a part of the Cornish countryside for future generations. The Coast Path has some really stunning views that are unique to the South West and something that should be treasured and remain available for all to experience”

CORMAC were delighted to receive help from The Conservation Volunteers, who ensured work was completed quickly whilst carefully. It was a particular challenge to get the materials for the bridge down a very steep slope to this remote section of the path.

Tom David, Senior Project Officer of The Conservation Volunteers in Cornwall, commented:

“We were thrilled to be able to help improve this beautiful section of the South West Coast Path.  It was hard work managing equipment and tools on such a steep section of the path but thanks to everyone’s help, we were able to make the route safer and easily accessible”.

John Slater from the South West Coast Path Team, the organisation behind the funding for the Great South West Walk, also commented:

It is really heartening the way in which so many tourism businesses and members of the public have helped sponsor the large number of projects that are taking place as a result of of the Great South West Walk .Their support is enabling us to make real improvements to the path. In this case our particular thanks go to Parkdean for their sponsorship support towards this project.

Downas Cove is in on the Coverack to the Lizard section of the South West Coast Path runs through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and features some extraordinary geology including serpentine, granite and schist.

A steep climb up to join the seabirds around Beagles Point marks the beginning of a stretch with particularly far-reaching views of the Coast Path ahead.

For further information on this section of the South West Coast Path, or any other improvement project being funded by the Great South West Walk and its partners, please visit www.GreatSouthWestWalk.co.uk

If you would like to help support the South West’s beautiful Coast Path visit the South West Coast Path Association website for membership information.

Pictured above from L-R: Tom David, Senior Project Officer of The Conservation Volunteers in Cornwall, John Slater from the South West Coast Path Team and Ray Smith, General Manager of Parkdean’s Sea Acres Holiday Park in front of the new Downas Bridge that has been built by the volunteers.

Published on: July 25, 2013