Our Projects - Kemyll Crease
This section of the South West Coast Path between Mousehole and Lamorna Cove in Penwith is very well used but quite remote. The terrain is undulating with some steep inclines and the footpath surface is formed on natural soils and rocks. There are also several spring lines with stream crossing the path. Due to water movement & erosion, the lie of the land, surface type & ‘people pressure’ the route had become difficult to walk on the slopes, with water and mud accumulating in the low areas and many existing steps had deteriorated. 28 oak timber fronted steps have been installed on the slopes with drainage grips/channel, scraping and path widening carried out to the surface. The steps will make access easier for walkers and the drainage and widening works will help keep the path drier. At the main spring line trees were felled to allow sunlight to the path surface and the tree trunks were used to retain soil, but allow clean water to flow across the stone surface track; stepping stones were aligned at the stream to enhance the crossing. Access is on foot from adjacent farmland (access negotiated with landowner) and along track-ways to the work areas, so all materials & tools were carried onto the work site and all works completed by hand.