South West Coast Path crowned best British walking route

Looking out to sea on the South West Coast Path. Photograph by Richard Taylor.

The South West Coast Path National Trail has been voted the Best British walking route by Walk magazine for the second time in row and the timing couldn’t be more apt. In the past two months, the UK has suffered some of the most severe weather ever to hit these shores and the South West has taken the biggest battering. What the award and the weather have highlighted however, is just how well managed the coastline is for walkers.

Mark Owen, the National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path says: “The storms have put enormous pressure on those that maintain the Coast Path on a day to day basis with the Highways Agencies and National Trust coastal rangers out in force trying to keep the Coast Path accessible wherever possible – and they’re doing a fantastic job!

“Relatively few areas have had to close and where there are problems that can’t be solved immediately, due to a landslide or unstable cliffs, short diversions have been put in place to re-route walkers along an alternative public right of way.

“While walkers need to take care when walking along the more rural routes that are harder to reach and may take longer to repair, the majority is still safe, especially in the more urban areas.”

This sentiment echoes what the rest of the region’s tourism industry has declared, in spite of the elements, with the successful Open for Business campaign.

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For more information about the South West Coast Path and other National Trails visit www.southwestcoastpath.com

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