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First stage of £75,000 Land's End to Sennen coastal path improvement almost complete

By CMToby  |  Posted: March 15, 2013

Teh first stage of a £75,000 Lands End to Sennen coastal path improvement is almost complete

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THE FIRST phase of a flagship project to improve the coastal path between Sennen and Land's End is nearing completion.
Over £75,000 has been invested in improving the South West Coast Path between the popular tourist destinations by a variety of organisation.
The National Trust, Cornwall Council, Land's End Company and the South West Coast Path team generated in the region of £20,000 for stage one.
The first phase included a granite stone pitching project to solve major erosion problems and improve access over 220 metres of the coastal path.
Stage two funding has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England, Land's End Company, Cornish Cottage Holidays, Natural England and the National Trust.
Nigel Picken, Cornish Cottage Holidays CEO said: "I am delighted that Cornish Cottage Holidays is able to support improvements to the South West Coast Path as it is enjoyed by many of our guests, as well as our staff and their families."

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  • Janeliker  |  March 17 2013, 12:15AM

    But surely it is supposed to be rough and rugged, especially in Penwith - isn't that its exact appeal? Popularity - well surely these paths have been walked for thousands of years by - thousands, not least the many miners and farmers for their daily work needs. Yes obviously certain areas do get eroded over time, especially around a tourist attraction like Lands End, and need some patching and shoring and at times larger work done (thinking of Zennor not so long ago) in the case of real danger to walkers BUT! the geology is largely sturdy granite, and the terrain full of wonderful outcrops where folk have traditionally found their own ways and paths through, whatever the changes that nature has wrought...or indeed people themselves. We do not need to be molly-coddled (did seasoned regular walkers ask for this?) but both local walkers and tourists I know love the fact that it is about rambling wild and free without signs of man-made intrusions and over-engineered 'solutions', often created by others wanting to make money/draw unnecessary funding/grants to them disguised as some caring act for the community. Maybe this isn't the case this time, but still I cannot agree it is justifiable to spend that vast amount of money, in today's climate or not, when a much more simple, cost-effective 'making good enough' of a once natural coastal path would have sufficed and I don't think it amiss to question this. It will be very interesting to compare the amount spent with its effectiveness over time in the coming years...

  • Big_Ger  |  March 16 2013, 10:07PM

    Janeliker The last time I was there, over the summer, showing prospective clients about, the path was in a terrible state. It's become over-popular. Lord only knows what it would be like after the rains of late.

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  • Janeliker  |  March 15 2013, 3:22PM

    £75,000?! Goodness me. Call me old-fashioned, but I remember walking this not so long ago and it was perfectly good and serviceable for the normal walker, and even much easier to walk and in better nick than many other stretches of the Cornish coastal path. Is there some hidden agenda here us hardy walkers are not privy to, I wonder, and might it involve that huge amount of money??