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PHOTOS: Stretch of Cornish coast path to stay shut

PHOTOS: Stretch of Cornish coast path to stay shut

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:04am 29th January 2018. (Updated at 11:31am 29th January 2018)

The National Trust needs to find a new route for a stretch of Cornish coast path, battered by the storms.

Areas from Porthleven to Loe Bar and Loe Bar to Gunwalloe remain closed after parts of the cliff collapsed.

It happened as Storm Eleanor sent huge waves, driven by 80mph gales, crashing into our coast.

Now the conservation charity is asking locals what they would like to see happen to preserve Penrose.

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The scene of the cliff fall near Porthleven: Porthleven Coastguard Rescue Team

Posting online, Lead Ranger, Mike Hardy, said: "On the 5th January we had a call saying part of the coast path to Porthleven had disappeared. It was still gently slipping into the sea as I arrived on site".

He added: "The challenge now though is to find a new coast path route – a long term solution that will last a generation or more, so in 2050 people can still be enjoying this part of Penrose, still looking back with good memories and still able to tell those stories of change.

"There’s plenty for us to think about and balance in all this; we can’t build another road and we need to protect the beauty, wildlife (and wildness) of the place.

"There’s our tenant farmer to consider and work with, lots of archaeology and the challenging terrain generally. But there are opportunities too, not least new views for people to enjoy".

Mike added: "We know the coast is dynamic and always changing and although parts of the old road were lost to erosion decades ago, it still feels like a shock to suddenly lose the enjoyment this route provided for everyone.

"We’ve put a lot of work into keeping it open and accessible over the years, so it feels like a shock to us too.

"But the coast route has been officially closed and there is a long diversion in place. The winter weather isn’t helping this and the Higher Penrose route is very muddy in places – it’s a wellies, stout boots and waterproofs job, so if you use it please go prepared.

"The new surfaced route from Highburrow provides a good winter stroll as an alternative".

You can read more about the new route and find out how to have your say on what should happen to preserve Penrose here.

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