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Cornish coast path destroyed by the storms reopens

Cornish coast path destroyed by the storms reopens

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:50am 15th September 2018. (Updated at 8:11am 15th September 2018)

Part of the Cornish coast path destroyed by the winter storms has reopened after a major repair project.

Eight months after chunks of the cliff collapsed into the sea, the stretch linking Penrose and Porthleven now has a new route.

It comes as a yellow weather warning goes out for Cornwall, as Storm Helene heads for the Duchy.

coast path at loe bar
BEFORE: The damage left a hole in the cliff face and demolished the existing coastal path. 

The new path is more than 650m long and has been designed to blend into the exposed coastal landscape.

"The South West Coast Path National Trail is estimated to attract approximately 9 million visits per year, with associated spend of £500 million.

"Following on from previous storm damage, this new link between Penrose and Porthleven provides long term access to a stunning part of the Cornish coastline".

Richard Walton, South West Coast Path National Trail Officer

It provides a long term solution to a stretch of coastline that gets the full brunt of the natural elements.

The relocation of the path should prevent the coastal link from being destroyed in the future.

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AFTER: A new route connecting Penrose to Porthleven is now open, eight months and £40,000 later.

It cost £40,000 which was funded by the National Trust’s Coastline Campaign, a local donate online appeal and contributions from the South West Coast Path Association, Porthleven Town Council, Cornwall Council and Helston Rotary.

As a result of the project, a bridleway has been put in place for horse riders and cyclists.

Both passageways are now open to use and the coastal link is restored, opening up new views of Mount's Bay.

"It’s been a real challenge to create a route that works for people and also respects the natural landscape, archaeology, wildlife and also works for our farm tenant.

"We know how much people value this route and Penrose generally, and as a charity we are really grateful for the public support and encouragement we have received throughout the work".

Greg Cross, National Trust Ranger and Project Manager

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