The South West Coast Path
The Cornish Coast line Coastal Footpath
Welcome to the Cornwall Coastal Path as seen by Cornish light.
The Coast of Cornwall, one of the most beautiful coastlines in England. From towering cliffs, windblown estuaries, superb surf beaches, fishing coves, harbours, to sheltered tree lined creeks, even an island topped by a castle. The Cornwall Coastal Path Coast Footpath makes so much of it accessible to the walker and hiker. Though this is already a large section of the Cornwall by Cornishlight web site to complete it is a very long-term goal. We hope you like the pages we have live thus far. Thank you.
Cornwall Coastal Path
Cornwall's most precious asset is its spectacular coast line, with all its contrasting landscapes from the lonely, towering cliffs of the North Coast to the gentle inlets of the Fowey and Fal estuaries.
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Wear suitable clothing and footwear. Some sections are steep, and conditions underfoot may be loose. Though the route is generally well marked, have a decent map to hand. Take a mobile phone, but expect to have 'no signal' in places. Take account of weather conditions, note the forecast. Take account of the likelihood of encounters with water, such as river, stream, lake, canal, estuary, ocean or sea. Take account of the state of the tide. Don't find yourself cut off by an incoming tide. There is no such thing as a freak wave. You MUST expect very very large waves at any time.
If walking alone tell someone you can trust your route and when you intend to arrive at your destination for that day. Even at the height of summer you may well be fortunate to have a particular stretch all to yourself, with only the nature and wildlife for company.
Though Local Authorities, landowners including the National Trust, make sterling efforts to maintain public rights of way stretches may become overgrown particularly in late spring. Beware paths, at any time of year, may be loose, muddy or slippery, contain trip hazards, br blocked, obscured by overhanging branches or undergrowth, or even disappeared altogether due to erosion. Stiles, steps and barbed wire fences. Cracks may have opened up, overhangs formed particularly along the cliff edge. Any walk may involve encounters with traffic, and unpredictable livestock.
In mining areas take particular care. Though the now ruined engine houses and spoil heaps of old mine workings are so picturesque they often hide a maze of tunnels and adits, any of which may have opened up due to subsidence.
Often paths skirt farm buildings or farmyards, or even make a detour altogether. Respect landowners' rights to privacy. Keep dogs under control. Close gates and stiles. Please park in car parks not blocking field gates. Enjoy your walk. Legal
It is not a matter of mere chance that so much remains wild and unspoilt. For more than 100 years the National Trust has gradually been protecting more and more of the Cornish coast, standing as a bulwark against the pressures of development for short-term gain. Today more than 40% of the county's coastline is protected by the Trust. .
It would be easy to take this for granted, but it has only been achieved thanks to the endeavours and financial support of many people over the years who have cared. Nearly 40 years ago the Trust's national appeal to protect the coast was launched, and it has since raised enough to buy more than 400 miles. .
The Trust has begun this new millennium by re-launching the Neptune Coastline Campaign with the aim of raising enough money to secure the 100 miles of highest quality coastline in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which remain at risk. Nowhere can the work of the Neptune Coastline Campaign be better appreciated than here in Cornwall.
Just £40 buys one foot of coastline and protects it forever. Will you help us? Please contact: The National Trust, Cornwall Regional Office, Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4DE; tel: (01208) 74281. Much has been done, but there still much to do.
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