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South West Coast Path

Supporting and preserving the 630-mile South West Coast Path in the UK

South West Coast Path

Cause Impact

Supporting Mental Health and Nature

About the Cause

From the rugged cliffs of Cornwall to the rolling hills of Dorset, the South West Coast Path unfolds like a 630-mile emerald ribbon, enticing adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. However, this captivating trail encounters persistent challenges, with its beauty under threat from erosion, neglect, and the growing pressures of tourism. Enter the South West Coast Path Association, an unwavering guardian committed to preserving this national treasure for generations to come.

Established in 1973, the South West Coast Path Association operates along the entirety of the path, spanning the coastlines of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. Its mission goes beyond safeguarding the physical trail; it aims to ensure its accessibility and vibrancy for all. This entails protecting the fragile ecosystems threaded by the Path, advocating for responsible use and sustainable tourism, and cultivating a deep appreciation for the cultural and historical significance of this ancient route.

Preserving Paradise, Step by Step
The South West Coast Path Association addresses a myriad of challenges to conserve this precious coastline. They diligently maintain and repair the Path itself, combatting erosion through strategic landscaping and advocating for coastal protection measures. Their efforts extend beyond the trail, safeguarding vulnerable wildlife habitats and countering pollution threats through educational campaigns and community initiatives.

However, the Association's impact transcends environmental protection. They champion social inclusion, ensuring accessibility for individuals with diverse abilities through adaptations and awareness campaigns. They nurture a vibrant community around the Path, promoting volunteering, organizing educational programs, and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the region.

One testament to their success lies in the sheer number of people who enjoy the Path each year. Over 8 million enthusiasts traverse its diverse terrain annually, finding solace in its breathtaking beauty and invigorating their spirits with its fresh air and endless horizons. Yet, beneath the joyous footsteps lies a constant vigil by the South West Coast Path Association, ensuring that this paradise remains pristine and accessible for future generations.

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