New steps open on South West Coast Path at Jennycliff


We’ve installed new steps on the South West Coast Path near Jennycliff Bay, as part of a £24,000 repair programme for the popular walking route.

The previous wooden steps, which had deteriorated considerably since they were installed in 1998, have been replaced with new steps made of recycled composite plastic, which is more resistant to the elements and will last significantly longer.

New safety fencing, handrails and signage have also been installed and the path itself has been widened and resurfaced, making it safer for walkers.

The repairs, carried out by local construction and landscaping company EVG Ltd, will further protect the pathway following steel mesh strengthening works on the bank in 2012.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “The South West Coast Path is one of the world’s most beautiful national trails and hugely popular with walkers. However, its spectacular location means it is also at the mercy of the elements. The improvements that have been made will help to protect the path in the longer term as well as make it safer for everyone to use.”

The South West Coast Path runs for 630 miles, from Minehead on the edge of Exmoor to Poole Harbour in Dorset. It passes through five areas of outstanding natural beauty, 17 heritage coasts, a national park, two world heritage sites, a UNESCO geopark and Britain’s first UNESCO biosphere reserve in North Devon.

Ten miles of the path fall within Plymouth, from Admirals Hard to Staddon Heights. For more information and a walking guide, visit the South West Coast Path website.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment, on the newly repaired section of the South West Coast Path at Jennycliff.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Environment, on the newly repaired section of the South West Coast Path at Jennycliff.