From:                              South West Coast Path Association <>

Sent:                               01 July 2019 16:12


Subject:                          Signposting your way to summer


Signposting your way to summer



Finding your way on the Coast Path isn't always as easy as 'keep the sea on your right'. That's why we work to provide clear, well positioned signage to make your walking experience the best it can be (and keep you from getting lost). Across the 630 mile route you'll come across signs of all shapes, sizes and materials, but they all have one thing in common: they are there to help you find your way. How well do you know your footpaths from your byways? Our Trustee, Local Rep and sign-interpretation guru Lucy Daniel, has shed some light on how to read signs that may at first glance look a bit confusing!




Walk of the Month - Polly Joke



In the summer, walkers flock to the beach at Porth Joke in Cornwall, also known by locals as 'Polly Joke', which is named from the Cornish 'Porth Lojowek', meaning 'cove rich in plants'. The National Trust manages the fields around Pentire Point West as a nature reserve, and traditional conservation techniques have encouraged an astonishing 154 species of wildflower to flourish. If you visit this month, you'll see the headland ablaze with the vivid heads of poppies and corn marigolds, also providing seeds for birds like buntings, partridge and finches.




Completer of the Month
Over the past four years, SWCPA member Vi Howley has been on an incredible journey. Not only completing the Path, but inviting many others to join her and walk in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Vi named her challenge 'Come Walk With Me' asking people to donate £25 to walk a section with her and raised over £20,000 in the process. This is a fantastic example of how the South West Coast Path can be enjoyed and used to raise money and awareness for important causes.


We would like to say a special thank you to Vi for her continued support, generosity, enthusiasm and appreciation of the Association's work. 




The last few steps....


We're coming to the end of this year's Step Up appeal and are delighted to have raised over £6,000 so far to help replace old broken steps and put in new ones where needed. We are closing in on our target of £10,000, so thank you very much to each and everyone of you who has donated. This amount already allow us to work with partners to put in over 600 new steps across the Trail. If you would like to make a donation to help us reach our target, please make a donation via our website or call the office on 01752 896237.




We did it!
On 21st June, the summer solstice, the South West Coast Path staff team here had a chance to leave the office behind and 'walk the talk'. We did our own 14km Challenge fundraiser, hiking from Plymouth to Whitsand Bay taking in Mount Edgecombe Park and Rame Chapel. We have raised £542 so far, thanks everyone who donated, shared and sent us messages! Here are a few photos from our sunny day - as you can see its a gorgeous stretch (well connected by public transport) which comes recommended by us all!




Until next month, happy walking from all of us at the


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