New coast path opened thanks to volunteers
Volunteers have completed a new coast path in Cornwall after a section of the route fell into the sea.
The diversion along the coast path at Penrose, connecting Loe Bar to Porthleven, was recently finished by National Trust rangers and volunteers and students from Tremough Campus at Penryn.
The trust is having to adapt to coastal erosion but the extended period of wet weather has seen a significant rise in cliff falls on its land.
The project was jointly funded by the trust and the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA), which provided £2,000 to help divert the path around an area of cliff that is falling into the sea.
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Steve Church, from the SWCPA, said: "We are delighted to have helped the National Trust to provide this route, which will allow access for those of all abilities to this superb coastal site.
"It will add to the range of improvements being funded by our Great South West Walk in April and May to celebrate our 40th anniversary."
The work gave local National Trust volunteers an opportunity to learn new skills and speak to members of the public who use the path on a regular basis.
Beth Heasman, a trainee volunteer ranger with the National Trust, said: "It was great to be involved with a big project like this and learn new practical skills.
"It is always good to be able to talk to walkers about what we are doing and the sense of pride we have in our work.
"I'm sure people will enjoy using the new path."
Greg Cross, community ranger with the National Trust, said dealing with cliff erosion was a significant part of its work, adding: "It has become an aspect of the job that we are spending an increasing amount of time planning for and dealing with.
"We are very grateful for the support of both the SWCPA and our amazing team of volunteers who work so hard to ensure this stunning route is kept open and well maintained for everyone to enjoy."