South West Coast Path

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At 630 miles, the South West Coast Path is England's longest national trail, with over 70% of the route running through a national park or a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Over 9 million people visit the path every year, bringing £500 million into the local economy and supporting over 11,000 jobs.
The South West Coast Path Association was originally set up in 1973 to ensure the completion of the path.  It became a charity in 1974, with a mission to protect and champion the South West Coast Path as one of the world's greatest trails, helping people to access, enjoy and benefit from this amazing natural resource and coastal landscape.
The charity is supported by over 7000 individual members, over 100 volunteers and 450 business members.  The South West Coast Path Association and its partners secure funds needed to maintain and improve the path, including dealing with erosion caused by climate change and the growing number of feet on the path, to update essential infrastructure and waymarking and to make improvements which help to ensure access for all, all year round.