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Footpath closed in Cornwall after large cliff fall

The path between Porthleven and Loe Bar has been closed due to a cliff fall Credit: Google Earth

There has been a large cliff fall on the path between Porthleven and Loe Bar following the recent storms.

The National Trust has had to close the cliff path and warns that the waves are continuing to cause damage.

We have had to close the cliff path between Porthleven and Loe Bar today due to a large cliff fall. Please avoid this area, the waves are still very large and causing ongoing damage.

– National Trust


Walkers vote South West Coast Path top of poll

The South West Coast Path has come out top in a survey of Britain's best-loved walks.

The footpath - which is England's longest - stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The survey, carried out by National Express, polled 1,000 British walkers on their favourite routes.

The Lake District's Windermere Way came second, and Scotland's Great Glen Way, which offers panoramas of Loch Ness, was placed third.

View of South West Coast Path from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, Dorset Credit: PA

List of the UK's Favourite Walks

  1. The South West Coast Path (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset)
  2. Windermere Way (The Lake District, Cumbria)
  3. The Great Glen Way (Scottish Highlands)
  4. The South Downs Way (Hampshire and Sussex)
  5. Scafell Pike (The Lake District, Cumbria)
  6. Pembrokeshire Coast Path (Pembrokeshire)
  7. Hadrian's Wall Path (Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Cumbria)
  8. The Coast to Coast (Cumbria and Yorkshire)
  9. Bournemouth's Coast Path (Dorset and Hampshire)
  10. The White Cliffs of Dover (Kent)
  11. The Lizard Peninsula Coastal Walk (Cornwall)
  12. The Cotswolds Way (Gloucestershire and Somerset)
  13. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (Suffolk and Norfolk)
  14. Yorkshire Wolds Way (Yorkshire)
  15. The Pennine Way (Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scotland)
  16. Cannock Chase (Staffordshire)
  17. Bradgate Park (Leicestershire)
  18. London's Capital Ring (London)
  19. The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail (Gloucestershire)
  20. The Three Peaks (Yorkshire)

Royal Marine forced to pull out of record-breaking 630 mile challenge

Barry Gray, who was attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge Credit: ITV West Country

A Royal Marine attempting to run 630 miles of the South West Coastal footpath in just 10 days has had to abandon his challenge.

Barry Gray had aimed to cover almost two and a half marathons a day while climbing more than three times the height of Snowdon.

But three days into his epic challenge the Marine, who was part of a team that recreated Shackleton's epic 800 mile sea and mountain crossing from Elephant Island to South Georgia, has had to pull out due to injury.

Writing on his Facebook page he said:

It is with great sadness that I must tell all that I have had to end Solo 630 early with a serious knee injury, currently twice its normal size.

This event was a huge undertaking and risk of injury was always high. I stopped on 210 miles in 3.5 days having climbed 40000 ft. It has been humbling to see so much support from all walks of life, I am truly gutted.

This however was never about me it was for my cause and the Royal Marine family, I Hope everyone sees the positive from this and that although I did not complete it, the profile and awareness of the RM charity has improved significantly. My apologies and thank you to all of you, you have been amazing and I will never forget it. Baz

– Barry Gray
Regt Sgt Major Barry Gray at the start of his 10 day challenge

He had hoped to raise £10,000 for service charities, including one called The Baton.

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Somerset vicar abandons 630 mile coast path run

Reverend Haslam has had to abandon his attempt to run the entire 630 miles of the South West Coast Path due to a knee injury

Somerset vicar Mike Haslam has had to abandon his attempt to run the 630 rugged miles of the South West Coast Path, due to a knee injury.

Reverend Haslam was due to run the final leg of his coast path challenge from Weymouth to Poole in Dorset this morning. He says he'll try again in a few weeks. He is raising money for the charity Christian Aid. The plan was to make the route from Minehead on the north coast round to Poole in just 16 days


SW Coast Path wins top prize

The South West Coast Path has been voted the 'Best British Walking Route' for the second year in a row. The 630 mile route was given the award by Walk magazine. It's estimated that visitors to the coast path last year spent over £400 million in the region.

Walk magazine has named the South West Coast Path the 'Best British Walking Route.' Credit: PA