Weather damaged coastal path stretches reopen

Image caption Weather damage to Polkerris has now been repaired

Several stretches of the south west coast path which were damaged during last winter's heavy rain have reopened.

More than 30 landslips and cliff collapses were recorded between November and February across mid and east Cornwall.

Work has already been completed at a number of sites including Polkerris, Port Wrinkle and Morwenstow.

More than £1m from Cornwall Council has been set aside for repairs.

Councillor Edwina Hannaford, the council's portfolio holder for Environment and Planning, said: "The South West Coast Path is a fantastic asset for Cornwall and a big draw for tourists and locals alike.

"We have to ensure walkers on the route are safe."

Steve Church, from the South West Coast Path Association, said: "The damage caused to the South West Coast Path by the rains of last winter was unprecedented.

"At one time it looked as if summer visitors would have to contend with a number of lengthy inland diversions, but we are delighted with the work that has been done to repair many of these lengths."

Work is about to begin on repairing a stretch of path between Windsworth to Seaton near Looe and the path at Talland Bay near Polperro.

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