From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present

Coverack to Dean Quarry Walk

50°01'56.3"N 5°05'06.7"W

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Coverack to Dean Quarry Walk is a small part of the South West Costal path, located in Cornwall.

The South West Coast Path is England's longest way marked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead, Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour, Dorset.

The path began life as a route for the Coastguard to walk from lighthouse to lighthouse, patrolling for smugglers. They needed to be able to look down into every bay and cove, so the path closely hugs the coast. The path is covered by England's right-of-way laws, as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which keep historic footpaths open to the public even when they pass through private property. Sections of the path are maintained by the National Trust, which owns parts of the coast.

The final section of the path was designated as a National Trail in 1978. Many of the landscapes which the South West Coast Path crosses have special status, either as a National Park or one of the heritage coasts. The path passes through two World Heritage Sites, the Dorset and East Devon Coast, known as the Jurassic Coast, which was designated in 2001, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape in 2007.

The South West Coast Path Association, a registered charity, supporting the interests of people who use the path. The Association was formed in 1973 and since then it has campaigned for improvements to the path and undertakes considerable fundraising to help care for and improve the path. They provide accommodation guides and completion certificates.