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Plans are underway to create a new walking route called ‘Kelgh Kernow’ which is Cornish for Circuit of Cornwall, which will see a circular route of Cornwall that stretches in to Devon.
This footpath will follow the breath-taking Cornish coastline and then skim through Devon before circumnavigating back down through Cornwall, with people who complete the trail to be given recognition for their feat. A report on the project states that there are already enquiries each year for those who walk the coastal paths of Cornwall who would like a memento of their achievement.
“The South West Coast Path Association often receives requests for completion certificatesT-shirts from people who have walked the entire Cornish section of the South West Coast Path, but do not plan to complete the rest of the route in Devon and Dorset. However as there is no Cornwall Coast Path – officially it’s referred to as the South West Coast Path in Cornwall – they haven’t produced anything to date.
However the Kelgh Kernow would lend itself to having its own identity, which complements, rather than competes against, the South West Coast Path brand.”
The South West Coast Path Association and the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are working together on the Kelgh Kernow project. The coastal paths of Cornwall brought in a massive £152 million in 2014 with day visitors adding an extra £27 million, with 4,299 full time jobs supporting all aspects of the pathways such as preservation from rangers to office administration jobs. The completion of the new path hopes to bring in an extra £1.78 million and create a further 43 jobs.
The new route would take around 4 weeks to complete, which would result in repeat visitors to the county, with the new parts of the route likely to see the biggest benefits through B&B’s, shops, pubs and other small businesses.
Make the most of The Valley’s holiday accommodation in Cornwall and visit the exquisite footpaths along the Cornish coastline, you really do feel like you’re at the end of the world!
Photo by: Keven Law