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Signs of the SW Coast Path

Updated: Aug 28, 2018

Rocket becomes SW Coast Path sign in Plymouth...

England’s 630-mile South West Coast path is a triumph of citizen activism, dating from the 1970s. Lots more information about the path and how it came about can be found here. Because the path exists now, quite a few people resolve to walk its whole length, either at one go or in stages.

Plymouth has quite a few of these rather fancy signs - notice the arrows coloured white tell walkers which way to go.

The SW Coast Path is very well signposted. Most of this blog is simply pictures of the different signposts. But first I must mention a woman who my brother in law and I came across a couple of days ago. We were huffing and puffing up another steep hill. A lady was walking down and we had a chat. She was walking the whole SW Coast Path and was excited because she was nearly finished - just one more 7 mile section after that day's walk. She had been doing it in 25 mile segments for about 10 years. The woman was 84 years old. Yes, eighty four! And she mentioned that she had had to take a year off during the decade of walking the path because she had donated a kidney to someone! What a woman!

Most of the signposts are simple - just the acorn symbol and a directional arrow in yellow.

Some provide more information, reinforced by the acorn symbol.

Plymouth (SW coast past sign heaven!) is the only place I've seen signs made out of metal.

Simple sticker on a lamp post provides reassurance.

Paving stone version - rare!

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