Clinton Way provides South West Coast path link

A rerouted section of the South West Coast Path which crosses Clinton Devon Estates land at Seaton has been officially opened.


Clinton Way provides South West Coast path link

The original path was damaged in a landslip during storms in July 2012 causing disruption for walkers.

The stretch, between Seaton and Beer, has been named The Clinton Way - after Clinton Devon Estates made land available for the path.

Devon County Council Chairman Bernard Hughes who performed the opening ceremony alongside Clare James from Clinton Devon Estates said: "The South West Coast Path is an important asset for our county and I'm sure the local communities will be pleased that this section has been rerouted and reopened."

Estate Surveyor Clare James said: “We have been very pleased to work with Devon County Council to provide this permissive path which will ensure that walkers – both local people and visitors to the area - can still enjoy the stunning South West Coast path in safety.” 

Councillor Stuart Hughes, council cabinet member for highway management, said: "The old route of the coast path was a victim of last year's floods and was an unfortunate disruption for people who use this popular route.

"This section of the South West Coast Path is enjoyed by locals and visitors for its stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and it's good news for the local economy that we have this new route," said Cllr Hughes.

Councillor Jim Knight, Devon County Councillor for Seaton Coastal, said: “I was pleased to get this permissive path opened to assist everybody who had to walk around the sharp bends from Beer to Seaton and visa versa. This is a vital local route for Seaton and the neighbouring parishes – and it’s a good place to walk off the excess Christmas fayre whilst enjoying the Christmas and New Year holidays, as is the rest of the county’s fantastic rights of way network.”

A stretch of Old Beer Road, which was also closed at the time of the landslip, has been permanently shut because of the risk of further slips.

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Handing over something more valuable than we have today,

– Estates ethos

…and the Lord Clinton was, by the whole Council, brought to the King’s presence, who after like thanks was given, was pleased that he should be made High Admiral of England and one of his Privy Council…

– Official record of appointment of 9th Baron Clinton as Lord High Admiral for life on 4th May 1550

Do what you can to elevate your profession. It is an honourable one

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892

to set out against the Scots, the King’s enemies and rebels

– Instructions given by Edward 1 to John de Clinton on 8th April 1298, prior to him leading the Royal army to victory at the Battle of Falkirk. As a direct result the Clinton Barony was formed on 22nd July 1299

But our power for good or evil in this world’s affairs in a countryside is enormous

– Robert Lipscomb, Steward 1865 – 1892