Coast Path Pledge

*Coast Path Pledge 2020 is now closed for entries!*

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their 2020 Coast Path Pledge. We were so inspired by how many of you made heartfelt pledges to overcome pressures, anxieties or personal loss to enhance your health through clocking up miles on the Trail this year. This is why exist as a charity - to ensure the South West Coast Path is always there for everyone to benefit from. A huge good luck to you all, we are right behind you!

Our winning pledge this year came from Sarah who had taken her first ever Coast Path walk the day that she entered. We really appreciated her enthusiasm for the special kind of conversation that flows when we walk on the open Trail, as well as her commitment to litter pick throughout the year. Congratulations to Sarah, who has won a two-night break to the Path courtesy of Devon & Cornwall Holidays, to help make her pledge a reality. You can read her pledge in full below:

"My Coast Path Pledge is to take my first steps on the Path. Walking the Coast Path has long been on my to do list, and now with a like-minded friend we are on our way. We walked Exmouth to Budleigh Salterton today! Our excitement even rubbed off on our husbands who decided to join us as well. What a joy to achieve a long held dream! We talked and laughed as we took in the scenery around us. We learnt more about each other, shared experiences and advice, as well as reassuring each other that certain things come and go in life, and you are not alone in some of the trials life can throw up at you. Walking and talking allows the time and atmosphere to engage in this communion. We intend to walk every month - keeping a pledge to litter pick as we go. Our Path walk may take many years, but I've not felt so positive and excited about such a challenge for a long time!"


#CoastPathPledge is back, and this time you could win a walking holiday on the Trail to help make your pledge reality.

Here at the South West Coast Path Association, we know the Trail is a powerful catalyst for positive change. It can transform our bodies, still our minds and enrich our souls by connecting us intimately with nature and the ocean.

Over 2,000 of you pledged to use the Coast Path to improve your lives in 2019 and we heard some truly uplifting stories from people who fulfilled those pledges. This January, we are once again asking you to tell us how you plan to harness the Trail’s potential and make some positive changes for the year ahead.

How to make a pledge

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning an amazing walking break, is make your pledge by clicking on the button below before 31st January.

Then share your pledge on social media using #CoastPathPledge to tell your friends - remember, sharing your goals publicly often makes you more likely to achieve them!

What kind of thing could you pledge?

It could be for mind, body or environment, but it must be about using the Trail. Last year, over 800 people pledged to make a difference to the environment, with many saying they would proactively beach clean and litter pick on the Path. The winning pledge however, was made by Sarah who said she would use the South West Coast Path to help friends struggling with their emotional wellbeing connect with nature.

Last January, I made a Coast Path Pledge for the year, which was to continue to walk with my friends once a month, but to also encourage them to see the benefits of walking independently. By May, that was happening, and I now frequently see their SWCP pictures on social media! It is lovely seeing my friends so much happier, and I personally believe that time in nature, amongst other things has helped that.

I would recommend everyone spends time on the SWCP. Spend some time alone, and with others. Welcome the changeable weather and nature. What I found was life on the Path is utter happiness, it is the equivalent of a huge injection of good health. I can honestly say the SWCP has shaped who I am today.” - Sarah

We share stories like Sarah's in our monthly e-news, which you can sign up for here.


Good luck folks and here's to a great 2020!  


Terms and Conditions

  • The ‘Coast Path Pledge’ competition is open for entries from Thursday 2nd January 2020 until Friday 31st January 2020 at midnight. The winner will be announced by Friday 7th February 2020.
  • The author of the winning pledge, as judged by the South West Coast Path Association, will win a two-night walking break for two people on the Coast Path in Devon or Cornwall.
  • The prize is for two people sharing an inland facing twin or double room and includes full English breakfast, table'hote dinner and one packed lunch. Prize valid for the following dates: 1st March - 21st May 2020 and 20th September - 30th November 2020. All accommodation is subject to availability. 
  • If you are the winner of this competition, the South West Coast Path Association will need to contact you via email to arrange redemption of your prize from Devon & Cornwall Holidays. We will also ask you for a quote about your win to share on our website, via social media and possibly with the press. This helps the charity promote the benefits of the Coast Path.
  • Any personal contact information that you share with us through the ‘Coast Path Pledge’ competition will be held securely and in accordance with the Data Protection Act. We will never share your personal data with third parties.
  • In submitting a pledge, you give your permission for the South West Coast Path Association and Devon & Cornwall Holidays to publish your pledge on our websites, social media and other communications.
  • You can enter only once.
  • The prize is non-transferable.
  • Judges decisions are final.

The prize

The positive effects of fulfilling your pledge should be reward enough, but we’ll also be selecting our favourite pledge to win a two-night walking break courtesy of our sponsors Devon & Cornwall Holidays

Choose to stay at one of five stunning hotels, all located a stone’s throw from the Coast Path, with breakfast, dinner and packed lunch included, so you can explore the Trail in style.

Who are Devon & Cornwall Holidays?

From spa and golf breaks to relaxing stays by the sea, from garden and historic house tours to active walking breaks, from door to door collection to self-drive tours, you can discover Devon and Cornwall your way with Devon & Cornwall Holidays.





Take your Pledge to the next level

Is your pledge to fundraise to protect the Trail?

Register your fundraiser as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge to get a FREE fundraising pack!