South West Coast Path Challenge
Gear up for the 2017 events in October
This summer get your walking legs prepared for October’s challenge. Now in its third year, we’re encouraging as many people as possible to walk or run the Coast Path and clock up the miles to beat last year’s record.
In 2016, with 800 participants taking part in events throughout the challenge month, we collectively clocked up over 12,594 – that's equivalent to walking or running the full distance of the 630-mile Coast Path 20 times! It broke the record set in previous years and raised a total of £18,636 (plus gift aid).
This fundraising event is a charity partnership between the South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust to raise funds for the preservation of the South West Coast Path National Trail. You can join one of the coastal events in October, or set yourself a personal challenge and walk as much or as little as you like.
Once again, you can start your Coast Path Challenge with our 10-mile walk from Minehead on the first Saturday of the month, Saturday 7th October, or walk the last leg of the Coast Path with our 10-mile walk from Swanage to South Haven Point on Saturday 28th October.
Kicking off the Challenge month is the Trail Events Challenge on Sunday 1st October from Dartmouth Castle. For more information click here.
What will your challenge be?
To let us know you're interested and be added to our event newsletter email [email protected]
Our patron for the Challenge, TV adventurer Monty Halls, is a big fan of the Coast Path and says, “This is one of the most magical trails in Europe and a great way to get into nature. The October Challenge is one of the ways that we can do that and raise money."
The Association is a registered charity that seeks to support and protect the incredible asset of the South West Coast Path for future generations and we work to generate fundraised income that acts as leverage to secure larger grants. Unfortunately, government funding of the South West Coast Path has declined by 30% in the past five years and is under constant threat, placing more need on the Association to work hard to raise funds. Your fundraising therefore is extremely welcomed and will be put towards Path improvements.
Once again, thank you for helping to protect our amazing asset, the South West Coast Path.