Join The Challenge 2017

This October The Challenge returns to the South West Coast Path. Your Challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to help beat our record for the number of miles of Coast Path covered collectively in a month - and raise vital funds for the upkeep and improvement of this beautiful trail.

Join one of our organised events throughout October, or set yourself a personal challenge. Walk, jog, skip, hop or run as much or as little of the Path as you like – it is totally up to you! Grab your friends, family and colleagues, head down to your favourite part of the Path and achieve something amazing together.

The Challenge raises money for two registered charities - us, the South West Coast Path Association, and the National Trust. We work together to care for and improve the Path, ensuring the unique and precious coastal landscape of the South West can be enjoyed on foot, for free, now and in future generations.

Registration is just £10 and includes an official 2017 Challenge t-shirt. You can either add a donation or fundraise. Your support makes a real difference to the millions of people who come from near and far to explore, keep fit or find peace on the Coast Path each year – thank you!

How to take part in the Challenge


Choose your Challenge from the options below.


Complete the registration form and tell us why you are taking part in the Challenge.


Pay the registration fee and your miles will be added to our Mileometer!

Choose from one of the following organised challenges

Challenge Image Run Start Bay

Take on the challenge of an 18 or 40km running challenge along a stunning section of Coast Path between Dartmouth Castle and Start Point.

Register here
Challenge Image Stories of St Agnes and Chapel Porth-Friday, 6th October

Join local historian Roger Radcliffe and National Trust lead ranger Steve Sudworth for a circular walk from St Agnes Head to Chapel Porth. Laced with nature and the flow of the ocean, the walk will include stories of folklore, mining, shipwrecks and local characters in a two hour exploration. Read more »

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Challenge Image Minehead to Porlock Weir, Saturday 7 October

The official start of the South West Coast Path sets off from the seaside town of Minehead before taking in the wild and rugged Exmoor scenery along the highest coastline in England. Read more »

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Challenge Image Golden Cap Estate

Join this evening flaming torchlight walk to the top of Golden Cap. Carry your own flaming torch and see the Cap in a whole different light. Booking essential, further details on website. Meet at Langdon Hill car park, nearest postcode DT6 6EP. £10 per person. Read more »

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Challenge Image Bossington Family Adventure, Saturday 7th October

Enjoy a family-friendly circular walk along the South West Coast Path and surrounding countryside from idyllic Bossington. Climb up to Hurlstone point, a top spot for wildlife spotting, before following the coast path down for seaside fun on Bossington Beach. Read more »

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Challenge Image Guided walk from Maenporth to Durgan, Sunday 8th October

Enjoy a walk along the coast path from Maenporth Beach to Durgan village, led by the National Trust team at Glendurgan. There’ll be some amazing views of the Helford River to see along the way and you can find out more about the conservation work that the ranger team do in this area. Read more »

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Challenge Image Bolt Head Ramble, Sunday 8th October

A circular walk around the beautiful Bolt Head and East Soar area, we will take in points of interest along the way including local wildlife, habitat management, local history and scheduled ancient monuments. This site is a designated Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) and we will explain mo Read more »

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Challenge Image Autumn Edition

This is a run as well as a walk, starting at Torcross and finishing at Bantham. It is self-timing and non competitive, although some race for their own attainment. Coaches are provided to transport people from the car park near the finish to the start. Checkpoints are provided. Read more »

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Challenge Image Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point

Join this magical evening flaming torch lit walk along the South West Coast Path around Coleton Fishacre and Froward Point as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge. Carry your own flaming torch and navigate the SWCP along this beautiful piece of coast path viewing it in a whole different light Read more »

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Challenge Image Durlston Country Park and Castle to South Haven Point, Sunday 29 October

Take a walk through time along this iconic stretch of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, taking in Old Harry’s Rocks before reaching the official finish point of the South West Coast Path at South Haven Point. Read more »

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Challenge Image Four 10km courses to choose from

During October complete one - four 10km courses on National Trust sites along the Coast Path in Devon and Dorset. Trust10 is the National Trusts complementary offer to Parkrun, extending recreational running to 10km. Read more »

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Create your own challenge, by inputting how many miles you are walking

Drag the markers to set your walks start and finish points. Zoom in to select your locations more accurately.