Coast Path Challenge 2018
That's it, the South West Coast Path Challenge 2018 is complete! Thanks so much to every single one of the hundreds of people who came together on the trail during October to have fun and fundraise for the Path. With the amazingly mild Autumn we are having in the South West, it has been quite a month! We have been collecting in your sponorship money and totting it all up over the last few weeks. If you are yet to pay in your fundraising please contact [email protected] to arrange this.
This year, the South West Coast Path 2018 was part of our wider '40 FOR 40’ campaign, aiming to raise £40,000 on the Path's 40th anniversary. This campaign kicked off in May, building up through the summer to the big finale in October when the South West Coast Path Challenge returned. The awesome flurry of activity up and down the Path during October will took us across that all important £40,000 finish line and we are delighted to annouce that together we have now raised £43,077 for the trail. Thank you so much!
Why is the Challenge important?
Where would you walk if the Coast Path didn’t exist? 9 million people every year use the South West Coast Path to experience nature and adventure as well as support their mental and physical well-being, but most don’t realise the hard work that goes into keeping the coastline accessible.
The South West Coast Path Association works to secure the way to the sea and hidden beaches, educate explorers of all ages and backgrounds on how to get the most from the Path, provide a safe corridor where local plants and wildlife can flourish, and ultimately ensure that accessing wild, beautiful coastal landscapes is free and easy for everyone. But, due to ever increasing pressure on budgets, as a charity and champion for the National Trail, we must raise ever more for the Path. Add to that increasingly extreme weather battering the coast, brought about by climate change; erosion caused by the growing number of feet on the Path; the finite lifespan of essential infrastructure like bridges, way-markers and steps, and you can see why it costs £1000 per mile per year, just to keep the 630-mile trail open.
We want to everyone to be able to reap the benefits of the Path, now, in another 40 years, and forever. By getting together with Path-loving friends for the Challenge, to have fun and fundraise or donate whatever you are able, you help make this achievable.
How does the money raised help?
50% to the Association, 50% to the National Trust
The South West Coast Path Challenge is organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust to inspire people to support the Path. Our two charities collaborate closely - The National Trust owns a quarter of the land that the Coast Path travels through, and the Association raises funds for improvement and access projects on it. Together, we are working to protect and enhance the South West Coast Path, so that current and future generations can benefit from this beautiful coastal landscape. 50% of the money donated and fundraised through the Challenge goes to the National Trust Coast Path projects.
“Working with the Association has been a massive support for our work at the National Trust to keep the Coast Path alive and accessible. Their dedication to this National Trail has resulted in a number of successful projects, such upgrading the Path at Bolberry Down to enable those with restricted mobility to enjoy this section of coast and the amazing views” - Rich Snow, National Trust Countryside Manager
Thank you so much for your support Challengers!