£40,000 FOR 40 YEARS
In 2018, the South West Coast Path celebrated its 40th birthday! That’s right, 40 years since this amazing 630-mile National Trail opened in its entirety. To mark the occasion, we set ourselves the challenge of raising £40,000* to help ensure it is here to enjoy now and in another 40 years.
With the amazing support of hundreds of fundraisers and donors, we not only hit our target, but surpassed it. Together we have now raised £43,077 that will go towards protecting, maintaining and improving the Path, helping to safeguard access to our coastline now and in the future - thank you all so very much. This was the first region-wide campaign that we have run as a charity and we have been completely overwhelmed by the positive response and outpouring of love for the Coast Path that it has generated.
“The South West Coast Path is essential to our economy, sustaining more than 11,000 jobs and attracting over 9 million visitors every year who spend in excess of £500 million in the region. It also serves as a place for all of us to improve our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, making it one of our most valuable assets.
This 40th celebration campaign has been a huge success for us, as it has shown how many people care about the Path and are willing to support it to ensure it is here for many years to come. I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who helped us reach this target and hope others will be inspired to do the same in the future.” - Director of the South West Coast Path Association, Julian Gray.
What were we raising money for?
Being exposed to the elements and the feet of millions of walkers means the Coast Path needs constant attention to keep it accessible and in world-class condition. Climate change is bringing more frequent and severe storms to batter the coastline of the South West. 2018 saw major storms like Brian, Emma and Callum damaging our coastline as well as the Coast Path being affected by other extreme weather events like the Beast from the East and the hottest summer on record.
Walking the whole of the South West Coast Path will see you cross 230 bridges, open (and close!) 880 gates, climb over 436 stiles, pass more than 4,000 Coast Path signs and go up or down over 30,000 steps. All this vital infrastructure makes the stunning coastline accessible, but it takes a lot of time and money to keep it in good shape.
Who will benefit from 40 FOR 40?
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. To some the Path represents freedom from the frenzy of modern-life, to others it is somewhere to keep fit, or just a much-loved gateway to sea. Put simply, the Path improves lives. Click here to read the stories of those on whose lives the Path has had a profound impact.
Meet the ambassadors who backed our campaign