£40,000 FOR 40 YEARS

In 2018, the South West Coast Path celebrates its 40th birthday! That’s right, 40 years since this amazing 630-mile National Trail opened! To mark the occasion, we’ve set ourselves the challenge of raising £40,000* by the end of October to help protect it now and in the future. Will you help us?

What are we raising money for?

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 benefits 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.

How can you help?

Start helping right now by spreading the word! Tell friends, family and colleagues about what we’re trying to do and ask them to get involved too. If you share anything on social media use #40FOR40 so we can see your posts! The more people that help, the easier it will be to reach our total and we already have some amazing support from the likes of TV presenter Julia Bradbury and five-time Olympian runner Jo Pavey. Click their pictures below to read more about why they're supporting 40 for 40.

Meet our ambassadors

Julia BradburyJo Pavey

Get started today!

You can make a donation right now to the 40 for 40 campaign here, sign up for one of our South West Coast Path Challenge events which take place throughout October, or organise your own 40 for 40 community fundraiser over the summer. How about arranging a picnic on the Path or a coffee morning fundraiser in one of the many villages, towns and cities that the trail runs through? Click here to get some more ideas and download our handy fundraiser pack.

*If we raise more than £40,000 in donations through this 40 for 40 campaign the funding will be used to go towards other Path and outreach projects as identified by the South West Coast Path Association.

Julia Bradbury is backing 40 for 40!

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Hear who 40 FOR 40 helps

CAROLINE, 48, POST-AMPUTATION REHABILITATION:“Walking all the South West Coast Path was one of the biggest physical and emotional challenges I have ever taken on. My fitness levels improved, and I climbed hills that I never thought I was capable of...it has made me stronger mentally and physically.” 



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