There are so many ways to make a difference to the future of the South West Coast Path and help to ensure that it is open and accessible, now and in the future.
You can get together with friends and do whatever you enjoy most to raise a few pounds for the Path – anything goes. It is called FUN-draising after all!
Our supporters are always coming up with exciting new ways to raise money to protect the trail they love both on and off the Path – from coffee mornings to plant sales and golf days to marathons. Here are some of the exciting things they were up to in 2018 to raise money for our 40 FOR 40 campaign:
Charlotte and Paul do coffee
“We plan to host a coffee morning in May to kickstart our fundraising for our ‘big walk home’ which we will be doing early September. This will consist of walking 160 miles over the course of 7 days along the stretch of the Coast Path from Land’s End to Plymouth. We have decided to do this because the Path means a lot to us. We met last year and have been walking the Path as a hobby together as and when we can. It is something special to us that not only connects us as a couple, but we have been discovering places we have never been to before”
Becca takes on 10 marathons
“On 10th July I shall be commencing my 10/10/10 Challenge which will see me run 10 marathons in 10 consecutive days along the South West Coast Path in the hope that I can raise £10,000 for excellent causes - the South West Coast Path Association being one of them.
Running on the Coast Path means a great deal to me; I can’t get enough of the sea views and fresh air, I love the ragged terrain and the rock scrambling that comes with any outing on the Path and the horizon has an amazing calming effect on me - it levels me out! And believe me there’s all kinds of crazy in me that can only be quelled by a long, wild run on the coast! I am not sure I can actually do this, but that’s what makes it a challenge...I am just a fraction more excited than I am scared and that’s what’s driving me forward!”
Jennie's big birthday walk
"The idea for this walk began years ago, when at Portland Bill, I spotted a stone way-marker engraved with 581 Miles to Minehead and 49 to Poole. Initially, I wondered why it was 581 miles? Now I know it’s all those zig-zags!
For my milestone birthday, I wanted to do a challenge that would inspire me—and hopefully others—by doing something extraordinary. So, I’ve planned a walk from Port Isaac to Portland along the South West Coast Path—400 miles in 34 days to celebrate becoming 60.
I wish to raise £10,000 for 5 charities that mean a lot to me—one of which is the South West Coast Path Association because of their hard work to care for, maintain and repair the path that I love walking along."
Sheila and Malcolm collect donations from fellow walkers
"With retirement on the horizon we thought now was the time to tackle the South West Coast Path, so we started in Easter 2017 and plan to walk about 10 sections per year - so all being well we should be finished by the end of 2022! So far we're quarter of the way round and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Being able to walk in such a beautiful area of the country is a real gift for everyone and we believe we should all do our bit to help pay for the upkeep of the Path.
We are asking all our friends to make a donation: many of them have already enjoyed walks on the Path when they've been on holiday."
Chris is celebrating sharing his 40th with the Path
"As the South West Coast Path and I both turn 40 this year, I will be running 78 miles along it in October to celebrate and support the work of the South West Coast Path Association. The existence of the Path encourages and enables people to get out, explore and enjoy this amazing coastline safely and there is never a dull moment running along it!"
Jason is running the entire Path in two weeks
“I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled extensively to events and challenges around the World. Quite honestly, nothing competes with the variety of terrain. The muscle pumping inclines and the raw expansive beauty of every inch of this Path. And it’s all right here, on my doorstep”.
- Jason McKinlay, Solo Coast Path Runner and Adventurer