We all depend on the natural environment for our health and wellbeing and thanks to protected landscapes like our National Trails, we have access to truly special places.
We help over 9 million people every year access the coast as a place to be active, relax or spend quality time with family and friends. All part of a happy, healthy lifestyle.
We also reach out to those in the community who are most disadvantaged, making sure they have the support they need to go walking.
Benefits of walking the SWCP
- Improves heart health, lung capacity and circulation
- Reduces the risk of chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dementia
- Improves flexibility and strengthens joints, bones and muscle
- Boosts the immune system and improves digestion
- Aids weight loss
Mental health and well-being
- Improves mood, reduces anxiety, aids sleep and improves self-image
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Gives you more energy
- Improves creativity
- Great way of socialising
- Connects you to nature and your environment
- Reduces the risk of suffering clinical depression
Connecting People to Nature
As part of our charitable mission to ensure everyone has access to the Coast Path, we’re working to inspire and support people to get active and stay active, so they can reap the health benefits of walking.
We’re currently working with Active Devon to run a number of initiatives across the south west to help older people who are inactive, improve their health by walking the Coast Path. The project is called CAN which stands for ‘Connecting Actively to Nature’ and we’re already seeing some fantastic results with the groups we’re working with. Below is a list of the projects we have completed, and locations of those that are coming soon:
- Coastal Walking Group in Plymstock (Finished)
- Couch to Coast in Teignmouth (Finished)
- Couch to Coast in Westward Ho! (Finished)
- Couch to Coast in Torquay (Running until March 2020)
- Nordic Walking in North Devon (Starts 25th February 2020 - Open for registration)
- Couch to Coast in Ilfracombe (coming in Spring 2020)