Couch to Coast
We are starting our Couch to Coast activities again in Autumn 2020, after their postponement due to COVID-19. We have stricter safety guidance to follow and all walks must be pre-booked for the safety of our staff, volunteers and participants.
Register your interest on our website so that we can contact you with updates.
Leading a more active lifestyle brings with it a wealth of benefits, including improvements to our physical and emotional wellbeing. In addition to this, spending time outdoors in nature can vastly improve our overall health. That’s why we created Couch to Coast. Similar to the running plan ‘Couch to 5k’, we’ll be helping people gradually build fitness, stamina and confidence to go from sitting on the sofa, to doing a 5k walk on the South West Coast Path.
Who is it for?
Couch to Coast is designed to suit the ability of someone taking their first footsteps into increasing their activity and leading a healthier lifestyle. Each participant will be able to take the walk at a pace they feel comfortable with and we will have staff and volunteers available to help guide you along the route.
Where are the walks taking place?
All walks will take place on the beautiful South West Coast Path or in and around the town, which it passes through. Each walk will give you a chance to build your fitness but also spend important quality time in the great outdoors, connecting actively to nature. After each walk, there will be the opportunity to get a tea or coffee and socialise with fellow Coast to Couch walkers. Check below to see the next available walking groups.
Ilfracombe - starting on Tuesday 6th October
Barnstaple Nordic Walking – re-starting on Tuesday 15th September
How do I get involved?
Click the link above to find out more about the Couch to Coast programmes listed. You can also register your interest for the programmes listed as 'Coming Soon' by clicking on the 'Register' button. Once registered, we'll be in touch with more information about dates, meeting points and walking routes. We’ll also give you information about what you will need to bring with you.
If you have any questions, please contact our Project Co-ordinator Alex Turner.
Alex Turner, Project Co-ordinator
T: 01752 896237
How far will I be expected to walk?
We start by walking 1-2km on easy flat terrain, building up to a 5km walk over the course of 12 weeks. The walks will take place once every two weeks and you will be encouraged to walk in between each meet up (though this is not critical).
How much does it cost?
Couch to Coast is free to take part in thanks for funding from Active Devon and the Connecting Actively to Nature (CAN) initiative (except for Nordic Walking which we have subsidised. You may need to pay for public transport (or petrol if you drive) to get to an agreed meeting place, but there will be no other costs associated with taking part. Participants will be expected to complete a registration form that captures information about current activity levels so that we can monitor how effective the Couch to Coast has been at improving activity levels at the end of 12 weeks.
About the Project
This project is being funded by a, flagship initiative being led by the Devon Local Nature Partnership, working to help tackle inactivity amongst people over the age of 55 in Devon (more information on https://activedevon.org/campaigns/can/). The programme is funded by Sport England through lottery ticket sales. The aim is to tackle the growing problem of activity drop-off in the crucial retirement transition period and beyond, and to reach out to people to provide activities, information and support.