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Walkers are chuffed to see Choughs on Lizard during the October Challenge

The South West Coast Path Challenge got off to a flying start in Cornwall on Saturday 10th October as more than 40 people took part in the 10-mile walk on the Lizard between Gunwalloe and Lizard Point.

This was the second organised walk as part of the inaugural event that aims to set a new world record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants were treated to the rare sight of the Cornish Chough and a seal, along with the stunning views on this quintessential Cornish coastal walk.

Among the participants were the self-titled team of ‘Cornish Merry Maids’ (group of five ladies with their gorgeous dogs including Lola the pug) one of whom described the walk as “Wild, windy and wonderful!”.

Mr Whalley who took part along with his daughters and their partners said:

“It was fantastic to be part of such a well-organised and scenic Challenge, the perfect way to spend the day and we were chuffed to see Choughs!”

The walk took in the iconic Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the picturesque harbour of Mullion Cove where walkers were treated to a free cuppa courtesy of nearby Mullion Cove Hotel. It finished at Lizard Point, the most southerly point of England.

Hayley Partridge, the Events Officer for the South West Coast Path Association said:

“The Lizard Challenge walk went really well and we’re very greatful to all those who supported us by taking part or donating to our cause. This is without a doubt, a unique and exceptionally beautiful stretch of coastline that has been shaped by time and tide, but we need to take good care of it to ensure we can continue to access the coast.

“The steps to the beach at Kynance Cove are a case in point as these were almost completely destroyed by the recent winter storms. It’s thanks to money raised from events like this, and through the work of the Association and the National Trust, that we have been able to reinstate the steps.

“We hope that walkers taking part in the Challenge will not only enjoy it, with special surprises like the seals and choughs we saw on the Lizard today, but will also see why we need to look after it and help us to raise funds to protect it for future generations.”

It costs at least £1,000 to maintain just 1 mile of Coast Path and all money raised from the month long South West Coast Path Challenge will go towards Path improvement projects.

The South West Coast Path Challenge is organised by the South West Coast Path Association, with the National Trust as a charity partner as part of its coastal celebrations in 2015.

Subsequent 10 mile Challenges take place on the 17th October, with a Barefoot run along the South Devon coast; on the 24th in Plymouth from Admiral’s Hard to Mount Batten Centre and on 31st October from Durlston Head to South Haven Point.

All of the organised walking routes include parking at the finish and transportation to the start of the walk. It costs £20 to register for the organised walks and £10 for an individual challenge.

Register to take part at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge and share your challenge on social networks using #Challenge630

All those taking part in the month long event, whether they create their own challenge or join an organised event, are being encouraged to create their own video pledge and to record their adventures for a chance to win a Go Pro Camera – the ultimate tool for the adventurer. All video and picture posts on social media that include the tag #Challenge630 will be judged by the Coast Path Challenge patron Monty Halls, who will pick a winner at the end of the month.

Even if you can't take part in this event you can still make a one off donation via our Virgin Money Giving page or set up your own page and raise funds for us - http://bit.ly/CoastChallenge

South West Water is supporting the Coast Path’s activities this year with sponsorship as part of its environmental concerns helping to keep bathing waters at our beaches clean for everyone to enjoy. South West Water’s £6.5million Clean Sweep scheme for The Lizard was completed in 2005.

Published on: Oct. 15, 2015