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Walkers pledge to protect South West Coast Path in Plymouth

A group of 59 people from all walks of life, joined together to take part in a 10 mile walk along Plymouth’s Waterfront on Saturday as part of the South West Coast Path Challenge taking place throughout October.

The South West Coast Path Challenge aims to set a new world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be walked in one month and to raise funds to protect the coastline. The Plymouth walk was the third of four organised walks taking place during the month long event, which added another 590 miles to the grand total. More than 8,000 miles have been pledged so far from around 600 people, including the event patron Monty Halls and TV comic Bill Bailey. The final walk takes place on 31st October from Durlston Head to South Haven Point.

The walk set out from Admiral’s Hard in the rain and continued along the waterfront to reveal a wealth of historic features from a restored naval base at Royal William Yard to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail. It ended in glorious sunshine at Mount Batten Centre.

Catherine Moore, who took part in the walk on Saturday, said;

"Excellent day, we loved it! We got to see parts of Plymouth you wouldn't normally see”.

A member of the 7 ‘Minty Mountaineers’, all workers at Bigbury Mint in South Devon said;

“We liked exploring places we have never been before and we loved following the acorn! - the history was fascinating and it was really well organised - a great day out!".

Those who took part got to experience more than 400 years of maritime history while helping to raise funds for its future. The steps at Royal William Yard, which connects the restored naval base to Devil’s Point, is just one example of the difference funds can make to improve the route for walkers. The South West Coast Path Association largely funded the staircase in 2013. Previously walkers were diverted around it and missed out on the spectacular views of Plymouth Sound and the direct link to the coastline.

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

“There’s still a week to go before the end of our month long challenge and we hope that walkers taking part will not only enjoy it, with stunning coastal scenery and fascinating history, but that they will also see why we need to look after it and help us to raise funds to protect it for future generations.

“The half term is the ideal time for children and adults alike to enjoy the great outdoors with a walk on the coast and get a great sense of achievement at the same time.”

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.

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.

For inspiration about how to create your own Challenge, visit the event registration page as above. It can be anything from 1 mile to 100 miles or the entire 630 mile route if you see fit.

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

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 £63million Clean Sweep scheme for Plymouth was completed in 1998. 

To be inspired to step out on the Coast Path, take a moment and enjoy the National Trust South West Coast film: http://bit.ly/coastfilm

Published on: Oct. 29, 2015