Coast Path Challenge sets off along Exmoor coast from Minehead to Porlock Weir

The South West Coast Path Challenge is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every miles counts!

On Saturday 3rd October, the first 10 mile Challenge kicked off on the Exmoor coast – the official start of the South West Coast Path. Fifty eager walkers set off from the start marker in Minehead, along the route that takes in the rugged moorland countryside and the highest coastline in England. By the time the group reached the top of North Hill for a well-earned rest the sun had burnt through to show the best of the views of the Exmoor coastal scenery.

After a relatively flat stretch along the ridge the group descended through Hurlestone Combe to Bossington village and along the 6000 year old shingle ridge across Porlock Bay towards Porlock Weir, and back to Porlock village where the walk ended.

Elaine Harris said I have lived in Minehead my whole life and am ashamed to say I have never done this walk along the South West Coast Path, I loved it, I am now inspired to go on and do the rest!

Esther Pearson, South West Coast Path Director says;

“It was such a great way to start a month-long event full of inspirational challenges that people have pledged to help protect the Coast Path.”

Money raised will go towards Path improvement projects to help protect the coastline for future generations. It costs at least £1,000 to maintain just 1 mile of Coast Path and it needs help.

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 10th October along the south Cornwall coast, from Gunwalloe to Lizard Point; on the 17th October, a Barefoot run will take place in South Devon; 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 and share your challenge on social networks using #Challenge630

Fundraising tip: Aim to raise at least £10 through sponsorship. Walk 10 miles and get 10 friends to sponsor you 10p a mile!

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. 

Published on: Oct. 3, 2015