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Get set for the South West Coast Path Challenge in October

Following the successful South West Coast Path Challenge in 2015, the next great stomp for charity is taking place this October to raise funds to help protect this National Trail. Thanks to the charity partnership between the South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust, the inaugural event saw more than 700 people clocking up around 9,000 miles and raising thousands of pounds in sponsorship to help protect the Coast Path.

The Association hopes that even more people will take part this year to help beat the record set for the number of miles walked in one month and raise vital funds. So far, more than 150 people have pledged over 2,000 miles and there’s two months to go before it kicks off on October 1st.

The event has evolved as a concept following a series of walking festivals that have sought to address the deficit of government funding for National Trails. Over the past 5 years, there has been a 30% cut in the core budget to maintain the trail, making the work of the Association even more important to lobby for improvements and raise funds to keep the Path open.

It costs at least £1,000 to maintain just 1 mile of Coast Path and an additional £2,000 for the National Trust to take care of the countryside that surrounds it, so every mile counts.

Patron of the Challenge event for the second year running, Monty Halls is passionate about the need to protect the Coast Path and says, 

“This is one of the most magical trails in Europe and a great way to get into nature. The October Challenge is one of the ways that we can do that and raise money. I’d encourage everyone to create their own challenge, to get out there and enjoy the Path and raise a bit of money while you do it."

Stepping up to support the Challenge this year, Alex Polizzi and her mother Olga, who runs the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, will be walking a 10-mile stretch of the Roseland peninsula.

Alex said:

“I am so looking forward to a day walking the wonderful paths of the Roseland Peninsula in good company and for a good cause.”

To help support the charity’s fundraising efforts, you can join the walk with Alex and Olga on October 10th.

The walk will be led by Steve Crummay of Explore in Cornwall who will be pointing out the wildlife and other features of interest to be found along this stretch of the Coast Path.

Registration for this event includes fundraising a minimum amount of £100 in sponsorship.

The Challenge month kicks off on October 1st when you can start your own South West Coast Path adventure by joining a 10 Mile organised walk from Minehead. You can also help celebrate the end of the month-long Challenge event by walking the last 10 miles of Coast Path to Poole on Saturday October 29th.

Other events are being organised by charity partner, the National Trust and the Trail Events Company with two running challenges. The full list of events confirmed so far include:

You can organise your own event at any time during the month-long charity challenge, either as an open Challenge that others can join, or simply as a great excuse to get family and friends together to enjoy an afternoon beside the sea.

It is as easy as choosing a date in October, a location on the Path and the number of miles – then register your Challenge via the event website www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/challenge or by calling 01752 896237.

To register costs from £10 per person and you’ll receive a fundraising pack and a Challenge 2016 t-shirt. All you need to do is to raise sponsorship for your Challenge to contribute towards Path improvements and repairs. Without this funding the Association would not be able to such great work to protect the Path for future generations.

What will your challenge be?

For more information about the South West Coast Path Association visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk 

Register today at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge 

Published on: July 29, 2016