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Poldark and pasties are features of Coast Path Challenge events in Cornwall

The South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust, their charity partner, have created a 2016 Challenge event, covering the whole month of October. They are looking for people to collectively stomp over 10,000 miles to raise thousands of pounds in sponsorship - so far over 3,500 miles have been pledged by 260 walkers!

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 pledged this autumn will really count. 

In our leisure time, many of us are drawn to the South West Coast Path, to gaze across open sea views, take some exercise and recharge the batteries. What we might not consider is the amount of funding that is required to make sure this incredible resource stays open and accessible to all.  

All around the coast, with the summer season in full swing, a number of different people are planning ways to help fundraise for this Challenge event in Cornwall to protect and maintain the Path.  

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, is passionate about the South West Coast Path. For this Challenge event he has pledged to walk just under 30 ‘Malcolm’s Miles’ in three days from 5th to 7th October. This will take him all the way from Rame Head, a few miles from Plymouth as the crow flies, through Looe and onto Fowey. With his team, they will be stopping off at key locations overnight and hoping to meet tourism businesses based along the route. 

Malcolm says: “I’m taking on this challenge to showcase the wonderful places that people can experience as they walk along the Coast Path. Whether you live locally, are visiting on holiday or run a business nearby, we all need to protect and maintain this unique route. Join me to support the South West Coast Path by raising funds to ensure that we can conserve it for future generations to enjoy.” 

On 13th October, the National Trust, invites you to visit the home of Poldark on the far west coast of Cornwall and walk the Coast Path from Botallack through Kenidjack and back along inland paths. Pass through a site where Winston Graham took his inspiration and the BBC television series was filmed.

On this two mile walk, starting from The Count House at 3.45pm for a 4.00pm start, see National Trust staff dressed up in period costume and don your own best fancy dress to become Poldark himself, or Demelza, if you fancy it! They will have a hot pasty waiting for you at the end. After registering for this event you can order one when you receive your joining instructions. 

Also stepping up to support the Challenge this year are Alex Polizzi, TV’s Hotel Inspector, and her mother Olga who runs the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. They will walk a 10-mile stretch of the Roseland peninsula on October 10th.   

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

It will be led by Steve Crummay of Explore in Cornwall who will be pointing out the wildlife and other features of interest.  The route takes in a ferry crossing and then follows the South West Coast Path around St. Anthony Head, Porthmellin Head and Killigerran Head to Gerrans, before returning back to Place via a short inland track to the Percuil River and along the creek side paths though woodland to the ferry landing site. Registration for Alex's event includes fundraising a minimum amount of £100 in sponsorship.  

Join an organised event like those above or create your own Challenge of any distance on the Path. 

It is as easy as choosing a date in October, a location on the Path and the number of miles – register your Challenge here at:

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/challenge or call 01752 896237. Registration costs from £10 per person and you’ll receive a fundraising pack and a Challenge 2016 t-shirt.  

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Published on: Aug. 10, 2016