The National Trust takes up the South West Coast Path Challenge

There’s just three weeks to go until the South West Coast Path Challenge kicks off and with over 5,000 miles pledged so far, the target, to surpass 10,000 miles walked on the Coast Path in one month, is well in sight.

This annual fundraising event is a charity partnership between the South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust, with a whole host of events in which people can join. The aim of the Challenge is to try to clock up as many miles as possible throughout the month of October and smash the record set last year of just over 9,000 miles.

The National Trust owns a third of the coast path and it costs approximately £1,000 to maintain just one mile of it, plus an additional £2,000 for the Trust to take care of the land the surrounds it.

Funding for the trail has been in sharp decline for the past five years and it’s this motivating factor, to help plug the funding gap, that has inspired many of its rangers and National Trust staff to step up to the Challenge and organise their own events on the land that they care for on a daily basis.

You can join them on Friday 7th October for the Cornwall’s Tin Mining Heritage Coast walk, a 2-mile walk from St Agnes Beacon to Chapel Porth, looking at the folklore, coastal history and wildlife of this beautiful stretch of coastline.

This is followed by a Poldark inspired walk on Thursday 13th October at Botallack, taking you through Kenidjack and back through inland paths, passing a site where Winston Graham took his inspiration and the BBC television series was filmed. A hot pasty will be waiting for you at the end.

In South Devon, on the 14th October, there’s a magical evening torchlit walk along the coast path from Coleton Fishacre to Froward Point, experiencing the WWII gun battery and the tranquil gardens.

Belinda Smith, Coleton Fishacre Visitor Services Manager said:

“We are delighted to be able to take part in the South West Coast Path Challenge.  Our sponsored evening Torch lit walk will take you on a stunning walk along around Coleton and Froward Point on part of the South West Coast Path. With evening views of the sea and the rugged coastline you can help protect the coastline by clocking up the miles.”

In Dorset, there’s a cream tea walk at Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, on Saturday 22nd October.

Sarah Kennedy, Outdoor Experience Ranger at the Golden Cap estate said:

“On a clear day you can see from Portland Bill to Start Point from the top of Golden Cap, with glorious views over the sea and surrounding coastline. It’s well worth the walk and the reward of a cream tea at the end of it, will be well deserved.”

And finally, to round off the month-long series of National Trust events, trail runners can take part in the Head to Head Trail Run on Sunday 30th October.

Emma Reece, National Trust Ranger for the South Devon Coast and Countryside said:

“We are delighted to be offering the Head To Head event as part of the Challenge month. The route will be a fun and challenging 18km mainly off road route through National Trust land, taking in the fantastic coastal scenery around Bolt Head to Bolt Tail. It will be a great opportunity for people to challenge themselves and enjoy this coastline in a different way.’

There are two 10-mile walks at the beginning and end of the Coast Path and other events being organised throughout the month. For full listing and further information visit 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: Sept. 6, 2016