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South West Coast Path Challenge kicks off on Exmoor

A group of around 50 people took part in a charity stomp on Saturday, walking the first 10 miles of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Porlock on Exmoor, as part of a month-long series of events to raise funds to help protect this National Trail.

Walkers set off from the start marker in Minehead before taking in the rugged moorland countryside and the highest coastline in England. In between rain clouds, they were rewarded for their efforts with some fantastic views out to sea and inland towards Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.

The youngest walker, Alfie Holmwood, aged 8, who was walking with his mum Nicola, kept up the group morale when the going got tough. Nicola said:

“It was a great event, we both really enjoyed ourselves.”

They were putting their best foot forward for the South West Coast Path Challenge, which takes place throughout October in an attempt to get as many people out on the path as possible, to help clock up more miles than last year and to raise money.

Keith Bailey walked with his wife Wendy and two friends. He said:

“The Minehead Challenge is part of my own South West Coast Path journey, which I started at the other end, walking from South Haven Point in Dorset, so our future walks will now fill in the gaps in between.”

“Fundraising to enable the volunteers and teams to continue their amazing work is essential - particularly as government and local authority budgets come under increasing strain. I and my fellow team members are pleased to be contributing, albeit in a small way, to the continued funding needs, whilst enjoying a great day together on the Somerset coastline.”

Organised by the South West Coast Path Association in
partnership with the National Trust, registered participants are invited to set their own challenge or take part in one of the organised walks taking place throughout October.

The next 10-mile challenge is a walk with Alex Polizzi on the Roseland on Monday 10th October, followed by the last leg of the Coast Path from Durlston to South Haven Point at the end of the month on Saturday 29th October. A series of short circular walks and two challenging trail runs are also taking place. Full listing and registrations for events 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.  

Published on: Oct. 3, 2016