School's Out for summer - take on the challenge!

Calling all teachers, pupils and parents, get your walking legs prepared during the big 6-week break, in readiness for the third annual South West Coast Path Challenge taking place in October.

You can register to take part in one of the organised events in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, or take on your own challenge and aim to walk anywhere from 1-mile to all 630miles of the Coast Path by the end of the autumn term. Share the distance by doing it in a relay between school houses or go head to head with a team from another school.

This charity Challenge is a partnership between the South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust, with the aim to encourage donations and raise funds to help look after one of the region’s best attractions, the South West Coast Path National Trail.

Last year, the youngest participant, Alfie Holmwood, was just 8 years old when he took part in the Minehead 10-mile challenge walk and kept up the group morale when the going got tough. The walk from Minehead to Porlock Weir takes place again this year on Saturday 7th October.

Charlie Pearson, 12, took part in the Challenge in 2015 when he walked 11 miles for his 11th birthday along Plymouth’s waterfront.

He said: “I thought it would be a good thing to do as I like to have a goal and to help charities and I love the coast.”

This year, he’ll be joined by his brother Ted Pearson, 10, as they take on another stretch of coast near their home in south Devon.

It costs £10 per person to register and this fund goes into improving the coast path for future generations. A discounted registration for schools and youth groups is available for 10 people at just £50, to receive 10 Challenge t-shirt and registration packs.

To register your school or group, it couldn’t be simpler. Choose a date in October, a location on the Coast Path to walk from and the distance you will cover and go to or call 01752 896237.

Pictured from left to right: Ted Pearson, 10 and Charlie Pearson, 12, who are taking on the Challenge.

Published on: July 20, 2017