Member donates 50% book profits to this year’s Challenge month

Today marks the official start of Challenge month and for the next 31 days, people all over the South West will be adding their miles to our mileometer. We ask for just £10 registration fee to take part, which includes an official Challenge t-shirt and it’s then up to you if you’d like to fundraise on top of this. The money we raise through this event goes towards vital repairs and improvements to the Path to make sure you can continue to enjoy this unique asset.


One of our members who recently completed the entire 630 miles, was so inspired by the work we do to keep the Path at its best, contacted us with his own idea to raise funds this October. John Haughton, is author of the book ‘Follow the Acorn’ which is a detailed re-telling of his journey completing the South West Coast Path. He has kindly offered to donate 50% of any sales made during Challenge month to give back to the Path which has given him so much.

John was first inspired to walk the Path after visiting Cornwall with his partner and after seeing the many Coast Path signs pointing to other destinations, he was intrigued to find out more.

“When I had found out the whole story it became a very definite ambition to one day walk this extraordinary Path. Of course, that isn’t easy when you’ve got a full-time job, so it was put on my mental back burner until retirement, which was still a few years away. Not many employers will give you 8 weeks leave, unless of course they’re going to make you redundant. Fast forward 2 years and that is exactly what happened to me in March 2017 so I decided to use the time to set out on this amazing adventure.”

John added, “"Many thanks to The South West Coast Path Association. They are the charity whose aim is to protect and promote the Path and long may they continue to do such a fine job. Their official guidebook was never out of my sight or hands when walking and proved an invaluable resource."

If you would like to purchase a copy of John’s book this October, it will cost £6.99 for the Paperback edition or £2.99 for the Kindle edition – and 50% of your money will go straight back to the Path. 

Published on: Sept. 28, 2017