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1,000 steps closer to fundraising target

Following our public plea, donations have been flooding in to help raise funds to improve the world-famous walk. As part of the ‘40 FOR 40’ campaign to celebrate 40 years since the National Trail opened, we called for help to reach the first £10,000 by the end of June to help pay for new wooden steps that would make the deep valley descents and steep hill climbs easier for walkers.

Maintaining and replacing key infrastructure like steps enables coastal access for all and importantly they reduce erosion across some of the most protected landscapes in the UK.

Julian Gray, Director of the South West Coast Path Association said, “We’re so pleased to have reached this significant marker on our bid towards raising £40,000. It’s a clear indication of just how important our green spaces and coastal access are to the people of the South West.

There are nearly 20,000 timber steps in place along the Path to help walkers access some of the UK’s most unique countryside, but these only last for 15-20 years meaning over 1,000 steps need replacing every year. This money will go towards new steps in areas that need it most so thank you to everyone who donated so far to help make this happen.”

The Association has agreement from land owners and local authorities around the Path to install the steps at cost price making the £10,000 raised go even further.  Including labour, it costs £25 to replace each step, but making a donation of just £10 will allow the Association to buy the materials for each step and work with teams on the ground to donate the time and skills needed to install them. The appeal is still open to anyone wishing to contribute, as any funds received over the target amount could go towards replacing steps needed across the autumn and winter months too.

Elizabeth Joyce, who generously donated to the appeal said, “New steps mean more people can walk the Path with ease, rather than slipping along muddy tracks. It is always a delight to walk the Path, meet fellow walkers and enjoy the views.”

We are now urging people to help us raise the remaining £30,000 that will take us to our target of £40,000. A number of individuals, organisations and businesses have already been in touch to tell us about fundraising activities they have planned this summer including charity bakes sales, sponsored dog walks, coastal marathons and an attempt at breaking the record for the number of beaches visited in one day to name but a few. We will be doing our part by organising a number of fundraising activities through the month of October as part of their annual Challenge month so get involved and join the FUN! https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge/

Published on: July 2, 2018