Raynor Winn writes foreword for Guide

Raynor Winn, best-selling author of The Salt Path has joined forces with the South West Coast Path Association to provide a special foreword for the 2020 edition of the charity’s popular guide to walking the National Trail.

The author, who undertook a life-changing walk along the 630 mile Path with her terminally ill husband after being made homeless, hopes her support will help to encourage more businesses who benefit from their location along the Path to sign up to feature in the guide as a way of giving back to the charity, which helps to protect, maintain and improve  the Coast Path as one of the region’s most important environmental and economic assets.

Raynor said, “It’s a wonderful way for businesses like hotels, B&Bs, pubs, food outlets, campsites and visitor attractions who benefit from their location on the Path to give back to this amazing natural asset and help us to keep it special for everyone to enjoy.” 

The Path is visited by over 9 million people every year and brings £500 million into the local economy.  It costs approximately £1,400 a mile to keep the Path in good shape, with the South West Coast Path Association helping to leverage funding from national partners and government, as well as funding its own improvements on the Trail. 

The Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path has been produced by the charity for over 30 years, providing hikers with detailed information about completing the Trail such as distances, ascent and descent, difficulty grading and timings. The guidebook also lists over 400 local businesses, who support the charity, which offer walkers places to stay, eat and drink or visit. The guidebook is offered as part of membership to the Association and is also sold through other outlets as a way of raising much needed funds for the Path.  

Julian Gray, Director of the South West Coast Path Association said, “It’s fantastic news that Raynor is supporting us in this way and we’d like to thank her for her help. Her support will certainly boost sales of the Guide helping to create more funds for us to protect and improve the Path.”

Published on: Nov. 28, 2019