Calling all Coast Path Heroes

We're calling on all our Coast Path heroes to join The 2.6 Challenge from Sunday 26 April 2020

The South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA) like so many charities in the UK, has been hugely impacted by the cancellation of numerous fundraising activities and events as well as the significant loss of other vital funding due to COVID-19. In response, the organisers of the biggest mass participation sports events across the country have come together to create a new campaign to raise vital funds to help our fundraising and save the UK’s charities.

The campaign, The 2.6 Challenge, will launch on Sunday 26 April 2020 – what should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event, which raised £66.4 million for charities in 2019. The challenge will last for a week.

From Sunday 26 April 2020, you can walk or run 2.6 miles as part of your daily exercise or come up with your own home-based challenge inspired by 2.6 or 26. Whether it's £2.60 or £26, it will all go towards helping our beloved National Trail survive this period of catastrophic funding loss – so that we can all get back to enjoying our unique coastal landscape once lockdown is lifted. You can find more information and idea at the South West Coast Path 2.6 Challenge page: The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.

As a charity, we are anticipating at least £100k shortfall in funding this year due to the effects of COVID-19 and the lock down. Aside from fundraising events and activities that now can’t take place, the tourism industry, on which we are so reliant for both funding and delivering the South West Coast Path experience has been entirely shut down. Coast Path Friendly events and tours that were due to take place making a £1 per participant contribution back to the Trail have been cancelled or postponed, and valued partners on the ground, including the National Trust, have furloughed 80% of their team, putting many of the Association’s key programmes under threat. 

Our Director, Julian Gray said, “It’s fantastic to see this nationwide effort to save charities in the UK. The current lock down has highlighted the importance of access to green space and the wider countryside for our health and mental wellbeing.

“It was an incredibly challenging start to the year for us, with five named storms and the wettest February on record causing considerable damage to the South West Coast Path. To add to this, we’re now facing a potential income loss of over £100k this year, so we certainly have challenging times ahead. So too does the south west tourism industry, who we work so closely with. Whether you do something at home, in your local area or get to the Path itself, we’re calling on all lovers of the Coast Path to take The 2.6 Challenge and do what they can to help us and other charities weather this storm.”

The UK’s longest National Trail has never needed its supporters more, so please consider taking on The 2.6 Challenge to help ensure that the charity that has looked after the South West Coast Path for almost 50 years, will be there to do so for many years to come. For more information and ideas about how to make the 2.6 Challenge work for you visit or visit

Published on: April 21, 2020