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One man and his mum embark on a charity challenge of a lifetime


A charity walk unlike any other is soon to take place as Steve Ridd (46) and his mum Pauline (68) 
prepare to embark on an epic walk covering all 300 miles of the South West Coast Path in Cornwall and to document their experience in a truly unique fashion.

They are doing it to help raise funds for the ground beneath their feet and that is the Coast Path itself. In doing so, they will also raise awareness of the work that goes into taking care of this national treasure by writing a daily blog and setting a fun quiz on twitter to encourage people to join them on their journey and enjoy it.

They will set off on October 15th and plan to complete the distance in just over two weeks. It’s a challenge that will certainly provide plenty of interest for those taking part, not just for the highs and lows that skirting the peninsula naturally entails, but for the entertainment value as well. As the founder of Cornwall based company Treasure Trails, he’s used to setting clues to add an element of fun and local interest to a walking route.

Each day Steve will set a photographic clue to a particular location on that day’s walk. Those that have answered any one clue correctly over the two week period, will be entered into a prize draw to win family membership to the National Trust. The more times you enter the more chance you have of winning.

The majority of funds raised (75%) will be put towards specific improvement projects on the Coast Path, which will take place this Autumn so long as they reach their target. The National Trust will carry out the work between Polruan and Looe, which is over and above the basic funding that is provided for National Trails. This is made up of contributions by Natural England (two thirds of the overall budget), the Highways Authorities and The National Trust, which owns over a third of the Coast Path in Cornwall.

The money raised will provide a significant boost to a well used stretch of coast and help protect a valuable asset that attracts millions of people to the region each year. The South West Coast Path contributes more than £300m to the local economy, yet funding to help maintain it has shrunk.

Lizzie Wallis from the South West Coast Path Association said:

“We are very grateful to Steve and Pauline Ridd for choosing us as one of their charities and we wish them all the best on their walk – we’re sure they’ll enjoy their expedition.”

A further 25% of funds raised will be put towards Pauline's own charity, the Polperro Memory Cafe, of which she is both a founder and volunteer.

Walking and spending time by the coast are well known to be beneficial to our health - both physical and mental - and while Steve and Pauline do the hard physical work, we can join them on their journey and enjoy the mental stimulation by following Steve on Twitter @onemanandhismum and reading the daily blog http://onemanandhismum.wordpress.com/

To sponsor Steve and Pauline go to their Charity Giving page - http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/pathandcaf.

The plan is as follows:

•           Mon 15th Oct Morwenstow to Boscastle 21 miles

•           Tue 16th Oct Boscastle to Port Isaac 13 miles

•           Wed 17th Oct Port Isaac to Trevone 16 miles

•           Thu 18th Oct Trevone to Newquay 19 miles

•           Fri 19th Oct Newquay to St Agnes 15 miles

•           Sat 20th Oct St Agnes to Hayle 21 miles

•           Sun 21st Oct Hayle to Pendeen Watch 20 miles

•           Mon 22nd Oct Pendeen Watch to Porthcurno 16 miles

•           Tue 23rd Oct Porthcurno to Penzance 11 miles

•           Wed 24th Oct Penzance to Porthleven 14 miles

•           Thu 25th Oct Porthleven to The Lizard 13 miles

•           Fri 26th Oct The Lizard to Porthallow 15 miles

•           Sat 27th Oct Porthallow to Falmouth 18 miles

•           Sun 28th Oct Falmouth to Port Loe 13 miles

•           Mon 29th Oct Port Loe to Charlestown 23 miles

•           Tue 30th Oct Charlestown to Polperro 19 miles

•           Wed 31st Oct Polperro to Cremyll 16 miles

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Published on: Oct. 5, 2012