Become a Mile Maker
We are fortunate to have the support of a group of exceptionally generous donors who give, or have given, the amount it costs on average to ‘make’ one mile of the Trail per year - currently £1,400 - we call them our 'Mile Makers'. You can become a Mile Maker yourself by donating now, or read on to find out more about the scheme. The most important thing to know is that Mile Maker gifts have real impact - enabling us to carry out significant work on the ground, undertake outreach projects, be a voice for the National Trail corridor and provide vital information to walkers and runners.
What ‘makes’ a Coast Path mile?
From vegetation management and surfacing, surveying and monitoring, to steps and way-marking, a lot goes into making each of the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path every year. The increasing impact of climate change means that costs to care for the Path are rising and the access to the coast that we often take for granted, is under threat. We are asking Coast Path-lovers to help us tackle these challenges head on and make the National Trail as amazing it can be now and for future generations.
Why become a Mile Maker?
As a Mile Maker you become the guardian of one precious mile of the Coast Path for a year, but the impact of your generosity reaches far beyond that. You will be part of the huge collective effort by individuals, charities, local councils and the business community to ensure that our ever-more vulnerable National Trail remains a continuous, unbroken link to the unique coastal landscape which defines the South West. Remember that every mile has value – whether it supports the mental and physical wellbeing of local people, hosts an important wildlife habitat, enables a business idea, fires up the imagination of a creative soul or connects a coastal community with their neighbours - Every Mile Matters.
This is more than just a mile of dirt, we are talking about improving lives and the planet...
Did you know?
- The Coast Path saves the NHS £75million every year
- 79% people feel more positive after walking on the Coast Path
- 62% people feel inspired to be more active after walking on the Coast Path
- Over 70% of the Path is within a designated National Park or AONB
- The SWCP supports around 11,000 local jobs every year
As a Mile Maker you will receive a locally handmade, decorative National Trail oak sign inscribed with ‘South West Coast Path, Mile Maker 2020/2021’ - as pictured on the right hand side of this page. Simply donate now to become a Mile Maker and claim yours. Thank you so much, we are truly grateful for your support.