Commemorative Mile Maker

Are you looking for a special way to remember a loved one, celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, or find a thoughtful wedding gift for someone passionate about the Coast Path? Giving the gift of ‘Mile Maker’ status is a unique way to make a difference for the South West Coast Path and comes with a bespoke oak National Trail sign for the recipient’s home or garden, handmade by the local carpenter who crafts our iconic acorn way markers for the Path itself.

"My parents, Pam and Norman, loved the coast of north Cornwall. As children, my brothers and I shared many happy family holidays there with them, often based around Rock or Polzeath, filling our time sailing, swimming, surfing and walking. My parents’ favourite walk, regardless of the weather, was from Polzeath Beach up onto Pentire Head where they would pause to admire the glorious scenery and look out for seals and other wildlife. The Mile Makers gift made by my husband and I to the SWCPA, is, therefore, in memory of two very special people who took such pleasure from a very special part of the coastline."

 – Alison Dumper, memorial Mile Maker sign pictured in her garden

What is a Commemorative Mile Maker?

When you choose to celebrate or remember a special person as a Commemorative Mile Maker, you’ll be donating the average cost to ‘make’ one mile of the Trail per year (currently £1,400), in their name. 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.

Photo: Admiring Porthgwarra by James Fay

Why give Commemorative Mile Maker status?

A Commemorative Mile Maker becomes the virtual guardian of one precious mile of the Coast Path for a year, but your generosity reaches far beyond that. You and your giftee 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 – as we always say, Every Mile Matters.

Photo: Wheal Coates by Jessica Cooper-Dawkins

How to make your gift

Simply click here to donate now and select the £1,400 Mile Maker option. Once your gift has been processed one of our team will be in touch to collect your inscription requirements for the signpost. Thank you so much.

  Meet some of our Mile Makers:


"The Coast Path matters to me because my wife and I have walked all of it over several years through a difficult time in our lives (when we had very elderly, frail parents). We enjoyed many stretches, but the wild rugged places were the best!"  -  Mile Maker, Lee



“We are truly fortunate to have lived for about 10 years within 100 yards of one of the most attractive parts of the South West Coast Path. To have these fabulous stretches so locally during covid-times deserves some pay-back! I’m sure many others will soon be following in our footsteps, in the freshest air they will ever find, not to mention the most beautiful scenery.”  -  Anonymous Mile Maker



“I have walked this Path every day during lockdown, and every day I have been awed and delighted by the beauty of everything around me, this is why I wanted to become a Mile Maker. Thank you for making this possible.”  -  Mile Maker, Ruth



My wife Sarah and I have had 3 wonderful mini breaks in late 2020 exploring the coastline from Woolacombe to Rock....just stunning scenery, a sense of adventure, nice people and many different climates in a day including a brilliant double rainbow!  -  Mile Maker, Paul