We’re asking walkers to participate in the South West Coast Path Challenge next month (October 2018) to help support and raise money for the trail.
The South West Coast Path is on our village’s doorstep and is a big attraction in the area. Nine million people every year use the path to experience nature and adventure, as well as to enhance their mental and physical well-being.
It is Britain’s longest national trail for walkers, and runners, and the path can be joined from any beach anywhere in the South West including our Blue Flag beach here on our doorstep in Westward Ho! There are stretches that are perfect for all ages and abilities.
The path, which takes in some superb coastline, is 630 miles long in total and the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational. You can join the path with ease from our site and do as little or as much of it as you wish during your stay.
In October, the National Trust and the South West Coast Path Association is asking people to show some love for the path. The goal is to get as many people out on to the trail as possible during the month and we’re supporting the initiative.
Keeping the coastline accessible requires continual work for both organisations and this year they would like to raise £40,000 in honour of the path’s 40th birthday. They are hosting walking or running events throughout October and are also inviting people to head to the path themselves. Anyone who uses the path during October is being invited to donate or fundraise for its future, so that current and future generations can benefit from this beautiful coastal landscape.
Events taking place along the path in October include night-hikes and history and nature walks, as well as trail running challenges and foraging strolls. Further details can be found at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge/.
The South West Coast Path Association works to secure a means of reaching the sea and hidden beaches. It educates explorers of all ages and backgrounds on how to get the most from the path, while also providing a safe corridor where plants and wildlife can flourish, ultimately ensuring exploring wild, beautiful coastal landscapes is free and easy for all.
But, due to ever increasing pressure on budgets, additional funds need to be raised to protect the path. Add to that increasingly extreme weather battering the coast, brought about by climate change, erosion issues, the finite lifespan of essential infrastructure like bridges, way-markers and steps, and you can see why it costs £1,000 per mile per year, just to keep the 630-mile trail open.
As well as the organised events planned in October, the South West Coast Path Association and National Trust hope people will raise £40 each from sponsored walks or just with individual donation, a pound for each year the path has been in existence.