HEAD TO CORNWALL'S COAST FOR THE GREAT SOUTH WEST WALK

PUBLISHED: 13:02 17 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:16 30 August 2017

Bedruthan Steps. Photographer Jaap Gaasenbeek

Bedruthan Steps. Photographer Jaap Gaasenbeek

Walkers are digging out their boots for the South West Coast Path Association's 2014 charity event, the Great South West Walks

Walkers are digging out their boots this week with the start of the South West Coast Path Association's 2014 charity event, the Great South West Walks, which starts this week (20 September).

Taking place between 20 and 28 September, there are 100 circular walks covering all levels of difficulty and length, with many including themes - each led by an expert guide and running across Dorset, Devon, Somerset as well as Cornwall.

There are shorter easier walks for younger families and longer more adventurous walks for families who regularly walk together, as well as longer distance walks over tough terrain for the more experienced.

The last three years have seen some of the worst winter storms and summer rainfall in the South West for a generation - and with a 30 per cent cut in the funding for maintaining the path, those who carry out this work are struggling to maintain its condition.

To help address this decline in support, the event's aim is to raise vital funds for the South West Coast Path Association in order to improve the Coast Path, alongside Children's Hospice South West to support children with life limiting illnesses.

'It is fantastic that so many are confirming how important it is that the Coast Path is maintained for future generations.' says Ken Carter, Chair of the Great South West Walks 2014. 'We are looking forward to welcoming those who are supporting our charity and Children's Hospice South West on these walks. Do join us if you haven't already signed up! By supporting the South West Coast Path Association, through the Great South West Walks, people are helping us to improve the path and keep the way open to beautiful coastal places.'

greatsouthwestwalks.co.uk

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