ADVENTURE AWAITS ALONG THE SOUTH WEST COAST PATH

PUBLISHED: 10:13 08 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:02 30 August 2017

The South West Coast Path Challenge aims to set a world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month.

If you’ve harboured thoughts of stepping out on the Coast Path to tackle that scenic stretch you’ve always wanted to experience, then now’s the time to put that plan into action.

The South West Coast Path Challenge is a new fundraising event taking place throughout October 2015, which aims to get people to walk or run anywhere from one mile to 100 miles or more, in a bid to set a world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month.

It can be any type of challenge, whether it’s someone’s first Coast Path walk with family and friends, or a hike to the most southerly, westerly or highest points on the Path, every mile counts.

TV adventurer Monty Halls has got behind the Challenge concept and accepted the honour of becoming patron of the South West Coast Path Association, because, he says, Some of my happiest memories have been out running or walking the South West Coast Path, which snakes right past my house in Dartmouth.

As part of the South West Coast Path Challenge month, I’ll be taking in the entire South Devon coast from Plymouth to Dartmouth in some shape or form. Weather permitting, I’d like to sea kayak there from Totnes and run back, which is about a 100-mile loop in total.

The Coast Path for me is my salvation. The quiet bays and coves offer a real haven and it’s a great way to get into nature.

It’s one of the most magical trails in Europe, certainly in terms of its wildlife and terrain.’

This event will help raise much needed funds for the Coast Path, which costs at least £1,000 per mile each year just to keep it open and accessible to the public.

The National Trust owns 185 miles of the South West Coast Path, almost a third of the entire trail. It costs the National Trust an additional £2000 per mile to care for the coastal strip that surrounds the Coast Path and maintain the stunning coastal scenery enjoyed by millions of visitors to its coastal properties every year.

The South West Coast Path Association is leading on the Challenge event in partnership with the National Trust as part of this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the Neptune Coastline Campaign. Together, the Association and National Trust’s coastal properties in the South West challenge you to take part in October to raise funds for improvements and repairs to our beautiful Coast Path.

What will yourchallenge be?

Create your own challenge of 1 mile, 5 miles or 100 miles - every mile counts! Or join one of four organised 10-mile challenge events including:

Minehead to Porlock Weir

Saturday 3 October

The official start of the South West Coast Path sets off from the seaside town of Minehead before taking in the wild and rugged Exmoor scenery along the highest coastline in England.

Gunwalloe to Lizard Point

Saturday 10 October

This walk along the Lizard peninsula takes in the world famous Kynance Cove before reaching the most southerly point of the UK, a renowned breeding ground the Cornish Chough.

Admiral’s Hard to Mount Batten Centre Saturday 24 October

Britain’s Ocean City reveals a wealth of historic maritime heritage from a restored naval base at Royal William Yard to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.

Durlston Country Park and Castle to South Haven Point, Saturday 31 October

Take a walk through time along this iconic stretch of the Jurassic coast World Heritage Site, taking in Old Harry’s Rocks before reaching the official finish point of the South West Coast Path at South Haven Point.

All of the organised walking routes include parking at the finish and transportation to the start of the walk.

Register to take part at southwestcoastpath.org.uk/swcp-challenge and share your challenge on social networks using #Challenge630

5 top challenges on the Coast Path in Cornwall

The Cornwall coast – take in all 300 miles of the Cornish coastline in two weeks from the Atlantic north coast of Bude to the softer South coast leading towards Plymouth.

St Ives to Penzance – 44 miles in 5 days - the classic Cornwall coastline is revealed in this walk around the Penwith peninsula, taking in Poldark country along the Granite coast.

Falmouth’s fortifications – discover the trio of defences that kept our enemies at bay with three short circular walks taking in Pendennis Castle (4miles), St. Anthony’s Head (5 miles) and St Mawes Castle to St Just in Roseland (5 miles).

England’s most westerly point – take a simple stroll from Sennen to Land’s End on a 3-mile circular walk.

England’s most southerly point – A 4-mile circular walk from Lizard village taking in Lizard Point and Lighthouse.

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