South West Coast Path Challenge
The South West Coast Path Challenge is back to turn trail-blazers into fundraisers! This October we are challenging people of the Path to join us in our most ambitious Challenge yet: raising £40,000 on its 40th Birthday. 40 for 40, our £40,000 campaign is running throughout the Summer, building up to the big finale, the October Challenge in partnership with the National Trust, when, with your help we hope to cross that all-important £40,000 finish line.
New to the Challenge and want to know what its all about?
In October every year, we challenge our supporters to show some love for the Path. We try to get as many people out on the Path as possible during the month, giving back whatever they can to the trail they love. This year, that means helping us raise £40,000 – a seriously tough challenge. You can come along to one of our exciting walking or running events throughout October or head to the Path yourself and get inspired to donate or fundraise for the future of the Path.
Why should you get involved?
Where would YOU walk if the Coast Path didn’t exist? 9 million people every year use the South West Coast Path to experience nature and adventure as well as support their mental and physical well-being, but most don’t realise the hard work that goes into keeping the coastline accessible.
The Association and the National Trust together secure the way to the sea and hidden beaches, educate explorers of all ages and backgrounds on how to get the most from the Path, provide a safe corridor where local plants and wildlife can flourish, and ultimately ensure that exploring wild, beautiful coastal landscapes is free and easy for everyone.
BUT due to ever increasing pressure on budgets, as a charity and champion for the National Trail, we must raise ever more for the Path. Add to that increasingly extreme weather battering the coast, brought about by climate change; erosion caused by the growing number of feet on the Path; the finite lifespan of essential infrastructure like bridges, way-markers and steps, and you can see why it costs £1000 per mile per year, just to keep the 630-mile trail open.
We want to everyone to be able to reap the benefits of the Path, now, in another 40 years and forever. By getting together with Path-loving friends for the Challenge, to have fun and fundraise or donate whatever you are able, you help make this achievable. Thank you!
50% to the Association, 50% to the National Trust
The South West Coast Path Challenge is organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust to inspire people to support the Path. Our two charities collaborate closely - The National Trust owns a quarter of the land that the Coast Path travels through, and the Association raises funds for improvement and access projects on it. Together, we are working to protect and enhance the South West Coast Path, so that current and future generations can benefit from this beautiful coastal landscape. 50% of the money donated and fundraised through the Challenge goes to the National Trust Coast Path projects.
“Working with the Association has been a massive support for the work we do at the National Trust to keep the Coast Path alive and accessible. Their dedication to this National Trail has resulted in a number of successful projects together, such upgrading the Path at Bolberry Down to enable those with restricted mobility to enjoy this section of coast and the amazing views” Rich Snow, National Trust Countryside Manager
Find out more and register for the challenge on ou website...