To celebrate the South West Coast Path Association's 40th Anniversary the whole 630 mile long path is being walked as a series of 56 sponsored walks, each guided by a local expert.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the South West Coast Path Association and to recognise this sponsored walks are being organised along the entire 630miles of South West coastline. These will raise money to help fund maintenance and repairs to the paths, walls, steps and stiles that make up one of our biggest tourism draws. We are sponsoring five of the walks and you can find out more about that on our Press Release.
Simon Tregoning, our Chairman, had this to say about the day:
'There are not many places in the world that can boast 630 miles of continuous coast path. In France or Spain a fifteen kilometre stretch of footpath next to the coast is something the local tourist board boasts about and yet down here we can walk from Minehead in Somerset to South Haven Point in Dorset via Land’s End all on the same trail. I am lucky enough to live near the coast path in west Cornwall and think that is special but the stretch we walked from Port Isaac to Polzeath showed that, wherever you chose to start and finish your walk, you are in for a real treat.'
Shane Cornish, IT:
'What a fantastic day re-discovering a part of the coast path I haven’t explored for a very long time. Lovely group of people and a great reminder to me to get out there more often.
All in all a lovely day.'
Ed Manning, IT:
'We often take the South West Coast Path for granted. This winter I have seen different parts around the South West Coast Path being repaired and even diverted due to damage by cliff falls and flood damage. I think we always assume that there will be a path around the coast but it can’t stay open to the public if it is not looked after properly. Monday’s walk was really enjoyable. As well as the amazing scenery you could see where the National Trust have tried their hardest to battle against the harsh Cornish winter, replacing parts of the path and making sure that the steps are still usable. Without this level of care and attention we would not have such easy access for everyone to see and experience out spectacular coast.'
Adam Ludnow, On-line Marketing:
'Having grown up in Cornwall the coastal foot path has always been an important part of my life and I have taken it a bit for granted, so it felt good to be able to take part in this sponsored walk raising money to help maintain it, especially with the recent landslides effecting parts of the coastal path.'
There are a few more pictures (that were updated live as the team were walking) on our Facebook page:
All-in-all, a worthwhile effort, so if you would like to get out and about around the West Country, our Classic Guide has many a walk to get you started:
If you would like to help support the work the SWCPA are doing, maintaining the coast path for generations to come, you can donate on our sponsorship page: