Cornwall Life - - WALK -

If you thought au­tumn was the time to put away your walk­ing boots, think again!

This month the South West Coast Path As­so­ci­a­tion is gear­ing up for a whole month of ex­cit­ing events to get you out on the path rais­ing money to pro­tect one of our best loved Na­tional Trails.

Now in its fourth year run­ning, the

South West Coast Path Chal­lenge is a month-long cel­e­bra­tion of the re­gion’s coast­line brought to you by the South West Coast Path As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Trust. This year, all money raised will count to­wards the as­so­ci­a­tion’s #40FOR40 ap­peal that aims to raise £40,0000 by the end of Oc­to­ber to mark the 40th an­niver­sary of the coast path.

It costs at least £1,000 to main­tain just one mile of coast path, plus an ad­di­tional £2,000 for the Na­tional Trust to take care of the land that sur­rounds it. Over the past five years, there has been a 30 per cent cut in the core bud­get to main­tain the trail, mak­ing the work of the as­so­ci­a­tion even more im­por­tant to lobby for im­prove­ments and raise funds to keep the path open.

From flam­ing torch­lit night-hikes and fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory walks, to trail run­ning chal­lenges and coastal for­ag­ing, there is some­thing to in­spire ev­ery­one to give back to the path this Oc­to­ber! You can also choose to or­gan­ise your own walk, event or per­sonal chal­lenge sim­ply by regis­ter­ing on the char­ity’s web­site where you can also download a handy fundrais­ing pack.

To sign up for an event head to south­west­coast­­lenge. Events start from as lit­tle as £6 per adult with many free for chil­dren to at­tend. You can also choose to do­nate, fundraise or buy a dis­counted of­fi­cial South West Coast Path t-shirt to help the as­so­ci­a­tion reach its tar­get.

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