630 miles of MAGIC
Time to sign up for the perfect walking challenge on the South West Coast Path…
AT 630 MAGNIFICENT miles, the South West Coast Path is hailed as Britain’s ultimate long-distance path. And this October, you can take part in an event that helps to keep it looking fabulous.
The annual South West Coast Path Challenge features a whole range of options for walking a section of the path (or more than one) during the month of October – with friends and family, on a group walk, or just by yourself. All abilities are welcome; you can walk as much or as little of the trail as you like. (It could be especially useful for # walk1000milers, of course…)
There are two ten-mile challenge walks, plus dozens of other walks taking place all along the trail. And if you just happen to be walking the trail in October anyway, you can register your own mileage as part of the challenge.
The event is organised each year by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust, and money raised from the challenge helps to protect the coastline for future generations to enjoy.
Coast Path completer Christine Hammond walked this stretch last year, adding the challenge to her own epic achievement as she crossed the line.
“Although I have done the Studland walk many times, I made it my ceremonial finish to walk the last twomile stretch from Knoll Beach café to South Haven Point along with family and friends before I turned 71,” she said.
“I’ve enjoyed every mile of the South West Coast Path, even those that hurt a bit. I’ve walked with family, friends, strangers and dogs, in sunshine, rain, wind and thick mist.”
Just before the ferry to Sandbanks in Poole, the distinctive steel sculpture marks the end of the route and also the end of the South West Coast Path.
I’ve enjoyed every mile of the South West Coast Path, even those that hurt a bit. I’ve walked it with family, friends, strangers and dogs.”