630 miles of MAGIC

Time to sign up for the per­fect walk­ing chal­lenge on the South West Coast Path…

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News Special -

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.”

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