Starter for 10

It’s a big year for the South West Coast Path, with an ap­peal un­der­way to raise £40,000 for its up­keep. So how about tak­ing part in a fundrais­ing walk this month?

Somerset Life - - COAST PATH CHALLENGE -

In Oc­to­ber every year, the South West Coast Path As­so­ci­a­tion and Na­tional Trust chal­lenge their sup­port­ers to ‘show some love’ for the path. The aim is to get as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble walk­ing sec­tions and rais­ing some funds at the same time. This year, on the path’s 40th an­niver­sary, it means help­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion raise £40,000 – a se­ri­ously tough chal­lenge. Peo­ple can choose to join one of many hosted events through­out Oc­to­ber or head out on their own to raise funds for the fu­ture of the path.

If you’ve al­ways wanted to walk the coast path, but have never known where to start, you could join a walk which cov­ers the iconic first 10 miles of the trail, with mem­bers of the South West Coast Path As­so­ci­a­tion lead­ing the way.

Leave the pave­ments of Mine­head be­hind as you set off on the first sec­tion of the 630-mile na­tional trail. The route takes you across the Hol­ni­cote es­tate, through wood­land, along steep clifftops, farm tracks and up and down beau­ti­ful wooded combes with bracken, gorse and bub­bling streams - land­scapes that in­spired the fa­mous ro­man­tic po­ets, Wordsworth and Co­leridge.

Exmoor boasts the high­est coast­line in Eng­land with cliffs ris­ing to 250m, so you’ll find some steep climbs and de­scents in this sec­tion. The route will fol­low the more in­land path on the moor and en­joy the spec­tac­u­lar views from Sel­wor­thy Bea­con and across the Boss­ing­ton coast­line.

There’s a lot to look out for, as the Exmoor coast pro­vides a rich habi­tat for many beau­ti­ful and rare species of flora and fauna, in­clud­ing the black­neck moth, red deer, stag bee­tles and white­beam trees.

The walk is on 13 Oc­to­ber and tick­ets cost £10 adults/£2 chil­dren, which will go to­wards the £40,000 fundrais­ing tar­get. A coach trans­fer from Por­lock to the start point in Mine­head is in­cluded in the ticket price. This event was a sell-out last year, so book early at south­west­coast­path. org.uk/events/chal­lenge

BE­LOW: Par­tic­i­pants in the 2017 coast path chal­lenge

ABOVE:Au­tumn colour on North Hill

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