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?
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