South West Coast Path takes star turn on TV screens nationwide

A 5-part series about the South West Coast Path is to be broadcast nationwide from next Friday 18th November, with a primetime slot on BBC2 at 8.30pm.

In this new series titled ‘Coastal Path’, explorer Paul Rose tells the story of the South West Coast Path, which at 630 miles, is England’s Longest National Trail and one of the world’s best loved walks. It’s also considered to be one of the biggest challenges yet for Paul Rose whose adventures have taken him all over the world.

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Walking into the record books for the last leg of the challenge

christine-hammond-70The last leg of the South West Coast Path Challenge comes to the Dorset coast on Saturday 29th October, along the final stretch of the South West Coast Path national trail.

More than 12,000 miles have been pledged by people walking or running the coast path so far this month, smashing the record set last year of 10,000 miles clocked up during the inaugural event.

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Stepping up to the South West Coast Path Challenge 2016

Following the inaugural South West Coast Path Challenge in 2015, the next great stomp for charity kicks off on Saturday for a month-long series of events to raise funds to help protect this National Trail.

Organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust, registered participants are invited to set their own challenge or take part in one of the organised walks taking place throughout October.

Beginning with a 10-mile walk from Minehead to Porlock on Saturday, around 70 people are taking part, completing the first leg of the 630-mile route that provides continuous coastal access around the entire south west peninsula. Continue reading…

Coast Path Challenge draws to a close as final walk gets going in Swanage

Old Harry Rocks at Sunrise. Photographer: Becky Stares

Old Harry Rocks at Sunrise. Photographer: Becky Stares

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every mile counts!

On Saturday 31st October, the last of the 10 mile Challenge walks kicks off on the beautiful Dorset coast – the official end of the South West Coast Path.

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Discover Britain’s Ocean City from the water’s edge

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth. Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Great city with great history. The city of Plymouth.
Photographer Eleonora Pavlovska, Latvia.

Join the 10 mile Challenge walk in Plymouth on Saturday 24th October and experience more than 400 years of maritime history while helping to raise funds for its future.
The walk sets out from Admiral’s Hard and continues along the waterfront to reveal a wealth of historic features from a restored naval base at Royal William Yard to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail.

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Take part in tomorrow’s Coast Path Challenge on the Lizard

Kynance Cove, Cornwall.  Photographer: Chris Parker.

Kynance Cove, Cornwall. Photographer: Chris Parker.

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every miles counts!

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Challenge630 gets going to raise vital funds for Path

launch day pic 1Staff from the South West Coast Path Association and the National Trust have joined forces on the South Devon coastline to celebrate the launch of the Coast Path’s Walking Challenge.

The event, backed by TV adventurer Monty Halls aims to get as many people as possible walking along the coast path during October. It could be one mile or the entire 630 mile route in a bid to set the record for the number of times people can collectively walk or run the equivalent distance to the length of the Path in one month.

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Coast Path Challenge gets underway on the Exmoor coast from Minehead to Porlock Weir

Autumn on North Hill by Bob Small

Autumn on North Hill by Bob Small

The South West Coast Path Challenge in October 2015 is a new fundraising event, which aims to set a new record for the number of times people can walk or run the Coast Path in one month. Participants can create their own challenge or join one of four organised 10 mile challenge walks – every miles counts!

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Bantham beach: creating memories that last a lifetime

Writer and author Melissa Harrison explains why Bantham means so much to her and why she is backing the National Trust appeal to raise money to buy Bantham beach and Avon estuary.

Melissa Harrison with her sister and Mum on Bantham beach

Melissa Harrison with her sister and Mum on Bantham beach

“Going to Bantham Beach was one of the things I looked forward to most as a child. Every year, without fail, we would spend at least a day of our Devon holiday there, sometimes more: we would erect our lurid, 70s-style windbreak and establish a territory using sandcastles, inflate the dinghy, demolish our home-made sandwiches and then ritually bury Mum in the sand.

I loved exploring the dunes and swimming in the sea, but best of all I loved rockpooling: it seemed like magic that so many creatures could all live in one beautiful little world, and I’m sure I owe at least part of my adult love of nature to those idyllic days.

The thought that all the fun I had could be lost for future children seems heartbreaking, and I really hope that the National Trust are able to buy Bantham and preserve it for the nation.”

Melissa Harrison is the author of Clay; her new novel, At Hawthorn Time, will be published by Bloomsbury in April 2014