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!
Tomorrow (Saturday 10 October) the second 10 mile Challenge of the month gets underway on the Lizard, the quintessential Cornish coastline. The walk starts at Gunwalloe with highlights along the way including Kynance Cove, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the picturesque harbour of Mullion Cove sheltering a small fishing fleet. It finishes at Lizard Point, the most southerly point of England. All participants will also receive a free pot of tea at the Mullion Cove hotel along the way where there’s also a walkers weekend package available.
Layla Astley, the National Trust ranger for the Lizard coCoast Path Challenge comes to the Lizardast says;
“It is without a doubt, a unique and exceptionally beautiful stretch of coastline. This is a great walk if you want a taste for the classic Cornwall Coast Path, with some impressive cliff top walks that drop down into the most stunning secluded coves with turquoise blue water to take a dip if the mood takes you.
By joining us on this walk, you’ll find out more about what it takes to look after the coastal landscape and protect habitats for wildlife. Not only that, you’ll be helping us to keep it unique and special too.”
Money raised will go towards Path improvement projects to help protect the coastline for future generations. It costs at least £1,000 to maintain just 1 mile of Coast Path and it needs help.
At Kynance Cove for example, funds raised by the Association helped the National Trust to install a new set of steps down to the beach to replace the ones almost completely destroyed by storm damage.
The South West Coast Path Challenge is organised by the South West Coast Path Association, with the National Trust as a charity partner as part of its coastal celebrations in 2015.
Subsequent 10 mile Challenges take place on the 17th October, with a Barefoot run along the South Devon coast; on the 24th in Plymouth from Admiral’s Hard to Mount Batten Centre and on 31st October from Durlston Head to South Haven Point.
All of the organised walking routes include parking at the finish and transportation to the start of the walk. It costs £20 to register for the organised walks and £10 for an individual challenge. Anyone wishing to join tomorrow’s walk who hasn’t already registered can meet at Lizard point for 9am as long as they bring £20 cash and take part.
Register to take part at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/events/challenge and share your challenge on social networks using #Challenge630
Even if you can’t take part in this event you can still make a one off donation via our Virgin Money Giving page or set up your own page and raise funds for us – http://bit.ly/CoastChallenge
You can event text to donate with JustTextGiving by Vodafone.
Text SWCP15 £10 to 70070 to donate to #Challenge630 and make a difference today.