Get your boots on and help raise funds to support the South West Coast Path, one of Cornwall's top natural attractions.
The Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is taking part in a special event to celebrate the SW Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary next Spring.
The ‘Great South West Walk’ will help fund improvement projects all along the route in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
In Cornwall, which has the longest stretch of the Coast Path at 300 miles, the AONB team is taking the lead in terms of support and publicity.
The Path is estimated to generate over £300 million for the regional economy each year, with walking one of the most popular activities undertaken by visitors.
To raise funds for improvement projects, over and above general maintenance, the SWCPA are launching the walk with the message: “Putting 40 years of love back into the Coast Path!”
Many organisations are involved including the Coast Path Team, the National Trust, County Councils and AONB Teams, along with local walking groups tourism businesses and individuals.
The event next April/May will see at least 30 walkers each day take a series of sponsored walks (56 in all) covering the entire 630 miles.
The walk starts on the South coast at Poole on 3rd April 2013 with the North coast series starting at Minehead on 6th April. Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and wardens.
The Cornwall AONB’s Pete Maxted is leading the Padstow to Porthcothan leg of the walk on Tuesday April 30th.
Walkers will be asked to raise £50 of sponsorship each, so that further funding can be levered from relevant organisations via matched giving.
They can specify which project their sponsorship should supports if they wish so that a particular favourite part of the Coast Path can be improved.
Teams of walkers are welcome and businesses along the way can sponsor the event.