Take steps to support 630-mile coast path
AN APPEAL to Herald readers who love the South West Coast Path and are perhaps thinking about a Christmas gift – either for themselves or to give another?
During April/May of next year, we will be holding our 'Great South West Walk', celebrating the South West Coast Path Association's 40th anniversary and to raise funds to put some much-needed TLC back into the path.
We would like as many people as possible to walk one or several of the 56 legs of our walk, which will be done in relay to cover the entire 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the Exmoor coast through Somerset). Each leg will be guided by local experts, rangers and path wardens, who are all assisting the SWCPA with this event – so they should be very interesting and informative days.
The South coast series starts at Poole on 3rd April, with the North coast series starting at Minehead on 16th April. Full information on locations and dates is available on the event website at www.GreatSouthWestWalk.co.uk where walkers can also register to take part.
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Each walker is asked to try to raise £50 in sponsorship and a £10 registration fee is required to cover transport, insurance etc. I hope readers may like to ask their friends/family to sponsor them for this event or pay their registration fee as a Christmas gift, or perhaps readers would like to do this for someone else?
Not only would this ensure a gift with a difference and real thought for a loved-one, but it would also give a gift to the South West Coast Path, helping us to raise £250,000 for significant improvement projects to the path in 2013.
From locals to visitors, dog walkers to family outings, hill climbers to gentle strollers, the South West Coast Path is enjoyed by many. It is used for recreation and business, is vital for the economy, whilst providing a tool for a range of charities to raise funds. It is a unique part of our heritage and it needs help. So I do hope that readers will get involved with the Great South West Walk and help put some love back into the Coast Path.
For more information, or to sign up to take part (walkers must register by 4th March 2013), readers can visit www.GreatSouthWestWalk.co.uk or contact the SWCPA on 01752 869237. The event is also on Twitter @LoveSWCoastPath.
Chair of the Great South West Walk (South West Coast Path Association)