Enjoying the coast path
The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is taking part in a special event to celebrate the SW Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary in Spring 2013. The ‘Great South West Walk’ will help fund improvement projects all along the route in Cornwall, Devon Dorset and Somerset. The walk along the South Devon AONB coast will start from Berry Head on Monday 15th April and finish in Mount Batten Plymouth on Saturday 20th April. The South West Coast Path Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2013. To mark this landmark, they are encouraging people to take part in The Great South West Walk, raising funds to give the path some much needed tender loving care.
During April 2013, hundreds of people will stretch their legs and take part in relays of sponsored walks on 56 sections of the Coast Path. The entire 630 mile path around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall (as well as the entire Exmoor coast through Somerset.) will be covered, with the walkers raising up to £250,000.
There really is no excuse not to get involved as you can walk as little as half a day, a full day or as many days as you want! To join the army of walkers, all you have to do visit the website and sign up by 4th March.
All legs of the trail will be led by an expert guide and return transport will be provided at the end of each walk. It is a wonderful opportunity to join a bunch of like minded people, have a great day out on our beautiful Coast Path and play your part in giving a birthday boost to what must be the country’s best National Trail ( or are we biased?!)
To raise much needed funds for improvement projects over and above the maintenance of the path, SWCPA are working with a large number of countryside organisations who look after the Coast Path.
Nine of the projects which have been put forward for potential funding are in the South Devon AONB, 3 of which will be run by the AONB unit. If the fundraising is successful, we hope to start work on these projects during summer of 2013. Two projects will help people using the Coast Path to understand more about the landscape on our stretch of the coast. One will be themed around Farming on the coast and one around Coast Path stories, exploring local history in certain spots. The third project will be to carry out restoration works on the historic slipways of the Erme estuary.
For more information, or to sign up to take part, click here or call 01752 896237. You can also follow the event on Twitter@LoveSWCoastPath