The South West Coast Path challenge

People walking along the coast path with the sea behind them

How many miles of the South West Coast Path have you walked or run? This October we're challenging walkers and runners to clock up miles and raise money to look after the path.

Will you help the National Trust and South West Coast Path Association to break our record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month? You can add your miles to our mileometer while raising funds to protect the coastline for future generations.
 
The National Trust care for 300 miles of coast in the South West. This costs £1,000 per mile of path, every year, to care for and maintain. 
 

Find out more about the challenge and see how many miles have been pledged so far on the South West Coast Path website.  

Enjoying the open natural beauty on the South West Coast Path
Walking on the South West Coast Path

Under your own steam

If you'd rather set your own challenge, you can pledge to walk or run 1 to 630 miles using the interactive map on the South West Coast Path website.

Organised events

The coastal path at St Agnes Head

6 Oct, Stories of St Agnes and Chapel Porth 

Join local historian Roger Radcliffe and National Trust lead ranger Steve Sudworth for a 3.5 mile circular walk from St Agnes Head to Chapel Porth. A two-hour exploration of this beautiful stretch of coastline finishing at Wheal Coates for sunset - of interest to people of all ages.

Walkers on Bossington Hill on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

7 Oct, Minehead to Porlock Weir 

Take your first step of the South West Coast Path on the first 10 miles. With the guide of our coastal ranger team, enjoy the unique landscape of coastline to the left and moorland to the right.

A woman and young boy explore a rock pool

7 Oct, Bossington family adventure 

Enjoy a family-friendly circular 2.7 mile walk along the South West Coast Path and surrounding countryside from idyllic Bossington. Climb up to Hurlstone point, a top spot for wildlife spotting, before following the coast path down for seaside fun on Bossington Beach.

A female walker lying on the ground at the top of Golden Cap, admiring the view east towards Portland

7 Oct, Golden Cap evening torchlight walk 

Join this evening flaming torchlight 1.6 mile walk to the top of Golden Cap from Langdon Hill. Carry your own flaming torch and see the Cap in a whole different light. Booking essential.

The waterfront cottages at Durgan, Cornwall

8 Oct, Maenporth to Durgan walk 

Enjoy a 4.2 mile walk along the South West Coast Path from Maenporth Beach to Durgan village, led by the National Trust team at Glendurgan. There’ll be some amazing views of the Helford River to see along the way and you can find out more about the conservation work that the ranger team do in this area.

Discover the jagged rocks at Bolt Head

8 Oct, Bolt Head ramble 

A circular walk 3.1 mile around the beautiful Bolt Head and East Soar area, we will take in points of interest along the way including local wildlife, habitat management, local history and scheduled ancient monuments.

The view over the Salcombe estuary from the house and garden at Overbeck's, Devon

21 Oct, Salcombe coastal marathon 

This is a 22.4 mile run as well as a walk, starting at Torcross and finishing at Bantham. It is self-timing and non competitive, although some race for their own attainment. Coaches are provided to transport people from the car park near the finish to the start. Checkpoints are provided.

A view over trees, the coast and a rocky island, as seen from Coleton Fishacre garden

27 Oct, Coleton Fishacre torchlit walk  

Carry your own flaming torch along this beautiful piece of coast path viewing it in a whole different light. The 4 mile walk will take in the WWII gun battery at Froward Point and the stunning garden at Coleton Fishacre.

Visitors on a National Trust coastal path

29 Oct, Swanage 10 mile challenge  

Start at the dramatic Durlston Castle for what is actually the last leg of the 630 mile South West Coast Path. High, level cliff walking between St Aldhelm’s Head and Durlston Head is followed by fairly easy walking along the promenade of the seaside town of Swanage.

Trust10 runners on the beach at Studland Bay

Throughout October, 10k runs 

During October you can take on four self led 10km Trust10 trails against a backdrop of spectacular coastal views. They're at Ilfracombe to Lee, Coleton Fishacre, Stonebarrow Hill and Studland Bay.

" I had an amazing time filming the Coastal Path series, and I’d encourage as many people as possible to join one of the events taking place for the Challenge. "
- Paul Rose, presenter of the BBC’s Coastal Path series