The South West Coast Path Challenge

How many miles of the South West Coast Path have you walked or ran? This October we challenged walkers and runners to raise money to look after the path by making the most of the beautiful South West coastline.

What’s it all about?

In October every year, the National Trust and the South West Coast Path Association ask for your help and for you to show some love for the South West Coast Path. 

The goal is to get as many people out on the trail as possible during the month, giving back whatever they can to the Path they love. 

For 2018, that meant helping to raise £40,000 in honour of the path's 40th birthday. 

Exciting walking and running events took place throughout October, and many people headed to the path, donated or fundraised for the future of the Path.

Over £43,000 was raised, beating the target. This will go towards protecting, maintaining and improving the Path, helping to safeguard access to our coastline now and in the future.


Why should you get involved?

Nine million people every year use the South West Coast Path to experience nature and adventure as well as support their mental and physical well-being, but keeping the coastline accessible requires continual work. 

The Association and the National Trust together secure the way to the sea and hidden beaches, educate explorers of all ages and backgrounds on how to get the most from the Path, provide a safe corridor where local plants and wildlife can flourish, and ultimately ensure that exploring wild, beautiful coastal landscapes is free and easy for everyone.

Rangers repairing a path at Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Rangers repairing a path at Kynance Cove, Cornwall
Rangers repairing a path at Kynance Cove, Cornwall

We want to everyone to be able to reap the benefits of the path, now, in another 40 years and forever. By getting together with path-loving friends for the challenge, to have fun and fundraise or donate whatever you are able, you help make this achievable. 



The South West Coast Path Challenge is organised by the South West Coast Path Association in partnership with the National Trust to inspire people to support the path. 

Our two charities collaborate closely - The National Trust owns a quarter of the land that the Coast Path travels through, and the Association raises funds for improvement and access projects on it. 

Together, we are working to protect and enhance the South West Coast Path, so that current and future generations can benefit from this beautiful coastal landscape. 50% of the money donated and fundraised through the Challenge goes to the National Trust Coast Path projects.

" Working with the Association has been a massive support for the work we do at the National Trust to keep the Coast Path alive and accessible. Their dedication to this National Trail has resulted in a number of successful projects together, such upgrading the Path at Bolberry Down to enable those with restricted mobility to enjoy this section of coast and the amazing views."
- Rich Snow, National Trust Countryside Manager