£250,000 worth of funding has been secured for vital improvements on the South West coast path. This money was raised to mark the South West Coast Path Association’s 40th anniversary. This grant will allow around 50 improvement projects to get started along various parts of the 630 mile path way. The Association have said they are delighted to reach their target and more fund raising efforts will be soon taking place.
The Association’s commercial partnerships Director, John Slater, has said that both the Rural Development Programme and Natural England have given a significant amount of funding in support of the Great South West Walk fund raising projects as well as amazing support from right across the rest of the tourism industry in the UK.
The Association have actually reached their funding target before the scheduled fund raising walks have taken place, so they hop they will raise even more money with their guided walks that start in the south coast on the 3rd April and the north coast on the 16th April. In total, there will be 56 sponsored walks, which will take in the whole of the stunning counties of Cornwall and Cornwall as well as Dorset and Somerset.
The South West coast path is the country’s longest National Trail and has won numerous awards in the past. It’s website is packed with information about different walks available and recommends which ones are better if you have a dog, or children etc. The path has opened up the 630 miles of coastline that it covers for everyone to enjoy, and some of the scenery as you amble along will simply take your breath away.