Help Support Dorset's Coastal Path with the Great South Walk
By NewsPipe | Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 12:19
Fancy a stroll? How about a really long stroll? The South West Coast Path Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary next year with an ambitious attempt to walk the 630mile path through Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Exmoor.
Walkers will be in for a treat with spectacular views between Poole and Weymouth
Okay don't panic, they're breaking it down into 56 legs and are hoping to get at least 30 walkers for each leg - to be guided by experts, rangers and path wardens. Each walker will be expected to raise a very doable £50 in sponsorship for an overall target of £250,000. The money raised will pay for more than 40 improvements to the path in 2013.
There is currently much consternation about who pays for even basic maintainance to the South West Coastal Path, much less the sort of improvements and upgrades required to make it more accessible. It's estimated that the path generates more than £300million each year for the regional economy (walking is one of the most popular activities), so there's a strong argument for looking after it.
If you fancy helping to ensure that it remains a valued local amenity and a strong tourist draw, you can take part in the Great South West Walk next year. It starts in Poole on the 3rd April, and you can sign up here.
If you just fancy a stroll then the site also has information about routes, terrain descriptions and maps.