£640k boost for South West Coast Path
If you are looking for a long-distance trail to walk in 2014, the revamped South West Coast Path could be a great choice. Following a hugely successful fundraiser, this trail – which is often cited as one of the UK’s national treasures – has benefited from more than 100 improvement projects in the past six months. It is thanks to the generosity of many tourism businesses and sponsorship from almost 1000 walkers that a total of £640,000 was raised in 2013. This amount is more than double the hoped-for target of £250,000. The money was used to carry out 130 projects along the 630-mile South West Coast Path from Somerset to Dorset. Ken Carter chairman of the Great South West Walk project team is delighted. He said: “Everyone involved is overwhelmed at the final amount raised as well as the number of individuals, local businesses and organisations who have been involved. “We are thrilled to have more than doubled our original target, enabling our partners at the South West Coast Path Team to exceed the number of improvement projects that were planned.” The South West Coast Path National Trail starts at Minehead in Somerset and charts a picturesque coastal route via Padstow, St Ives, Newquay, Falmouth, Plymouth and Exeter, finishing in Poole, Dorset. There are many options for walking this trail in sections. Macs Adventure South West Coast Path trips offer nine one-week walking holiday options. So which one – or two or three - will you choose to walk in 2014?
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