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The South West Coast Path challenge

Supported by TV adventurer Monty Halls and the National Trust, a new challenge this October aims to set a record for the number of times the South West Coast Path has been covered in a single month – in doing so raising funds to protect the coastline for future generations. We at Luxury Family Hotels treasure the South West Coast Path perhaps more than most – over the course of 630 miles of gorgeous coastline, it runs past the very doorstep of our hotel Moonfleet Manor in Dorset, and is within just a few minutes of Fowey Hall in Cornwall.

Fascinatingly, the Path was originally a means for the coastguard to track and pursue smugglers. Taking in two World Heritage Sites, Five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one National Park, it’s one of the most diverse coastal walks in the world, with no two days’ walking ever the same. It costs the National Trust £3000 a year to care for each mile of coastline.

That’s why we’re wholeheartedly supporting the South West Coast Path Challenge – it’s a fantastic way to spend time with the kids in the great outdoors, to keep fit, and to help a great cause at the same time. And it’s available to all – you can create your own challenge, whether it’s one mile with your toddler or 100 miles with a teen. Alternatively, there are four organised 10-mile Challenge events in October:

3rd: Minehead to Porlock Weir, North Devon and Exmoor
10th: Gunwalloe to Lizard Point, Cornwall
24th: Admiral’s Hard to Mountbatten Centre, Plymouth
31st: Durlston Country Park and Castle to South Haven Point, Dorset

You can register to take part on the website, and sharing your challenge on social networks using #Challenge630 puts you in with the chance of winning a GoPro camera. It’s hoped that all participants will raise at least £10 through sponsorship.

Said Monty Halls: “I am a huge fan of the South West Coast Path - some of my happiest memories have been running and walking it. I feel it’s one of the most miraculous trails in Europe.”

See our tips for walking with kids, and our blog on a family walk including the South West Coast Path at Lizard Point, Cornwall.