The Great South West Walk – with our Rangers

Great South West Walk

Come and join our rangers in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the South West Coast Path.

A series of 56 sponsored walks are taking place along the South West Coast Path in April and May, each lead by a local expert. Some of the rangers from the National Trust North Cornwall team are leading 37miles (60km) of the 630 mile (1,014km) long coast path walk.

The anniversary walk has been split into sections, with sections being walked along the south and north at the same time. Walkers from the north and south will meet at Landโ€™s End on Tuesday 7 May. Each walk leader will carry a walking boot and pass it on to the next sectionโ€™s walk leader.ย  When the walkers meet in Land’s End the boots will be paired up and the final celebrations will commence.

Walks from the north coast (Minehead-Landโ€™s End) take place daily from Tuesday 16 April.ย  Walks on the south coast (South Haven Point-Landโ€™s End) take place daily from Wednesday 3 April.

In order to give the Coast Path a fantastic ‘birthday present’ the walk aims to raise at least ยฃ250,000. This will be used to fund over 50 improvement projects spread along the entire path, a couple of which are here in North Cornwall. You can find out more about how these will make the Coast Path even more enjoyable to walk on www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/40th-anniversary/projects.php.

So which walks are our rangers leading?

Sarah is leading the afternoon section on Saturday 27 April from Boscastle to Tintagel. 4.6 miles (7.4km). A moderate walk taking in fantastic views. Maybe weโ€™ll be lucky enough to see some porpoise from the cliff tops at Boscastle. This is part of the Crackington Haven to Tintagel day section.

Glebe Cliff, TintagelOn Sunday 28 April Sarah is leading the days Tintagel to Port Isaac section. Starting with a moderate 2.2 mile (3.5km) walk from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand taking in views of Tintagel Castle and learning about the extensive slate quarrying history along the cliffs. Followed by a more severe 6.9 miles (11.2km) from Trebarwith Strand to Port Isaac which will include going up and down a number of steep sided valleys, well worth the effort though, with information about the history and wildlife to be found in the area.

Rebekah is leading the days walk from Port Isaac to Rock on Monday 29 April which is 11.7 miles (18.9km) in total. Port Isaac is a very picturesque coastal village. The length of Coast Path between Port Isaac and Port Quin is very taxing, with constant descents and climbs. But once beyond Port Quin the going becomes easier, with picturesque coves, headlands and a length of sand dunes. With an area rich in wildlife and history there will be much to talk about on the walk.

PentireMike and Tom will be leading the morning section on Wednesday 1 May from Porthcothan to Watergate Bay. This is 6.8 miles (10.9km) of moderate walking passing sandy bays and the well known Bedruthan Steps. One of the projects hoping to be funded by money raised through The Great South West Walk is along this section.

Mike will also be leading the morning section on Thursday 2 May from Crantock to Holywell Bay. A moderate walk, 4.8miles (7.7km) long with varied terrain including sand dunes and grassy headlands. Much of this section of coast path is looked after by the National Trust. No doubt Mike will be able to tell you about some of the rarer plants found in the area and some of the history too. Another of The Great South West Walk projects is along this section at Polly Joke.

Go to The Great South West Walk website at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/40th-anniversary for further details and to book your place!

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