The South West Coast Path Challenge got under way last week, beginning where the path starts at Minehead on the edge of Exmoor.

The month-long event sees people from all walks of life stepping out to enjoy the coastline while raising money to protect this national trail, which provides 630 miles of continuous coastal walking through four different counties around the south west peninsula.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, has pledged to walk just under 30 ‘Malcolm’s Miles’ in three days finishing on October 9. This will take him all the way from Rame Head, through Looe and onto Fowey. With his team, they will be stopping off at key locations overnight and hoping to meet tourism businesses based along the route.

Also stepping up to support the Challenge this year, Alex Polizzi and her mother Olga who runs the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes, will be walking a 10-mile stretch of the Roseland peninsula on October 10.

On October 13 The National Trust invites you to visit the home of Poldark on the far west coast of Cornwall and walk the coast path from Botallack through Kenidjac and back, through a site where Winston Graham took his inspiration and the BBC television series was filmed.

All funds raised on all these events go towards improvement and repairs to our Path. You can create your own Challenge of any distance at any location on the Path, or join an organised event like those above.

Choose a date in October, a location on the Path and the number of miles – then register your Challenge via the event website or by calling 01752 896237. 

To register costs from £10 per person and you’ll receive a fundraising pack and a Challenge 2016 t-shirt. All you need to do is to raise sponsorship.