Thursday, 9 May 2013

South West Coast Path Anniversary Fundraising Doubles Target

Helpful Holidays has helped give the West Country’s top tourist attraction an amazing 40th birthday present by aiding it in DOUBLING its target of £250,000 to reach £500,000 in fundraising.

The South West Coast Path Association organised 56 sponsored walks along the 630 mile long path to mark its 40th anniversary and fund 50 improvement projects. We sponsored four days of the event. 

Our marketing manager Adrian Innocent said: “We are thrilled the South West Coast Path absolutely shattered its target and managed to raise £500,000. This is a fantastic achievement and one we are proud to have supported.”

Gill, one of our property managers, recently walked the route from Tintagel to Trebarwith Strand - here are her recollections:

Bank Holiday Monday was SUNNY, so put on walking boots, gathered camera, binoculars and various pocket books on flora/fauna and set off along the coastal path with geologist chum, Jane. The moment we got out of the car we could hear sky-larks – fantastic. Carpets of dog-violets and squill peppered the grassy cliffs like little blue gems. 

I just love looking out along the coast and wonder at the toughness of previous generations who hacked a hard living from the now abandoned slate quarries – a massive stack of unwanted inferior slate stands like a sentinel to their industry. The hardest thing we had to do was scramble down into Trebarwith village and enjoy a good coffee!

The South West Coast Path generates over £300 million for the regional economy, taking people on scenic routes along breath-taking coastline. It stretches between Minehead in Somerset and Poole Harbour in Dorset, via Land’s End. 

To find out more, go to The website includes a suggested itinerary to cover the entire path in eight weeks but fear not, it is regularly enjoyed for a short stretch of the legs and to walk off holiday cream teas. It even has a timing reckoner to help you get to the next stage in time for dinner.

To plan your next visit to the West Country and to find a holiday home to help you make the most of your walking boots and the beautiful views on offer, go to