If you love walking and you enjoy Britain’s coast, then a charity challenge could be perfect for you. On Saturday September 15, the charity WaterAid wants 2,000 to walk the coastal paths of the UK in a bid to raise £125,000 for good causes.
Whatever your age, fitness levels and experience, the WaterAid Coast Along 2012 event is sure to appeal. For there are more than 200 routes across the UK, of between four and 15 miles, to choose from.
There are two ways to join the charity walking challenge: By walking a linear coastal path or by joining a group hub walk.
The Coast Along Hub Walks
The group hubs are for sociable outings and will suit al kinds of walkers. The chances are you’ll make a new friend along the way and if you have children they will have entertainment from other youngsters while they walk. The Hub walks will have games, competitions and a post-walk reception.
A few Coast Along Hub Walks to whet your appetite
The South Downs Walk
With three distances to choose from you’ll find a walk to suit your aspirations and fitness levels. You can be sure that each walk will include fabulous views of the white cliffs, beaches and a cream tea at the finish.
Scarborough circular walk
The popular seaside town is the place for a circular route taking in great views and even a few top tourist attractions along the way.
Folkestone to Hythe walk
Perfect for walkers and wheelchair users, this walk takes in Folkestone’s famous Lower Leas, which has had a major revamp to form the new Coastal Leisure Park. The park comprises three zones: A Wild Zone with picnic tables; a Fun Zone with an adventure playground; and a Formal Zone with planted gardens.
Fife Coastal Path
The Fife coast is so pretty and with a wealth of fishing villages to boot this will make a popular destination for locals and walkers from further afield. The Hub walk will be led by a WaterAid representative and starts at the 1816 Waterloo Monument.
Bristol family walk
This family-friendly route has a host of entertainment for the little ones and lots of historical intrigue for the grown ups.
Short Ayrshire walk
A short but no less spectacular coastal walk, the Ayrshire route heads along the shorefront of Fairlie.
Coast Along linear walks
If you would prefer to walk your own section of coast in the UK, there are numerous linear walks to choose form on the Coast Along website. You can walk as little or as much as you want and start at any time on September 15. The 240 coastal paths range from a gentle afternoon strolls to challenging cliff-top climbs.
To find out where the walks are simply check out the Coast Along website and put in a ton or postcode near to where you want to walk.
The fundraising aim
Registration for Coast Along, to cover the costs of organising the event, is £10 for adults and £5 for children. Under fives will walk for free. Each adult walking should then raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship each, with children just raising whatever they can.
WaterAid’s aim is to bring clean, safe water to 134,000 people in some of the poorest communities in Malawi. What’s even better is that any sponsorship money collected before September 18 will be doubled by the UK Government as part of WaterAid’s Big Dig programme.