Join in the Walk for Life

STUNNING cliff-top scenery and the challenging high drama of the beautiful North Devon coastline is on offer for all the family to enjoy as part of a series of special charity walks being organised this September. The popular Walk for Life is back with a

STUNNING cliff-top scenery and the challenging high drama of the beautiful North Devon coastline is on offer for all the family to enjoy as part of a series of special charity walks being organised this September.

The popular Walk for Life is back with a new date; and with eight spectacular coastal walks to chose from, organisers North Devon Hospice and HM Coastguard hope that the event will be the perfect way to enjoy the region's best in all its late summer glory.

All walks start at 10am on Sunday, September 13 and vary in ability from easy to difficult, and in distance, from 2.7 to 10 miles.

Originally launched by coastguards in 2004 as the Coastal Community Walks in tribute to late colleague Chris Ferriday, the event has since involved thousands of walkers and has raised in excess of �68,000.


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It has evolved in recent years to enable different ages and abilities to get involved and this year, outdoor shop Millets is supporting the fund-raiser by offering a 10 per cent in-store discount for registered walkers at its Barnstaple shop.

The store has also donated a brand new pair of walking boots as a prize for the most individual sponsorship raised.

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Everyone taking part this year will also be entitled to a free bottle of water waiting for them at the start of their chosen walk.

"I'm sure you'll find the perfect walk for the whole family to enjoy. The only difficulty people will have will be which one to choose," said hospice community fund-raiser Emma Lowe.

"With two HM Coastguard Sectors behind the event we can offer two brand new walks this year - a circular route around Mortehoe, taking in Morte Point and Bull Point and a lovely walk from Combe Martin to the Hunter's Inn.

"It will be fun and informative at the same time as those coastguards know a few hair-raising tales of our coastline's famous smugglers and wrecks of days gone by.

"Added to which, you will also be raising sponsorship for our local North Devon Hospice and every step you take will make a positive difference to the lives of the 100 local people we care for every day.

"Some people will be walking in memory of loved ones who have died or are in support of the work of the hospice as a local charity, or just for the sheer enjoyment of walking in North Devon.

"Whatever your reason, the camaraderie of walking with friends and family will be hard to beat."

HM Coastguard Bideford Sector Manager Derrick Jones said the emergency service was proud to be supporting the event again this year.

Colleague, Ilfracombe Sector Manager Vince Irwin, added: "This is my first Walk for Life event, so I'm looking forward to it come rain or shine."

Millets' store manager, Rob Prouten, said: "What better way to experience some of the great coastline we have in North Devon than a guided walk led by the people who know it the best and still raise monies for a worthwhile local cause?

"Personally I'm looking forward to taking part myself by walking from Clovelly to Hartland Quay. Although it's the most challenging walk to choose, the stunning woodland scenery leading to spectacular cliffs and views with crisp sea air will more than make up for it.

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