Walkers urged to take to the coast for WaterAid

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WaterAid is calling on walkers in Dorset to take to the county’s spectacular coastal path and raise vital funds for some of the world’s poorest people by taking part in Coast Along for WaterAid 2010.

The event, sponsored by Yorkshire Water and May Gurney, aims to get at least one team of walkers on 187 sections of coastal paths in selected regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales on Saturday 11 September 2010.

Money raised will help WaterAid to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to those living in poverty in Africa, Asia and the Pacific region.

These coast paths has been divided into sections of varying lengths which have been graded by the organisers of the event as easy, moderate, strenuous or severe

In Dorset there are eight stretches of coastal path for Coast Along participants to choose from:

Ferrybridge to Lulworth Cove,   14  miles, moderate;
Lyme Regis to West Bay,           9   miles, strenuous;
West Bay to Abbotsbury,            9   miles, moderate;
Abbotsbury to Weymouth,          11 miles, easy;
Kimmeridge to Swanage,           13 miles strenuous;
Swanage to South Haven Point, 7  miles, moderate;
The Isle of Portland,                   13 miles moderate (circular walk),
Lulworth Cove to Kimmeridge,    7  miles, severe.

Participants are welcome to do a part of any of these sections, starting and finishing when they wish and walking at a pace that suits them.

Each team member is asked to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship for their walk, with family teams or children raising whatever they can.

The distance walked by most Coast Along participants will be similar to the daily routine for millions of women and children in Africa and Asia. When communities don’t have access to clean water, the burden often falls to women and children who have to walk miles each day to collect water they know will make them ill.

For further information go to www.coastalongforwateraid.org or call 01225 526 149.