Forgotten Paths is the 2013 attempt by Ross Packman to hike the 630-mile South West Coast Path (SWCP), aiming to raise £5000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

Inspired by Paul Smith's 2009 'Twitchhiker' adventure, Forgotten Paths will use Twitter, Facebook and Couchsurfing to appeal to the goodwill of individuals, organisations and businesses all along the SWCP for help with places to stay or camp, be it fields, sofas, barns or beds!

The Alzheimer's Society is the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. There are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to one million by 2021.

Commencing on Monday April 1st 2013, Forgotten Paths will attempt to navigate the 630-mile (1,014km) South West Coast Path. The SWCP is the longest of Britain's National Trails, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The total height climbed upon completion has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest.

Regular updates, including the fundraising total, will be available via the Forgotten Paths Twitter and Facebook pages. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society via the Forgotten Paths Justgiving page.

Forgotten Paths will need to raise just under £8 per mile in order to reach our fundraising target of £5000, so even the smallest donation will help us on the journey along the path.

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