South West Coast Path

Description

  1. Length of trail 1,014 km, 630 miles
  2. Length in days 52 days
  3. Start of trail Minehead
  4. End of trail Poole
  5. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  6. Hut tour grading T1, Walk

South West Coast Path

630 miles, 1014 km, 52 days

National Trail

The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest National Trail. The path includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites; The Jurassic Coast plus the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.

With it's 598 miles / 962 kilometers along the South Western edge of England, this National Trail is the classic English coast walk. The trail starts in Minehead, Exmoor, runs south without loosing the sea out of sight, and ends in Poole, Dorset. As long as your legs can bear it, this means endless enjoyment of sea, high cliffs, bizarre beach resorts, huge caravan parks. And do not forget to have a chat with the people on the track, or do practise a little in some crowded pub. If you bring your own tent, you are independent.

Prepare for an abundant encounter with the sea. Old and new villages living from all the sea's has to offer.

The cliffs pose some real danger, so keep an eye on the signs. The endless climbing and descending can make even an hardy walker desperate. And again, and again you will have to cross streams, climb down all the way and climb back on the next hilltop. Keep an eye on the weather too, and cater for warm clothing and good rain gear.

The walk is possible all year round. The storms in autumn and winter hit hard on the coast, however, and will have you forget all your previous bad-weather experiences. Spring is a wonderful time, with many birds and bluebells, not many tourists, and only an occasional storm.

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 2 votes | No 2. in United Kingdom
  • Oranginas, hiking trails Europe May 2010
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Well marked paths, with continuously great views at the cliffs, the rocks, the beaches and the highlands. And, at the end of some hikes, arriving at an old port town with the relics of former times…….. The B&B system.
  • Negative The food.
  • Henk Nouws May 1998
  • Rate 9
  • Positive Everything. Even these enormous caravan holiday camps were fun. The coast is very rugged in places. Some days it was quiet. Other days storms blew one from the cliffs. Pretty villages and funny resorts.
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South West Coast Path

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • The South West Coast Path
  • Guidebook to walking the entire South West Coast Path National Trail. The route runs for 630 miles from Minehead to Poole along the north Devon, Cornish, south Devon and Dorset coastline. Divided into 45 stages, this long-distance coastal trek could be completed within 4 weeks, or walked in sections. Guide includes maps and essential information. Read more
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  • Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast - Studland to Portland
  • From the Publisher of the highly acclaimed Jurassic Coast Official Guide, Coastal Publishing Limited is a fast growing publisher with an expanding list of books of regional interest and national appeal. Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast and its companion Walks Along the West Jurassic Coast Are the first two books in a series of 11 walking... Read more
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  • Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast - Studland to Portland
  • From the Publisher of the highly acclaimed Jurassic Coast Official Guide, Coastal Publishing Limited is a fast growing publisher with an expanding list of books of regional interest and national appeal. Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast and its companion Walks Along the West Jurassic Coast Are the first two books in a series of 11 walking... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast - Studland to Portland
  • From the Publisher of the highly acclaimed Jurassic Coast Official Guide, Coastal Publishing Limited is a fast growing publisher with an expanding list of books of regional interest and national appeal. Walks Along the East Jurassic Coast and its companion Walks Along the West Jurassic Coast Are the first two books in a series of 11 walking... Read more
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  • Torquay & Dawlish - Newton Abbot OS Explorer Active Map OL44 (waterproof)
  • Torquay and Dawlish area of south Devon on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL44, waterproof version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage extends from the Exe Estuary in the north-east to Totnes in the south-west and includes Paignton, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Exminster, Bovey Tracy, Trenchford Reservoir,... Read more
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United Kingdom
2012
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United Kingdom
2012
  • Cornwall Coast Path - Bude to Plymouth - (South-West Coast Path Part 2)
  • Cornwall Coast Path - Bude to Plymouth in Trailblazer’s British Walking Guides series; highly practical, informative and portable guides designed with the adventurous walker in mind, and produced by one of the leading outdoor guide-book publishers. Each title in the series explores a range of popular walking routes and long-distance footpaths... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Wandelgids Cornwall Coast Path | Trailblazer | Edith Schofield
  • This fully revised new edition has now been considerably expanded to cover the full length of the Cornwall coast, 280 miles. This second part of the South West Coast Path around the south-western tip of Britain, includes some of the best coastal walking in Europe. With constantly changing scenery, the footpath takes in secluded coves, tiny... Read more
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  • Exmoor - Barnstaple, Lynton, Minehead & Dulverton OS Explorer Map OL9 (paper)
  • The Exmoor National Park on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL9, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. Coverage extends westwards to Ilfracombe and Barnstaple and includes Minehead – the start of the South West Coast Path National Rrail, Lynton, Dulverton, sections of the Two Moors Way, Tarka Way,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - topografische kaart OL9 Exmoor | Ordnance Survey |
  • Een van de beste detailkaarten die er op de wereld gemaakt worden: zeer gedetailleerd, prachtig helder kleurgebruik, veel topografische aspecten en - zeer belangrijk - allerlei toeristische en recreatieve aspecten zijn ingetekend. De perfecte kaart voor vakantie en vrije tijd: wandelen, fietsen of gewoon de omgeving verkennen. Door de grootte... Read more
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2013
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2013
  • South West Coast Path National Trail: Exmouth To Poole
  • The fourth part of the South West Coast Path, a 186-km/116 mile section from Exmouth in Devon to Poole in Dorset, in a series of walking guides to the National Trails in England and Wales with colour extracts from the Ordnance Survey`s Explorer series at 1:25,000 showing points along the route cross-referenced to the text. The maps also... Read more
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2013
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  • South Devon - Brixham to Newton Ferrers OS Explorer Map OL20 (paper)
  • The coast of South Devon on a detailed topographic and GPS compatible map OL20, paper version, from the Ordnance Survey’s 1:25,000 Explorer series. The map extends westwards beyond Newton Ferrers to Plymouth, eastwards beyond Brixham to Torquay, and inland to include part of the Dartmoor National Park. Coverage includes Paignton, Totness,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart - topografische kaart OL20 South Devon | Ordnance Survey |
  • Met zijn 4cm voor 1 km (2 ½ cm voor 1 mijl) schaal, is de OS Explorer kaartenserie de ideale en meest gedetailleerde kaartenreeks voor mensen die graag outdoor-activiteiten zoals fietsen, wandelen, paardrijden, klimmen en watersporten. Deze kaart is nog gedetailleerder dan de 'gewone' Landranger maps. Voor- en achterzijde bedrukt! Zeker op de... Read more
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2012
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Maps

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  • Taunton & Lyme Regis, Chard & Bridport
  • Map No. 193, Taunton and Lyme Regis, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Bridport, Seaton, Ottery St. Mary, Axminster, Honiton, Beaminster, Crewkerne, Chard, Ilminster, Somerton, Wellington, Kingston St. Mary, Milverton, Stoke St. George, Curry Rivel, Martock,... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 3: Plymouth to Poole Harbour
  • The third section of the South West Coast Path National Trail, from Plymouth to Poole Harbour along the southern coast Devon and the coast of Dorset, presented by Harvey Map Services at 1:40,000 on a light, waterproof and tear-resistant map, showing the path on 11 overlapping panels.In this new 2015 edition the whole route from Minehead to... Read more
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Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart South West Coast Path 3 | Harvey Maps |
  • Een bijzonder handige kaart voor een deel van dit lange-afstands-wandelpad (Minehead tot St Ives) van het in totaal maar liefst 1014 km lange South West Coast Path. Op waterafstotend papier met veel details, uitstekend en voldoende voor dit deel van de route. De totale route bestaat uit 3 kaarten. Ideal map for walkers on Britiain's longest and... Read more
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  • Land`s End and The Lizard
  • Lands` End and The Lizard at 1:25,000 in a series of Walker’s Maps published by the AA with the cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The map is double-sided and coverage includes Falmouth, Penryn, Porthleven, Penzance, St Just, St Ives, part of the South West Coast Path, etc.Maps in the AA Walker’s series are identical to the... Read more
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  • Plymouth & Launceston, Tavistock & Looe
  • Map No. 201, Plymouth & Launceston, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Tavistock, Looe, Saltash, Liskeard, Torpoint, Tremail, Tregeare, Lifton, Lydford, Altarnun, South Petherwin, Milton Abbot, Chilaton, Mary Tavy, Peter Tavy, Luckett, Kelly Bray, Treburley,... Read more
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  • Torbay & South Dartmoor, Totnes & Salcombe
  • Map No. 202, Torbay and South Dartmoor, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Torquay, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Paignton, Brixham, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Ivybridge, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton, Darlington, Cornworthy, East Allington, Slapton, Torcross, East... Read more
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  • Truro & Falmouth, Roseland Peninsula
  • Map No. 204, Truro & Falmouth, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including the Roseland Peninsula, Penryn, St Austell, Fowley, Cadwith, Coverack, Trelan, St Keverne, Helford, Gillan, Constantine, Stithians, Feock, Carharrack, Chacewater, Coldharbour, St Agnes, Trispen,... Read more
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  • Exeter & Sidmouth, Exmouth & Teignmouth
  • Map No. 192, Exeter and Sidmouth, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Exmouth, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Ottery St. Mary, Honiton, Little Silver, Willand, Blackborough, Yarcombe, Upottery, Bickleigh, Cullompton, Luppitt, Stockland,... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 5 - Dorset Adventure Atlas
  • South West Coast Path 5 - Dorset Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The guide covers the 138 km / 86 mile section of the SWCP National Trail between Lyme Regis and Poole and includes a route planner indicating... Read more
Stanfords
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  • Exmoor Adventure Atlas
  • Exmoor at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. Coverage includes the South West Coast path between Minehead and Combe Martin Bay, Two Moors Way, Tarka Train, Dulverton, Brendon Hills, etc.To see other titles in this series please... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 1 - North Devon & Somerset Adventure Atlas
  • South West Coast Path 1 - North Devon & Somerset Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The guide covers the 199km / 125 mile section of the SWCP National Trail between Bude and Minehead and includes a route planner... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 2 - North Cornwall Adventure Atlas
  • South West Coast Path 2 - North Cornwall Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The guide covers the 213km / 133 mile section of the SWCP National Trail between Land’s End and South Hole north of Bude and includes a... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 3 - South Cornwall Adventure Atlas
  • South West Coast Path 3 - South Cornwall Adventure Atlas at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The guide covers the 252km / 158 mile section of the SWCP National Trail between Land’s End and Plymouth and includes a route planner... Read more
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  • South West Coast Path 4 - South Devon Adventure
  • South West Coast Path 4 - South Devon Adventure at 1:25,000 in a series of handy A5 size Adventure Atlases from Geographers` A-Z Map Company with cartography from the Ordnance Survey’s Explorer series. The guide covers the 210 km / 131 mile section of the SWCP National Trail between Plymouth and Lyme Regis and includes a route planner... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth
  • Self-guided walking holidays on the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Plymouth. The varied coastline between Falmouth and Plymouth encapsulates the best of what South Cornwall has to offer. Everything from medieval castles and dramatic coastlines to colourful harbours and quaint unspoilt fishing villages. The warm climate of the South of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Lyme Regis to Poole
  • Walking Holiday from Lyme Regis to Poole along the South West Coast Path. The Jurassic Coastline from Lyme Regis to Poole is a unique stretch of the South West Coast Path which offers some spectacular walking. Gaining World Heritage Status in 2001, the area has a fascinating history dating back millions of years. Search for traces of... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Cornwall: Padstow to St Michael's Mount
  • Self guided walking tour from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. Small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders, pirates, coves and the pilgrimage route of Michael’s Way, all feature on this self-guided walking tour of Cornwall that immerses you in the history and local life of the area. Discover a plethora of highlights,... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • Cornwall In Style
  • Self-guided walking tour from the north to the south coast of Cornwall. This self-guided walking tour in Cornwall immerses you in luxury as you stay in some of the best hotels this area has to offer including celebrity chef Rick Stein's hotel in Padstow. This tour also features small Cornish fishing ports, legends of Phoenician traders,... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Minehead to Westward Ho!
  • Walking holiday from Minehead to Westward Ho! on the South West Coast Path. The varied coastline between Minehead and Westward Ho! is the first stretch of the South West Coast Path which offers some spectacular walking and incorporates the highest coastline in Britain. The walk starts in the small coastal town of Minehead, famous for its... Read more
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United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Exmouth to Lyme Regis
  • Walking holiday from Exmouth to Lyme Regis along the South West Coast Path. This section of the South West Coast Path is one of contrasts - from red sandstone, to lush green countryside to white chalky cliffs. Explore the varied coastline and enjoy a geological walk through time as you take in part of the Word Heritage Site - the Jurassic... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Westward Ho! to Padstow
  • Walking holiday from Westward Ho! to Padstow on the Atlantic Coast. This 79 mile stretch of the South West Coast Path takes in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve and the rough and rugged beauty of Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast. This section of the South West Coast path from the wonderfully... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Sout West Coast Path - Plymouth to Brixham
  • Self-guided walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from Plymouth to Brixham. Taking in exposed headlands and coves, golden beaches, stunning harbours and fishing ports , you will enjoy seven days of spectacular and sometimes challenging cliff top and trail walking. Your journey starts in the bustling city of Plymouth, rich in Britain's... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Padstow to St Ives
  • Walking tour from Padstow to St Ives on the Cornwall Coast Path. Walk along Cornwall’s Atlantic Coast from the charming seaside town of Padstow to bustling St Ives on the South West Coast Path. Golden beaches, picturesque fishing villages, wild seas crashing and secluded coves are all features of this wonderful week of walking. As you head... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Penzance to Falmouth
  • A walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from Penzance to Falmouth. Starting in the bustling seaside town of Penzance, this less travelled section of the South West Coast Path stretches round the remote and wild Lizard Peninsular. The trail follows rugged cliff tops taking you past deserted coves and whitewashed cottages. Feast your... Read more
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