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 1. 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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Map

South West Coast Path

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids The South West Coast Path Guide 2013 | SWCP association |
  • The 2013 annual guide has been completely re-designed and is now in full colour. The book is 196 pages and contains everything a walker needs to know to walk the whole 630 miles, and includes comprehensive accommodation; a trail description of the trail; suggested itineraries; river crossings; tide tables; local bus details and train... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2009
  • The National Trails
  • This inspirational guidebook looks at each of the UK's 19 National Trails. Presenting the information in a way that allows ease of comparison and contrast, with practical details to help you plan your walk. Some Trails are short and easy, others much longer, many have strong themes - they may follow a coastline, or traverse ranges of hills. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Netherlands
2013
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - Minehead To Padstow
  • The South West Coast Path is the spectacular 630-mile (1008-km) National Trail around the tip of Britain. This volume features the section of the Path from Minehead to Padstow, a distance of 163 miles (262 km). It skirts the Exmoor National Park, taking in the precipitous harbour towns of Lynton, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe, before heading... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Padstow to Falmouth
  • The second part of the South West Coast Path, a 169-km/271 mile section along the Cornish coast from Padstow to Falmouth, 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Falmouth to Exmouth
  • The third part of the South West Coast Path, a 277-km/172 mile section from Falmouth in Cornwall to Exmouth in Devon, 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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United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Minehead to Padstow
  • The first part of the South West Coast Path, a 262-km/163 mile section from Minehead in Somerset to Padstow in Corwall, 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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Maps

Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 09 Topografische kaart en Wandelkaart Exmoor OLM 09 | 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Plymouth and Launceston OS ACTIVE Map
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Torbay and South Dartmoor OS ACTIVE Map
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Truro and Falmouth OS ACTIVE Map
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Exeter and Sidmouth OS ACTIVE Map
  • 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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United Kingdom
  • Taunton and Lyme Regis OS ACTIVE Map
  • 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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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path: Padstow to Falmouth
  • The second part of the South West Coast Path, a 169-km/271 mile section along the Cornish coast from Padstow to Falmouth, 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
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
  • 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
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
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
  • South West Coast Path - Plymouth to Brixham
  • Self-guided walking holidays 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 holiday from Padstow to St Ives on the Cornwall Coast Path. Stretching between the fishing villages of Padstow and St Ives, the Atlantic South Coast of the Cornwall Coast Path is one of the best sections of the 630 mile South West Coast Path. Smell the crashing Atlantic rollers, taste freshly caught fish and chips and eat up the cliff... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • South West Coast Path - St Ives to Penzance
  • Exhilarating walking to the remote westerly tip of Britain - Lands End. Rugged paths, spectacular coastal walking, golden beaches and turquoise seas!. St Ives to Penzance is the most remote section of the South West Coast Path so be prepared for some exhilarating walking! Its rugged path hugs the coastline on its way down to Lands End which is... Read more
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 quint unspoilt fishing villages. The warm climate of the South of... Read more
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