South West Coast Path - Minehead to Westward Ho!

Minehead to Westward Ho! Route

This is our suggested route for walking the South West Coast Path between Minehead and Westward Ho! Click on Itineraries and Prices for various other route options.

Day 1: Arrive in Minehead

Minehead is a popular seaside town and the official start of the South West Coast Path. The town sits on the Bristol Channel and is the northern gateway to Exmoor National Park.

Day 2: Minehead to Porlock Weir (9 miles / 14.5km)    
Your journey begins with a climb up North Hill and a walk along the highest cliffs in England. You have the choice to begin your walk with a leisurely stroll or take the rugged coast path for a more strenuous start to your walk. Visit Bossington, a picturesque hamlet in the Selworthy Parish, renowned for its ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottages.

Day 3: Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
(12 miles / 19km)
Today’s walk from Porlock Weir is challenging as you cross the Somerset / Devon border. Visit the smallest complete parish church in England, Culbone Church, before zig-zagging your way into the picturesque village of Lynmouth.

Day 4: Lynmouth to Combe Martin (14 miles / 22.5km)
Kick your day off with an invigorating climb up the other side of the valley to enjoy a remote and quiet stretch of the path. The coastal landscape is spectacular today as you pass The Valley of Rocks, climb the steep cliffs at Woody Bay, and along to the valley of Heddon’s Mouth. Enjoy impressive views from the highest point on the entire Coast Path - the Great Hangman - before descending into Combe Martin. 

Day 5: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe (5.5 miles / 9km)
Today’s walk is never too far from the road but is full of impressive rocky inlets. This short distance allows you time to enjoy the changing landscape as you pass Watermouth Cove, Widmouth Head, and Rillage Point. Visit the oldest lighthouse in the UK - St Nicholas Chapel - proudly perched on the top of Lantern Hill.

Day 6: Ilfracombe to Woolacombe (8.5 miles / 13.5km)
Your route today is along many grass topped cliffs which, after crossing two steep valleys, will eventually lead you to Bull Point Lighthouse. Continue around Morte Point where you can spot seals before hugging the coast past beautiful sandy bays which lead you into Woolacombe.

Day 7: Woolacombe to Croyde (5.5 miles / 9km)
Enjoy an abundance of wildlife and interesting geology today as you depart Woolacombe and walk a 3 mile stretch of golden sands to Baggy Point. The short distance today will provide you with an opportunity to rest your legs and enjoy time relaxing on the beach or visiting Sandleigh Tea Rooms & Gardens.

Day 8: Croyde to Braunton (9.5m / 15km)
This section of path takes you to the Braunton Burrows Nature Reserve - a rich habitat for flowering plants, small mammals and butterflies. Take the opportunity to appreciate the wildlife, before heading inland to Braunton.

Day 9: Braunton to Instow (13 miles / 21km)
Follow the Tarka Trail all the way to Barnstaple along the former Barnstaple to Ilfracombe Railway line. This section is, naturally, low level and continues like this as it passes through marshland and pastures. For those fond of birdlife, this section holds great value, interest and character.

Day 10: Instow to Westward Ho! (11 miles / 17km)
The final leg of the Minehead to Westward Ho! section of the South West Coast Path gives the option to take a foot passenger ferry from Instow over Appledore, cutting 6 miles off today’s mileage. The path follows the estuary of the River Torridge, passing through the old fishing town of Appledore. A beautiful long beach and tasty ice-cream await in the seaside village of Westward Ho! - the only town in the UK with an exclamation mark in its name!

Day 11: Onward travel