South West Coast Path

In a country full of epic walking trails, the South West Coast Path is the longest of them all, running for 630 miles (1,014 km) along the stunning coastline of south-west England. The route is packed with spectacular scenery, quaint fishing villages, and wonderful wildlife, not to mention some of the best beaches in England!

Our self-guided walking holidays on the South West Coast Path (SWCP) include door-to-door baggage transfers, carefully selected accommodation, guidebook/map, our emergency contact number, and all you need to enjoy a memorable, stress-free hiking experience.

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Minehead to Westward Ho!

The official start of the South West Coast Path is Minehead in Somerset, where an impressive monument marks the beginning of the trail. The 88-mile stretch from Minehead to Westward Ho!  ventures through Exmoor National Park and over the highest coastline in England. 

Taking in unspoilt harbour villages and pristine beaches, this section also includes natural wonders such as Braunton Burrows—a protected National Nature Reserve—and the spectacular Valley of the Rocks.

Lynmouth, Devon> Distance: 88 miles (142 km)

> Duration: 7 to 9 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 680.00 per person

Selected highlights:

•  The spectacular starter monument in Minehead

•  Walk through Exmoor National Park

  Rugged and dramatic coastal scenery 


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Westward Ho! to Padstow 

The section of the South West Coast Path from Westward Ho! to Padstow crosses from Devon into Cornwall, traversing a magnificent, untouched coastline made up of dramatic cliffs and valleys carved by the wild Atlantic Ocean. With 78 miles of undulating path, this is considered to be one of the most challenging sections of the entire trail.

Dipping in and out of peaceful sheltered inlets such as Port Quin, a National Trust fishing village, the trail eventually leads into the rugged and uncompromising headland at Hartland Quay, before passing through the quaint village of Clovelly, and on to medieval Tintagel Castle where the legend of King Arthur comes to life. 

CJ from Absolute Escapes on the SWCP> Distance: 78 miles (126 km)

> Duration: 6 to 8 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 615.00 per person

Selected highlights:

  Historic Tintagel Castle - reputed birthplace of King Arthur

  Explore the stunning, cobbled village of Clovelly

  Walk along a wild and dramatic coastline

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Padstow to Penzance

The unmissable section of the South West Coast Path between Padstow and Penzance takes in secluded beaches, surfing hotspots, the vibrant towns of St Ives and Padstow, as well as Land’s End, the awe-inspiring Minack Theatre, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cornish Mining.

The ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall has a long history of mining, fishing, and smuggling - industries which have since faded away, as it has reinvented itself as one of the most creative corners of Britain. Art galleries, museums and world-class restaurants sit alongside a truly stunning coastline.

St Ives on the South West Coast Path

> Distance: 107.5 miles (172 km)

> Duration: 7 to 11 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 780.00 per person

Selected highlights:

  The foodie paradise of Padstow

  The arty town of St Ives - home of The Tate

  The Minack Theatre - an open-air theatre carved into the side of a cliff

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Penzance to Falmouth

The varied section of the trail between Penzance and Falmouth includes some of the most picturesque stretches of scenery along the entire South West Coast Path.

The trail will lead you past sweeping stretches of golden sands and through sheltered forests with reminders of Cornwall’s mining history visible throughout. Dramatic cliff-top vistas are notched with hidden coves, and villages still home to busy fishing fleets will appear from their sheltered spots amongst the cliffs. Enjoy the tranquillity and isolation of the Lizard Peninsula, the ecological vibrancy of the Fowey Estuary, and the creative spirit of busting Falmouth.

St Michael's Mount Marazion
> Distance: 63.5 miles (100.5 km)

> Duration: 5 to 6 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 520.00 per person

Selected highlights:

  The jaw-dropping tidal island of St Michael's Mount

  Walk through the picturesque Lizard Peninsula

  Experience Falmouth’s vibrant pubs and restaurants

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Falmouth to Plymouth

The beautiful section of the SWCP from Falmouth to Plymouth runs along the delightful southern coast of Cornwall. 77 miles of trail takes you on an ever-changing journey through some of the South West Coast Path's most loved spots, including the Georgian harbour at Charlestown which features in the BBC series Poldark.

Authors have long found inspiration in this idyllic part of Cornwall, and the trail passes through sites associated with the renowned author Daphne Du Maurier.

St Mawes Cornwall
 Distance: 77 miles (122.5 km)

> Duration: 6 to 8 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 665.00 per person

Selected highlights:

  Picturesque fishing villages and historic harbours

  Journey through a Cornish Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  Dramatic cliff-top scenery and hidden coves

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Plymouth to Exmouth

Begin your journey in the historic maritime city of Plymouth before traversing South Devon's beautiful coastline to the seaside town of Exmouth. Take in the secluded beach-fringed landscape and historic towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth, Brixham and Paignton, as you wind your way along this lovely coast.

The magical section of the South West Coast Path between Plymouth and Exmouth passes through dramatic headlands, densely wooded areas, bustling seaside towns and steep coastal valleys.

Dartmouth Steam Train SWCP
 Distance: 101.5 miles (164 km)

> Duration: 8 to 10 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 725.00 per person

Selected highlights:

  The bustling seaside towns of Salcombe, Dartmouth and Exmouth

  The secluded beaches of South Devon

  Indulge in freshly-caught delights of the sea

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Exmouth to Lyme Regis

The section of the SWCP from Exmouth to Lyme Regis takes in part of the Jurassic Coast—England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This coastline is renowned for its rugged beauty, dramatic cliffs, wildlife and picturesque coastal villages. It begins at the red Triassic rocks of Exmouth and travels the length of the East Devon coast to Lyme Regis in Dorset. 

View along the Jurassic Coast of Devon

> Distance: 30 miles (48 km)

> Duration: 3 to 4 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 360.00 per person

Selected highlights:

•  The fishing village of Beer with its smugglers' coves

  Jurassic Coast - a UNESCO World Heritage Site

•  The Regency town of Sidmouth with its famous Esplanade

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Lyme Regis to Poole

The unique section of the South West Coast Path from Lyme Regis to Poole is best known for its dramatic geological landmarks and picturesque coastal villages.

The Dorset coast has a fascinating history dating back millions of years, and you can search for prehistoric fossils and marvel at the rich beauty of the area. 

the incredible natural limestone archway of Durdle Door, one of the most famous landmarks on the south coast of England

> Distance: 75 miles (120 km)

> Duration: 6 to 8 days according to choice

> Prices from: £ 595.00 per person

Selected highlights:

•  Durdle Door, one of the most famous landmarks on the south coast of England

  The majestic cliffs at Golden Cap

  Search for dinosaur fossils at Kimmeridge Bay

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Keen to find out more about walking the South West Coast Path? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Walking the South West Coast Path.