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The Walk of a Lifetime

The South West Coast Path National Trail is rated as one of the top walks to be found anywhere in the world by Lonely Planet and voted Britain’s best walking route by the readers of Walk magazine.

Coast path signWhere else can you walk along 630 miles of such superb coastline? The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and every day walking it brings stunning new experiences.

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon stroll to take you to a beauty spot, or to embark on the challenge of hiking the entire route from Somerset's Minehead on the edge of Exmoor around to the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset, or something in between, you’ve come to the right place. On this website you’ll find all the information you need to plan your trip.

Use our Walk Finder tool (top right of page) to search for the perfect walk for you.

630 Mile Experience630 Mile ExperienceAdvice and each day's walk described

Route ChangesRoute ChangesLatest News

Spring SauntersSpring SauntersA blooming spring in your step

Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

Cafe and Teashop WalksCafe and Teashop WalksWalks with refreshing destinations

Discover the Coast Path

Discovery WalksDiscovery WalksExplore the stories behind the landscape

Pub Walks - up to 3 milesPub Walks - up to 3 milesA good walk then stop for a drink!

Short Break ideasShort Break ideasOnly a week or weekend spare?

Interactive map

Welcome to the Coast Path short walk map

How to use the map

To find walks, use the map controls to move the map and zoom into the area you are interested in. As you zoom into a section of coastline, walks and the other items shown on the key, will appear on the map. Clicking on any of the symbols will bring up more details about that walk or feature.

If the map is becoming too cluttered, you can hide features by un-ticking the box beside it in the key. If the box is greyed out, it means that feature is hidden unless you zoom in closer.

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  • Great article in the Huffington Post Travel about the 'monumental' and 'pastoral' South West Coast Path http://huff.to/1c4Nfya social.huffingtonpost.com more
  • Fit4Dogs Photo Competition – Win Fish4Dogs Sea Jerky treats for a year! Simply submit a photo of your dog on their favourite dog walk and type ‘My dog’s favourite walk is ……’ into the caption box. http://bit.ly/Fit4DogsPhotoCompetition You can also enter by: Tweeting your dog’s favourite walk to @Fish4Dogs with the tag #Fit4Dogs Posting your dog’s favourite walk on Instagram @Fish4DogsUK with the tag #Fit4Dogs Posting your dog’s favourite walk at www.facebook.com/Fish4DogsUK with the tag #Fit4Dogs The photo with the most votes on Friday 26th June will be awarded a year’s supply of Sea Jerky Treats! Plus 2 lucky runners-up will each be awarded a 2kg box of Sea Jerky Treats. Best of Luck! #Fit4Dogs woobox.com more
  • Hi. Wondered if I could share the following blog post I wrote for the Down's Syndrome Association: https://downssyndromeassociation.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/walking-the-south-west-coast-path-all-630-miles/ Since writing it I have made my task much harder by cracking the t8 vertebra in my spine on Monday 27th Apr while celebrating my son's 16th birthday. We were at a trampoline park but far from doing anything worth shouting about all I was doing was some bouncing up and down. Must have hit the trampoline at the wrong moment and, bang, compression fracture. Very painful! Still, I am determined to compete the walk and raise as much as I can for my charities ... I will simply adjust my itinerary as I may not be able to walk the late May bank holiday as planned. Oh well. These things are sent to try us. Cheers Austen Yapp downssyndromeassociation.wordpress.com more
  • Mount Edgecombe, Rame Peninsula, Cornwall, (with the City of Plymouth in the distance). Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall, Mount Edgecombe is now jointly owned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council. Entrance to the extensive grounds and most of the formal gardens and the national collection of camellias is free, but there is a charge for parking and entry into the house itself. The Edgecombe family moved from Mount Edgecombe to nearby Cotehele in the 17th century and extensive remodeling was done to the house and the gardens landscaped. The house itself was bombed in WWII and was left as a derelict shell until 1958, when Adrian Gilbert Scott was commissioned by the 6th Earl to rebuild the house using a steel frame and concrete floors. Mount Edgcombe is rare among English country houses because of its post-War interior design. As well as the gardens and house there are lots of family friendly activities including Frisbee golf and segway hire. The section of the South West Coast footpath which crosses the park, must surely be the only section of the route which can be completed on a hired segway! Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • Hi All, Has anybody done the River Yealm crossing? Advice in the book says you can wade it. Has anybody got experience of this, we are hiking with full kit bags. Thanks
  • St Anthony-in-Meneage, Lizard, Cornwall. The hamlet of St Anthony-in-Meneage consists of the parish church, a collection of half-a-dozen cottages and a small boatyard/marina located where Gillan Creek meets the Helford River. The church is medieval in origin but the north aisle with an arcade of plain octagonal piers and the tower are thought to date from the 1600s. The South West Coast Path runs along the shoreline and crosses Gillan Creek on stepping stones only passable at low tide (there is a high tide alternative route). Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • Kennal Vale, Ponsanooth, Cornwall. The wooded valley of Kennal vale is a peaceful wooded glade managed by the Cornwall Wildlife trust and is popular with walkers, dog owners and photographers. The present serenity belies its industrial past. It was once a hive of activity. The trees. made it suitable for the site of a gunpowder mill, they kept the air humid to lessen the risk of explosion and also served to absorb any blast that did occur, while the fast flowing stream provided the power to drive the machinery. Milling, grinding and mixing explosives was never going to be risk free however and there were a number of accidents some of which resulted in fatalities. Today well maintained footpaths weave through the trees and the remains of the mill buildings, there is also a flooded quarry at the top of the site which was used to mine much of the stone used to construct many of the buildings and the nearby village of Ponsanooth. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • Step into Spring with the North Devon & Exmoor walking festival with views from #SWCoastPath http://ow.ly/LTJX9 more
  • It's National Walking Month! Where will your adventures take you? #WalkthisMay more
  • About 8 miles from St Ives, on the coast road towards Land's End you will find the fascinating village of Botallack which is part of the St Just Mining District, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. On the South West coast path about 1/4 mile from the car park is the Engine House that once formed part of Wheal Owles. If it looks familiar that may be because, with the aid of a little additional woodwork and a bit of CGI trickery it served as Wheal Leisure in the recent series of 'Poldark'. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos from my facebook page. All I ask is that you credit www.facebook.com/KernowPhotos and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more

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  • RT @martinhesp: Spotted this little fellow on #Cornish @swcoastpath yesterday - @WMNNews walk soon http://t.co/zmw0VD2BWq
  • RT @NTSouthDevon: Even if the weather isnt so good this wke the wildflowers are looking fab so enjoy them @NTSouthWest @swcoastpath http://…
  • Step into Spring with the North Devon & Exmoor walking festival with views from #SWCoastPath http://t.co/MMUAEaR1xf http://t.co/H0usuiQajf
  • @konajon good luck on your adventures this weekend! Keep us posted
  • RT @konajon: @swcoastpath Welsh Paul & I, are walking a 40mile Loop around The SouthHams ,Devon this Weekend! Its gonna be Great, Fantastic…
  • It's National Walking Month! Where will your adventures take you? #WalkthisMay http://t.co/h5fVmzbNaQ