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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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  • Port Quin, Cornwall. Just South of Port Isaac is the small, beautiful and tranquil harbour of Port Quin. The village, if you can call it that, is just a tiny collection of national trust properties and a few dwellings and is sometimes referred to as 'The Village that Died' as it has been abandoned on at least two occasions, once when the annual pilchard harvest failed and once when most of the men of the village were lost at sea in a violent storm. Port Quin also featured in the 'original' 1970s version of Poldark and the 1998 film 'Amy Foster'. Situated on the South West Coast Path, there are many walks in the area of various lengths and difficulty. The village is also noted as a kayaking and Coasteering centre. If you are feeling less adventurous, there is a pleasant beach with safe swimming and lots of rock pools to explore. 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
  • An amazing achievement by @Barefoot_PDQ who broke the record for the fastest completion of the #SWCoastPath #630miles http://bit.ly/1JhZ6a9 barefootpdqswcp2015.wordpress.com more
  • Crashing Wave at Botallack near St Just #cornwall #lovecornwall #nationaltrust more
  • Step into Spring with the North Devon & Exmoor walking festival with views of the #SWCoastPath http://ow.ly/i/asnDI http://ow.ly/LTJX9 ow.ly more
  • Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Bay, Cornwall. At the end of Hayle's three mile long beach Godrevy Lighthouse marks the eastern end of St Ives Bay. The octagonal lighthouse was built in the late 1850's to warn shipping of the offshore reef. This particular photo was taken from the South West Coast path where it crosses the extensive sand dunes at Upton Towans. The lighthouse is no longer used. The warning light was replace with an LED lamp on a steel gantry the adjacent rock in 2012. 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
  • Fantastic week so far walking Salcombe to Dartmouth. Excellent stretch. X more
  • Looking on Blackpool Sands more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Walkitcornwall's post. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. wildrunning.net more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Easy Hiker - Adventure for Beginners's post. more

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  • An amazing achievement by @Barefoot_PDQ who broke the record for the fastest completion of the #SWCoastPath #630miles http://t.co/7Gyn6WmVb6
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  • Step into Spring with the North Devon & Exmoor walking festival with views of the #SWCoastPath http://t.co/9N5W4u2D2H http://t.co/kGEWMhohYR
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  • ...and the #SWCoastPath is the longest of all of them! It's also a simply stunning walk don't you think? https://t.co/zqTWqwDsED