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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.

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Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

Cafe and Teashop WalksCafe and Teashop WalksWalks with refreshing destinations

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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!

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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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  • Covered Mineshaft, Chapel Porth, Nr St Agnes. Cornwall is littered with old minshafts and the coast around St Agnes in no exception. The abandoned shafts are often home to colonies of bats. This covered shaft is just off the south west coast path on the cliffs at Chapel Porth. This type of conical cage seems to have been been preferred throughout the old Kerrier district council area, making the shaft safe while still allowing the bats to have access. 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
  • Trev's Taxi added a new photo. Day 29 #TT100happydays First job of the day today was to take 2 walkers to here, where they walk back along the The South West Coast Path to Crosstown more
  • Spinnaker Cottage, Salcombe updated their status. Thank you Clare Balding for nominating her favourite stretch of The South West Coast Path as the part from Hope Cove, South Devon to #Salcombe! We all know how lovely it is and now several million listeners to Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 do too!
  • Charlestown Harbour, Nr St Austell. The port was built on the instruction of Charles Rashleigh to plans by John Smeaton (who also planned Smeaton's Pier, St Ives). The port was built to export copper from the nearby mines of Crinnis Hill, South Polmear and United Mines, Holmbush. It later became an important port for the export of China Clay. Today Charlestown is used as the base for a number of sailing ships and its largely unmodernised quays have been the setting for many TV and film productions including 'The Onedin Line', 'Pirates of The Caribbean', 'Dr Who', 'Alice in Wonderland' and of course the current 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
  • Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall. The scenic coastal village of Portscatho on the eastern side of the Roseland Peninsula faces onto Gerrans Bay. The beach is a mixture of rocky foreshore and sandy patches. There are Lovely walks around the harbour and along the South West Coast Path. The Portscatho Fish Festival is held in August. 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
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. Patrick Devine Wright on BBC Radio Devon at the weekend talking about his record breaking challenge to complete the South West Coast Path! Skip forward 3 hours 9 minutes http://bbc.in/1xMd76C bbc.co.uk more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. Thanks @MatureTimes for covering our #topdogwalks competition winner http://bit.ly/1GceGBP maturetimes.co.uk more
  • The South West Coast Path added a new photo. It's #NationalPuppyDay - lucky Bilbo will enjoy a #topdogwalk @ToadHallDogs #DogsLoveCornwall http://bit.ly/1EE1ql5 more
  • Levant Mine as seen from the South West Coast Path with Pendeen Watch lighthouse in the distance. Levant Mine was saved from dereliction and the winding engine brought back into working order by the Cornish Mines Preservation Society (now amalgamated into the Trevithick Society). The beam engine based on a design by Trevithick with modifications by Mitchell was built by Harvey's of Hayle in around 1840 and can be seen in steam on a regular basis. Levant Mine is now managed by the National Trust. 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
  • The South West Coast Path at Holywell Bay a few miles south of Newquay.The path can also be incorporated in a number of smaller circular walks taking in West Pentire, Crantock and Polly Joke, Or you can just go to the gorgeous sandy beach and chill out. 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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  • Have you heard about our #TopDogWalk ? Listen again to @BBCCornwall Pam Spriggs talks about the winner http://t.co/PnpVNDV7uu 1hr17mins
  • My best RTs this week came from: @selinasorrels @LeTrina_ @rtopnb #thankSAll Who were yours? http://t.co/Pp2GDBsWqQ http://t.co/BpeL7oOn71
  • Thanks @MatureTimes for covering our #topdogwalks competition winner http://t.co/45C2HaqaHi
  • RT @AndrewRWhite: @BBCCornwall @swcoastpath It's an amazing place. I love the SWCP http://t.co/oM1XfzMwkS
  • RT @GaryVaughan13: @BBCCornwall Walk that with Brindie boxer quite often! Well deserved. http://t.co/GlZKdFHfaH
  • RT @CornwallAONB: @BBCCornwall #lovecornwall #aonb what a great stretch of protected coastline!
  • RT @BBCCornwall: The coast path from Padstow to Harlyn Bay has been voted the best in the west for walking your dog. More with Pam Spriggs …
  • Looking forward to speaking to @BBCCornwall this morning about our #topdogwalks #dogslovecornwall http://t.co/UaGfJiobzI @ToadHallDogs
  • It's #NationalPuppyDay - lucky Bilbo will enjoy a #topdogwalk @ToadHallDogs #DogsLoveCornwall http://t.co/UaGfJiobzI http://t.co/iivcNUEHZM
  • RT @mjattrill: Great picture of Friday's #eclipse through Smeaton's Tower on #Plymouth Hoe http://t.co/33W9GK8cfk