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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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Spring SauntersSpring SauntersA blooming spring in your step

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Cafe and Teashop WalksCafe and Teashop WalksWalks with refreshing destinations

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

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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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  • Porth Nanven, Cot Valley, St Just, Cornwall. Porth Nanven lies on the South West Coast Path west of St Just where the picturesque Cot Valley meets the sea. The cot valley may look very rural and unspoilt today, but if you look carefully you can make out the remains of numerous buildings, remnants of tin mining in the valley, which have now almost been totally reclaimed by nature. Porth Nanven is sometimes referred to as 'The Dinosaur Egg Beach' due to the large number of rounded boulders both on the cliff and on the beach. The boulders have nothing to do with dinosaurs or eggs however, they are the remains of an ancient raised beach formed when the sea level was much higher than it is today. Porth Nanven is now under the protection of the National Trust. It can be incorporated into a short walk from St Just to the Cot Valley and back via Carn Gloose. 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
  • Talland Church, Talland Bay, Cornwall. Long before St Augustine is said to have brought Christianity to England when he established what was to become Canterbury Cathedral in 597AD, Christianity had been practiced in Cornwall for many years. Trading cloth for Cornish Tin, merchants from the Lebanon and the holy Land brought faith in Jesus Christ to Cornwall centuries before the Holy Roman Empire. The Celtic Church became firmly established with roots not in Canterbury or Rome, but in the Middle East Itself. The Church at Talland is built in the site of a Celtic Chapel, Some say the name 'Talland' derives from the fact the church is dedicated to St. Tallanus, a hermit who made his home here, Others say name 'Talland' derived from the Cornish "Tal Lan" which means the Holy Place (lan) on the brow of the hill (tal). As the Church is on the side rather than the brow of the hill, this may be just coincidence. Perched on the cliff overlooking Talland Bay and on the South West Coast Path between Looe and Polperro. The oldest parts of Talland Church dates from the 13th Century though much of it is considerably later. The church is unusual as the bell tower is actually separate from the main body of the church. The area and church itself have a long association with smuggling. Inside the church is the headstone of Robert Mark, shot and killed in 1802, though there is some confusion as to if he was a smuggler or a revenue man. It is also said that Reverend Richard Dodge. vicar of Talland from 1713-47 was involved in smuggling and invented many tales of ghosts and other frightful stories to provide much needed secrecy from the spying eyes of the revenue men. 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
  • I've noticed that there are quite a few official alternative routes whilst walking and wondered which to follow to make sure that I do the full 630 miles? Also, if I was to take the Instow to Appledore ferry, how does that affect my total mileage?
  • So what have ypu for planned for this half-term? Have you planned a tranquil wild camp? Are you thinking of wandering through some local Forestry Commission woodland? Shredding trails up at Cardinham Woods with Trailmunki.com? Or are you making the most of the stunning scenery on The South West Coast Path? What ever you have planned enjoy it! Remember we are open 7 days a week including today, we open at 09:00 today so hopefully we'll see you instore. #cornwall #cotswoldoutdoor #halfterm more
  • The latest from trail runner Mark who 's looking to set a new record - keep up the good work! more
  • Looking back along the South West Coast Footpath from Porth Nanven towards Land's End. Above the fog on the headland you can see the buildings at Land's End. If you look very carefully on the top right third, you can also make out the top of the Longships Lighthouse above the bank of fog. more
  • A bank of fog partially obscures The Brisons at Porth Nanven. Porth Nanven is where the Cot Valley, St Just, meets the sea. The South West Coast path runs across the bottom of the valley and there are shorter circular walks to Church Cove, Cape Cornwall and Sennen Cove. 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
  • Please help us save our beloved 'stairway to heaven' at Perranporth by signing and sharing. Many thanks. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-tamblyn-way?source=facebook-share-button&time=1432235308 you.38degrees.org.uk more
  • Looking forward to seeing our director Esther Pearson in the @WMNSunday tomorrow talking about her town #SouthMilton more
  • And the second image from Wednesday night's outing to Porthleven and as we had a little walk along The South West Coast Path, i got this shot looking towards Rinsey Head and Tregear Point cornishwallart.co.uk more

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