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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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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.

Latest News

Latest Events

  • Coastal Combes & Heather Highs

    Coastal Combes & Heather Highs   28th Aug 2014 11:00am-2:30pm

    Meet a National Park Ranger for a walk across the scented heather moorland, down to cool woodland before a steady climb up to join the South West Coast Path and its fine views across the sea.

    Meet Holdstone Down car park (with overhead barrier). SS623474.

    11am for 3.5hrs/5miles.

    Bring a picnic and walking boots.

    More details here

  • Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Bird Watch

    Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Bird Watch - Monday 8th September

    Axe Estuary and Surrounding Area

    Join Ian Waite for a fascinating morning of birdwatching.           

    Date:               Monday 8th September 2014

    Time:               09.30 onwards

    Venue:             Meet at Axmouth Bridge lay by

  • Ocean City Festival

    Plymouth’s annual Ocean City Festival (8th – 28th September) returns bigger and better in 2014. The festival is designed to offer a fun and engaging way for families and visitors to enjoy the city, taste great food, see fascinating marine life, experience inspiring art and music and learn about a world beneath the waves. The event also aims to raise awareness, nationally and internationally, of Plymouth’s role as a leading UK marine city, for research, leisure, heritage and local produce. 

  • Big night out on the beach!

    Big night out on the beach! 

    Sat 13th Sep

    National Trust and South Devon AONB

    South Milton Sands

    Join us for our annual evening of fun and activities on the beach! Watersports taster sessions, rockpooling, bird walks, star gazing, children’s activities, refreshments in the Beach House café and more! (Bring a clean jam jar if you want to make a lantern.) Free (small charges for watersports sessions and car park).

    No need to book - just turn up!

    6pm until late.

    Meet at South Milton Sands, South Milton SX 677414

  • Earth's Studio- Art Workshops II

    Lynmouth Pavilion
    Saturday 13th September
    11am - 4pm

    Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!

    Please bring a packed lunch and stout footwear. Also wear suitable clothing as the session may get a bit messy. You may also with to bring a camera. Meet at the Pavilion.

    Booking is essential for these free workshops. Visit to book your place.

  • Minehead Summertime Tasters

    Minhead Events will be organising a Food & Drink event called Minehead Summertime Tasters that ties in with the CAMRA Real Ale Festival at the West Somerset Railway on 13-14 Sept. 

    This will include local food producers based in the Beach Hotel offering taster sessions, also they hope to have the YMCA doing taster sessions and creative menus.

  • Inside Out on the South Dorset Ridgeway

    This September, from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st inclusive, 9 new artistic commissions will animate the stunning South Dorset Ridgeway, easily explored via the South West Coast Path. Inside Out Dorset Festival is presenting free outdoor events and artworks, will be situated in the village of Littlebredy, Black Down, Ashley Chase and the spaces between.

  • Swanage & Purbeck Walking Festival

    The Swanage and Purbeck Walking Festival

    Saturday 20th - Sunday 28th September 2014

    The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker’s paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed.  go to the Walking Festival website for more details

  • Guided Walk - Moonfleet

    Join a guided walk around Moonfleet exploring the literature and history of this atmospheric place nestling in the shadow of the South Dorset Ridgeway.  In association with the South West Coast Path's 'Great South West Walks'

  • Seafood Festival

    As part of the Ocean City Festival Plymouth’s Seafood Festival (Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th September) will showcase the fantastic quality of seafood available in Plymouth, both local and celebrity chefs will create a range of mouth-watering dishes from the catch of the day.  


  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's photo. Early bird offer for Great South West Walks If you are walking with us on the Great South West Walks we have an early bird offer you can take advantage of this month. For every walk you book in August you can buy the event t-shirt in for £5. Each one sold comes with a free water bottle that you can bring with you on your walk. more
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  • I am looking forward to do the walk between Newquay and Padstow in September
  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's photo. Eating blackberries along the way, listening to Nicky Bailey from the South Devon AONB, looking far out to sea. A morning of bliss. Thanks BBC Radio Devon. We had a lovely walk with Pippa Quelch from BBC Radio Devon this morning and a throng of Ramblers from Wembury - next week to Beer Come and join us there by signing up on their website: more
  • Listen out for our community project officer Nicky tomorrow. She is walking part of the The South West Coast Path with Pippa Quelch from Radio Devon. #lovetowalk
  • It was Portland Bill in the South West Coast Path Association's photo yesterday! more
  • Found on The South West Coast Path near Bigbury. Expensive prescription glasses - can we reunite them with their owner? more
  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's photo. Great photo. More like these for entry to our photographic competition please. We're thinking somewhere on the Dorset coast... There are some really atmospheric places around the South West Coast Path. Does anyone know which of the Coast's lighthouses this is? Thanks to Anthony Spencer for the photograph. more
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  • @NTfundraiser @NorthCornwallNT Great pick! It is lovely there.
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Get ready for autumn walks with one of our colourful hoodies Available in 40 colours #walking h…
  • @NTfundraiser Indeed. Very blessed as the @3hungryboys noted yesterday. Do you have a favourite spot?
  • For info on the reopening of the Coast Path route between Teignmouth and Holcombe visit @TeignmthOracle @networkrail
  • RT @PippaQuelch: @swcoastpath @PippaQuelch @BBCDevon Great! I'll be running a feature on the walk just after 11am this Sunday on BBC Radio …
  • RT @PippaQuelch: @swcoastpath @BBCDevon thanks to Nicky, Emily and all who made today's walk so lovely. Listen to Fitz at 6.35 tonight http…
  • @PippaQuelch @BBCDevon Thanks Pippa. Looking forward to listening to snippets from the walk on your show this Sunday.
  • RT @darrenmbrown: @swcoastpath @DorsetTourism @TravelDorset Great sights on the South West Coast Path between Abbotsbury and Swyre http…
  • @GaryHolpin @robertbaker1903 @LoveSWCoastPath Hello Robert check out our website for planning your big adventure
  • RT @Kingsleyphoto: Yesterday's sunset near St Just West Cornwall @CornishSunsets @swcoastpath @Tweet_Bus #cornwallhour #photography http://…