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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

Winter WandersWinter WandersWrap up warm

Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

Cafe and Teashop WalksCafe and Teashop WalksWalks with refreshing destinations

Discover the Coast Path

Vote for your Top Dog WalkVote for your Top Dog WalkEnter our 2014 competition

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.

Latest News

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  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own link.
  • The South West Coast Path likes a post.
  • We're honoured to see Durdle Door featured in the 2016 calendar. Be sure to visit us for more breath-taking views.
  • Hello, I am a Marketing student from Plymouth University and I am current carrying out some market research based on local attractions with the South West. If anyone has time, could you please fill out the short survey below? - You would be helping us greatly and it will only take a few minutes! Thank you in advance. more
  • All 12 stunning pictures to be featured in our 2016 calendar can be seen in our Flickr gallery. Thanks to all who entered the 2014 Coast Path #photography competition and look out for details when we launch it again this year more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own link.
  • After a slight delay, we are pleased to be able to announce our photo competition winners! Well done to all that will see their photos in our 2016 calendar and especially our winner which will grace the front cover! The photographer also gets to take up his prize courtesy of Carbis Bay Hotel See our Flickr gallery of winners here more
  • The South West Coast Path posted a link to Toad Hall Cottages's timeline.
  • There's just under a week to go before the closing date of our #topdogwalk competition and a chance to #win a stay with Toad Hall Cottages Have you voted for your favourite yet? Share your nominations using #topdogwalks more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a photo. Anyone seen this chow on the South West Coast Path? Please share - especially any of our Bude & North Cornwall or North Devon friends While out walking the South West Coast path trail...please keep an eye out for Lexi, a 5 year old red Chow, whom went missing whilst on holiday with her owners in Crackington Haven on 12th May 2014...Lexi is neutered,micro-chipped and had has a black tongue. Lexi is still out there somewhere and her owners want nothing more than for her to be back where she belongs...know someone who has acquired a chow...please contact the number on the poster...all calls are appreciated. Thank you. more


  • RT @SeasonalFood: Cracking day to walk the @swcoastpath. #bracing
  • “@NoCoPrints: Lone walker overlooking the #cliff structure above Butter Hole near #StepperPoint #Cornwall” wow!
  • Thanks to our photo comp sponsor @CarbisBay_Hotel the winner receives a luxury stay! See all 12 calendar pics here
  • Beginner's luck for photo comp winner whose picture of Chapman's Pool will feature on the front of our 2016 calendar
  • “@GaryHolpin: summer on the #swcoastpath #southhamshour- one of the best #walking trails in the world” spot on!
  • Just under a week left to vote for the #topdogwalk in the west and #win a stay with @THCottages
  • These are the first #snowdrops along the #SWCP that we've seen. Anyone else spotted any? @kathrynaalto
  • RT @kathrynaalto: Sun-kissed winter day. #walking @swcoastpath
  • RT @rachaelolivia: Approaching #Devon on the @swcoastpath - what a beautiful leg it was!
  • @EllieMichell @coastmag Keep us posted on your next walk. Bude to Crackington Haven by any chance? One of the best sections on the #SWCP