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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

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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  • Robin Hill Farm Cottages added 2 new photos. Today our friend Jen, with Paul, is walking a 'Strenuous' section of the The South West Coast Path from Westward Ho! through the pretty little hamlet of Bucks Mills onto Clovelly, Devon, United Kingdom (where you can find the famous Clovelly donkeys and search for 'fudge' stones all over the Easter holidays) - they should complete it in sunshine BUT there were mountainous white tops in Bideford Bay today (at least they will be blown inland and not off the cliff!) more
  • Elite Walkers shared an album to The South West Coast Path's timeline. This months group walk along the Jurassic Coast.... more
  • Coverack is a largely unspoilt fishing village near the tip of the Lizard Peninsula and the South West Coast Path passes through it. Near the South West Coast Path is Poldowrian Garden which includes a prehistoric settlement. The area between Coverack Cove and Dolor Point is a designated SSSI and one of the most famous geological localities in Cornwall, providing a rare exposure of a section across a mantle-crust boundary. 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
  • St Ives from the coast path at Carrick Du. Tate St Ives and the cemetery can be seen above Porthmeor Beach. 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
  • End of the day at Portreath more
  • On the way to the beach more
  • South West Coast Path Association added a new photo. Lovely to meet Peter and Jane Sillet who travelled down from Essex for the AGM and to walk the The South West Coast Path with guide dog pup in training Candy more
  • Godrevy Lighthouse, St Ives Bay, Cornwall. Built in 1858/9 Godrevy Lighthouse guards the eastern edge of St Ives Bay. Its octagonal tower is 26m high. Virginia Woolf first visited St Ives on 12 September 1892, staying at Talland House. It is said that she was so captivated by the view of the lighthouse across the bay that it inspired her to write the novel 'To the lighthouse', though in her book she relocated the lighthouse to the Isle of Skye! 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
  • Andrew Poyner wrote on The South West Coast Path's timeline. My Big Walk starts on Monday 13th April. Doing the whole path in one go. Updates will follow.
  • Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps. This impressive piece of coastline is found on the North Coast of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path between Newquay and Padstow. (The National Trust owns and maintains the car park, shop, cafe and steps to the beach, though not the beach itself). The shop and cafe are former mine buildings of Carnewas Mine. The rocks here include mid-Devonian slates and are one of the few places in Cornwall that fossils can be found. Although not very common, fossils of fish, corals, trilobites have been recorded. The name Bedruthan Steps is said to be taken from a mythological giant called 'Bedruthan' who used the rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones. There are no ancient records of this being traditional folklore however, and the consensus seems to the that the tale is a late nineteenth century invention for Victorian tourists. 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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