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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

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Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

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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

  • Join in and Celebrate an Award Winning Link on the South West Coast Path

    On Friday 24 October, you can join RIBA for a celebratory talk that will give you an insight into the design and build of the Gillespie Yunnie Architects’ staircase at Royal William Yard, Plymouth. This filled a gap in the South West Coast Path, bringing walkers around the Stonehouse peninsula for the first time. Online booking: http://royal-william-yard.eventbrite.co.uk

  • Voting Opens For Top Dog Walk Competition

    Voting has just opened for the third annual Top Dog Walk competition with the continued backing of Your Dog Magazine and the Kennel Club’s access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, an expert on where dog owners can go and what they can do in the countryside. Dog owners are invited to nominate their favourite walk, for their four-legged friends, from walks all around the South West Coast Path. One lucky voter will receive a complimentary stay at one of Toad Hall Cottages 300 dog friendly cottages to the value of £500.

  • The Early Photographer Catches the Prize!

    Back in August saw the announcement of the winning photographs in Round 5 of the Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition – entitled Dawn and Dusk. Among the 30 most spectacular images the majority included the sea and coastline in some form.

    If you are thinking of entering this year’s South West Coast Path photographic competition it is well worth feasting your eyes on these to give you renewed inspiration.

    Amateur Photographer of the Year – Dawn and Dusk Gallery

  • Penny Mordaunt MP Visits the Coast Path to Discuss Storm Damage

    The new Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP, visited the South West Coast Path at Thurlestone, South Devon, earlier this week.

    Penny Mordaunt

  • South West Coast Path Secures £1 million Investment

    The South West Coast Path Association is delighted to announce today that they have been successful in their bid to the Coastal Communities Fund to secure £1 million investment in the South West Coast Path. 

  • Photo journalists - Create a story for the path

    We want you to help us to tell the story of a day in the life of the South West Coast Path. Our friends at Western Morning News have offered us a two page photo essay spread to include up to eight photographs with a 500 word editorial. We can do it ourselves of course but we know that you can do it even better! We're asking for help from Coast Path enthusiasts with photo journalism skills to produce this. 

  • Coast Path reopened near Thurlestone

    Devon County Council yesterday completed work to re-open a section of Coast Path south of Thurlestone which had been closed since early 2013 when it was severed by a cliff fall. The new route follows the edge of the field, and whilst slightly longer than the original route retains stunning views along the coast.  

  • New National Trail Geocoins to be released

    In July, August and September ten new Geocoins, one a week for ten weeks will be released. The first will coincide with the start of the National Trail Geocaching Week from 12th to 19th July. The last as part the Great South West Walks event 20th to 28th September.

  • South West Coast Path Photographic Competition attracts Top Professional as Judge

    The team behind this year’s Coast Path Photographic Competition is excited to announce that David Noton has agreed to come on board as their Professional Judge. 

  • The Great South West Walks 2014 Opens For Bookings - 100 New Walks Announced

    With 100 stunning coastal walks to choose from, the Great South West Walks 2014 is now open for bookings.

    These specially selected circular walks by the South West Coast Path Association, will take place across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset from 20th – 28th September.

Latest Events

  • Tales of the Exmoor Coast

    22nd November 2014 4:00pm-7:00pm

    Hear folk lore, fable and fact about Exmoor's coast from Exmoor National Park Ranger Tim Parish, then we invite you to add your own! Interactive and entertaining - come and share your stories...

    This event is brought to you by: Lynmouth Pavilion Project
    Location: Lynmouth Pavilion EX35 6EQ
    Booking: Booking not essential but would be helpful
    Charge: Free event
    Contact: 01598 752509

Facebook

  • The South West Coast Path shared The English Riviera's photo. Suddenly feeling a little like Christmas is coming! Take a trip to the Riviera to experience the countdown in style Countdown to christmas - Magical, mesmerising and magnificent Christmas events on the English Riviera. With Christmas fast approaching, a trip to the English Riviera on South Devon’s Beautiful Bay gives you a chance to tap into the festive spirit. Experience some fantastic magical events which will make your Christmas sparkle. http://www.englishriviera.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-and-new-year more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on a photo.
  • If you have time today we recommend you watch this seven minutes of aerial bliss by Matthew Burtwell of glorious coastal Cornwall http://bit.ly/1uIjgkF more
  • Congratulations to everyone at the Countryside Mobility Hire Service for their Gold Visit Devon Award. more
  • It's always great to see the Coast Path highlighted with other long distance trails around the world - especially when it says ...'a fair argument could be made that the South West Coast Path, bumping along the cliff-lined shores of Cornwall and Devon, is the world's most spectacular coastal trail.' We heartily agree! http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/themes/adventure/63307835/no-camping-the-worlds-best-walks.html www.stuff.co.nz more
  • If you'd like to get out walking and help others to do the same this might be a volunteering opportunity up your street, path, lane etc! www.walkingforhealth.org.uk more
  • From a quick look it seems the Coast Path has it! What do you think? more
  • The South West Coast Path likes a status.
  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own photo.
  • A new like from our new page

Tweets

  • Where would you head to on the Coast Path in #Cornwall to take the perfect shot this weekend? http://t.co/c1nxHyHKMf
  • We recommend you watch this seven minutes of aerial bliss by @Matt_Burtwell of glorious coastal #Cornwall http://t.co/sICIJ8W6bL
  • RT @WMNNews: Check out @Matt_Burtwell's breathtaking pictures of a breathtaking region http://t.co/AqlvoqYcsZ #Cornwall http://t.co/zf0CVO4…
  • This is a gorgeous way to get great photos of the #SWCoastPath by using a flying drone @aerialcornwall @WestBriton http://t.co/y3lPWgrez9
  • RT @DorsetScouser: Special mini exhibition launches at @EypeMakerMarket on Sunday. Prints, calendars and cards available to buy. http://t.c…
  • RT @SWCornwallNT: Our team are interested in doing a course on what to do when we get whale and dolphin strandings, any ideas locally pleas…
  • RT @pobhotels: Great Events planned @Thurlestone1896 for 2015 - Gourmet Wine Break; Study in Watercolours; A weekend of Opera. CALL 01548 5…
  • RT @GaryHolpin: Friday's #sunny #photo from http://t.co/QQTr1lBije is #beautiful #Lulworth Cove #Dorset @dorsetmag @VisitDorset ☀ http://t.…
  • RT @ThePicParlour: Lovely morning here today just had to go to the beach @swcoastpath @ILoveCornwallUK @CornwallLiving #southwesthour http:…
  • @ChrisSchoter @GaryHolpin So are we! If you know anyone else that has walked the entire #SWCoastPath they too can appear in the Hall of Fame