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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

Spring SauntersSpring SauntersA blooming spring in your step

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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  • Few shots from our walk around Harlyn Bay more
  • Woo hoo! We have already clocked more than three times the length of the Path on our mileometer for the Challenge - a total of 2,249 miles! Have you signed up yet? Read about it in our newsletter and sign up for more information (subscribe button on top left corner of newsletter) #Challenge630 http://eepurl.com/bv7xxL us5.campaign-archive2.com more
  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos. In other news... It's take your dog to work day at the Association office! Here's Kiera, trusty sidekick of path rep Colin and our Marketing expert Sophie with little Lulu - woof woof! more
  • Zennor lies about 7 miles south west of St Ives, just off the coast road towards St Just. It is also situated on the South West Coast Path and well placed as the start and end point for a number of shorter circular walks to Towednack, Carn Galva and Zennor Head. The village has a pub ‘The Tinners Arms’, Wayside Folk Museum, Backpacker’s Hostel and Café/Tearoom. At the centre of the village is The Church of Saint Senara parts of which date back to Norman times. One of two carved pew ends in the church depicts a mermaid and has been linked to the legend of the Mermaid of Zennor who is said to have visited the church after hearing Mathey Trewella singing there, and lured him away to live with her in the sea. During the First World War, author DH Lawrence and his German wife, Freida von Richthofen - a distant cousin of the flying ace, the Red Baron, came to live in Zennor. Before eventually renting a nearby cottage they originally they stayed on the Tinners Arms, which was reinvented as The Tinners Rest in Lawrence's story Samson & Delilah. Lawrence’s outspoken anti-war views and the fact his wife was German did not endear them to the locals, indeed many suspected them of being spies. They left Cornwall in 1917 and never returned. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos 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
  • It's South East Cornwall Walking Festival 12-19 September http://ow.ly/LTKXm Walking boots at the ready! looeguide.co.uk more
  • The South West Coast Path shared The Blue Mile's photo. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared National Trust - South Cornwall Coast's photo. more
  • Club together for a charity golf day on the South Devon Coast to help protect the coastline. Book now for Sept 11th more
  • Please share, this dog has been lost on the coastal path between Zennor and Gunnards head doglost.co.uk more
  • Levant Mine, Trewellard, West Cornwall. The restored steam engine (Harvey's of Hayle), at Levant is the oldest working steam engine in Cornwall that is still on its original site and can be seen 'in steam' throughout the summer (not open Sundays). There is network of footpaths including the South West Coast Path accessible from Levant, one of the most popular being the along the cliff top to nearby Botallack. Levant featured in the recent TV series 'Poldark' as Tressiders Mill and the Engine houses around Botallack became Wheal Leisure and Grambler. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos/videos 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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  • @darrellgrundy very well done! Get in touch for a completer's certificate and join our hall of fame!
  • RT @darrellgrundy: Mission accomplished. #SWCP complete! @swcoastpath 630+ miles in 63 days (inc. rest days). #630miles members http://t.co…
  • RT @itstimhayne: A great way to spend a Saturday...on the @swcoastpath @nationaltrust #Devon #Lee #Mortehoe http://t.co/ttmO9mBRmN
  • How I did on Twitter this week: 42 New Followers, 61 Mentions, 120K Mention Reach. How'd your week go? via http://t.co/VO1VttSWkq
  • The South West Coast Path Challenge starts in 1 month & we've already clocked more than 3x the length of the Path! http://t.co/xlc4nfpSwz
  • A good looking stile! https://t.co/CLPjhhK3vO
  • @clarebalding plse join us on 1 of 4 walks for the South West Coast Path Challenge in October http://t.co/xlc4nfpSwz http://t.co/mfNIosNmRH
  • RT @ldknitter: The sun is shining! Off to Hope for 8 miles round @swcoastpath what better way to finish a lovely week in wet tosh Devon?,! …
  • RT @ChrisSchoter: My complimentary @swcoastpath 2016 calendar with my winning image on March has arrived, thank you! :) http://t.co/QrO9HPp…
  • @EastDevonNT Thanks for the plug! Looking forward to hearing what challenge your rangers will be taking on?! #Challenge630