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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

  • 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.  

  • Tales of the Exmoor Coast

    27th Sep 2014 4:00pm-8:00pm

    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


  • Wandering along the coast path around the Helford, Durgan village was looking exquisitely cute with the bunting out yesterday. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. more
  • BBC Radio Devon out of the Coast Path getting ready for the Great South West Walks event in just over a weeks time. Thanks all that took part! more
  • The South West Coast Path shared I love Cornwall's photo. Pedn Vounder beach adjacent to Porthcurno in west #Cornwall looking mighty fine this week! What's your favourite beach? For more live photos follow us on Instagram here credit @nia_redgirl more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Monty Halls' Great Escapes's status update. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Fenteroon Farm Holiday Cottages's status update. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared BBC Radio Devon's photo. Network Rail says its 'orange army' has reached an important milestone at Dawlish. Improvement work has started on the final section of walkway between Rockstone and Coast Guard footbridges. Once that's done, every section of the walkway from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth will be open again for the first time since last winter's storms. Here's the barge they're using, so they can work whatever the tide... more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Cornwall, GB's photo. A lovely photo from St. Michael's Mount, it's turning into a beautiful day again! Cornwall, GB more
  • The South West Coast Path shared South Sands's photo. A lovely way to start a walk! I hear it's dog friendly too. Walkabout Café – Situated on the South West Coast Path. Great selection of refreshments and snacks, including sugar free drinks and gluten free scones along with all-time favourites. Walking essentials such as hot flasks and walking sticks available to hire. Open 10.00am to 4.00pm more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on a post.


  • RT @DevonLifeEd: Having a snifter at Pier Point Café, Torquay, and it could be South of France. #balmy Actually, who'd want it to be France…
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Escape to the Coast Path. Enjoy this lovely weather! Join us and @SouthWestWater @CHSW on the Great South West Walks h…
  • RT @KerrieDoodles: A walk around #Portland, #Dorset is a fantastic way to spend the day. @thisisdorset @swcoastpath @rambleon_org_uk http:/…
  • RT @LuggageTransfer: Stretch summer out & your legs @swcoastpath @ILoveCornwallUK #walk
  • RT @WaterFront_Polz: #kids go back to #school & the #sunshine stays!! @SouthWestUK is the place to come. Walk the @swcoastpath to see the #…
  • @isiliva @Rockdocuk How about this Barbara?
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: @ILoveCornwallUK spreads the news of Great South West Walks. Book your place today!…
  • RT @ThePicParlour: @sekenton @RamblersGB It's the @swcoastpath between Boscastle & Trevalga a challenging walk but well worth it. http://t.…
  • RT @TrenythonManor: Par Beach Booley Beach Polkerris Beach @swcoastpath @SouthWestUK @RamblersGB #lovecornwall #staycation #southcoast htt…
  • RT @AnnaArtbyanna: @swcoastpath new painting to raise money for the path, £150 (thanks @GaryHolpin for inspiration)