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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

Great South West WalksGreat South West WalksTake part in our coastal walks

Route ChangesRoute ChangesLatest News

Autumn AmblesAutumn AmblesCrashing through the leaves

Enter our Photo CompetitionEnter our Photo Competitionand win a holiday...

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.

Latest News

Latest Events

  • 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

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  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's photo. What a great day! Such a great start to the Great SW Walks. Fabulous walks were enjoyed by all those taking part on the first day of the Great South West Walks. Thanks to BBC Radio Devon and The Thurlestone Hotel for hosting the opening. more
  • Hi people, daft question but what accommodation is along the route? Are there any designated cheap 'Albergue' style hostels along the route or are profit making B&Bs (I'm think expensive) the only option? Are there camp sites walking distance apart (If so which stretch of the route?). Thank you.
  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's status update. more
  • Coastal Walking on The South West Coast Path is 1 of my top 10 Autumn Bucket List Activities! Check out the other 9 here... http://www.johnfowlerholidays.com/foxy-blog/freddy%E2%80%99s-top-10-autumn-bucket-list-activities more
  • 'Walk With Me' guided photo walks running one Sunday each month from October around the beautiful Purbecks for just £25pp See more at. http://www.matthewwardlephotography.com/#!walk-with-me/ckm3 www.matthewwardlephotography.com more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. www.westerndailypress.co.uk more
  • The South West Coast Path likes a photo.
  • "Stretch out Your Summer" is what The South West Coast Path folks are saying.....come on down! So, as the sun stays lower in the sky and the evening's start to draw in, and the bitter easterly winds start to rock our coastlines Thirstea is changing. Not too much, just a slight addition SOUP! Hot, Fresh, Homemade Soups. With fresh local bread rolls. BUT we have a problem, we have no idea where to start! Carrot? Leek? Tomato? So we need your help! What will tickle your tastebuds on the blustery Cornish coast ? What could warm your cockles on a chilly day? Answers on a postcard (or in a comment!) more
  • We've had an amazing amount of guests walking the The South West Coast Path this year, a few rooms left this week and next, forecast is amazing! us5.campaign-archive2.com more
  • Stretch Summer Out - carry on walking this autumn with our latest newsletter us5.campaign-archive2.com more

Tweets

  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Thank you to @BBCDevon for covering the start of the Great SW Walks. Great views from Bantham http://t.co/muGFrAe81u
  • RT @countrywalking: Calling all coast-lovers: the South West Coast Path launch a week of fundraising walks on Sat. More info at http://t.co…
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Tune into @BBCDevon tomorrow 10-1 with Fitz to hear us live from the Great SW Walks @Thurlestone1896 and to walks arou…
  • RT @SouthWestWater: RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Boots ready by the back door! Great SW walks starts tomorrow @CHSW @SouthWestWater @BBCDevon http:…
  • RT @BritainonFoot: Britain's 10 greatest walks according to @RoughGuides: http://t.co/jW9ubKYzZn #Outdoors #Walking
  • RT @DailyHealthTips: Easy come by benefits of #walking on the #Beach #Health #tips http://t.co/X3g5gy4cNp
  • @GaryLQ How are you getting on Gary - that's a fine distance in this part of the world to do in a day!
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: @CarbisBay_Hotel We're looking forward to walking next week on the Great South West Walks http://t.co/6J8OdBeI0D http:…
  • RT @twilite2twilite: @DorsetAONB @VirtualAstro @swcoastpath The Phoenix & The Serpent Clavell Tower Kimmeridge Bay http://t.co/yPsNNbQfnJ h…
  • RT @GaryLQ: These boots were made for walking. Another awesome day on the @swcoastpath, Par to Portloe. http://t.co/D6DZcwXtUL http://t.co/…