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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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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!

Great South West WalksGreat South West WalksTake part in 100 coastal walks

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

  • Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Bird Watch

    Axe Vale & District Conservation Society Bird Watch - Monday 8th September

    Axe Estuary and Surrounding Area

    Join Ian Waite for a fascinating morning of birdwatching.           

    Date:               Monday 8th September 2014

    Time:               09.30 onwards

    Venue:             Meet at Axmouth Bridge lay by

  • Ocean City Festival

    Plymouth’s annual Ocean City Festival (8th – 28th September) returns bigger and better in 2014. The festival is designed to offer a fun and engaging way for families and visitors to enjoy the city, taste great food, see fascinating marine life, experience inspiring art and music and learn about a world beneath the waves. The event also aims to raise awareness, nationally and internationally, of Plymouth’s role as a leading UK marine city, for research, leisure, heritage and local produce. 

  • Big night out on the beach!

    Big night out on the beach! 

    Sat 13th Sep

    National Trust and South Devon AONB

    South Milton Sands

    Join us for our annual evening of fun and activities on the beach! Watersports taster sessions, rockpooling, bird walks, star gazing, children’s activities, refreshments in the Beach House café and more! (Bring a clean jam jar if you want to make a lantern.) Free (small charges for watersports sessions and car park).

    No need to book - just turn up!

    6pm until late.

    Meet at South Milton Sands, South Milton SX 677414

  • Earth's Studio- Art Workshops II

    Lynmouth Pavilion
    Saturday 13th September
    11am - 4pm

    Join us for an inspirational walk in the woods and use soil and plant pigments to create printed collages of magical mosses, fabulous ferns and lovely lichens. Prepare to get messy as you get up close and personal with these hidden gems!

    Please bring a packed lunch and stout footwear. Also wear suitable clothing as the session may get a bit messy. You may also with to bring a camera. Meet at the Pavilion.

    Booking is essential for these free workshops. Visit to book your place.

  • Minehead Summertime Tasters

    Minhead Events will be organising a Food & Drink event called Minehead Summertime Tasters that ties in with the CAMRA Real Ale Festival at the West Somerset Railway on 13-14 Sept. 

    This will include local food producers based in the Beach Hotel offering taster sessions, also they hope to have the YMCA doing taster sessions and creative menus.

  • 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


  • We welcome the news that work is beginning on linking the SWCP through Somerset towards Bristol enabling more of the population to have safe walking access to the Coast. more
  • The South West Coast Path likes a photo.
  • I also have this from St Michaels's Mount. This is called 'The Flooded Path' You have to love walking across this as the tide comes in! Thanks, Matt more
  • I just wanted to share this from Hor Point in Cornwall. This was shot just before the bad weather kicked in. Why not visit my Facebook page for more more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Cornwall Holiday Guide's photo. Bedruthan Steps, North Cornwall by Steve Lynton more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own status.
  • Lots of fun and geology at Beer yesterday. Next week Westward Ho! Help us to raise money for the Coast Path and book another walk here on Saturday 20th September more
  • Not the best of photos, but these seals were causing a bit of a commotion on the rocks at Morte Point on Sunday. more
  • The South West Coast Path shared I love Cornwall's photo. Show your love for #Cornwall by voting it as the Best UK Holiday Destination in the 2014 British Travel Awards. Please vote via the link + share with family and friends #loveCornwall — with Lloyd Akwasi Frimpong and 2 others. more
  • Brilliant! more


  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: Get your @SouthWestWater supported t-shirt and free water bottle for your Great South West Walk. £5 in August only ht…
  • We welcome the news that work is beginning to link the SWCP through Somerset towards Bristol enabling more safe walking access to the Coast
  • Fancy a lovely stroll along the Coast Path in #Cornwall? The stretch from #Penzance to Marazion is 'Nice and Flat'
  • RT @charlottielou88: Lovely afternoon... Walking the @swcoastpath with @mjscfc
  • Trip to Devon - and a perfect setting on the water's edge
  • @NationalTrails @GoGeocaching GEOCOIN 8: OC7RY6 placed in GC4EQW We will try and hunt for some on the GSWW event!
  • @RNLI We're walking passed your lifeboat stations this Sept on the Great South West Walks for @CHSW @LoveSWCoastPathhttp ://
  • @KatySWCP @WMNNews @LoveSWCoastPath Good luck Katy!
  • RT @KatySWCP: @WMNNews @LoveSWCoastPath follow my journey as I tackle the 630mile length of @swcoastpath solo for charity! Day 4 today, of…
  • @WalesCoastPath Please let your walkers know about our walking festival 20-28 September. 100 guided walks to join.