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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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Spring SauntersSpring SauntersA blooming spring in your step

Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

Cafe and Teashop WalksCafe and Teashop WalksWalks with refreshing destinations

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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?

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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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  • The Crown Engine Houses, Botallack, Cornwall. The iconic crown engine houses have been seen by millions recently as they formed the backdrop for the ‘Wheal Leisure’ mine in the Poldark TV series. The lower engine house built in 1830 is around 20m above sea level and housed the pumping engine. It replaced an earlier building dating from 1816. Power was provided by a 30” diameter engine manufactured by Harvey’s of Hayle. Because of the limited space the chimney was actually built inside the walls of the engine house. The shaft descends to the 135 fathom level, about 270m. The upper engine house 30m above sea level is sometimes called Pearce’s Engine House and is much later and dates from 1861 and housed the 24” whim or winding engine for the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft. The chimney for this engine house was actually built on the top of the cliff – only the stump of which remains today, and was connected by a steeply inclined flue. The shaft itself was inclined down at thirty two and a half degrees for a distance of 2,500 feet and gave access to mineral lodes which extended under the sea. The engine houses were saved from dereliction by the The Botallack Trust, part of the Carn Brea Mining Society which took on the works and rented the site from the Tregothan Estate on as 21 year lease. Renovations were completed in 1985 and the Botallack Trust continued to maintain the two engine houses at the Crowns, pay the rent and the insurance until 2002 when the National Trust acquired the site. The Crowns at Botallack and much of the adjacent mines and coast are now owned and maintained by the National Trust. Botallack is situated about 8 miles from St Ives on the coast road to St Just. The South West Coast path links Botallack to nearby Levant and Geever, a very pleasant 1/2 hour stroll on a fine summer's day. 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
  • The South West Coast Path shared Cotswold Outdoor Truro's photo. Good advice! more
  • A new like from Pip & Lily :)
  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos. Great to see our picnic feature in the Western Morning News on Sunday! more
  • Looks like Cornwall is set for a warm week ahead. Remember, your four legged family member is allowed in store, so please bring them with you. We can recommend some cracking walks along The South West Coast Path, Cardinham Woods, Idless Woods and loads more. So feel free to head on into Cotswold Outdoor Truro, Cornwall, there is a bowl of water and we might even have some gravy bones left, providing Al hasn't been snacking on them. #cornwall #cotswoldoutdoor more
  • Made it to Westward Ho! Yesterday! Day 12 of 21 from Brecons 2 Morwenstow for The Stroke Association! more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Love the Jurassic Coast's video. more
  • Hope everyone had a good #NationalCreamTeaDay! Thanks for all the recommendations. If you're out on the Coast Path this weekend and in need of a well earned cream tea, here are some of the best recommendations from our Facebook community: Pam Kaye recommends Hartland Point Café – “No need to stray from the path and scones to die for” Ellie Bennett says Hele Mill and Tearoom, near Ilfracombe has the “Best cream tea ever!” Jenny Stead The Rectory tea room, Morwenstow. Just inland from the path Dan Haggarty Tea on the green, westward ho! Sue Vranch Captains cabin, Fore street, Beer.... Very nice! Paula Stanislas KitchensideBakery in Looe...epic scones! Sandra Coombs Downhouse Farm, Higher Eype, Bridport. Bit of a diversion inland from the path but def well worth it. Bianca Blocksberg Boscastle farm shop. Lovely place Rick Cornwall The Jam Pot Cafe Gwithian. Have a great weekend!
  • St Anthony's Lighthouse. The lighthouse is situated on St Anthony's Head on the Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall. Built in 1835 it marks the eastern limit of Falmouth Harbour and warns of the treacherous Manacles rocks. The South West Coast Path passes by the lighthouse and the former light-keepers house which is now a holiday cottage. For a relaxing walk of around 4 miles take the foot-ferry from St Mawes to Place and take the circular route past the lighthouse and St Anthony Battery (fortifications). If you think the lighthouse looks familiar it might be that you recognise from long running children's TV series 'Fraggle Rock' in which it featured. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, any of these photos 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
  • Deck 2 Sea, Salcombe, South Devon. Sleeps 4 and very dog friendly. Set in glorious rural location within short walk of sandy beach at Soar Mill Cove and The South West Coast Path. Within easy access of Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Hope Cove and Bantham. Our bookings this year have been superb - fully booked since May right through to October. If you are looking for an Autumn break or planning next years holiday take a look at our pages on Owners Direct http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8151676 more

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  • RT @manoleisureuk: Utterly stunning leg from Kingswear to Brixham @swcoastpath can't recommend enough #630 miles http://t.co/X1TQvNbq4j
  • RT @shawkins1970: Another stunning view along the @swcoastpath between #Lee and @CombeMartin_com http://t.co/zwQzajzDGW
  • Great to see our round-up of top picnic spots in @WMNSunday thnks to @NTSouthWest for recommending Kynance Cove http://t.co/Kne1PhTnNZ
  • No better to way to end a good walk than with a good pint! https://t.co/fGJcXeA3qi
  • RT @shawkins1970: @swcoastpath enjoyed another stretch this weekend. #swcoastpath http://t.co/sayEz5fC8f
  • @RickDavy great news! Keep posting about your #Challenge630 and we'll RT