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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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  • The South West Coast Path shared a post. Art inspired by the South West Coast Path more
  • Polruan from The Esplanade at Fowey. The picturesque village of Fowey is situated where the River of the same name enters the sea. On the opposite side of the river is Fowey’s much smaller and much quieter twin, Polruan. Fowey Harbour is quite deceptive, on first glance it looks like a small quaint harbour with a marina, and a few small fishing boats. However its deep waters means it often hosts large cruise ships and there is also an important cargo terminal mainly concerned with exporting china clay. Fowey was the main port for loading ammunition for the US 29th Division that landed on Omaha Beach on D Day. The South West Coast Path enters Fowey near St Catherine’s Castle, and resumes again at near Polruan Castle on the opposite bank. The castles once had a large chain stretched between them which could be lowered to allow ships to pass, or pulled tight to protect the port. For those who enjoy a short walk you can take the Bodinnick vehicle Ferry over the river and make your way to Polruan along the Hall Walk then come back on the foot ferry to Fowey. The ‘Hall Walk’ dates back to the 16th century when the Mohun family of nearby Hall, created an ornamental promenade. 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
  • Thank you national trust and sand man mark for a great Big Beach Picnic at Weymouth #toastthecoast more
  • Hi Can somebody give me some advice on how long these walks would take for a two teenagers carmping a tent and camping gear. Leg1 Clovelly to Hartland Quay Leg 2 Hartland Quay to Bude Thanks
  • The South West Coast Path added 2 new photos — at Wembury beach. A stunning day for a Big Beach Picnic at Wembury yesterday - a great way to #toastthecoast more
  • The South West Coast Path shared Mark's CALM 630 mile SWCP Challenge's photo. more
  • 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

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  • RT @NTSouthWest: Thank you @WMNSunday for the great feature about yesterday's Big Beach Picnic! A lovely day to #toastthecoast http://t.co/…
  • Did you take part in the Big Beach Picnic and #Toastthecoast ? Pictures from the day courtesy of the @WMNNews https://t.co/gUfu1qFmoG
  • RT @nationaltrust: @thesweetcheat @HERCornwlScilly @swcoastpath Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these stunning shots.
  • RT @NTSouthDevon: Fab Big Beach Picnic on Saturday at Wembury #Toastthecoast thanks to all of you who came and joined in the fun @DevonWild…
  • RT @Julia_C_Hughes: Gorgeous day walking the @swcoastpath from #HarlynBay to #Padstow #tiredlegs #tireddog http://t.co/cXr14zo9XE
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  • RT @Notts2Devon: Stunning beach day en famille at Wembury for the Big Beach picnic @NTSouthDevon - great way to #toastthecoast http://t.co/…