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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.

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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

  • Coastal Combes & Heather Highs

    Coastal Combes & Heather Highs   28th Aug 2014 11:00am-2:30pm

    Meet a National Park Ranger for a walk across the scented heather moorland, down to cool woodland before a steady climb up to join the South West Coast Path and its fine views across the sea.

    Meet Holdstone Down car park (with overhead barrier). SS623474.

    11am for 3.5hrs/5miles.

    Bring a picnic and walking boots.

    More details here

  • 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

  • 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

Facebook

  • Listen out for our community project officer Nicky tomorrow. She is walking part of the The South West Coast Path with Pippa Quelch from Radio Devon. #lovetowalk
  • It was Portland Bill in the South West Coast Path Association's photo yesterday! www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk more
  • Found on The South West Coast Path near Bigbury. Expensive prescription glasses - can we reunite them with their owner? more
  • The South West Coast Path shared South West Coast Path Association's photo. Great photo. More like these for entry to our photographic competition please. We're thinking somewhere on the Dorset coast... www.southwestcoastpath.com/photo-competition There are some really atmospheric places around the South West Coast Path. Does anyone know which of the Coast's lighthouses this is? Thanks to Anthony Spencer for the photograph. more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own photo.
  • Come along on a BBC Radio Devon walk in the lead up to the Great South West Walks event. Details at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01qfps9 www.bbc.co.uk more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. www.southwestcoastpath.com more
  • You won't believe what you can see when you go down to the coast path today! http://bit.ly/1mMXDta www.pinterest.com more
  • The new Coastal Communities minister Penny Mordaunt MP came to visit the Coast Path this morning at Thurlestone in South Devon to discuss the storm damage to this part of the coastline and to hear how we are going to repair it. Thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund we will be able to repair this section of the path along with over 30 others. pic.twitter.com/OIMWWg9ZY9 twitter.com more
  • The South West Coast Path shared a link. www.mullioncoveretreat.co.uk more

Tweets

  • @DoggyDevon We're looking for lovely photos of #dogs walking the Coast Path. Do any of your followers have any they can share with us?
  • @GaryHolpin @Hopesy87 Yes Gary's right about this. Have a look at our advice about ferries and estuaries here http://t.co/V9LNtFkmzf
  • RT @AndyJBenham: Latest blog: Surviving the Plague http://t.co/tyoMKjFN2H #trailteam2014 #trail #running #cornwall @MudCrewEvents @swcoast…
  • @Hopesy87 @GaryHolpin Yes you can. See here for details to walk on this part of the path http://t.co/gFoJVA1Mat
  • RT @TamarEstuaries: Plymouth Sound has some of best diviing spots in the counttry. Its National Diving Week so find out more at http://t.co…
  • RT @FalHolidayHomes: Taking the #dog out in #Cornwall today? See our pick of fido-friendly beaches. http://t.co/dJSXE7p18s #dogslovecornwa…
  • RT @GaryHolpin: Just one reason #swcoastpath is one of the best #walking trails in the #World @WalksAndWalking The path nr #Salcombe http:/…
  • RT @LouCam2: Momentous day. Completed the #southwestcoast path @swcoastpath http://t.co/x9qk9lNgw0
  • @LouCam2 Congratulations! I see the boots are off already!
  • RT @LoveSWCoastPath: It was Portland Bill lighthouse in yesterday's photo. Walk with us to raise money for path improvements. Join #GSWWs …