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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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Autumn AmblesAutumn AmblesCrashing through the leaves

Family WalksFamily WalksAll ages, all abilities

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

  • Voting Opens For Top Dog Walk Competition

    Voting has just opened for the third annual Top Dog Walk competition with the continued backing of Your Dog Magazine and the Kennel Club’s access advisor Stephen Jenkinson, an expert on where dog owners can go and what they can do in the countryside. Dog owners are invited to nominate their favourite walk, for their four-legged friends, from walks all around the South West Coast Path. One lucky voter will receive a complimentary stay at one of Toad Hall Cottages 300 dog friendly cottages to the value of £500.

  • The Early Photographer Catches the Prize!

    Back in August saw the announcement of the winning photographs in Round 5 of the Amateur Photographer of the Year Competition – entitled Dawn and Dusk. Among the 30 most spectacular images the majority included the sea and coastline in some form.

    If you are thinking of entering this year’s South West Coast Path photographic competition it is well worth feasting your eyes on these to give you renewed inspiration.

    Amateur Photographer of the Year – Dawn and Dusk Gallery

  • Penny Mordaunt MP Visits the Coast Path to Discuss Storm Damage

    The new Coastal Communities Minister Penny Mordaunt MP, visited the South West Coast Path at Thurlestone, South Devon, earlier this week.

    Penny Mordaunt

  • South West Coast Path Secures £1 million Investment

    The South West Coast Path Association is delighted to announce today that they have been successful in their bid to the Coastal Communities Fund to secure £1 million investment in the South West Coast Path. 

  • Photo journalists - Create a story for the path

    We want you to help us to tell the story of a day in the life of the South West Coast Path. Our friends at Western Morning News have offered us a two page photo essay spread to include up to eight photographs with a 500 word editorial. We can do it ourselves of course but we know that you can do it even better! We're asking for help from Coast Path enthusiasts with photo journalism skills to produce this. 

  • Coast Path reopened near Thurlestone

    Devon County Council yesterday completed work to re-open a section of Coast Path south of Thurlestone which had been closed since early 2013 when it was severed by a cliff fall. The new route follows the edge of the field, and whilst slightly longer than the original route retains stunning views along the coast.  

  • New National Trail Geocoins to be released

    In July, August and September ten new Geocoins, one a week for ten weeks will be released. The first will coincide with the start of the National Trail Geocaching Week from 12th to 19th July. The last as part the Great South West Walks event 20th to 28th September.

  • South West Coast Path Photographic Competition attracts Top Professional as Judge

    The team behind this year’s Coast Path Photographic Competition is excited to announce that David Noton has agreed to come on board as their Professional Judge. 

  • The Great South West Walks 2014 Opens For Bookings - 100 New Walks Announced

    With 100 stunning coastal walks to choose from, the Great South West Walks 2014 is now open for bookings.

    These specially selected circular walks by the South West Coast Path Association, will take place across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset from 20th – 28th September.

  • South West Water teams up with SWCP

    South West Water and the South West Coast Path Association announce today that they are working together to ensure that the South West Coast Path is one of the best walks in the world for all to enjoy.

Latest Events

  • Exmoor's Woodlands

    Thursday, 30th October : 7pm at Lynmouth Pavilion

    A Delve into Exmoor's Woodlands

    A talk by Robin Offer, Exmoor National Park Conservation Advisor (Trees and Woodlands).

    What makes Exmoor's woodlands so special?

    Free but please book on 01598 752509


  • Tales of the Exmoor Coast

    22nd November 2014 4:00pm-7:00pm

    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


  • Can anyone tell me if the Cliff top path from Chapmans pool to Kimmerage is open or do I need to take the inland diversion as i am walking the path from Sandbanks to Weymouth next week?
  • Thinking about walking this weekend? How about an autumnal walk in Cornwall as shared by our friends at I love Cornwall more
  • The South West Coast Path commented on a post.
  • Do you have an iphone app for the walks - it would be so useful!
  • The South West Coast Path shared Cornwall Holiday Guide's photo. There's nothing quite like a Cornish harbour... By Aerial Cornwall Feel free to Share to your friends:) #lovecornwall more
  • Western Morning News highlights Hotels near the Coast Path that you can find in this years Good Hotel Guide more
  • I walked the South West Coast path April to June this year, really nice, unspoiled, tough - 44 days, averaged 23 km per day. Uncrowded generally, one day I only saw three others! Obviously busier on weekends, long weekends and through the towns. Try it.
  • The South West Coast Path shared National Trust Mount's Bay's photo. We know it's autumn because - we've got ponies on Rinsey Cliff! more
  • If you go down to the Coast Path today you're in for a big surprise!! more
  • Great news. Thanks to everyone that helped to support this appeal. more


  • How I did on Twitter this week: 53 Mentions, 67.6K Mention Reach, 8 Replies, 34 Retweets. How'd your week go? via
  • Take a look at some of our favourite #autumn walks via our friends @ILoveCornwallUK
  • @BristolPost @jurassic_coast @VisitWeymouth We love Weymouth and Portland too. Time to visit
  • RT @EncounterWalk: Good news 4 walkers access to the @swcoastpath @jurassic_coast Dorset as Swanage is soon 2 re-link 2 Nat Rail Network ht…
  • @EncounterWalk @jurassic_coast Great news for everyone. Choo Choo!
  • RT @NTSouthDevon: Interesting blog on Ivy Bees Philip was hunting for them during our @swcoastpath walk, now found @…
  • @badgerforest Thank you so much for leading one of the Great SW Walks at Padstow - make sure you go and get some cake @WaterFront_Polz today
  • @WMNNews CCF funding will allow us to repair 32 key parts of SW Coast Path. Great to work with @NTfundraiser on this
  • RT @WaterFront_Polz: Any #hot drink & #cake for £4 @CoffeeWest @swcoastpath come and warm up with us looking at #polzeath #surf #waves http…
  • RT @WMNNews: With another winter looming you may be surprised to hear nearly half our storm-damaged defences are still not fixed http://t.c…