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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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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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  • Andrew Poyner wrote on The South West Coast Path's timeline. My Big Walk starts on Monday 13th April. Doing the whole path in one go. Updates will follow.
  • Carnewas & Bedruthan Steps. This impressive piece of coastline is found on the North Coast of Cornwall on the South West Coast Path between Newquay and Padstow. (The National Trust owns and maintains the car park, shop, cafe and steps to the beach, though not the beach itself). The shop and cafe are former mine buildings of Carnewas Mine. The rocks here include mid-Devonian slates and are one of the few places in Cornwall that fossils can be found. Although not very common, fossils of fish, corals, trilobites have been recorded. The name Bedruthan Steps is said to be taken from a mythological giant called 'Bedruthan' who used the rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones. There are no ancient records of this being traditional folklore however, and the consensus seems to the that the tale is a late nineteenth century invention for Victorian tourists. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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
  • Thrift (Sea Thrift, Sea Pink) or Armeria maritima can be found growing on most cliffs throughout Cornwall where its low growing habit and tolerance to salt give it an advantage. Unlike many plants Thrift is very also tolerant to metals, particularly copper, in the soil and is one of the first plants to colonise former mining areas. While, as the name implies it is usually pink in colour it can range from almost pure white to a vivid red and even purple. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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 Brisons from the South West Coast Footpath at Roscommon Head. The Brisons is a small twin-peaked island about a mile offshore from Cape Cornwall. They and are said to resemble General Charles de Gaulle lying on his back In 1851, the ship 'New Commercial' ran aground on the Brisons. Despite rescue attempts all but two of the crew were lost. As a result, the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck (later the RNLI) established a lifeboat in Sennen Cove and one is based their to this day. Look out for the Brisons in the background on Poldark! Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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 a link. South Devon's coastline between Hope Cove and Salcombe is Clare Balding's favourite stretch of the Coast Path! Hear all about it from her interview with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2's drive time. Go forward 1 hour 18 minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mqdy8 www.bbc.co.uk more
  • Covered Mineshaft, Chapel Porth, Nr St Agnes. Cornwall is littered with old minshafts and the coast around St Agnes in no exception. The abandoned shafts are often home to colonies of bats. This covered shaft is just off the south west coast path on the cliffs at Chapel Porth. This type of conical cage seems to have been been preferred throughout the old Kerrier district council area, making the shaft safe while still allowing the bats to have access. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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
  • Trev's Taxi added a new photo. Day 29 #TT100happydays First job of the day today was to take 2 walkers to here, where they walk back along the The South West Coast Path to Crosstown more
  • Spinnaker Cottage, Salcombe updated their status. Thank you Clare Balding for nominating her favourite stretch of The South West Coast Path as the part from Hope Cove, South Devon to #Salcombe! We all know how lovely it is and now several million listeners to Simon Mayo Drivetime on BBC Radio 2 do too!
  • Charlestown Harbour, Nr St Austell. The port was built on the instruction of Charles Rashleigh to plans by John Smeaton (who also planned Smeaton's Pier, St Ives). The port was built to export copper from the nearby mines of Crinnis Hill, South Polmear and United Mines, Holmbush. It later became an important port for the export of China Clay. Today Charlestown is used as the base for a number of sailing ships and its largely unmodernised quays have been the setting for many TV and film productions including 'The Onedin Line', 'Pirates of The Caribbean', 'Dr Who', 'Alice in Wonderland' and of course the current series of 'Poldark'. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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
  • Portscatho, Roseland Peninsula, Cornwall. The scenic coastal village of Portscatho on the eastern side of the Roseland Peninsula faces onto Gerrans Bay. The beach is a mixture of rocky foreshore and sandy patches. There are Lovely walks around the harbour and along the South West Coast Path. The Portscatho Fish Festival is held in August. Please feel free to share/comment/tag or like, this photo and any other photos 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

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