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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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  • Visit our stand at Yealmpton Show tomorrow and you could win a Hike & Dine with our friends at River Cottage HQ! We have 1 pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner who can guess where the highest point is on the south coast more
  • Guided Tours covering North Cornwall by local Guides for small Groups from 2-10 persons, Tours to suit all ages and fitness levels covering Coastal and Moors, Guided tours taking in Ancient sites, Rare beaches, Historic places, Coastal & Country path walks, Smuggler's haunts and much more. Learn and hear about the legends and long lost tales of Arthurian Knights, Smugglers and ship Wreckers. Visit windswept wild Moors and take in the peace and beauty of North Cornwall not always seen by Tourists. Visit: more
  • Hello UK!! I'm planning to visit the South-west for 5 days and coming from Cotswolds following the coast until Poole / Bournemouth I'd like to know some scenic easy walk. It's not my first time there but every time is like a new discover! I've already added Sennen-Lands End and the Topsham railway station walk. Can you suggest what NOT to miss in Cornwall and Devon? Thank you so much!! Cheers from Italy.
  • I wish to contact the photographer Junette Bennetts - please, can anyone put me in touch with her? Thanks, Mary
  • Looking forward to the Yealmpton Show on Wednesday and encouraging visitors to take part in the South West Coast Path Challenge this October where every mile counts! Read all about it and come and say hello to find out more #Challenge630 more
  • South West Coast path Portreath to Perranporth along with the story of the Giant named Bolster more
  • The South West Coast Path added 7 new photos — at Totnes Show. Totnes Show may have been a bit of a wash out but we had fun meeting some lovely people from RSPB, National Trust South Devon, South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Riverford Organics. Next up is Yealmpton Show on Wednesday - are you coming too? more
  • Wheal Owles, Botallack Perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean about 8 miles south west of St Ives, Wheal Owles extends down to more than 200 fathoms (1200ft or 400m). The South West Coast Path passes between Wheal Owles and Wheal Edward (which can be seen behind). On 10th January 1893, Wheal Owles was the site of a mining disaster. Miners accidently broke through into the flooded workings of neighbouring Wheal Drea. As the torrent rushed into Wheal Owles it pushed the air before it, creating a great wind which blew out all the candles and plunging the terrified miners into absolute darkness. Those working on the upper levels narrowly escaped with their lives. Nineteen men and a boy were never seen again. The mine never re-opened and the remains of the miners lost are still entombed in the flooded workings. There is a memorial to the men who died on a plaque nearby. If Wheal Owles looks a little familiar that is because, with the aid of some carpentry and CGI, it was transformed into Wheal Leisure for the recent Poldark TV Series. 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 and, if you feel inclined, like my page in return. more
  • The South West Coast Path added 5 new photos. We've taken delivery of our new stand and looking forward to Totnes show tomorrow. Let's hope the rain holds off despite the weather reports to the contrary! more
  • I have recently walked the first section of the SWCP from Minehead to Bude. Here is a ink to a blog I have written. more


  • Visit our stand at @YealmptonShow tomorrow & you could win a River Cottage Hike & Dine!
  • @CiakyAAR try this link and click on menu on right for north, south or west cornwall-
  • RT @NTSouthWest: Some great tips on starting your own South West Coast Path Challenge >>>
  • @JoelSnape Our #Challenge630 patron is @MontyHalls who is on his way back from Sth Africa mission in ass. with @TelegraphTravel
  • @JoelSnape would you like to join us for #Challenge630 ? There are 4 organised walks or create your own challenge
  • RT @DCBC_voice: If you're looking for a team business challenge, check out South West Coast Path Challenge! @swcoast…
  • RT @SWCornwallNT: Over 300 miles of that is in the south west #lovethecoast
  • RT @SouthWestWater: @CarveMag @SWCornwallNT we sponsor @swcoastpath and are committed to protect the regions natural assets
  • My best RTs this week came from: @WMNSunday @Devon_Hour #thankSAll Who were yours?