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Walks from the Railway

Days Out by Train

As the saying goes, it’s not about the destination but the journey that counts. The same can be said about the following walks, which all lead to destinations that are well worth the effort it takes to get there.

These walks combine some of the most scenic train journeys in the South West with a short walk along the Coast Path, taking in popular seaside destinations along the way.

There’s a variety of options from different mainline stations and branch lines, including the North Devon coast from Barnstaple, North Cornwall from Newquay, West Cornwall from St Ives and Penzance, as well as the South Cornwall coast from Falmouth and Looe.

The East Devon and Dorset coasts are also accessible by train from Exmouth and Weymouth, while the X53 Jurassic Coast bus provides easy links with the Coast Path at a number of locations.

Wherever you happen to visit in the region, let the train take the strain out of travelling and enjoy the beautiful South West coast and countryside on foot.

Staying longer? Then take a look at our short breaks by train with walking routes from 2 days or more. www.southwestcoastpath.com/tracks 

Or try one of these Rail ale trails from Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership.

Walks from the railway

BarnstapleBarnstapleThe Tarka Line

FalmouthFalmouthThe Maritime line

ExmouthExmouthThe Avocet Line

LooeLooeThe Looe Valley Line

NewquayNewquayThe Atlantic Line

PenzancePenzanceThe Great West Terminus

St IvesSt IvesThe St Ives Line

The English RivieraThe English RivieraThe Riviera Line

Latest News

  • Join in and Celebrate an Award Winning Link on the South West Coast Path

    On Friday 24 October, you can join RIBA for a celebratory talk that will give you an insight into the design and build of the Gillespie Yunnie Architects’ staircase at Royal William Yard, Plymouth. This filled a gap in the South West Coast Path, bringing walkers around the Stonehouse peninsula for the first time. Online booking: http://royal-william-yard.eventbrite.co.uk

  • 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.