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The South West Coast Path owes its unique character to natural processes. Our coastline would not look so beautiful and dramatic if it wasn't for cliff and beach erosion. The downside is that sometimes cliff falls or landslips close sections of the Coast Path resulting in temporary inland diversions, which can occasionally be quite lengthy, being needed. In these instances, always follow signing and information on the ground or check out this page for up to date information.

We are also constantly looking for opportunities to improve the route in the few places where it is not as good as it could be.

Recent changes that may not be in your guidebook or shown on your map are (click on the links for more details):-

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:

  • 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.

Latest Events

  • 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


  • If you have time today we recommend you watch this seven minutes of aerial bliss by Matthew Burtwell of glorious coastal Cornwall more
  • Congratulations to everyone at the Countryside Mobility Hire Service for their Gold Visit Devon Award. more
  • It's always great to see the Coast Path highlighted with other long distance trails around the world - especially when it says ...'a fair argument could be made that the South West Coast Path, bumping along the cliff-lined shores of Cornwall and Devon, is the world's most spectacular coastal trail.' We heartily agree! more
  • If you'd like to get out walking and help others to do the same this might be a volunteering opportunity up your street, path, lane etc! more
  • From a quick look it seems the Coast Path has it! What do you think? more
  • The South West Coast Path likes a status.
  • The South West Coast Path commented on their own photo.
  • A new like from our new page
  • The South West Coast Path shared Friends of Portheras Cove's photo. Please help with this fantastic beach clean project on Cornwall's beaches. Picking up plastic bottle tops as you go - see more below WE NEED YOUR HELP! These plastic bottle tops have been collected during the past week by some of our volunteers as we are taking part in a Cornwall-wide project (organised by Rame Peninsula Beach Care) to support the national campaign targeting marine litter. The project aims to collect at least 100,000 tops which will then be strung together to form a world-recording breaking chain.If you are out and about on our local beaches and can collect some bottle tops (you’ll find lots!) then please drop them off at the Centre of Pendeen or message us and we will collect them. This is a real opportunity to highlight the extent of plastic pollution on our Cornish coasts and every single bottle top picked up will not only aid the project but will also make our beaches cleaner! Thank you :-D more
  • We're happy to see that our friends at Conde Nast Traveller enjoyed a trip to the Coast Path this year - walking 105 miles in Cornwall. If you'd like to follow in their footsteps have a look at our website for details of longer and shorter walks more


  • We recommend you watch this seven minutes of aerial bliss by @Matt_Burtwell of glorious coastal #Cornwall
  • RT @WMNNews: Check out @Matt_Burtwell's breathtaking pictures of a breathtaking region #Cornwall…
  • This is a gorgeous way to get great photos of the #SWCoastPath by using a flying drone @aerialcornwall @WestBriton
  • RT @DorsetScouser: Special mini exhibition launches at @EypeMakerMarket on Sunday. Prints, calendars and cards available to buy. http://t.c…
  • RT @SWCornwallNT: Our team are interested in doing a course on what to do when we get whale and dolphin strandings, any ideas locally pleas…
  • RT @pobhotels: Great Events planned @Thurlestone1896 for 2015 - Gourmet Wine Break; Study in Watercolours; A weekend of Opera. CALL 01548 5…
  • RT @GaryHolpin: Friday's #sunny #photo from is #beautiful #Lulworth Cove #Dorset @dorsetmag @VisitDorset ☀ http://t.…
  • RT @ThePicParlour: Lovely morning here today just had to go to the beach @swcoastpath @ILoveCornwallUK @CornwallLiving #southwesthour http:…
  • @ChrisSchoter @GaryHolpin So are we! If you know anyone else that has walked the entire #SWCoastPath they too can appear in the Hall of Fame
  • RT @ChrisSchoter: @GaryHolpin glad to see you here @swcoastpath