630 mile experience
The Walk of a Lifetime
The South West Coast Path is perhaps the UK’s ultimate challenge for the long distance hiker - a 630-mile adventure around the coastline of the southwest peninsula.
In terms of walking days, a fast walker can complete it in around 30 days, but a more leisurely pace with time to stop to see some of the sights just off the path is between 7 & 8 weeks. As few people have enough time to be able to walk it in one go, most split it between several holidays and complete the path over several years - see the short break button for ideas about how to split the path into smaller chunks.
No matter how long it takes you complete the path it is a stunning achievement, and for most the walk of a lifetime.
To enable you to easily plan your own walk, we’ve split the path into 52 sections, each of which covers a typical day’s walk. You'll find these on the Section Guides map, above this text, and on the drop down menu at the bottom of the page.
These do not aim to replace the guidebooks, but instead give you a flavour of what each section is like, highlights and points of interest along the path, accommodation along with ways of making it shorter or longer to suit your walking speed.
If you are new to the Coast Path, a key tip is don’t plan to walk as far than you would normally. It is a challenging route, with in total over 115,000 feet (35,000 metres) of up and down, and it is far better to be ahead of schedule and have time to explore, than having to rush to reach your planned overnight stop.
Beware that walking the South West Coast Path is addictive. Many people start off by doing day walks, or a short break and then get hooked, and come back time and again until they finish it off. To recognise the achievement of those people who have completed the whole path we've created an online 'Hall of Fame' where you can read about their experience of the walk. Anyone who joins the list, will receive an exclusive cloth badge and a Completion certificate.
Section Guides map
South West Coast Path - Section guides
How to use the map
Each diamond on the map, links to a page describing a typical day’s walk along the Coast Path. As you zoom into a section of coastline, the other items shown on the key, will appear on the map - if the box is greyed out, it means that feature is hidden unless you zoom in closer. Clicking on any of the symbols will bring up more information about it.
If the map is becoming too cluttered, you can hide features by un-ticking the box beside it in the key.