Find a place to stay
Along the coastline of Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset there are lots of places to stay within easy reach of the Coast Path. Most walkers stay in Bed & Breakfast accommodation, but in many places you have a wider choice ranging from luxury hotels to budget hostel accommodation. Alternatively, book a holiday cottage and use that as a base from which to explore the surrounding coastline.
Summer holidays and Bank Holiday weekends can be very busy, so book well in advance, although even at the last minute you can generally find somewhere to stay. If you come in spring or autumn you’ll have greater flexibility and these are great months to enjoy walking along the coast.
If you are looking for a self catering cottage, please visit the Cornish Cottage Holidays website, where you’ll find a selection of over 500 holiday homes to choose from. They are our lead sponsor and the money they are donating is helping to improve several sections of the path.
Walker friendly B&B's, Hotels and Hostels
If you are planning a multi-day trip walking the path the best place to start your search for places to stay is the Coast Path walkers accommodation website maintained by Luggage Transfers (who move walkers' bags between overnight stops) in partnership with the South West Coast Path Association.
This site lists hundreds of places to stay close to the path that are willing to take walkers for a single night. As many of these establishments are small, they are not all inspected or graded by an official tourism organisation, but if complaints are received, there is a system for removing the establishment from the website. As well as the link button to the right, you’ll also find links to this list from each of our section guide pages. Most of these establishments are also listed in the Annual Guidebook published by the South West Coast Path Association.
If you are an accommodation provider and would like to be listed on this website, go to our Business membership page for more details.
If you want to camp, there are plenty of official campsites close to the Coast Path, and you can also find details of these here. There is no right to wild camp beside the path and you should ask the landowner before pitching (sorry, we can’t help you find out who that is!). However it is normally tolerated if you have a small tent, discretely pitch it in the evening, pack up early in the morning and leave no trace of your stay (and definitely no open fires).
As well as the accommodation listed on the Coast Path walkers accommodation website you can find a wider selection spreading further inland of quality assured and inspected places to stay on the local tourist board websites. Click on the links below to visit their websites.
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