South West Coast Path

About this route

Over the centuries fishermen, coastguards and smugglers have helped to create this historic path – now Britain’s longest National Trail – stretching over 600 miles/960km in total. Ranging from easy to challenging, the path is comprehensively waymarked; the Devon element of the South West Coast Path runs for 90 miles/144km in the north and 115 miles/185km in the south.

This long-distance walking trail boasts some of the most spectacular landscape, seascape, climate and vegetation to be found anywhere in the UK. To the north, the beautiful bay of Combe Martin, Ilfracombe’s picturesque harbour, the magnificent sweep of Saunton Sands and the dramatic cliff scenery around Hartland Point are all inspiring sights. To the south, the coast has many contrasts – from the city of Plymouth to the delightful estuaries of the South Hams; from the many dramatic headlands to the red cliffs of East Devon.

Getting Around

The South West Coast Path can be accessed at a number of points by bus and or train which will allow you to walk a short length of the route if you prefer.  For more advice on the some of the best places to combine a walk with the bus or train, see www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk and www.journeydevon.info


Many of the towns and villages along the South West Coast Path have car parking, refreshments and toilet facilities.
Ranging from easy to challenging, parts of the trail are very steep and uneven, care must be taken not to get too close to the cliff edges.
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Interesting information

The South West Coast Path has something for everyone.  It offers a challenge to the long distance walker and provides immense enjoyment for the many people who wish to spend a day or half-day experiencing this stunning and really special part of Devon.

It has been rated as one of the best walks in the world by Lonely Planet, and voted Britain’s best walking route by the readers of Walk magazine.

Photo along the South Devon coast showing fields, coastal cliffs and sea with the Daymark in the distance
Daymark Beacon, SWCP Copyright Derek Harper, licenced for reuse - geograph.org.uk

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