South West Coast Path

The South West Coast path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. The trail covers a total of 630 miles along the spectacular coast of Devon,  Cornwall and Dorset. We offer ten holidays covering the entire route. From the start of the route in north Devon we have Minehead to Westward Ho! This is followed by two holidays in north Cornwall, from Westward Ho! to Padstow and from Padstow to St Ives.  Then in south and west Cornwall we have three holidays covering St Ives to Penzance,  Penzance to Falmouth and Falmouth to Plymouth.  In south Devon we have Plymouth to Brixham, Brixham to Exmouth and Exmouth to Lyme Regis. Finally in Dorset we have Lyme Regis to Poole, taking you to the end of the full route.

Each walk is worth doing in its own right or you can put two or more together if you have the time!

The route is challenging, there are no big mountains but there is plenty of climbing and descending through all the coves that line the route. It can be rocky underfoot in places too but the route is well waymarked and easy to navigate.

The many beautiful beaches, fascinating history, fishing villages and imposing cliffs make this an unforgettable walk.

Our Dorset holidays let you explore sections of the Jurassic Coast where you might even find some fossils. The footpath takes in tiny fishing villages, rocky headlands, lively resorts and golden surf-washed beaches.

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. Our Dorset holidays cover a stunning section of the path with amazing geology and scenery as you walk along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Highlights along this stretch include Charmouth Beach where you can look out for fossils. Nearby is the wonderful viewpoint of Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of England. Thorncombe Beacon, one of a chain of beacons used to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588. The long pebble bay of Chesil Beach, the site of many shipwrecks and near Lulworth the iconic coastal landmark, Durdle Door.

The area is full of interesting wildlife and birdlife, and you may even spot dolphins and seals. Near Weymouth there is a choice of routes, either stay on the coast or follow the South Dorset Ridgeway through one of the UK’s most significant ancient ceremonial landscapes.

Length

7 - 8 nights

Full Route Length

81 miles / 129 Km

Shortest Break Length

7 nights

Average Grade

Moderate

Why do this walk?

Walk along the Jurassic Coast, England's first World Heritage Site.

Enjoy dramatic clifftop walking between delightful sandy beaches.

Discover amazing geology and stunning scenery.

Stay in pretty seaside towns and picturesque fishing villages.

Amazing clifftop views of the wild Atlantic coast, tiny fishing villages and night stops in the popular towns of Padstow, St Ives, Port Isaac and Tintagel. The North Cornwall Coast Path is a must-do walk along a breath-taking stretch of coastline.

Trevan Point on the North Cornwall Coast

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. Our North Cornwall holidays take in tiny fishing villages, rocky headlands, remote coastal landscapes and golden surf-washed beaches.

You’ll enjoy overnights stays in the popular towns of Tintagel, Port Isaac, Padstow and St Ives. There are a great many historical points along this route as well as museums telling the story of North Cornwall’s hidden past. Highlights along this stunning stretch of coast include Tintagel Castle, the mythical birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. There are a number of Iron Age forts which are of huge interest. Also on display are abandoned engine houses, relics of a once prosperous tin mining industry.

This is a dramatic landscape with magnificent waterfalls crashing from the clifftops onto the rocky beaches beneath. Wildflowers and seabirds further enhance your experience of this awe-inspiring coastline.

Length

5-10 Nights

Full Route Length

142 miles

Shortest Break Length

64 miles

Average Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Why do this walk?

Experience spectacular clifftop walking with incredible views.

Explore the exquisite tastes behind Padstow’s delightful seafood restaurants.

Discover the history of Cornwall.

Stay in delightful seaside towns and old fishing villages.

Enjoy the highest cliffs in England, beautiful beaches, a wealth of flora and fauna and a glimpse into Cornwall’s fascinating history of seafaring and smugglers. This part of the South West Coast Path allows you to explore the north Devon Coastline with stopover nights in the popular towns of Minehead, Lynmouth and Woolacombe.

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. Our North Devon holidays include overnight stays in the popular towns of Minehead, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe.

There is diverse scenery all along this section of the South West Coast Path. The first stretch takes you over some of the highest cliffs in England where the expanse of Exmoor meets the sea. There are extensive views inland and north across the Bristol Channel with the coast of Wales as the backdrop. You will pass through coastal woodland and see vast sandy beaches popular with surfers. In contrast is the large estuary of the Taw and Torridge rivers, flanked by sand dunes and marshland, where the path follows the former railway and later the estuary.

This is an area valued for its birdlife and incorporates the Tarka Trail, a series of footpaths following the route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book by Henry Williamson.

Length

8 to 10 nights

Full Route Length

88 miles / 142 km

Shortest Break Length

88 miles / 142 km

Average Grade

Moderate

Why do this walk?

Explore one of Britain's most dramatic coastlines.

Enjoy unspoilt countryside with an abundance of wildlife.

Walk over the ‘Great Hangman’ the highest point on the South West Coast Path.

Delight in purple tinted moors, home to Exmoor ponies.

Enjoy a walk that takes in beautiful beaches, a wealth of flora and fauna and a glimpse into Cornwall’s fascinating history of seafaring and smugglers. The South West Coast path takes you around the most southerly coastline of Britain with stopover nights in the popular towns of St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth and Plymouth.

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and National Trail. Our South and West Cornwall holidays include overnight stays in the popular towns of St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth and Plymouth.

The path follows the footpaths used by coastguards and officers back in the 19th century who would have been on the look out for smugglers. There are a great many historical points along this stretch of coast as well as museums telling of Cornwall’s hidden past. Highlights include Gurnard’s Head, Sennan Cove and the Minick Threatre as well as St Michaels Mount and the magnificent Lizard Point.

This is a contrasting coastline serving up a mix of rocky headlands overlooking idyllic coastal villages as well as lively resorts with their golden surf-washed beaches.

Length

4 - 8 Nights

Full Route Length

175 miles / 280km

Shortest Break Length

39 miles / 63 km

Average Grade

Moderate to Challenging

Why do this walk?

Stroll along miles of golden surf-washed beaches.

Explore the fascinating history of Cornwall.

Enjoy spectacular clifftop walking between idyllic sandy beaches.

Visit charming seaside towns and traditional fishing villages.

Our South Devon holidays let you explore sections of the Jurassic Coast where you can even have a go at fossil hunting. The footpath takes in tiny fishing villages, rocky headlands, lively resorts and golden surf-washed beaches.

The Cobb at Lyme Regis - South Devon Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. Our South Devon holidays are as diverse as they are delightful. Ahead of you are 125 miles of truly unforgettable coastline, bookended by Plymouth from where the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the New World in 1620, and Lyme Regis renowned for its World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

On your journey you’ll enjoy idyllic coastal villages, golden surf-washed beaches and rocky headlands rewarding you with incredible views. Take time to soak up the atmosphere of the lively resorts on the English Riviera. There are ancient woodlands and peaceful coves. With its many National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest the area is full of fascinating flora and fauna. Wildlife and birdlife are plentiful and you never know, you might spot some dolphins. Our South Devon holidays also let you explore sections of the Jurassic Coast where you can even have a go at fossil hunting. For those with an industrial interest, there are miles of Brunelian railway line, lighthouses, wartime defences and an ill-fated abandoned village.

However you choose to explore the South Devon Coast, either a full on fortnight for the entire route, or nice and steady over several visits, our holidays are sure to reward you with a lifetime of memories.

Length

3 - 7 nights

Full Route Length

125 miles / 201 km

Shortest Break Length

28 miles / 45 km

Average Grade

Moderate

Why do this walk?

Explore the Jurassic Coast, England's first World Heritage Site.

Enjoy the mild and sunny climate of the English Riviera.

Visit the many National Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Savour delicious cuisine on England’s Seafood Coast.