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South West Coast Path Walks,
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

The South West Coast Path is the longest National Trails in the UK stretching for 630 miles from Minehead in North Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The path offers varied landscapes and seascapes. In places the path is challenging. Listed below area selection of circular and linear walks that use sections of this great National Trail. All routes include free GPS files.

 

SWCP Dorset Walks

The SWCP in Dorset covers the eastern section the Jurassic Coast. Highlights include Old Harry near Studland, the cliffs between Durlston Head and Kimmeridge Bay, and onto Lulworth Cove. Continuing east Durdle Door, White Nothe lead to Weymouth and Portland Bill. Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury, Bridport lead to Lyme Regis and the Devon border.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1004Lulworth Cove & Durdle Dooreasy2.50
1329Durdle Door & White Nothe from Lulworth Covemoderate7.00
1331Tyneham from Kimmeridgeeasy/mod6.75
1533Gad Cliff & Povington Hill from Tynehameasy/mod4.50
1534Swyre Head & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridgemoderate11.75
1549Golden Cap from Seatowneasy/mod4.00
1550Charmouth from Lyme Regis easy/mod6.00
1551Seatown from Charmouth via Golden Cap easy/mod5.00
1597The White Horse & Sutton Poyntz from Osmingtoneasy/mod4.00
1613Studland and Old Harry Rocks from Sheel Bayeasy/mod8.50
1634Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland easy/mod5.30
2289Abbotsbury Castle and Chesil Beach from Abbotsburyeasy/mod6.00
2440White Nothe & Moigns Down from Osmingtonmoderate10.50
2568Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tynehammoderate14.00
2575Durdle Door & Lulworth Covemoderate10.00
2579Purbeck Coast from Swanagemoderate10.00
2580Golden Cap from Charmoutheasy/mod5.00
2771Lyme Regis & Uplyme Circulareasy/mod5.50
2827Rodden & Langton Herring from Abbotsbury easy/mod9.20
3286Dancing Ledge & Durlston Head from Langton Matraverseasy/mod7.00
3389Bindon Hill and the Fossil Forest from Lulwortheasy/mod4.00
3396Agglestone & Old Harry Rocks from Studlandeasy/mod6.40
3523Abbotsbury from Portesham easy5.20
 

SWCP Devon South Coast Walks

The western section of the Jurassic Coast continues via Seaton, Sidmouth and Budleigh Salterton to reach Exmouth. The path continues west after crossing the Exe estuary through the resorts of Dawlish, Teignmouth, and Torquay to reach the bust harbour at Brixham. At Kingswear the River Dart is crossed before reaching Slapton Sands, Start Point before crossing several estuaries to reach Plymouth and the River Tamar.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1323Broadsands Beach and Brixhameasy4.00
1636Danger Point & Ladram Bay from Otterton easy/mod6.00
1795Beer & Branscombe Circulareasy/mod5.50
1857Start Point & East Prawlemoderate8.20
2012Wembury Bay & St Peter's Church from Noss Mayoeasy/mod6.00
2030Budleigh Salterton, East Devoneasy/mod7.00
2230Exploring Plymouth easy6.50
2371Kingswear to Brixhammoderate10.80
3041Thurlestone from Banthameasy4.00
3112Soar Mill Cove & Bolt Head from Higher Soareasy/mod6.50
3276Gara Point & Stoke Point from Noss Mayoeasy/mod7.00
3427Slapton Sands & Stokenham from Torcross easy/mod8.00
3431Beeson to Salcombemod/hard12.00
3432Salcombe to Thurlestonemod/hard11.00
3587★☩Kingswear from Coleton Fishacremoderate7.00
 

SWCP Cornwall South Coast Walks

From Saltash Rame Head and Long Sands lead to Looe, Polperro and Fowey. Continuing west Gribbin Head, Mevagissey and Dodman Point are followed by the Roseland Peninsula with Nare Head offering splendid views. Falmouth and the Helford River lead to Lizard Point. After passing pretty Kynance Cove Penzance and Newlyn provide plenty of maritime interest before reaching Land's End.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1027Nare Head & Portloe from Veryanmoderate7.00
1031Polruan & Lanteglos Churcheasy/mod4.25
1032Kynance Cove & Cadgwith from the Lizardmoderate8.00
1033Caerhays, Dodman Point & Gorran Havenmod/hard11.00
1226Porthcurno to Land's End & Sennen Covemoderate6.50
1778Maenporth and Helford Passage Circulareasy/mod8.00
1783Dodman Point from Gorran Haveneasy/mod5.00
2001Coverack & Lowland Pointeasy/mod4.20
2003Cowlands, Coombe & Roundwood Quay from Trelissickeasy/mod9.00
2007Helford Passage & Frenchman's Creekeasy/mod7.00
2009Gillan & Nare Point from Porthalloweasy4.70
2010Housel Bay & Bass Point from the Lizardeasy3.50
2088Rosemullion Head from Mawnan easy4.00
2614St Loy's Cove & Logan Rockmoderate8.50
3501Penzance to Porthcurno via Mousehole and Lamornamoderate11.00
 

SWCP Cornwall North Coast Walks

Turning east, relics of tin mining litter the first section through to St Ives. The attractive north coast through to Newquay offers rugged cliffs and the wide expanse of Perran Beach. The route continues along the cliff tops to Padstow and the River Camel. Polzeath, Port Isaac, Tintagel and Boscastle all provide excellent walking before reaching Bude and the Devon border.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1028Chun Quoit and Botallack from Carnyorthmoderate8.00
1029Tintagel to Boscastlemoderate9.00
1076Dizzard Point & Crackington Havenmoderate8.00
1081St Ives and Coastal Path from Zennormod/hard11.00
1223Morvah to Zennor using the Coastal Pathmoderate5.50
1225Sennen Cove to Botallackmoderate7.50
2730St Gennys & Castle Point from Crackington Haveneasy/mod3.00
2731Cambeak from Crackington Haveneasy/mod4.30
 

SWCP Devon North Coast Walks

Excellent walking continues east. Highlights include Hartland Point, the pretty village of Clovelly before crossing the River Torridge near Bideford and the River Taw at Barnstaple. Another section of clifftop walking leads to Barnstaple after which the SWCP enters the Exmoor National Park passing through Lynton and Lynmouth. The final section around Foreland Point leads to the Somerset border.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1047Abbotsham Cliff beach and Kipling's Tor, Westward Ho!easy3.50
1261Hartland Point from Hartland Quaymoderate10.00
1262Watersmeet & Foreland Pointmod/hard10.50
1719Clovelly & the South West Coast Patheasy/mod6.00
1788Welcombe Mouth and Darracottmoderate6.00
1797Morte Point & Bull Point from Mortehoeeasy/mod6.00
1824Hartland Point Circulareasy3.00
1910Countisbury and Watersmeet from Lynmoutheasy/mod4.50
2028Croyde to Baggy Point Circulareasy5.50
3207Knap Head to Mansley Cliffmoderate8.00
3208Stoke & Hartland Quay from Elmscottmoderate6.40
3390★☩Heddon Valley from Woody Baymoderate5.30
3391★☩Valley of Rocks from Lyntoneasy/mod3.80
3393★☩Great Hangman Hill from Combe Martineasy/mod4.30
3394★☩Holdstone Down & Trentishoemoderate7.00
3729★☩Foreland Point from Barna Barrow (Countisbury)moderate5.00
3738Polzeath & Pentire Point from Rockmoderate11.40
3755Dizzard Point, Millook from Penhalt Cliffmoderate6.00
 

SWCP Somerset Walks

Continuing through the Exmoor National Park the SWCP continues through Porlock and over Selworthy Beacon before descending to the resort of Minehead.


 
WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
1221Selworthy Beacon & North Hill from Bossingtonmoderate8.50
3725★☩Selworthy Beacon from Selworthyeasy/mod5.50

Note - Walks are listed in numerical order.

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