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South West Coast Path Walks
Walking Routes & Hiking Trails

Find South West Coast Path walks from the list below which features the best walking routes in the area. Most of routes are circular walks although there are a few linear hikes. The walks are listed from the shortest and easiest to the longest more challenging routes. The walks are divided into sub areas so you can find specific walks.

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 GPX 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.

1004Durdle Door & Lulworth Coveeasy2.50
1329Durdle Door & White Nothe from Lulworth Covemoderate7.00
1331Kimmeridge & Tynehameasy/mod6.75
1533Gad Cliff, Povington Hill & Tynehameasy/mod4.50
1534Swyre Head & Tyneham Cap from Kimmeridgemoderate11.75
1549Golden Cap from Seatowneasy/mod4.00
1550Charmouth & Lyme Regis Circular easy/mod6.00
1551Seatown and Charmouth via Golden Cap easy/mod5.00
1597The White Horse & Sutton Poyntz from Osmingtoneasy/mod4.00
1613Studland & Old Harry Rockseasy/mod8.50
1634Old Harry & Ballard Down from Studland easy/mod5.30
1995Houns-tout & Swyre Head from Kimmeridgemoderate8.70
2289Abbotsbury Castle and Chesil Beacheasy/mod6.00
2370The Fleet from Langton Herringeasy/mod7.00
2391West Bay & Burton Cliffeasy4.50
2440White Nothe & Moigns Down from Osmingtonmoderate10.50
2494West Bexington & Abbotsbury Circularmoderate7.70
2568Egmont Point & Kimmeridge Bay from Tynehammoderate14.00
2575Durdle Door & Lulworth Covemoderate10.00
2579Purbeck Coast from Swanagemoderate10.00
2580Golden Cap & 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 Rockseasy/mod6.40
3523Abbotsbury & Portesham Circulareasy5.20

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.

1323Broadsands Beach and Brixhameasy4.00
1636Danger Point & Ladram Bay from Otterton easy/mod6.00
1795Beer & Branscombe Circulareasy/mod5.50
1857Start Point & East Prawlemoderate8.20
1866East Prawle & Prawle Pointeasy/mod4.10
1975Erme Mouthmoderate9.00
2012Wembury Bay & St Peter's Church from Noss Mayoeasy/mod6.00
2030Budleigh Salterton, East Devoneasy/mod7.00
2230Exploring Plymouth easy6.50
2279Salcombe Regis & Weston Moutheasy/mod5.10
2371Kingswear to Brixhammoderate10.80
2461Warren Point & Bolt Tail from Banthammoderate9.00
2474East Prawle Coast Circulareasy/mod5.60
3041Thurlestone circulareasy4.00
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.

1027Nare Head & Portloemoderate7.00
1031Polruan & Lanteglos Churcheasy/mod4.25
1032Kynance Cove, Cadgwith & The Lizardmoderate8.00
1033Dodman Point & Gorran Havenmod/hard11.00
1226Land's End & Sennen Cove from Porthcurnomoderate6.50
1778Maenporth and Helford Passage Circulareasy/mod8.00
1783Gorran Haven & Dodman Pointeasy/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 & Mawnan easy4.00
2298Porthgwarra & St Levan Circulareasy4.80
2354Merry Maidens & Lamorna Coveeasy4.10
2392The Lizard Circulareasy/mod5.90
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.

1028Chun Quoit and Botallackmoderate8.00
1029Tintagel to Boscastlemoderate9.00
1076Dizzard Point & Crackington Havenmoderate8.00
1081Zennor & St Ives coast pathmod/hard11.00
1223Morvah to Zennor coastmoderate5.50
1225Sennen Cove & Botallack from St Justmoderate7.50
1961Porthcothan to Watergate Bayeasy/mod6.80
1996Woodford & Hollygrove Woodeasy/mod5.10
2267Godrevy Point & Hell's Moutheasy/mod5.20
2294St. Agnes to Porthtowaneasy/mod5.00
2462The Rumps & Pentire Pointeasy/mod4.00
2730St Gennys & Castle Point from Crackington Haveneasy/mod3.00
2731Cambeak & Crackington Haveneasy/mod4.30
3264Port Quin & Port Isaac Circulareasy/mod5.70
3738Polzeath & Pentire Point from Rockmoderate11.40

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.

1047Abbotsham Cliff beach and Kipling's Tor, Westward Ho!easy3.50
1261Hartland Point circularmoderate10.00
1262Watersmeet & Foreland Pointmod/hard10.50
1719Clovelly & the South West Coast Patheasy/mod6.00
1788Welcombe Mouth and Darracottmoderate6.00
1797Morthoe, Morte Point & Bull Point circulareasy/mod6.00
1824Hartland Point Circulareasy3.00
1910Countisbury and Watersmeet from Lynmoutheasy/mod4.50
2028Croyde to Baggy Point Circulareasy5.50
2161Appledore to Westward Ho!easy4.50
2295Buck's Mill & Peppercombeeasy/mod6.20
3207Knap Head to Mansley Cliffmoderate8.00
3208Stoke & Hartland Quaymoderate6.40
3390★☩Heddon Valley from Woody Baymoderate5.30
3391★☩Valley of Rocks frrom Lyntoneasy/mod3.80
3393★☩Great Hangman Hilleasy/mod4.30
3394★☩Holdstone Down & Trentishoemoderate7.00
3729★☩Foreland Pointmoderate5.00
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.

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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