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The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path consists of 630 miles of trails along the South West coast. It is the longest established national trail in the country.  The trail begins in Minehead and finishes in Poole, at the harbour, and, as you can imagine, there is so much to explore between the two places!  All along the coast!

The South West Coast Path is a charity, set up to protect, enhance, and celebrate this coastal path as one of the world’s greatest trail experiences.  The organisation wants to connect people to nature in some of the country’s most iconic settings.

The charity values the importance of accessibility. Segments can be enjoyed no matter your ability. Offering walks of varying lengths across different terrains, there is definitely one that is perfect for you and your group! This is the true wonder of it – a single trail that connects any visitor with some of the finest coastal landscapes to be found anywhere in the world!

The South West Coast Path passes through numerous National Nature Reserves and Heritage Coasts, FIVE AONBs, two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Reserve, a Geopark, and one National Park.  There is so much to explore and so many wonders to discover, and guess what, IT’S FREE and dog-friendly!

Devon is lucky enough to be home to TWO parts of this trail, along the North and South coast of the county…

South Devon (Plymouth to Starcross)

This section of the South West Coast Path is an exhilarating and varied stretch. It is jam-packed with maritime history, unforgettable seascapes, gorgeous beaches, lazy estuaries, and characterful seaside towns. On this stretch, you’ll get to know places in Devon that you never knew existed and see parts of the county through a different lens. From the vibrant waterfront city of Plymouth to seemingly untouched areas of coastline with hidden coves, nature reserves and surf spots, the options are endless!

North Devon (Combe Martin to Marsland)

Most of this section of the South West Coast Path faces out over the Bristol channel, offering beautiful coastal vistas. It is located within North Devon’s AONB, and you will understand why when you visit! The golden sands of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands offer some of the region’s best surfing spots.  Braunton Sands is home to one of the largest sand dune systems in the British Isles. And the path follows railway lines, river crossings, and towns, linking up coastal communities such as Westward Ho! and Clovelly.  Enjoy, explore, and discover. There are so many hidden gems!

For our favourite coast path walks, or just simply other recommendations, head to our journal! Or make us all jealous by sharing your South West Coast Path experiences on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok using the hashtag #yourdevonescape.

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