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18 Sep 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
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The South West Coast Path

From Minehead to South Haven Point

by Paddy Dillon
Book published by Cicerone Press

A handy guidebook for anyone planning to walk the South West Coast Path National Trail. The route runs for a staggering 630 miles from Minehead to Poole along the north Devon, Cornish, south Devon and Dorset coastline. Divided into 45 stages, this remarkable and varied long distance coastal walk could be completed within four weeks.

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The South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest way-marked trail, measuring a staggering 1015km (630 miles). Written by the well-known outdoor writer, Paddy Dillon, this guidebook provides lots of information to help tackle this immense National Trail route with confidence.

It describes the coastal path from Minehead to Poole.  The tradition of walking the coastal route anti-clockwise has arisen because in this direction there are more miles with the wind and weather behind you as you walk, than against you.

A full introduction provides the SWCP’s historical background, advice on accommodation along the route and details on travelling to and around the South West.?There is detailed information on how to use this guide to make the most of your walk, whether you choose to walk the whole route in one go or decide to achieve sections at intervals.

To assist forward planning of both day walks and continuous long-distance hikes, the guide divides the coast path into sections, beginning and ending where there are amenities for refreshment or accommodation (or access inland to them).


  • Seasons
    Year-round possibility for walking this National Trail. Winter accommodation availability may be limited, while high summer will be extremely busy, and the weather often hot.
  • Centres
    Various centres along the route, including Minehead, Lynmouth, Westward Ho!, Clovelly, Bude, Padstow, Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Mevagissey, Polperro, Plymouth, Salcombe, Brixham, Portland, Swanage, Poole.
  • Difficulty
    The South West Coast path is a long walk! Most paths are easy to moderate, with some walks along rugged and exposed coastal cliff paths.
  • Must See
    An astounding and varied experience. No other stretch of British coastline compares for scenic splendour, interest, history, heritage, accessibility and provision of facilities for the walker all rolled into one.

August 2015


There is no longer a Youth Hostel in Pendennis Castle in Falmouth. There is a backpackers lodge just behind Gyllyngvase Beach http://www.falmouthbackpackers.co.uk/


Coastal Walking through History
A Protected Coastline
Travel to the South West
Getting around the South West
Time and Tide
Luggage Transfer
Food and Drink
Tourist Information Centres
Rescue Services
When to Walk
One Man and his Dog
Daily Schedule
Maps of the Route
South West Coast Path Team
South West Coast Path Association
Safety on the Coast Path
The South West Coast Path
Day 1: Minehead to Porlock Weir
Day 2: Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
Day 3: Lynmouth to Combe Martin
Day 4: Combe Martin to Woolacombe
Day 5: Woolacombe to Braunton
Day 6: Braunton to Westward Ho!
Day 7: Westward Ho! to Clovelly
Day 8: Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Day 9: Hartland Quay to Bude
Day 10: Bude to Boscastle
Day 11: Boscastle to Port Isaac
Day 12: Port Isaac to Padstow
Day 13: Padstow to Porthcothan
Day 14: Porthcothan to Newquay
Day 15: Newquay to Perranporth
Day 16: Perranporth to Portreath
Day 17: Portreath to St Ives
Day 18: St Ives to Pendeen Watch
Day 19: Pendeen Watch to Porthcurno
Day 20: Porthcurno to Penzance
Day 21: Penzance to Porthleven
Day 22: Porthleven to The Lizard
Day 23: The Lizard to Porthallow
Day 24: Porthallow to Falmouth
Day 25: Falmouth to Portloe
Day 26: Portloe to Mevagissey
Day 27: Mevagissey to Polmear
Day 28: Polmear to Polperro
Day 29: Polperro to Portwrinkle
Day 30: Portwrinkle to Plymouth
Day 31: Plymouth to Wembury Beach
Day 32: Wembury Beach to Bigbury-on-Sea
Day 33: Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe
Day 34: Salcombe to Stoke Fleming
Day 35: Stoke Fleming to Brixham
Day 36: Brixham to Shaldon
Day 37: Shaldon to Budleigh Salterton
Day 38: Budleigh Salterton to Seaton
Day 39: Seaton to Seatown
Day 40: Seatown to Abbotsbury
Day 41: Abbotsbury to Ferrybridge
Day 42: Isle of Portland Circuit
Day 43: Ferrybridge to Lulworth Cove
Day 44: Lulworth Cove to Swanage
Day 45: Swanage to South Haven Point
South Dorset Ridgeway: West Bexington to Osmington Mills
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