An intro to... The South West Coast Path
Where is it and how far is it?
This epic trail starts in Minehead and finishes in Poole, a total of 1016km or 631 miles. The complete walk takes between six and seven weeks but some people have run it in as little as 11 days!
Why should you walk it?
It's the longest of all the national trails in Britain, until the English Coast Path is completed, and estimations suggest that anyone completing it will have climbed four times the height of Everest. It's a trail of great variety, taking in everything from arduous cliff paths to easy walks along seaside promenades. Oh and two world heritage sites!
When should you go?
This walk is best undertaken during the summer as all facilities will be open. Careful planning is definitely required as tourists flock to the area. However, a short section of the path may be enjoyed at any time of the year if planned correctly.
Where should you stay?
There are plenty of options along this route so you can choose according to your budget. The South West Coast Path Association produces an accommodation list.
The world heritage site of The Jurassic Coast is jaw-dropping.
The South West Coast Path guidebook by Paddy Dillon
The National Trails guidebook by Paddy Dillon
How to pack for a long distance trek - Cicerone Extra article
Have you walked the South West Coast Path?
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Mike Mayor has sent in this comical image of a cow admiring the view just after the Swannery at West Fleet.