South West Coast Path Walks

The South West Coast Path is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. Because it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest.

The path originated as a route for the Coastguard to walk from lighthouse to lighthouse patrolling for smugglers. They needed to be able to look down into every bay and cove: as a result, the path closely hugs the coast providing excellent views but rarely the most direct path between two points. The South West Coast Path is no longer used by the Coastguard but it has been transformed from a practical defence system into a resource for recreational walkers.

There are a number of extremely pictureque circular walks in the local area which take in sections of the South West Coast Path. They vary in length and difficulty, but all revel in the natural beauty of the coastline. Trail maps for seven walks can be viewed and download below.

Abbotsham and Westward Ho!    -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Abbotsham and Westward Ho! Walk

  • Start/Finish: Kipling Tors car park, Westward Ho!
  • Distance: 5.5 miles (9km) Circular walk: Yes
  • Grade: Easy to moderate
  • Terrain: Quiet country lanes, public footpath, green lane, and coast path. Fairly even going underfoot, with a few wet or muddy patches in damp weather.
  • Obstacles and steep gradients: None
  • Accessibility: A shorter Access for All route follows part of this walk along the coast path from Westward Ho!
  • Toilets: Public toilets by Kipling Tors car park.
  • Parking: Kipling Tors car park. Free
  • Other Facilities: Public payphone by church in Abbotsham.
  • OS map: Explorer 139 Grid ref: SS 423291

Brownsham & Clovelly     -     DOWNLOAD PDF  

Brownsham and Clovelly Walk

Bucks Mill     -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Bucks Mill Walk

Croyde and Saunton Down     -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Croyde and Saunton Down Walk

Hartland     -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Hartland Walk

Hillsborough     -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Hillsborough Walk

Lee Valley and Bull Point     -     DOWNLOAD PDF

Lee Valley and Bull Point Walk

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