Six Hundred Miles of Sunshine
The South West Coast Path follows the coast of southwest England. Established as a national trail in 1978, it meanders from the quintessential seaside town of Minehead down to Europe’s largest natural harbour at Poole. A spectacular stretch of English coastline, over 70% of the route passes through national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
1,014 km/630 miles long, the South West Coast Path is the longest national trail in England. Usually walked anti-clockwise, the route starts in Somerset. Following the coast along north Devon, it then loops around coastal Cornwall. Back in Devon, the path ends on the eastern edge of the ancient Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
The South West Coast Path Association recommends 52 days to complete the trail. With ascents equivalent to climbing Mount Everest (almost) four times over, the route is no small undertaking. Most hikers choose to break the walk into sections. Read on to discover the best parts of the South West Coast Path.