South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

An epic walk along the coastline of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

3 to 12 nights
630 miles
Easy to Demanding / Strenuous

From £355 per person

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About the trail

At 630 miles (1,008 km) in length, the South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest waymarked footpath and the ultimate challenge for any long distance walker. The route curls around the entire peninsula of Devon and Cornwall, rounds the south-western tip of England at Land’s End, and follows the southern shore through the dramatic scenery of Dorset, constituting a major portion of the England Coast Path.

Although we provide some gentler itineraries, on most holidays, expect stiff climbs on jaw-dropping coastal trails; mile after mile of sea views; and plenty of cream teas and Cornish pasties enjoyed in seaside towns. Walking the South West Coast Path is a challenge, but an immensely (and often tastily) rewarding one.

We’ve broken the full SWCP into ten stages so you can pick and choose your favourite stretches of coast. We also offer a choice of short breaks along the path, which you can find on the South West Coast Path Short Breaks page. If you’re looking for a circular tour, take a look at our walking holiday around the far point of Land’s End Peninsula and inland along St Michael’s Way.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South
  • Far West of Cornwall
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South West Cornwall
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South Cornwall
  • South Devon
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay
  • East Devon
  • Dorset

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

7 to 12 nights
88 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £785 per person

North Devon

Here in North Devon, the South West Coast Path tackles the demanding climbs and descents of the highest coastline in England. Dramatic landscapes abound, from the jagged sandstone pinnacles at the Valley of Rocks to the gorge at Heddon Mouth.

It’s not all hilly terrain: the coast softens as the walk progresses, taking in coastal oak woodlands and sweeping sandy beaches. It dips into seaside villages on its way, and even visits the smallest complete parish church in England: Culbone.

We also offer a North Devon Short Break option that explores the path from Porlock Weir to Combe Martin. Click here for more information.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NDEV1 From Minehead to Westward Ho!(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding £785
NDEV2 From Minehead to Westward Ho!(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding £900
NDEV3 From Minehead to Westward Ho!(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate £1120
NDEV4 From Minehead to Westward Ho!(L) 12 nights, 11 days walking Easy / Moderate £1345

North Devon 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights
Start

Travel to Minehead where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Minehead to Porlock Weir. 10 miles (16km) / 1201 ft (366 m) ascent

Day 2

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth. 12 miles (19km) / 2897 ft (883 m) ascent

Day 3

Lynmouth to Combe Martin. 13.5 miles (21.5km) / 3530 ft (1076 m) ascent

Day 4

Combe Martin to Woolacombe. 14 miles (22.5km) / 2684 ft (818 m) ascent

Day 5

Woolacombe to Braunton. 15.5 miles (24.5km) / 991 ft (302 m) ascent

Day 6

Braunton to Westward Ho!(L). 23.5 miles (37.5km) / 866 ft (264 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Westward Ho!(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays North Devon map
Minehead to Westward Ho!
88 miles (141 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Scaling the highest point on the South West Coast Path: ‘Great Hangman’.

Visiting North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve.

Spotting cheeky Exmoor ponies out across the purple-tinted moors.

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the towns and villages along the trail or to relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Porlock Weir is an excellent place to linger and relax while Lynmouth is another place to consider. The walk to Watersmeet, where the East and West Lyn Rivers meet, is delightful.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 88 miles (141 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Code: NDEV1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Minehead
End of holiday: Westward Ho!(L)

Route Profile

North Devon Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter, Bristol and Newquay.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Minehead) is at Taunton (about 24.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Westward Ho!) is at Barnstaple (about 10 miles away).

By Bus - Buses run to Minehead from Taunton Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi will be required on a Sunday. Buses run from Westward Ho! to Barnstaple all week.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Taunton. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead.

Return To The Start - The public transport route to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi to Barnstaple rail station. From there trains run to Taunton, from where a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead. This journey takes a very long time, but could be shortened by taking a taxi each end instead of the buses, or consider taking a taxi the whole way.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.
"Between Lynmouth and Combe Martin" by Achim and Antje Knacksterdt (2023) "Between Lynmouth and Combe Martin" by Achim and Antje Knacksterdt (2023)
"Bossington Beach" by Sue Daber (2023) "Bossington Beach" by Sue Daber (2023)
"Signpost near Woolacombe" by Sue Daber (2023) "Signpost near Woolacombe" by Sue Daber (2023)
"Valley of the Rocks" by Sue Daber (2023) "Valley of the Rocks" by Sue Daber (2023)
"Elwill Bay" by Thomas Witzel (2023) "Elwill Bay" by Thomas Witzel (2023)
"Exmoor Ponies" by Thomas Witzel (2023) "Exmoor Ponies" by Thomas Witzel (2023)
"Rockham Bay" by Thomas Witzel (2023) "Rockham Bay" by Thomas Witzel (2023)
"Looking Back from Widmouth Head to Sexton's Burrow" by Thomas Witzel (2023) "Looking Back from Widmouth Head to Sexton's Burrow" by Thomas Witzel (2023)
"View to Appledore from Instow" by Thomas Witzel (2023) "View to Appledore from Instow" by Thomas Witzel (2023)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner) "Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018) "Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Slope between Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018) "Slope between Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018) "Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)

Customer reviews from the North Devon

“Some tough walking days but thoroughly rewarding.”
Mr Goodes, UK
“Tougher than I thought - but we got there!”
Mr Ogden, UK
“Great hiking and gorgeous scenery! The lodgings were quite special and our hosts were lovely and always helpful.”
Mr Stallings, USA
“It was a wonderful experience. We had lovely Bed and Breakfast. I will book another holiday with Contours when I have the money”
Ms Smink, Netherlands
“First time hikers and the trip was outstanding. Great communication and organizing. Will continue the trip next year.”
Mr Jones, USA
“It was a walk with no rain, a great landscape and good accommodations. I enjoyed the whole holiday. The weather was great, your choice of accommodations was very good and I got in contact with many friendly people. I hope I will be able to do some more walks in the UK.”
Mr Witzel, Germany
“Enchanting in every way.”
Mr Hrafnkelsdottir, Iceland
“Many thanks for superb organisation. It all went smoothly. Lovely B&B's. Great scenery and weather.”
Mr Darwen, UK
“Dear Contours Team. I just wanted to write to thank you all for organising my 49 day holiday, walking the whole of the South West Coast path. Following the first point of contact, my holiday was arranged, B&Bs booked and taxis organised where needed. All information was given re how to find my accommodation at the end of my walk, contact phone numbers and info re river crossings. All went according to plan and I have had a brilliant walking holiday! (and not too many wet days!) Taxi firms were brilliant. All so cheerful and helpful. I would certainly use your company again!”
Ms Dicker, UK
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