South West Coast Path Short Breaks

South West Coast Path Short Breaks

A selection of short walking holidays along the iconic South West Coast Path

3 to 4 nights
26-34 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £360 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

The below routes have been devised by Contours to give our walkers the chance to enjoy a taste of the world-famous South West Coast Path. Those with less available time can complete one of these short breaks in just a few days, while others may wish to try a short stretch of the trail before tackling a full section, making these walks an ideal starting point for building your confidence.

Each South West Coast Path Taster Break offers its own unique ambience, fascinating history and fantastic sights to discover. Learn more by selecting a route below.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Dorset Short Break
  • South Cornwall Short Break
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North Short Break
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon Short Break

Dog friendly tours available

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

About this route

3 nights
26 miles
Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £360 per person

North Devon Short Break

This 3-night holiday boasts some of the best coastal walking in Britain. Between the tiny harbour of Porlock Weir and the old lead mining village of Combe Martin, it traverses a brilliant mix of clifftop paths, moorland, and woodland.

The terrain here is far from flat, featuring the highest point on the South West Coast Path, but the tremendous views provide endless excuses to stop and catch your breath.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
NDEVSB From Porlock Weir to Combe Martin 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding £360

Short breaks

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
DORSB From Weymouth to Swanage 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding £500

North Devon Short Break 3 nights, 2 days walking

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

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

Day 1

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

Day 2

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


Depart from Combe Martin 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
© Contours Walking Holidays North Devon Short Break map
Porlock Weir to Combe Martin
26 miles (41 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Ascending Foreland Point and Great Hangman to enjoy incredible views.

Exploring the rich histories of Porlock Weir, Lynmouth and Combe Martin.

What's included?

  • 3 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: 25.5 miles (40.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 12 miles (19 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Code: NDEVSB Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Porlock Weir
End of holiday: Combe Martin

Route Profile

North Devon Short Break 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 cities and international airports are Exeter, Bristol & Cardiff.

By Rail

The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Porlock Weir) are either Barnstaple (about 30 miles away) or Taunton (about 31 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Combe Martin) is at Barnstaple (about 12.5 miles away).

By Bus

There are no suitable bus routes to Porlock Weir from Barnstaple or Taunton, so a taxi will be required. There is a bus service from Combe Martin to Barnstaple Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi will be required on a Sunday.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Taunton and Barnstaple. From here, a taxi will be required to Porlock Weir.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi from Combe Martin to Porlock Weir.

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.