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
28 miles
Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £390 per person

South Cornwall Short Break

Take a short break along the second half of the South Cornwall trail, where quiet coastal scenery mingles with quaint harbour villages. With stunning vantage points at Rame Head and Penlee Point, this is an incredibly scenic route.

It even enjoys a ferry trip across the mouth of the River Tamar before reaching its end in spectacular naval Plymouth.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SCORSB From Polperro(L) to Plymouth 3 nights, 2 days walking Moderate / Demanding £390

Short breaks

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

South Cornwall 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 Polperro(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Polperro(L) to Portwrinkle(L). 13 miles (20.5km) / 2051 ft (625 m) ascent

Day 2

Portwrinkle(L) to Plymouth. 14.5 miles (23.5km) / 1939 ft (591 m) ascent


Depart from Plymouth 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 South Cornwall Short Break map
Polperro to Plymouth
28 miles (44 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Wandering along sandy beaches and tranquil clifftop paths.

Discovering the local history of harbour towns and fishing villages.

Arriving in vibrant Plymouth at the end of your walk, with its impressive fortress and lively harbour.

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

Plymouth, with its vast number of historic buildings, is a good choice for an extra night.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 27.5 miles (44 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13 miles (20.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23.5 km)
Code: SCORSB Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Polperro(L)
End of holiday: Plymouth

Route Profile

South Cornwall 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 city and international airports are Exeter and Newquay.

By Rail

The nearest rail stations to the start of the trail (Polperro) are either Looe (about 5 miles away) or Liskeard (about 14 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Plymouth).

By Bus

There are bus services from both Looe and Liskeard to Polperro, although the bus from Liskeard only runs Monday to Saturday and is rather lengthy, so a taxi may be a better option. Various bus services run from Plymouth.

From London

Trains run from London Paddington station to Liskeard & Looe. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Polperro.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus from Plymouth to Polperro. A taxi would be a quicker option though.

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.