South West Coast Path

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

3 to 12 nights
630 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £280 per person

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.

Although we provide some gentler itineraries, expect stiff climbs on jaw-dropping coastal trails; mile after mile of sea views; and plenty of pasties and cream teas enjoyed in quintessential Cornish towns.

So that you can pick your favourite area to walk, we have split the trail into ten sections. Select a route below to find out more.

We also offer a choice of short breaks along the path, as well as a circular walking holiday round the Land's End Peninsula, which you can find on the South West Coast Path Short Breaks page

Dog friendly tours available

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

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the South West Coast Path

“All the accommodation was good.”
Mr Bond, UK
“Superb planning, great lodging, great breakfasts, great support throughout! All went according to plan! We had a wonderful time and plan to return for another Contours adventure as soon as possible!”
Mr Taylor, USA
“In general it was all very good, you did a great job and we really enjoyed our holiday.”
Mrs Basso, Italy
“Overall we had a very good walking holiday, with very good accommodation, very good breakfasts and very friendly treatment at all stops.”
Mr Masters, France
“You folks always do a great job. I always enjoy wild & rugged coastline, but the long stretches of golden sand were also nice.”
Mr Yent, USA
“Thank you Contours for organising our walking holiday. We would certainly be recommending your company to others.”
Mrs Larum, Australia
“We spent an enjoyable 10 days on the walk. Thanks for arranging the B&B's for us.”
Mr Burnett, UK
“We had a great time - generally excellent B&B's and flawless baggage transfer.”
Mrs Knowler, Canada
“It was sunny and the scenery was fantastic.”
Mr Carr, UK
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Walking on Bolberry Down" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Just past Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"View back to Hoist Point" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"On the Way to Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019)
"Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019)
"Dartmouth Marina" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Wild Meadow looking back at Exmouth" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Chimney near Trewavas Head" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Slope between Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (2019)
"On the Way to Zennor" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019)
"Blackpool Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Just before Porthcurno" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Newton Ferrers" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Just out of Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Waymarker before Cape Cornwall" by David Hackett (2019)
"Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018)
"Botallack Mine" by David Hackett (2019)
"St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018)
"Minack Theatre in Penzance" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (2017)
"St. Michaels Mount" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Between St Ives and Zennor" by Blais Bracheau (2018)
"View from the Castle at St. Michaels Mount" by Anne Hemingway (2017
"Between Pendeen Watch and Sennen Cove" by Anne Hemingway (2017)
"Bay at St. Ives" by Anne Hemingway (2017)
"Lizrd Lighthouse" by Cornelia Selzer (2017)
"Botallack Mines" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Minack Theatre" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Pendeen Watch" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Between Penzance and Porthleven" by Harriet Ells (2017)
"Hartland Quay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Constantine Bay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Along the Path" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Enjoying a Rest" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Which Way Next?" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Boscastle to Bude" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Coffee Time" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"The Gannel" by Sandra Steel (2017)