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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 / Moderate to Demanding

From £295 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 (or string together several!) we have split the South West Coast Path into ten stages.


Scroll down to select a walking holiday covering your favourite stage.

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.

Customer reviews from the South West Coast Path

“Scenery superb.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“Nice scenery and wonderful arrangements.”
Mr Kuhns, USA
“We really enjoyed it all.”
Mrs Locke, USA
“Yes, it was a challenging walking holiday with spectacular scenery. My bags were flawlessly delivered on time to each and every destination. I have to complement Christine and team in their flexibility to tailor a holiday to suit my particular requests…”
Ms Pankopf, USA
“Many thanks for the organisation, choices of venues and planning involved in making our recent holiday with Contours Walking Holidays really relaxing and enjoyable. this was our second time using you and will not be the last!”
Dr Conkey, UK
“Everything worked perfectly and we can’t think of one thing that went wrong or to complain about! Well done everyone! We can’t wait to book another holiday with you!”
Mrs Edmondson, UK
“Exmouth to Lyme Regis - such a lovely coastline! All our B & B's - such warm and welcoming people - comfortable accommodation - good food. My travelling companion, Ann Austin, and I have walked with Contours several times over many years and have always found the service timely, reliable and good value.”
Ms Hardman, Canada
“Thank you Contours for organising our walking holiday. We would certainly be recommending your company to others.”
Mrs Larum, Australia
“The scenery was amazing and the weather gods where with us! I would highly recommend this walk to anyone who loves nature and likes walking. The walk was very scenic, but the area around the Lizard was the most scenic. The little harbours and small villages were so beautiful! Loved Hereford River.”
Mr Willems, UK
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Walking on Bolberry Down" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Just past Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"On the Way to Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"View back to Hoist Point" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019)
"On the Way to Zennor" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Dartmouth Marina" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Chimney near Trewavas Head" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Wild Meadow looking back at Exmouth" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Slope between Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (2019)
"Blackpool Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Just before Porthcurno" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Newton Ferrers" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Just out of Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018)
"Waymarker before Cape Cornwall" by David Hackett (2019)
"St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018)
"Botallack Mine" by David Hackett (2019)
"Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (2017)
"Minack Theatre in Penzance" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"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)
"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)
"Hartland Quay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Constantine Bay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Along the Path" by Therese Larum (2017)