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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 to Demanding / Strenuous

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.

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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

“Everything on the first two holidays was great, from the holidays themselves to the organisation of all the Contours stuff. This latest recent holiday was also fantastic... Am happy to recommend Contours and will certainly be using you again.”
Mrs Campion, UK
“Some tough walking days but thoroughly rewarding.”
Mr Goodes, UK
“Great walking, fantastic weather, generally good B&B's.”
Dr Pearlman, UK
“This has to be one of the best walks in UK. Wild, wet and demanding. But spectacular.”
Mr Oberwetter, USA
“We really enjoyed it all.”
Mrs Locke, USA
“Hard walking because of mud, rocks, weather, and ups and downs. But we loved it.”
Mr Oberwetter, USA
“Thank you Contours for organising our walking holiday. We would certainly be recommending your company to others.”
Mrs Larum, Australia
“Actually, almost all aspects of our holiday exceeded our high expectations. Astoundingly beautiful countryside and seascapes, and, really, the friendliest people that we have had the pleasure to meet anywhere.”
Mr Hanson, USA
“Wonderful time walking the Coast Path. Never been to North Devon before but will certainly go again. Bags always there on arrival to B&B. Nothing to do but walk all day. Brilliant.”
Mr Learmonth, UK
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Walking on Bolberry Down" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Just past Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019)
"Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019)
"View back to Hoist Point" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"On the Way to Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (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)
"Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019)
"Dartmouth Marina" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"On the Way to Zennor" by Marc Campion (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)
"Blackpool Sands" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Just before Porthcurno" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Newton Ferrers" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"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)
"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)
"Hartland Quay" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Constantine Bay" by Sandra Steel (2017)