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 £270 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

“I really enjoyed my holidays, very well organised. I saw beautiful landscapes, beautiful beaches with white sand and a very clear sea, colour turquoise. I met very nice people and the weather was very nice. A lot of sun, hot and often a blue sky.”
Miss Bonin, France
“Fantastic scenery, lovely accommodation.”
Mr Bond, UK
“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
“We really enjoyed it all.”
Mrs Locke, USA
“Some tough walking days but thoroughly rewarding.”
Mr Goodes, UK
“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
“We are now safe back in Norway after 2 wonderful walking weeks in Cornwall. Everything worked out very well - B&B were expecting us, transportation very accommodating and flexible when arranging pickups. A very professional arrangement - Thank you very much. Scenery was beautiful, interesting and different from what we are used to in Norway. People we met where very friendly. We ate a lot of good seafood and tasted several local beers, nice ones.”
Mr Haver, Norway
“We had a great time - generally excellent B&B's and flawless baggage transfer.”
Mrs Knowler, Canada
“It was just as brilliant as the last four. For one of our party this was her first walking holiday and she is just as keen as me to book again. I don't think we could pick out one as there were so many beautiful places along the way. For myself I was most looking forward to seeing the Lulworth Cove area and it did not disappoint.”
Mrs Chopra, UK
"Minack Theatre in Penzance" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Chimney near Trewavas Head" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"St. Michaels Mount" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Wild Meadow looking back at Exmouth" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Between St Ives and Zennor" by Blais Bracheau (2018)
"Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (2019)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Slope between Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"View from the Castle at St. Michaels Mount" by Anne Hemingway (2017
"Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018)
"Between Pendeen Watch and Sennen Cove" by Anne Hemingway (2017)
"St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018)
"Bay at St. Ives" by Anne Hemingway (2017)
"Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (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)