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South West Coast Path

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

3 to 12 nights
630 miles

From £285 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

“Overall very good service, very good tour, everything was fine.”
Dr Quassdorf, Switzerland
“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
“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
“The holiday was specifically tailored to my requirement to complete the SWCP from Weymouth clock tower to South Haven point in 4 days in August and it all worked out very well indeed, including the weather.”
Mr Wyatt, UK
“The SWCP is truly amazing. It’s a very special place.”
Mr Fuller, USA
“Very well organised thank you.”
Mr Hackett, UK
“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
“Thank you once again for a wonderful week of walking and hiking – we loved our trip from Westward Ho! to Padstow. Thanks for all you did to make it a special and successful trip.”
Ms Kappmeyer, USA
“It was great. It was everything we wanted. The scenery and history were amazing. We found we couldn't walk the distances we had signed up for, but we were able to get taxis to mid points to cut the walks shorter. Our hosts were helpful with helping us arrange this.”
Ms Kaplow, USA
"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)