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

“All in all a wonderful way to holiday and so liberating being without the car and able to enjoy such a beautiful part of the English/Cornish coastline. Easy access to beaches etc. Made lots of friends/contact along the way.”
Mr Herbert, UK
“Didn’t know what to expect on this holiday but it exceeded all of my expectations. This part of the Devon/Cornwall coastline is spectacular. It can be a tough walk but the views and the scenery are exceptional.”
Mr Madge, UK
“This has to be one of the best walks in UK. Wild, wet and demanding. But spectacular.”
Mr Oberwetter, USA
“Everything was perfect from accommodation to luggage transfer, really impressed.”
Mr Buzer, UK
“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
“Fantastic weather, fantastic scenery.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“Fantastic scenery, lovely accommodation.”
Mr Bond, UK
“The scenery was spectacular – weather amazing.”
Mr Mercer, Canada
“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