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 £335 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

“Really enjoyed the mix of built up areas and more rural bits. Particularly liked visiting Torquay and Paignton which I’ve always wanted to go to. Everything was great I was very happy with the way everything was organised and how the walk went. It’s a great mix of seaside resorts and more open stretches. It has something for everyone. It’s strenuous walking at times but well worth the effort. I’ve always found contours very good at organising these holidays and have never had any real issues so I would always book another holiday with contours (and indeed have).”
Mr Madge, 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
“It was a good section of the SW Coast Path - very scenic. Not as tough as I was expecting.”
Mr Scott, UK
“Good to be back walking again. Will book again as soon as we can sort ourselves out a date. All good and enjoyable.”
Mr Stedman, UK
“Beautiful scenery but challenging.”
Mrs Tutt, UK
“Overall the B&B's were very good.”
Mr French, UK
“We sat on a bench in Budleigh Salterton eating elevenses and watching the dramatic play of light and color over the water. The entire segment was really very beautiful and unique.”
Mr Stallings, 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
“Scenery superb.”
Mrs Horrocks, 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)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Walking on Bolberry Down" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Bay past St Ives" by Jeff Dell (2021)
"Follow Me" by Stefanie Kieweg (2022)
"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)
"Just past Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Readymoney Cove, Looe" by Wm. Samuel Bunge (2022)
"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 Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Beech Forest, Polkerris" by Wm. Samuel Bunge (2022)
"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)
"On the Way to Zennor" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Gorse near Looe" by Wm. Samuel Bunge (2022)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Newton Ferrers" by Bob Parkinson (2019)
"Just before Porthcurno" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Along the Trail" by David Hackett (2021)
"Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018)
"Just out of Sennen Cove" by Marc Campion (2019)
"Looe" by David Hackett (2021)
"St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018)
"Waymarker before Cape Cornwall" by David Hackett (2019)
"Rame Head Chapel" by David Hackett (2021)
"Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (2017)
"Botallack Mine" by David Hackett (2019)
"Talland Bay" by David Hackett (2021)
"Minack Theatre in Penzance" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (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)