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 £280 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

“The scenery was amazing and the weather gods where with us! I would highly recommend this walk to anyone who loves nature and likes walking. The walk was very scenic, but the area around the Lizard was the most scenic. The little harbours and small villages were so beautiful! Loved Hereford River.”
Mr Willems, UK
“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
“Fantastic, excellent accommodation, wonderful walking, and you even organised good weather!”
Dr Begley, UK
“Fantastic weather, fantastic scenery.”
Mrs Horrocks, UK
“Wonderful time exploring the coastline. Excellent B&Bs picked for us. Superb service from the luggage transfer company also. Bags always there when we arrived and no damage. Already picking our next holiday with you.”
Mr Learmonth, UK
“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
“Thank you Contours for organising our walking holiday. We would certainly be recommending your company to others.”
Mrs Larum, Australia
“More strenuous than anticipated but most enjoyable. We wish we had built in some rest days to enjoy the small towns. The coast itself is spectacular and well worth the physical challenges.”
Mrs Malmsten, Canada
“Accommodation excellent- -BB owners could not have been more helpful. Luggage waiting for us when we arrived at each overnight stop. The overnight stays were clean - good size bedrooms with a large choice for breakfast each day.”
Mr Rawdin, UK
"Commemorative Boat at Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Woody Bay and View to Crock Point" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018 Photo Competition Winner)
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Waymarker before Cape Cornwall" by David Hackett (2019)
"Trevaunance Cove" by David Hacket (2019)
"Near Gorran Haven" by Gesche Henningsen (2019)
"Welcome to Budleigh Salterton" by Claire Renard (2018)
"Woody Bay and Heddons Mouth" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019)
"Botallack Mine" by David Hackett (2019)
"Porth Mear" by David Hackett (2019)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"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)
"Minack Theatre in Penzance" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"Trevone Bay" by David Hackett (2019)
"St. Michaels Mount" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Ocean View in Yearnor Wood" by Sigridur Hrafnkelsdottir (2018)
"Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Between Porth and Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"Between St Ives and Zennor" by Blais Bracheau (2018)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Porth to Porthcothan" by Sandra Steel (2017)
"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)
"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)
"Enjoying a Rest" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Which Way Next?" by Therese Larum (2017)
"Boscastle to Bude" by Sandra Steel (2017)