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 £355 per person

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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, constituting a major portion of the England Coast Path.

Although we provide some gentler itineraries, on most holidays along the South West Coast Path, expect stiff climbs on jaw-dropping coastal trails; mile after mile of sea views; and plenty of cream teas and Cornish pasties enjoyed in seaside towns. Walking the South West Coast Path is a challenge, but an immensely (and often tastily) rewarding one.

We’ve broken the full SWCP into ten stages so you can pick and choose your favourite stretches of coast. We also offer a choice of short breaks along the path, which you can find on the South West Coast Path Short Breaks page. If you’re looking for a circular tour, take a look at our walking holiday around the far point of Land’s End Peninsula and inland along St Michael’s Way, or stitch in the Tamara Coast to Coast Way.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North
  • Dorset
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South Cornwall
  • South Devon
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South West Cornwall
  • Far West of Cornwall
  • East Devon
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Trail running tours available

We also organise trail running holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

5 to 9 nights
61 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £620 per person

South West Cornwall

The wildest and most isolated section of the South West Coast Path winds from Penzance along the rugged red-green cliffs of the Lizard and through the tranquil woods that line the creeks of Helford River.

With idyllic coves and smugglers’ hideaways in the mix, it’s already a beautiful route – but South West Cornwall visits St Michael’s Mount, too. Accessed by a tidal causeway, the rocky island is crowned by its vast fortress and priory.

 

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
SWCO1 From Penzance to Falmouth 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate / Demanding £620
SWCO2 From Penzance to Falmouth 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding £740
SWCO3 From Penzance to Falmouth 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate £860
SWCO4 From Penzance to Falmouth 9 nights, 8 days walking Easy / Moderate £1100
"On the Approach to Lamorna Cove" by Caroline Simmonds (2023) "On the Approach to Lamorna Cove" by Caroline Simmonds (2023)
"Looking back towards the Lizard" by Caroline Simmonds (2023) "Looking back towards the Lizard" by Caroline Simmonds (2023)
"Out of Helford River" by Marc Campion (2022) "Out of Helford River" by Marc Campion (2022)
"Dusk at Porthleven" by Marc Campion (2022) "Dusk at Porthleven" by Marc Campion (2022)
"Cemetary overlooking St Michael's Mount" by Marc Campion (2022) "Cemetary overlooking St Michael's Mount" by Marc Campion (2022)
"Walking through Marazion" by Marc Campion (2022) "Walking through Marazion" by Marc Campion (2022)
"Out of Penzance" by Marc Campion (2022) "Out of Penzance" by Marc Campion (2022)
"South West Cornwall" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "South West Cornwall" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"Coastal Chess" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "Coastal Chess" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"Towards Falmouth Bay" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "Towards Falmouth Bay" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"Fishing Boats at Cadwith" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "Fishing Boats at Cadwith" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"On the South West Coast Path" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "On the South West Coast Path" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"Cadwith" by Paul Seabrook (2022) "Cadwith" by Paul Seabrook (2022)
"Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019) "Poltesco Footbridge" by David Hackett (2019)
"Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019) "Common Lizard" by David Hackett (2019)
"Chimney near Trewavas Head" by Blais Brancheau (2018) "Chimney near Trewavas Head" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018) "Coastal Scene near Loe Bar" by Blais Brancheau (2018)
"Porthleven" by David Conway (2018) "Porthleven" by David Conway (2018)
"Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018) "Prussia Cove" by David Conway (2018)
"St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018) "St Michaels Mount" by David Conway (2018)
"Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (2017) "Wheal Prosper" by Harriet Ells (2017)

Customer reviews from the South West Cornwall

“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
“There were many beautiful & scenic parts to the route. We already have another holiday booked with you in September!”
Mr Wright, UK
“Very, very good, more than just good. We were very lucky with the weather, which makes a huge difference. Northumberland was great and the three stages we have just completed were well organised.”
Ms Sharp, Switzerland
“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
“Another great walk on the SWCP. Enjoyed the trip, great scenery and nice places to stay. We like the quality of accommodation and reliability of service provided by Contours.”
Mr Hughes, UK
“Good walking, not too hilly, the Lizard is a nice part of the South West Coast Path. Good mix of accommodation. Very efficient movement of luggage.”
Mr Hall, UK
“Good walking, lovely scenery. Weather was good. B&Bs were excellent. Luggage transfers went without a hitch. Would recommend this holiday without hesitation. I love these South West Coast Path Contour Holidays! South Cornwall next year!”
Mr Fish, UK
“It’s 10 years since my last Contours holiday and you are just as good as I remembered!”
Ms Tucker, UK
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