North Devon

Minehead to Westward Ho! along the North Devon section of the South West Coast Path.

7 to 12 nights
87 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £600 per person

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About this route

Here in North Devon, the South West Coast Path tackles the demanding climbs and descents of the highest coastline in England. Dramatic landscapes abound, from the jagged sandstone pinnacles at the Valley of Rocks to the gorge at Heddon Mouth.

It’s not all hilly terrain: the coast softens as the walk progresses, taking in coastal oak woodlands and sweeping sandy beaches. It dips into seaside villages on its way, and even visits the smallest complete parish church in England: Culbone.

 

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Minehead to Westward Ho!
87 miles (139 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Scaling the highest point on the South West Coast Path: ‘Great Hangman’.

Visiting North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve.

Spotting cheeky Exmoor ponies out across the purple-tinted moors.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
NDEV1 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£600
NDEV2 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£685
NDEV3 From Minehead to Westward Ho! 12 nights, 11 days walking Easy / Moderate£1030

North Devon 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Minehead where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Minehead to Porlock Weir. 10 miles (16km)

Day 2

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth. 12 miles (19km)

Day 3

Lynmouth to Combe Martin. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 4

Combe Martin to Woolacombe. 13 miles (21km)

Day 5

Woolacombe to Braunton. 15.5 miles (24.5km)

Day 6

Braunton to Westward Ho!. 23.5 miles (37.5km)

Finish

Depart from Westward Ho! after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are walking on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the towns and villages along the trail or to relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Porlock Weir is an excellent place to linger and relax while Lynmouth is another place to consider. The walk to Watersmeet, where the East and West Lyn Rivers meet, is delightful.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 87 miles (139 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 23.5 miles (37.5 km)
Code: NDEV1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Minehead
End of holiday: Westward Ho!

Route Profile

North Devon Route Profile

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent with your full holiday pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter, Bristol and Newquay.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Minehead) is at Taunton (about 24.5 miles away). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Westward Ho!) is at Barnstaple (about 10 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Minehead and from Westward Ho!.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington station to Taunton. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus/taxi to Barnstaple rail station. From there trains run to Taunton, where a bus/taxi will be required to Minehead.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the North Devon

“You folks always do a great job. I always enjoy wild & rugged coastline, but the long stretches of golden sand were also nice.”
Mr Yent, USA
“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
“Seamless B&B bookings and bag transfers. No issues and walk was wonderful. Clear evidence of maintenance of trial.”
Mr Rogers, UK
“Enchanting in every way.”
Mr Hrafnkelsdottir, Iceland
“Some tough walking days but thoroughly rewarding.”
Mr Goodes, UK
“Fantastic, excellent accommodation, wonderful walking, and you even organised good weather!”
Dr Begley, UK

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