South Devon

A walking holiday from Plymouth to Brixham around the coastline of South Devon.

7 nights
67 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £600 per person

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About this route

South Devon’s coastline is one of spectacular contrasts. It begins with wave-battered sandstone cliffs and the rugged headlands that have claimed countless shipwrecks, but slinks away beneath the trees along tranquil wooded estuaries.

Inland sections enjoy the patchwork fields of lush, rolling farmland. If variety is what you look for in a trail, this is the right section of the South West Coast Path for you.

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Plymouth to Brixham
67 miles (107 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Visiting Dartmouth, with its cobbled marketplace, narrow streets, and spectacular sea defences.

Watching the vast number of local seabirds darting against a backdrop of wild flowers.

Arriving in Brixham, home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SDEV From Plymouth to Brixham 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£600

South Devon 7 nights, 6 days walking

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

Important information

The Wembury to Noss Mayo ferry operates from April to September.  If the ferry is not running, the alternative is to take a taxi.

The River Erme between Noss Mayo and Bigbury-on-Sea has no ferry service. Therefore, it is necessary to ford the river at low tide.  Before booking please check the tide times by clicking here.  The alternative is an 8 mile detour around the river.

The Bantham to Bigbury Ferry operates between May and September (except Sundays).  If the ferry is not running the alternatives are a 9 mile detour or to take a taxi.

If you wish to walk this trail outside of these months, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Start

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

Day 1

Plymouth to Noss Mayo. 7 miles (11km)

Day 2

Noss Mayo to Bigbury-on-Sea. 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 3

Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe. 12.5 miles (20km)

Day 4

Salcombe to Torcross. 13 miles (21km)

Day 5

Torcross to Dartmouth. 10 miles (16km)

Day 6

Dartmouth to Brixham. 11 miles (17.5km)

Finish

Depart from Brixham 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

If you would like to explore Burgh Island, then consider taking an extra night in Bigbury-on-Sea. Salcombe is a pleasant place to spend an extra day and there is a lot to see in the historic port of Dartmouth.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 67 miles (107 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 7 miles (11 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Code: SDEV Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Plymouth
End of holiday: Brixham

Route Profile

South Devon Route Profile

Travel Information

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

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

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Plymouth). The nearest rail station to Brixham is at Paignton (about 5.5 miles way).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Plymouth and from Brixham.

From London - Trains runs from London Paddington station to Plymouth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a bus from Brixham to Plymouth.

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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