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

3 to 5 nights
28 miles
Easy to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £355 per person

Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay

This short stretch of the South West Coast Path begins with a stroll between the bustling resorts of Brixham, Paignton, and Torquay. It is quickly surrounded by natural beauty as it rounds the spectacular headland of Hope’s Nose, complete with its offshore cluster of rock islands and seabird colonies.

On it rambles around Babbacombe Bay to the Ness, a tree-lined cliff of sandstone. Two short ferry journeys, split by the walk from Teignmouth to Starcross, bring the trail to its end in Exmouth.

 

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
TOR1 From Brixham to Exmouth 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £355
TOR2 From Brixham to Exmouth 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £470
TOR3 From Brixham to Exmouth 5 nights, 4 days walking Easy £585
"None shall pass!" by Raymond Riggs (2023) "None shall pass!" by Raymond Riggs (2023)
"Brixham Outer Harbour" by David Hackett (2023) "Brixham Outer Harbour" by David Hackett (2023)
"Holly Blue at Mackerel Cove" by David Hackett (2023) "Holly Blue at Mackerel Cove" by David Hackett (2023)

Customer reviews from the Tor Bay and Babbacombe Bay

“The area we walked was beautiful and the accomodations were excellent. The hosts were friendly, the rooms clean and pleasant, and the breakfasts were delicious. The trail was more demanding that we expected (particularly since it was rainy weather), in terms of rough terrain and multiple stairways. I was impressed with the information from Contours as well as the accomodations provided. Pricing for our tour was reasonable.”
Ms Christenson, USA
“Incredibly good weather for September, amazing varied scenery and no heavy backpack!”
Ms Bonetti, UK
“Very much enjoyed the holiday although we found it harder than expected.”
Mrs Reeves, UK
“Worth booking the 2 extra rest/ free days to further explore the area visiting. No issues with accomodation or coastal path.”
Mrs Singh, UK
“We enjoyed many days of sun despite very bad weather elsewhere in Devon and the UK.”
Mr Hoyle, USA
“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
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