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National Trail AcornSouth West Coast Path National Trail

1014 km / 630 miles

Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Somers, Torbay
Our longest National Trail gives the opportunity to enjoy some of Britain’s finest coastal landscapes. These are extremely varied, from rugged and remote clifftops to sheltered estuaries, busy harbours and resorts. Moorland stretches contrast with plateaux incised by steep coastal valleys and intimate coves with long pebbly or sandy beaches.

South Cornwall and Devon offer spectacular ‘drowned’ estuaries while in East Devon and Dorset there are extensive ‘undercliffs’ resulting from landslips. Ferries operate across most of the larger estuaries but some offer a reduced service or cease altogether out of the holiday season. Details are available in the South West Coast Path Association's Annual Guide.

Two World Heritage Sites cover sections of the coastline. Mining was a major industry during the 18th and 19th centuries and transformed the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape. This Site comprises ten separate areas both along the coast and inland. The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site and includes 95 miles of unspoilt cliffs and beaches from Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Studland Bay in Dorset. The South Dorset Ridgeway is part of the South West Coast Path National Trail and was the original route to be designated (the longer coastal route around Portland was only added in 2003). Providing an inland option or a circular route if combined with the coast, it runs from West Bexington to Osmington Mills, decreasing the total distance from the coastal option of the South West Coast Path by 25 miles (40 km). Although it is some distance from the sea, it offers views of the Jurassic Coast.

In 2002, Plymouth City Council created a continuous walking route along its coastline and appointed a team of artists to mark the route and interpret the many stories along it. Promoted as Plymouth's Waterfront Walkway (10 miles) this is now part of the South West Coast Path National Trail and is not separately named on OS mapping.

For the E9 route that runs between Plymouth and Dover, Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path covers the 37-mile stretch between Swanage and Lymington and includes the E9 route through Bournemouth. See E-Routes (E9).

East of Lulworth army ranges restrict access at certain times (for details telephone 24 hour answering service 01929 462721 x4819).

The St Michael's Way (12 miles), which is included on OS mapping, links Lelant (north coast of Cornwall) with Penzance/Marazion/St Michael's Mount on the south coast and can be extended into a much longer circular route when combined with the National Trail. Coast-to-Coast Trail (Cornwall Mineral Tramways) traverses 11 miles from the north to south coasts from Portreath to Devoran passing via Cambrose and Scorrier down the Poldice Valley and the Carnon riverside through past mining landscapes. The circular waymarked Dart Valley Trail (17 miles and on OS mapping) connects to the National Trail having the ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear in common. It also links to the national rail network at Totnes. The Templer Way (18 miles and on OS mapping), which is waymarked except on open moorland, goes between Haytor Quarry and the National Trail at Teignmouth, using the ferry from Shaldon to Teignmouth.

As an alternative to the large number of OS maps, six Harvey stripmaps cover the full route. GPS track files may be downloaded from the National Trail's website.

The LDWA National Trails Register offers certificates for completers of several British National Trails.

See also E-Routes (E9)


Strider News - August 2016 (Publication Update)

A new 2016 background historical guide by Ruth Luckhurst bringing to life the stories behind the diverse landscapes is listed below: Hidden Landscapes of the South West Coast Path: Walk-Explore-Discover


Details:

Path Type
National Trails (England & Wales)
Waymark: National Trail Acorn
Waymark
National Trail Acorn
Attributes
National Trail (England and Wales); Coastal; World Heritage Site; Geological
Start
SS970467 - Minehead, Somers
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Finish
SZ036867 - South Haven Point, Dorset
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Open Date
1978
User Group
South West Coast Path Association
 
Bowker House, Lee Mill Bridge, IVYBRIDGE, Devon, PL21 9EF
 
01752 896237
 

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Softback
The South West Coast Path, 2013 Guide (South West Coast Path Association - 2013)
Softback
South West Coast Path: Reverse Guide (South West Coast Path Association - 2006)
Certificate
Certificate for South West Coast Path National Trail (South West Coast Path Association)
Badge
Badge for South West Coast Path National Trail (South West Coast Path Association)
Badge
Paperback
Exploring the Bournemouth Coast Path (Countryside Books - 2005)
Booklet
South West Coast Path: Through Torbay (Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust)
Leaflet
South West Coast Path (South West Coast Path Team - 2007)
Guidebook
South West Coast Path: Guide Book (Devon County Council)
Booklet
Plymouth’s Waterfront Walkway (Plymouth City Council - 2012)
Leaflet
National Trails in England (Natural England - 2006)
Paperback
Big Walks Of Great Britain (Summersdale Publications - 2007)
Paperback
Journey Along The National Trails of England and Wales (Bright Pen (Authors On Line) - 2013)
Illustrated Map
Hardback
Walkers Britain (AA Publishing - 2011)
Leaflet
South West Coast Path Association (South West Coast Path Association)
Booklet
Walking Trails in Devon (Devon County Council)
Leaflet
English Riviera Geopark Trail (Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust)
Hardback - Pictorial
Exploring the South West Coastal Path (Halsgrove Press - 2009)
Hardback - Pictorial
Jurassic Coast (Halsgrove Press - 2007)
DVD
South West Coast Path (Striding Edge Limited - 2008)
DVD
South West Coast Path: Virtual Book One (Virtual Book Company - 2008)
Paperback
Paperback
South Devon's Shipwreck Trail (Amberley Publishing - 2013)
Paperback
Walking Away (Faber & Faber - 2015)
Hardback
Hardback - Pictorial
The South West Coast Path (Frances Lincoln - 2012)
Paperback
She Won't Get Far Her Bag's Too Heavy (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - 2011)

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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
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South West Coast Path: Set of 6 Maps (Harvey Maps - 2009)
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A-Z Adventure Atlas of the South West Coast Path: 5. Dorset (Geographer's A-Z Map Company - 2012)

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Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping
South West Coast Path National Trail (Anquet Maps - 2009)
Digital Mapping (25k Scale)
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The Pack Horse  (bookable online)
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The Rockford Inn  (bookable online)
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Lorna Doone House  (bookable online)
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Castle Hill Guest House  (bookable online)
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Pine Lodge Guest House  (bookable online)
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Gable Lodge Guest House  (bookable online)
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Woodybrooke Cottage  (bookable online)
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Heddon's Gate Hotel  (bookable online)
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Martinhoe Cleave Cottages  (bookable online)
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Higher Dean Lodge  (bookable online)
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My Way  (bookable online)
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Blair Lodge Guest House  (bookable online)
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Channel Vista  (bookable online)
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Hillcrest Farm  (bookable online)
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Chambercombe Manor Cottages  (bookable online)
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Harbour Views  (bookable online)
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Darnley Hotel  (bookable online)
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Mullacott Farm  (bookable online)
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Lincombe House  (bookable online)
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Lower Campscott Farm Cottages  (bookable online)
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Dukes Cottage  (bookable online)
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Rosemary Cottage  (bookable online)
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Sea Croft  (bookable online)
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Lundy View  (bookable online)
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Combesgate View  (bookable online)
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Crows Nest  (bookable online)
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Morte View  (bookable online)
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Barton Court  (bookable online)
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Avalon Court  (bookable online)
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Beach House  (bookable online)
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Pandora Court one  (bookable online)
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Chichester Park  (bookable online)
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Enderley Apartment  (bookable online)
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Courtyard Cottage  (bookable online)
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Sandy Lane  (bookable online)
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Fortescue Retreat  (bookable online)
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Fortescue  (bookable online)
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Churchlands Farmhouse  (bookable online)
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Spreacombe Gardens  (bookable online)
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The Old Bakery  (bookable online)
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Magnolia  (bookable online)
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Bennings Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
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Treetops  (bookable online)
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Brightlycott Cottage  (bookable online)
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Waytown Cottage  (bookable online)
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Spinney Country Guest House  (bookable online)
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Bampfield Farm Cottages  (bookable online)
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Appledore One End House  (bookable online)
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Granary Cottage  (bookable online)
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The Old Granary B&B  (bookable online)
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Seavalley Holiday Chalets  (bookable online)
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Moorhead Country Holidays  (bookable online)
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Two Harton Manor  (bookable online)
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West Tosberry Farm  (bookable online)
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Southole Barns  (bookable online)
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Berry Park  (bookable online)
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Orchard Lodge  (bookable online)
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King Arthur's Arms  (bookable online)
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Fairbank Hotel  (bookable online)
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Dunedin (The)  (bookable online)
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The Pines  (bookable online)
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Lyonesse Guest House, Falmouth  (bookable online)
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Tranquility Cottage  (bookable online)
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Wringford Cottages  (bookable online)
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Number 6 Braeside Mews  (bookable online)
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Atlantis Holiday Apartments  (bookable online)
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The Richwood  (bookable online)
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The Somerville  (bookable online)
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4a Hesketh Crescent  (bookable online)
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Bay Hotel  (bookable online)
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Cranleigh Bed & Breakfast  (bookable online)
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The Barn Hotel  (bookable online)
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Hensleigh House  (bookable online)
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Eypes Mouth Country Hotel  (bookable online)
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Rivendell Guest House  (bookable online)
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GPS Exchange Format Route File
South West Coast Path National Trail GPX Exchange Format Route File
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South West Coast Path National Trail Memory Map Route File
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Route Profile:

986.2 Km (612.8 miles)
33,954 m (111,398 ft) ascent
310 m (1,017 ft)  maximum height