South West Coast Path
Walking Holiday
Somerset and Devon
Minehead to Barnstaple
7 nights and 6 days walking

Start of South West Coast Path Minehead Walking Holidays Letsgowalking

South West Coast Path Sign Letg Go walking

Walking holiday on South West Cost Path with Let's Go Walking

next section Barnstaple to Bude

South West Coast Path Somerset and Devon Minehead to Barnstaple

7 nights and 6 days Walking Holiday

Enjoy a 68 mile self-guided
walking holiday on the first section of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Barnstaple. The terrain is varied from Exmoor sweeping down to the sea, to the long beaches at Woolacombe.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles
Min/max daily distance:
5/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to strenuous
Features:

boat trip to Lundy (optional)
Exmoor National Park
This route connects with:
South West Coast Path Barnstaple to Bude
Somerset Coast Path
Coleridge Way
Tarka Trail
Macmillan Way West
Two Moors Way

South West Coast Path Somerset and Devon
Minehead to Barnstaple
7 nights and 6 days Walking Holiday
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Minehead    upgrades available 
You make your own way to Minehead for the start of your walking holidayon the South West Coast Path. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday on The South West Coast Path.

Start of South West Coast Path Minehead Walking Holidays Letsgowalking

Optional Day in Minehead    upgrades available

Exmoor meets the South West Coast Path with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Minehead to Porlock.    8 miles    Moderate      upgrades available
Walking from Minehead on the South West Coast Path you go through Exmoor National Park with stunning views of Porlock Bay and a chance to see Exmoor ponies. You will find old limekilns on Bossington Beach where the salt marsh provides a good birdwatching area. The South West Coast Path connects with the Coleridge Way in Porlock.

Optional day at the Porlock       upgrades available

Day 3: Porlock to Lynmouth    14 miles   Moderate    upgrades available
Continuing through Exmoor National Park the South West Coast Path moves from Somerset into Devon. The path zigzags through woods, valleys and farms, across streams and rivers, and through Devon’s most northerly headland, Foreland Point, before reaching Lynmouth, a highlight of this walking holiday. The South West Coast Path connect with the Two Moors Way in Lynmouth.

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Combe Martin South West Coast Path walking Holidays with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: Lynmouth to Combe Martin.  13 miles  Strenuous     
You can take the Cliff Railway from Lynmouth up to Lynton. Then an easy walk along the South West Coast Path through the Valley of the Rocks, to Lee Bay and Woody Bay. There are a couple of deep valleys, a skirt around Heddon’s Mouth Cleave, and an ascent of Great Hangman, the highest point of the South West Coast Path at 318 metres (1043 ft in old money!).

Day 5: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe.    5 miles   Strenuous   upgrades available
Walking on the South West Coast Path from Combe Martin you pass Watermouth with its sandy estuary and boat yard. The walking trail then climbs over the headland past Samson’s Bay and Hele Bay to Ilfracombe, with its quaint Devon fishing harbour and sandy beaches. In season ferries offer trips to the Island of Lundy.

Ilfracombe Harbour south West Coast Path walking holidays with Letsgowalking

Ferry to Lundy with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day to visit Lundy
Lundy, an island 3 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, lies off the north Devon coast and is a wildlife and walkers haven. Day return aboard MS Oldenburg. Dates for 2020.

Day 6:  Ilfracombe to Croyde.     14 miles    moderate to strenuous  upgrades available
From Ilfracombe you walk through Torrs Park and on to Lee Bay. Walking to the lighthouse at Bull Point the South West Coast Path passes through a couple of small valleys. At Morte Point the long sandy beach of Woolacombe comes into view and then becomes our walking path . Over Baggy Point to Croyde, this whole area is a mecca for surfers and walkers.

Woolacombe Bay walking holidays South west Coast path

Barnstaple south West Coast Path with Lets Go Walking

Day 7: Croyde to Barnstaple.    14 miles  easy   upgrades available
The South West Coast Path crosses the dunes and on to Saunton Downs. Walking on past Braunton Burrows with its sand dunes and wildlife. Now following the wide Taw estuary the whole area is full of birdlife. At Barnstable, where your coastal walking holiday finishes, there is a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs. The Macmillan Way West connects here with the South West Coast Path.

Optional Day in Barnstaple 

 

Day 8: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
We can transfer you to your car or you can depart by train or bus.

South West Coast Path 8 day itinerary
Minehead to Barnstaple

6 days walking and 7 nights

Suggested Itinerary:               
Day 1: Arrive Minehead
Day 2: Minehead to Porlock                8 miles moderate
Day 3: Porlock to Lynmouth                14 miles moderate
Day 4: Lynmouth to Combe Martin     13 miles strenuous
Day 5: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe    5 miles strenuous
Optional Day to visit Lundy
Day 6: Ilfracombe to Croyde               14 miles strenuous
Day 7: Croyde to Barnstaple               14 miles easy
Day 8: Depart after breakfast

£620pp
dbl/twin

£833pp
single occ

£868pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra night in Ilfracombe and day trip to Lundy from £90.00 per person

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Minehead to Barnstaple

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Minehead
Northfield Hotel

double/twin
£42.00

single
£79.00

Lynmouth
Rising Sun Hotel
Rock House Hotel

double/twin
£48.00
£39.00

single
£85.00
£68.00

Heddons Mouth
Hunters Inn
Hunters Inn superior room

double/twin
£15.00
£30.50

single
£25.00
£60.00

If you would like to stay at Hunters Inn in Heddons Mouth, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.

Ilfracombe
Laston House
Olive Branch
Osborne Hotel

double/twin
£10.25
£11.25
£10.25

single
£15.00
£10.00
£15.00

Croyde
Saunton Sands Hotel
The Thatch

double/twin
£100.00
£15.00

single
£105.00
£22.50

Barnstaple
Imperial Hotel
Park Hotel
Royal & Fortesque Hotel

double/twin
£38.00
£27.38
£31.58

single
£49.00
£32.50
£46.24

What’s included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • guide book
  • Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
  • day trip to Lundy
 

What’s not included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

How to get there:

  • By Plane to Bristol where we can arrange transfer to Minehead
  • By Car to Minehead where parking is available
  • By Train to Taunton where we can arrange transfer to Minehead
  • By Bus to Minehead

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