South West Coast Path
Somerset, North Devon and Cornwall
Minehead to Padstow
15 nights and 14 days
Walking Holiday

Start of South West Coast Path Minehead Walking Holidays Letsgowalking

National Trail guide Minehead to Padstow with letsgowalking walking holidays

 

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

National Trail Guide Map letsgowalking walking holidays

South West Coast Path Somerset, North Devon and Cornwall
Minehead to Padstow
15 nights and 14 days Walking Holiday

Enjoy a 164 mile self-guided walking holiday on the first section of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Padstow, as per the National Trail Guide South West Coast Path book.
The terrain is varied from Exmoor sweeping down to the sea, to the long beaches at Woolacombe. You then walk around the Taw and Torridge River estuaries and along the cliffs to the famous Devon cobbled village of Clovelly, around Hartland Point to Hartland Quay. Then on to Cornwall  via Bude, Boscastle,  Tintagel and Port Isaac to end in Padstow.

 

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:
15 nights, 14 days walking
Total Distance:
167 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
Grading:
easy to severe
Features:
Exmoor National Park
Lynton Fenicular Railway
Clovelly
Port Isaac
Tintagel
Padstow
This route connects with:
Somerset Coast Path
Coleridge Way
Two Moors Way
Macmillan Way West
Tarka Trail
Saints Way

South West Coast Path Somerset,  North Devon and Cornwall
Minehead to Padstow
15 nights and 14 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 holiday on 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.  The route here connects with the Somerset 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 throughand through Devon’s most northerly headland.Continuing through Exmoor National Park the South West Coast Path is now in devono Devon. Todays walk is mostly down hill and on clear day great views can be had over the Bristol Channel to Wales. Lynmouth is a interesting town with its famous water powered Cliff Railway and interesting Lyn Gorge museum The South West Coast Path connect with the Two Moors Way in Lynmouth.

Lynmouth south West Coast Path with Letsgowalking

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.  The Valley of the Rocks is famous for its wild goats. There are a couple of deep valleys, a skirt around Heddon’s Mouth Cleave.From 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!). Combe Martin is an interesting little seaside town with a selection of shops ,pubs and resturants.

Day 5: Combe Martin to Woolacombe.    13 miles   Strenuous  

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. 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.

Ilfracombe Harbour south West Coast Path walking holidays with Letsgowalking

Day 6: Woolacombe to Braunton.     15 miles    Moderate then Easy 
From Woolacombe you walk past the stunning Woolacombe Sands this whole area is a mecca for surfers and walkers. Then over Baggy Point to Saunton with its stunning beach and views to River Taw & Torridge Estuary. 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.

Day 7: Braunton to Instow.    14 miles  easy  
From Braunton the South West Coast follows the River Taw with its wide mud flats the whole area is full of birdlife.  The trail passes Chivenor Airfield and the Royal Marine Barracks before reach the interesting large town of Barnstaple.At Barnstaple the South West Coast Path intersects with the Macmillan Way West. The trail crosses the River Taw via the Long Bridge and heads along the estuary using an old railway trail towards Instow where the beach offers the possibility of a swim.

Barnstaple south West Coast Path with Lets Go Walking

Bideford with Letsgowalking

Day 8:  Instow to Westward Ho!.    11 miles  easy  
From Instow the South West Coast follows the River Torridge to Bideford . follows the other side of the River Torridge to Appledore, a village with a long history of shipbuilding. Then walk along the beach of Northam Burrows Country Park to Westward Ho! This the only place name in England with an exclamation mark!

Day 9: Westward Ho! to Clovelly.     11 miles    Strenuous    upgrades available      
From Westward Ho! the South West Coast Path slowly gains height until you are amid gorse and woodlands strewn with carpets of bluebells in May. After Buck’s Mills, a quaint Devon fishing hamlet, the path joins Hobby Drive, an old carriageway which takes you to the world famous Clovelly, a highlight of this walking holiday, with its cobbled streets and pretty cottages. On our Great Gardens of North Devon walking holiday you spend a whole day in Clovelly.

Lets go Walking clovelly south west coast path

Hartland Point Light House Lets Go Walking

Day 10: Clovelly to Hartland Quay.    10 miles   Moderate to Strenuous  
The South West Coast Path makes its way through woodland before emerging on the cliff top above Blackchurch Rock and descending to Mouth Mill. After Hartland Point the scenery changes as the rocks below become jagged and dramatic.

 

Day 11: Hartland Quay to Bude.    15 miles  Severe
The path from Hartland Quay is perhaps the most scenic. There are stunning ravines and waterfalls as your walking holiday moves from Devon into Cornwall. The famous Reverend Hawker was the vicar at Morwenstow and you pass Hawker’s Hut perched on the cliff top on the South West Coast Path on your way to Bude.

Bude South west Coast Path Walking Holidays with Lets Go Walking

crackington haven Swcp letsgowalking.co.uk

Day 12: Bude to Crackington Haven    10 miles   Strenuous
We can transfer you to Bude to commence your walking holiday.The South West Coast Path continues at the lock where the Bude Canal reaches the sea and climbs up to Compass Point. Then along Widemouth Bay to Millook Haven with its chevron folded rock strata in the cliff.

Day 13: Crackington Haven to Tintagel    11 miles   Strenuous   ugrades available
You have a stunning cliff top walk to Boscastle with its beautiful harbour inlet and quaint Cornish cottages. There are opportunities to see seabirds, especially puffins, and seals, and the ruined Tintagel Castle.

Port Isaac South West Coast Path letsgowalking.co.uk

Day 14: Tintagel to Port Isaac     9 miles    Severe   ugrades available  
This part of the South West Coast Path has interesting and complex geology. Mine workings and quarries are in evidence and you can see echoes of the sailing ships that used to be loaded with slate. The path goes through Trebarwith Strand and Port Gaverne to arrive at the wonderful little Cornish fishing hamlet of Port Isaac

Day 15: Port Isaac to Padstow     12 miles    Strenuous    upgrades available    
Along the path to Port Quin you may see peregrine falcons hunting along the cliffs and seals basking on the rocks below. Further along you could see puffins nesting on The Mouls island or wild orchids growing on the cliff. Fishing and pleasure boats can be seen entering and leaving Padstow Harbour as you make your way along the Camel Estuary. You take a ferry across to Padstow. The South West Coast Path connects with The Saints Way in Padstow.

Day 16: 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 16 day itinerary
Minehead to Padstow

14 days walking and 15 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 Woolacombe 13 miles strenuous
Day 6: Woolacombe to Braunton         15 miles moderate then easy
Day 7: Braunton to Instow                   14 miles easy
Day 8: Instow to Westward Ho!           11 miles easy
Day 9: Westward Ho! to Clovelly         11 miles strenuous
Day 10: Clovelly to Hartland Quay       10 miles moderate to strenuous
Day 11: Hartland Quay to Bude             15 miles severe
Day 12: Bude to Crackington Haven      10 miles strenuous
Day 13: Crackington Haven to Tintagel   11 miles strenuous
Day 14: Tintagel to Port Isaac                  9 miles severe
Day 15: Port Issac to Padstow                12 miles strenuous
Day 16:
Depart after breakfast

£1,350pp
dbl/twin

£1,785pp
single occ

£1,860pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Minehead to Padstow

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.

Clovelly
New Inn

double/twin
£24.50

single
£41.00

Port Isaac
Old School Hotel

double/twin
£45.00

single
£28.00

Port Gaverne Inn

£44.00

£50.00

Slipway Hotel sea view room

£44.00

n/a

Slipway Hotel non sea view room

£22.00

£60.50

Padstow
Metropole Hotel sea view room

double/twin
£79.50

single
n/a

Metropole Hotel non sea view room

£54.50

£120.00

Old Ship Hotel

£27.00

£28.00

Old Custom House

£55.00

£105.00

Golden Lion

£17.50

£55.00

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.

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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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