South West Coast Path Cornwall
Walking Holiday
South Devon and English Riviera Falmouth to Exmouth
16 nights and 15 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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

Plymouth Hoe with Lets Go Walking walking holidays

National Trail Guide Falmouth to Exmouth with Letsgowalking walking holidays

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South West Coast Path Cornwall, South Devon and The English Riviera
Falmouth to Exmouth
  16 nights and 15 days Walking holiday

Enjoy a 174 mile self-guided walking holiday on the first section of the South West Coast Path from Falmouth to Exmouth, as per the National Trail Guide South West Coast Path book.

You visit the picturesque Cornish fishing harbours of Falmouth, Portloe, Mevagissey, Charlestown, Fowey and Looe. There are options to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project. Visit the famous Devon ports of Dartmouth and Salcombe and the towns of Brixham and Torquay on the English Riviera.

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:
16 nights, 15 days walking
Total Distance:
174 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
easy to strenuous
Lost Gardens of Heligan
This route connects with:
Saints Way
Two Moors Way
Dart Valley Trail
Exe Valley Way

South West Coast Path Cornwall, South Devon and The English Riviera
Falmouth to Exmouth
  16 nights and 15 days Walking holiday
Day by Day Itinerary

South west Coast Path Falmouth letsgowalking

Day 1: Arrive at Falmouth    
If arriving by car, you make your own way to Falmouth for the start of your walking holiday. We can assist with rail and coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk on the South West Coast Path, and we can return you to your car or station at the end of the holiday.


Day 2: Falmouth to Portloe      14 miles   Easy, then Strenuous    upgrades available
You begin today with two ferry rides, first across Carrick Roads to St Mawes and then across the Percuil River to Place. The gardens of Lamorran in St Mawes are worth a visit. It is a very pleasant stroll around St Anthony Head and Porthmellin Head to Portscatho in time for lunch. This afternoon you walk around Gerrans Bay to Nare Head. After a few ups and downs the little coastal village of Portloe suddenly comes into sight.

Portloe with Letsgowalking South west coast path

mevagissey south west Coast Path with Letsgowalking

Day 3: Portloe to Mevagissey.    12 miles     Strenuous
Today you walk around Veryan Bay through the villages of West and East Portholland where there is an old limekiln on the beach. After passing Caehays Castle and Gardens you head towards Dodman Point which has a tall granite cross at its summit. Through the small harbour and village of Gorran Haven and then an easy stroll around Chapel Point to Mevagissey.

Optional Day: to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Spend an extra day in Mevagissey to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

ships charlestown with letsgowalking

Day 4: Mevagissey to Par.   11 miles    Strenuous  
The first electric lights in this 13th century fishing village of Mevagissey were powered by generating fed on pilchard oil! The path becomes a little more adventurous as you pass through the old china clay port of Pentewan and round Black Head. The 18th century port of Charlestown comes into view. The harbour is home to some fine old sailing ships and has been used as a location in many films. From Charlestown the South West Coast Path passes through Carloyn Bay to Par for your overnight stay

Day 5:  Par to Polperro.   13 miles    Strenuous  
The day begins once again with an easy stroll to Polkerris. Then you head up to the red and white daymark tower on top of Gribbin Head, . Relax and enjoy the view before a challenging walk into Fowey. This attractive town is still a working harbour but is home to many sailing boats. In Fowey the South
West Coast Path connect with the Saints Way. From Fowey you take the ferry to Polruan to begin the day and then climb uphill from the harbour to the Coastwatch Station. You head for Pencarrow Head and around Lantivet Bay before arriving at Polperro with its tiny alleyways and narrow streets.

polperro harbour with Letsgowalking

Portwrinkle with Lets Go Walking walking Holidays

Day 6: Polperro to Portwrinkle.   13 miles    Strenuous  
Leaving Polperro the South west Coast soon reaches the the popular fishing village of Looe. Walking on from Looe the path follows the cliff top past Seaton and Downderry when the Long Stone comes into view.

Day 7: Portwrinkle to Plymouth  15 miles   Moderate
Today you walk along the stunning Whitsand Bay, past Tregantle Fort and heading towards Rame Head. Dive boats are often moored over the Scylla, the naval frigate sunk in 2004 as an artificial reef. Once you round Penlee Point Plymouth Sound comes into view.After walking through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park you take the Cremyll Ferry across the River Tamar to Plymouth. This historic city has many points of interest; the Aquarium, Smeaton Tower, the Barbican and the Hoe to name but a few.

Plymouth Hoe with Lets Go Walking walking holidays

Noss Mayo south West Coast Path with

Day 8: Plymouth to Newton Ferrers.    7 miles    Easy
Leaving Plymouth you make your way around to Mount Batten Point and follow a very pleasant path along the east side of Plymouth Sound towards Wembury Point. After a laze on Wembury Beach a short stroll takes you to Warren Point and the ferry across the River Yealm to Newton Ferrers. At Wembury the South West Coast Path connects with the Two Moors Way.

Day 9: Newton Ferrers to Bigbury-on-Sea.  13 miles   Easy, then Strenuous
You start the day with another ferry across Newton Creek, followed by a delightful walk around to the River Erme, which you have to wade across at low tide. The path now becomes a little more undulating before it arrives at Bigbury-on-Sea. Burgh Island can be visited by walking across the sands, or by ‘sea tractor’ if the tide is in. The art deco hotel was an inspiration to Agatha Cristie.

Burgh Island with Letsgowalking

South West Coast Path Salcombe Letsgowalking

Day 10: Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe.   14 miles      Strenuous
It’s the turn of the ferry across the River Avon today, and then a fairly easy walk until Outer Hope. After Hope Cove the path goes out to Bolt Tail and Bolt Head, after which you turn towards Starehole Bay and Salcombe.

Optional Day: Salcombe
Spend an extra day in Salcombe to relax and enjoy the town, take a ferry ride up the Kingsbridge Estuary to Kingsbridge.

Day 11: Salcombe to Torcross.    13 miles     Strenuous
Optional transfer from Starcross to Salcombe if arriving by car.
You start the day on the ferry from Salcombe to East Portlemouth. Then you follow a rugged path out toward Prawle Point, the southernmost point in Devon. The path is quite stunning between Prawle Point and Start Point, and then you walk the long shingle beach to Torcross

Walkers on the South west Coast path with Letsgowalking

Dartmouth Walking holidays with Letgowalking

Day 12: Torcross to Dartmouth  10 miles   Moderate
The South West Coast Path follows the shingle ridge which separates Start Bay from the reed-fringed Slapton Ley, the largest natural lake in the West Country. The Nature Reserve hosts ducks, grebes, swans, herons and otters. As you reach Dartmouth you are treated to a magnificent view of Dartmouth Castle. At Dartmouth the South West Coast Path connects with the Dart Valley Trail.

Optional Day: Dartmouth
Spend an extra day in Dartmouth to relax and enjoy the town, take a ferry ride up the River Dart to Totnes or a steam train ride to Paignton.

Day 13: Dartmouth to Brixham.    11 miles     Strenuous
Dartmouth, built on a natural deep-water channel, has been favoured as a port since the 12th century. You take the ferry to Kingswear then follow the path as it follows wooded slopes with fine views across to Dartmouth Castle. An energetic walk brings you to Sharkham Point and Berry Head, before arriving in Brixham.

goldenhind brixham South West Coast Path

Torquay Harbour with walking holidays

Day 14: Brixham to Torquay.    8 miles    Moderate
Brixham is a working fishing port which contains a replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake’s vessel from 1577-80. The path follows rocky headlands, dense woodland, secluded bays and little parks as it makes its way through Paignton and on to Torquay. At Torquay the South West Coast Path connects with the Dart Valley Trail

Day 15: Torquay to Teignmouth.  11 miles   Strenuous
There is plenty to see and do on this section, from Kent’s Cavern to the Babbacombe Model Village. The path winds up and down, in and out through mature woodland as it makes its way through Oddicombe, Watcombe and Maidencombe. You can take the ferry across the River Teign to Teignmouth or walk across Shaldon Bridge.

shaldon walking holidays with letsgowalking

Day 16: Teignmouth to Exmouth.  8 miles   Easy
The South West Coast Path makes its way along the breakwater to Dawlish, famous for its black swans. After Dawlish Warren the path follows the River Exe to Starcross. From Starcross you take the ferry to Exmouth for your overnight stop.

Day 17: 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 17 day itinerary
Falmouth to Exmouth

15 days walking and 16 nights

Suggested Itinerary:               
Day 1: Arrive Falmouth
Day 2: Falmouth to Portloe         14 miles   Easy, then Strenuous
Day 3: Portloe to Mevagissey     12 miles     Strenuous
Optional Day in Mevagissey to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Day 4: Mevagissey to Par            11 miles    Strenuous 
Day 5: Par to Polperro                  13 miles    Strenuous  
Day 6: Polperro to Portwrinkle    13 miles    Strenuous  
Day 7: Portwrinkle to Plymouth   15 miles   Moderate
Day 8: Plymouth to Newton Ferrers    7 miles    Easy
Day 9: Newton Ferrers to Bigbury-on-Sea  13 miles   Easy, then Strenuous
Day 10: Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe   14 miles      Strenuous
Optional Day in Salcombe
Day 11: Salcombe to Torcross           13 miles     Strenuous
Day 12: Torcross to Dartmouth        10 miles   Moderate
Optional Day in Dartmouth
Day 13: Dartmouth to Brixham          11 miles     Strenuous
Day 14: Brixham to Torquay               8 miles    Moderate
Day 15: Torquay to Teignmouth         11 miles   Strenuous
Day 16: Teignmouth to Exmouth        8 miles   Easy
Day 17: Depart after breakfast


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All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Falmouth to Exmouth

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Lugger Hotel



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

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.

Telephone Lines are open 7 days a week.

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or +44 (0)207 193 1252

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How to get there:

  • By Plane to Exeter or Newquay where we can arrange transfer to Falmouth
  • By Car to Falmouth where parking is available
  • By Train to Falmouth or Exmouth
  • By Bus to Falmouth or Exmouth

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