South West Coast Path
Walkng Holiday
South Devon, The English Riviera, The Jurassic Coast and Dorset
Plymouth to South Haven Point
21 nights and 20 days walking
following TrailBlazer Guide Book

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

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South West Coast Path  South Devon, the English Riviera,
The Jurassic Coast and Dorset
  Plymouth to South Haven Point
  21 nights and 20 days Walking holiday based on the TrailBlazer Guide Book

Enjoy a 216 mile self-guided walking holiday on the south coast of Devon from Plymouth to Poole on the South West Coast Path.
See the English Riviera, Jurasic Coast, the Isle of Portland, Swanage and Poole Harbour.

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.
Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
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:
21 nights, 20 days walking
Total Distance:
216 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/14miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to strenuous
Features:

Dartmouth
2 ferries
Jurassic Coast
Undercliff at Lyme
Durdle Door
This route connects with:
Dart Valley Trail
Exe Valley Way
Two Moors Way
Purbeck Way

South West Coast Path  South Devon,
the English Riviera,
The Jurassic Coast and Dorset
  Plymouth to South Haven Point
  21 nights and 20 days Walking holiday

plymouth

Day 1: Arrive at Plymouth
You make your own way to Plymouth. We can assist with rail and coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk.

Day 2: 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.

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Burgh Island with Letsgowalking

Day 3: 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.

Day 4: 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.

South West Coast Path Salcombe Letsgowalking

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.

Walkers on the South west Coast path with Letsgowalking

Day 5: 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

Day 6: 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.

Dartmouth South west Coast Path letsgowalking

Dartmouth Walking holidays with Letgowalking

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 7: 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.

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Torquay Harbour with Letsgowalking.com walking holidays

Day 8: 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 9: 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.

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South Devon South West Coast Path Letsgowalking

Day 10: Teignmouth to Exmouth     11 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 11: Exmouth to Sidmouth    13 miles     moderate/strenuous
This is the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The path leaves Exmouth and makes its way to Budleigh Salterton. You cut inland briefly to cross the River Otter and then along the top of the characteristic red sandstone cliffs of Devon to Sidmouth.

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Day 12: Sidmouth to Seaton   10 miles   severe
Heading out of Sidmouth you cross the River Sid and make your way up to Salcombe Hill. Following an interesting zigzagging path along the cliffs you eventually come to the quaint village of Branscombe. Leaving Branscombe you walk through the Hooken Undercliff, a chaotic, jumbled wooded slope formed by a landslip in 1790, with red marls, yellow greensand and towers of chalk. After rounding Beer Head you walk through Beer and on to Seaton.

Day 13: Seaton to Lyme Regis     7 miles     moderate
Walking through the Undercliff between Seaton and Lyme Regis is like being in a jungle. The rocky shores of Lyme Regis and Charmouth are famous for yielding fossils from the Jurassic period.

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Optional Day or Days in Lyme Regis
Spend an extra day or days in Lyme Regis to relax and enjoy this historic seaside town

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Day 14: Lyme Regis to Burton Bradstock    11.5 miles    Strenuous
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre down at the beach is full of fossils and is worth a visit. The cliffs are unfortunately very unstable and so the coast path is a little way inland but still affords great views of the Isle of Portland.

Day 15: Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury     8 miles   Moderate
The cliffs here give way to the long pebbly beach of Chesil Bank. The pebbles are bean-sized at this end of the beach, and gradually get larger until they are potato sized on the Isle of Portland.

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Optional Day in Abbotsbury: visit the swannery and botanical gardens

chesil beach Weymouth with Letsgowalking

Day 16: Abbotsbury to Weymouth    13 miles      Moderate/Easy   upgrades available
On leaving Abbotsbury the path, surprisingly, does not go along Chesil Beach but works it way over rolling hills, through fields and past woodlands a little way in from the coast. Then it follows the shores of West Fleet Lagoon until reaching Ferry Bridge, where a narrow spit of lands connects with the Isle of Portland.

Day 17: Isle of Portland      13 miles     Moderate
From Portland Bill you can see more the of coast path than from any other point on the path. On a clear day you can see Start Point in the west and Dulston Head in the east, a distance of 160 miles, over one quarter of the South West Coast Path!

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Lulworth cove walking holidays with letsgowalking

Day 18: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove   12 miles   Strenuous
The South West Coast Path leaves Weymouth around Weymouth Bay to Osmington Mills. Leaving Osmington Mills the path soon reaches Burning Cliff, named after its oil shale burst into flames in 1826. On past Bat’s Head and the world famous Durdle Door. The stunning Lulworth Cove is one of the South Coast’s most famous views. At Lulworth the South West Coast Path connects with the Purbeck Way.

Day 19: Lulworth Cove to Kingston    10 miles    Severe
From Lulworth Cove the path enters the Lulworth Ranges tank training areas which has fossil remains of an ancient forest some 135 million years old. At Kimmeridge Bay you will see the rare sight of a ‘nodding donkey’ oil pump which has been pumping oil since 1959.

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Swanages Dorset walking holidays with letsgowalking

Day 20: Kingston to Swanage  10 miles   Severe   upgrades available
At St Alban’s Head there is St Aldhelm’s Chapel and an interesting radar memorial on the headland. This part of the coast path has caves and ledges created from the quarrying of Purbeck Marble. At Durlston Head there is 40-tonne stone sphere carved into the shape of the world.

Day 21: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks or Poole or Bournemouth   7.5 or 12.5 miles      Moderate
On leaving Swanage you head towards The Foreland with its chalk pinnacles known as Old Harry Rocks. You can now see Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight in the distance. From the ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to Sandbanks you can see Brownsea Island, famous for its red squirrels. You stay overnight in Swanage again, taking the local bus back to Swanage (payable locally). Or you could walk on to Poole or Bournemouth, an extra 5 miles.

Day 22: 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 station

South West Coast Path 22 day itinerary
Plymouth to South Haven Point

20 days walking and 21 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1:
Arrive Plymouth
Day 2: Plymouth to Newton Ferrers              8 miles easy
Day 3: Newton Ferrers to Bigbury on Sea    13 miles easy, then strenuous
Day 4: Bigbury on Sea to Salcombe               14 miles strenuous
Optional Day: optional extra day in Salcombe
Day 5: Salcombe to Torcross                        13 miles strenuous
Day 6: Torcross to Dartmouth                      10 miles moderate
Optional Day: optional extra day in Dartmouth
Day 7: Dartmouth to Brixham                       11 miles strenuous
Day 8: Brixham to Torquay                           8 miles moderate
Day 9: Torquay to Teignmouth                     11 miles strenuous
Day 10: Teignmmouth to Exmouth                8 miles easy
Day 11:
Exmouth to Sidmouth                       13 miles moderate/strenuous
Day 12: Sidmouth to Seaton                          10 miles severe
Day 13: Seaton to Lyme Regis                         7 miles moderate
Optional Day: optional extra day in Lyme Regis
Day 14: Lyme Regis to Burton Bradstock     11.5 miles strenuous
Day 15: Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury      8 miles moderate
Optional Day: optional extra day in Abbotsbury
Day 16: Abbotsbury to Weymouth                13 miles moderate/easy
Day 17: Isle of Portland                                  13 miles moderate
Day 18: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove           12 miles strenuous
Day 19: Lulworth Cove to Kingston             10 miles severe
Day 20: Kingston to Swanage                      10 miles severe
Day 21: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks     7.5 miles moderate
            with option to walk on to Poole or Bournemouth, an additional 5 miles
Day 22: Depart after breakfast

£1,890pp
dbl/twin

£2,499pp
single occ

£2.604pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Weymouth to South Haven Point

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Weymouth
Hotel Rembrandt

double/twin
£55.00

single
please ask

Swanage
Grand Hotel

double/twin
£39.00

single
£39.00

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
 

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 Exeter or Bournemouth where we can arrange transfer to Plymouth
  • By Car to Plymouth where parking is available
  • By Train to Plymouth
  • By Bus to Plymouth

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