South West Coast Path
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Walking Holiday in the West Country of England

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

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

Enjoy a self-guided walking holiday on the UK’s 630 mile long South West Coast Path, the longest of Britain’s 15 National Walking Trails.
The path starts in Minehead, Somerset, then goes along the north coast of Devon, around Cornwall and Land’s End, along the south coast of Devon, and then finally along the Dorset coast to Sandbanks and Poole Harbour.

South West Coast Path walking holiday with Let's Go Walking

This suggested itinerary is based on the Trailblazer guide books.

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We don’t expect you to do the whole walking trail in one holiday!
Take your time and enjoy the scenery and wildlife.
We are based in the South West of England and all our team have detailed local knowledge of the whole of the South West Coast Path.

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.

Minehead start of the South West Coast Path with Lets go Walking

The South West Coast Path is based on the paths trodden by generations of coastguards as they patrolled the cliffs and coves searching for smugglers.

Exmoor meets the South West Coast Path with Lets Go Walking

The South West coastline is stunning with many changes of scenery: magnificent cliffs with views of Lundy, one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain now designated an area of special scientific interest, long winding estuaries with large flocks of wading birds, and vast expanses of sandy beaches making this area one of the UK’s most popular with surfers.

Walking with Lets Go walking at Watermouth

The South West Coast Path passes through quaint Devon villages with cobbled streets, picturesque Cornish fishing villages, and headlands to rival Land’s End.

This is fast becoming the most popular walking holiday destination in the UK.

Bedruthen Steps Soth west Coast Path Lets go Walking

Porthcurno on SWCP walking holiday with Let's Go Walking

South West Coast Path 12 day itinerary
Minehead to Bude

10 days walking and 11 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: Depart after breakfast


single occ

solo traveller

All prices subject to change

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

Suggested Tour Duration:
11 nights, 10 days walking
Total Distance:
124 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
easy to strenuous
Exmoor National Park
Lynton Fenicular Railway
This route connects with:
Somerset Coast Path
Coleridge Way
Two Moors Way
Macmillan Way West
Great Gardens of North Devon

South West Coast Path 26 day itinerary
Bude to Plymouth

24 days walking and 25 nights

Suggested Itinerary:               
Day 1: Arrive Bude
Day 2: Bude to Crackington Haven            10 miles strenuous
Day 3: Crackington Haven to Tintagel        11 miles strenuous
Day 4: Tintagel to Port Isaac                        9 miles severe
Day 5: Port Isaac to Padstow                      12 miles strenuous
Optional Day to enjoy Padstow
Day 6: Padstow to Porthcothan                   14 miles easy
Day 7: Porthcothan to Newquay                   11 miles moderate
Day 8: Newquay to Perranporth                   11 miles moderate
Day 9: Perranporth to Portreath                  12 miles strenuous
Day 10: Portreath to Hayle                            12 miles moderate
Day 11: Hayle to Zennor                                 12 miles severe
Day 12: Zennor to St Just                               11 miles severe
Day 13: St Just to Porthcurno                         12 miles moderate
Day 14: Porthcurno to Penzance                    11 miles strenuous, then easy
Optional Day: day trip to Isles of Scilly
Day 15: Penzance to Porthleven                    14 miles strenuous
Day 16: Porthleven to Lizard                          14 miles moderate
Day 17: Lizard to Coverack                            11 miles strenuous
Day 18: Coverack to Mawgan Smith              14 miles moderate
Day 19: Mawnan Smith to Falmouth              10 miles moderate
Day 20: Falmouth to Portloe                          14 miles easy, then strenuous
Day 21: Portloe to Mevagissey                       12 miles strenuous
Optional Day: to visit Lost Gardens of Heligan
Day 22: Mevagissey to Par                              11 miles strenuous
Day 23: Par to Polperro                                  13 miles moderate
Day 24: Polperro to Portwrinkle                    13 miles strenuous
Day 25: Portwrinkle to Plymouth via Cremyll Ferry    15 miles moderate
Day 26: Depart after breakfast


single occ

solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra night in Padstow from £49.50 per person

Suggested Tour Duration:
25 nights, 24 days walking
Total Distance:
290 miles
Min/max daily distance:
9/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
easy to severe
Tintagel Castle
ferry across River Camel
ferry across River Gannel
tin mine and beam engine
Minack Theatre at Porthcurno
St Michael’s Mount
ferry across Helford River
ferry across Carrick Roads
Lost Gardens of Heligan
Cremyll ferry to Plymouth
This route connects with:
Saints’ Way

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


single occ

solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Suggested Tour Duration:
21 nights, 20 days walking
Total Distance:
216 miles
Min/max daily distance:
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
easy to strenuous

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

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.

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.

Telephone Lines are open 7 days a week.

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or +44 (0)207 193 1252

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Coastal Walking Holidays
We have coastal walking holidays in the UK in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly and the Channel Islands.

Our Coastal Walking Holidays include: