South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast path is the longest National Trail in the UK. At 630 miles long, it starts in Minehead, Somerset, and runs along the coastline through Devon, Cornwall, around to the south coast, and back through Devon, to end in Poole, Dorset. The Coast Path was originally used by Coastguards as a way to check the coves, and beaches for smugglers. Now it is a popular past time for avid walkers and families to explore the gentle stretches, busy harbours, dramatic headlands, and sheltered coves of the South West Coastline. The path is home to great variety of scenery, geology, wildlife, and culture. Whether you’re planning to take on the whole thing in one go, or plan a day out with your loved ones, this is a great place to start.

Useful Info

Length: 630 miles long

Path Start-End: Minehead, SomersetPoole, Dorset

South West Coast Path Map

The Geology

There is a great variety of geology along the South West Coast Path, with the shape and composition of the rocks affecting both the landscape and the wildlife.

The Wildlife

The South West Coast Path is teeming with life, and is home to many birds, plants, and other wildlife. It also passes through nature reserves, and sites of Special Scientific Interest.

The Heritage

The Coast Path has a long history. Much of the path was originally used by Coastguards, walking from one lighthouse to the next keeping a look out for smugglers.

Featured Stretch

– Penzance to Marazion

This is an easy walk from Penzance to Marazion that has fantastic views across Mounts Bay to St Michael’s Mount, the Lizard Peninsula, and Mousehole. This is an almost level walk that follows the seawall on a path that is suitable for both able and disabled users alike. Dog owners note that this is a dog-friendly walk, as it passes a beach and pubs where dogs are welcome. If you don’t feel like walking the return journey to your car/train, then there is a regular bus service that runs from Marazion back to Penzance.

Length: 3.8 Miles

Time to complete: 1.5-3hrs

Family-friendly: Yes

Park at: Penzance Station Main Car Park

Tips and Information

Family walking on the South West Coast Path

Family Walks

For inspirational and fun family walks along the South West Coast Path look no further

South West Coast Path Walking Gear

What to Take

A useful list of things worth taking with you, if you’re planning a decent walk.

Top 10 Beaches in South West England

Top 10 Beaches in the South West

Combine your walk with a trip to the beach! Check out our top 10 in the South West.