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Coastal scenery, much of it Heritage Coast World Heritage Sites: Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
and Cornwall
Cornwall
and West Devon Mining Landscape

Hazards Cliff paths, river crossings (ferries with limited availability), closure of Lulworth Ranges

The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail. It stretches for 630 miles (1,014 km), running from Minehead
Minehead
in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon
Devon
and Cornwall, to Poole
Poole
Harbour
Harbour
in Dorset. Since it rises and falls with every river mouth, it is also one of the more challenging trails. The total height climbed has been calculated to be 114,931 ft (35,031 m), almost four times the height of Mount Everest.[1] It has been voted 'Britain's Best Walking route'[2] twice in a row by readers of the Ramblers Walk magazine, and regularly features in lists of the world's best walks.[3] The final section of the path was designated as a National Trail in 1978.[4] Many of the landscapes which the South West Coast Path crosses have special status, either as a national park or one of the heritage coasts. The path passes through two World Heritage Sites: the Dorset
Dorset
and East Devon
Devon
Coast, known as the Jurassic Coast, was designated in 2001,[5] and the Cornwall
Cornwall
and West Devon
Devon
Mining Landscape in 2007.[6] In the 1990s it was thought that the path brought £15 million into the area each year,[7] but new research in 2003 indicated that it generated around £300 million a year in total, which could support more than 7,500 jobs.[4] This research also recorded that 27.6% of visitors to the region came because of the Path, and they spent £136 million in a year. Local people took 23 million walks on the Path and spent a further £116 million, and other visitors contributed the remainder. A further study in 2005 estimated this figure to have risen to around £300 million.[8] Following investment through the Rural Development Programme for England, more detailed research was undertaken in 2012, and this found the annual spend by walkers to have risen to £439 million which sustains 9771 full-time equivalent jobs [9]

Contents

1 History of the path 2 Route description

2.1 Somerset 2.2 North Devon 2.3 North Cornwall 2.4 West Cornwall 2.5 South Cornwall 2.6 South Devon 2.7 Dorset

3 Intersecting and connecting paths 4 Public transport 5 Charity fundraising 6 See also 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

History of the path[edit] The path originated as a route for the Coastguard to walk from lighthouse to lighthouse patrolling for smugglers. They needed to be able to look down into every bay and cove: as a result, the path closely hugs the coast providing excellent views but rarely the most direct path between two points.[10] The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
is no longer used by the Coastguard but it has been transformed from a practical defence system into a resource for recreational walkers. The path is covered by England's right-of-way laws, as amended by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, which keep historic footpaths open to the public even when they pass through private property. Sections of the path are maintained by the National Trust, which owns parts of the coast. The path is a designated National Trail, largely funded by Natural England. It was created in stages, with its final section, Somerset and North Devon, opening in 1978.[4] It is maintained by a dedicated South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
Team. The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
Association, a registered charity, exists to support the interests of users of the path. The Association was formed in 1973 and since then it has campaigned for improvements to the path and undertakes considerable fundraising to help care for and improve the path. Its services include accommodation guides and completion certificates. Route description[edit]

Map of the South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path, stone sign near Studland

The route is described here anticlockwise, from Minehead
Minehead
to Poole. The distance and total ascent between any two points, in either direction, can be obtained from The South West Coast Path Association
South West Coast Path Association
Distance Reckoner. A survey carried out in 1999 and 2000 found that at that time the path had 2,473 signposts or waymarks, and included 302 bridges, 921 stiles, and 26,719 steps.[11] In practice, any such calculation is soon out of date because of path diversions due to landslips or access changes. Many walkers take about eight weeks to complete the path, often dividing this into sections walked over several years.[12] In contrast, a team of six Royal Marines, taking turns in pairs to run two-hour sections, completed the path in six days in 2004[13] and in 2012 a runner ran the entire path in 16 days, 9 hours and 57 minutes.[14] New records for completing the path were set on 11 May 2013, when two runners completed the trail in 14 days, 14 hours and 45 minutes[15] and 23 April 2015, when a runner completed the trail in 14 days, 8 hours and 2 minutes. This record was however quickly broken by Mark Berry, who ran it in 11 days, 8 hours and 15 minutes.[16][17] On 24 May 2016 outdoor journalist and GB ultra runner Damian Hall set a new fastest known time of 10 days, 15 hours and 18 minutes.[18][19] Somerset[edit]

Sculpture at the start of the path in Minehead

The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
starts from the western side of Minehead, in Somerset, at a marker erected in 2001 and partly paid for by the South West Coast Path Association.[20] The path follows the waterfront past the harbour to Culver Cliff before climbing up on a zigzag path through woodland.[21] Entering the Exmoor
Exmoor
National Park, it cuts inland past North Hill, Selworthy Beacon
Selworthy Beacon
and Bossington Hill before regaining the cliff top at Hurlestone Point. After passing through Bossington it follows the beach to Porlock Weir
Porlock Weir
and connects with the Coleridge Way. The scenery of rocky headlands, ravines, waterfalls and towering cliffs gained the Exmoor
Exmoor
coast recognition as a Heritage Coast in 1991.[22] The Exmoor Coastal Heaths
Exmoor Coastal Heaths
have been recognised as a Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the diversity of species present.[23] The path passes the smallest parish church in England, Culbone
Culbone
Church, in Culbone.[24] The path crosses the county boundary into Devon, a few hundred yards north of the National Park Centre at County Gate. North Devon[edit] The next big headland is Foreland Point, after which the path comes to Lynmouth
Lynmouth
with the Lynton
Lynton
and Lynmouth
Lynmouth
Cliff Railway linking it with Lynton
Lynton
on the hill above. At Lynmouth
Lynmouth
the path intersects with the Two Moors Way. The river here suffered a catastrophic flood in the 1950s. Beyond Lynton
Lynton
the path passes through the Valley of the Rocks, known for its herd of goats,[25] then Duty Point and Lee Bay, then Crock Point and Woody Bay. After Highveer Rocks the path crosses the small River Heddon
River Heddon
then skirts Trentishoe Down and Holdstone Down and climbs Great Hangman. At 1,043 feet (318 m) this is the highest point on the path.[26] With a cliff face of 800 feet (244 m), it is described as the highest cliff on mainland Britain.[27] The path now leaves the Exmoor National Park
Exmoor National Park
and enters the village of Combe Martin, which claims to have the longest village street in England (two miles (3.2 km)).[28]

The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
passes along the cliffs seen in the distance) at Ilfracombe, North Devon. The highest point in this view is Hillsborough (447 feet, 136 metres). Part of Ilfracombe is seen on the right.

After rounding Widmouth Head, the path passes 'The Coastguard Cottages' in Hele Bay
Hele Bay
and enters the seaside resort of Ilfracombe, with its small harbour, surrounded by cliffs. A seasonal foot passenger ferry service runs from the harbour to Lundy
Lundy
Island, and the Balmoral, the Waverley and pleasure boats ply to Porthcawl
Porthcawl
near Swansea. From Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
to Bideford
Bideford
the Tarka Trail
Tarka Trail
coincides with the South West Coast Path.

Saunton
Saunton
Sands

The path leaves Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
through The Torrs
The Torrs
and follows the cliff top past several small bays including Lee Bay
Lee Bay
before passing Bull Point and the Bull Point Lighthouse, into Rackham Bay. It then rounds Morte Point, passing the nearby village of Mortehoe
Mortehoe
before turning south to enter the long sandy Morte Bay
Morte Bay
which includes Woolacombe
Woolacombe
and Putsborough. Baggy Point
Baggy Point
divides Morte Bay
Morte Bay
from Croyde
Croyde
Bay, and the surfing mecca of Croyde
Croyde
and then the much larger Barnstaple
Barnstaple
or Bideford
Bideford
Bay, which forms part of the North Devon
Devon
Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The wide expanse of Saunton
Saunton
Sands, which takes its name from Saunton, merges into the Braunton Burrows
Braunton Burrows
Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest), the largest sand dune system (psammosere) in England[29] and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.[30] It is particularly important ecologically because it includes the complete successional range of dune plant communities, with over 400 vascular plant species. The short turf communities are very rich in lichens and herbs, and the dune slacks are also rich. The many rare plants and animals include 14 with UK Biodiversity Action Plans.[31] From Braunton Burrows
Braunton Burrows
the South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
turns inland following the Braunton Canal
Braunton Canal
to Braunton
Braunton
and then along north bank of the River Taw, following part of the route of the old Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
Branch Line, past the perimeter of the Royal Marines
Royal Marines
Base Chivenor towards Barnstaple
Barnstaple
where the new Barnstaple
Barnstaple
Western Bypass now forms the closest bridge over the Taw to the sea. After crossing medieval Barnstaple
Barnstaple
Long Bridge, the path then turns west following the disused Bideford
Bideford
& Instow
Instow
Railway line along southern bank of the Taw past Fremington Quay and the Fremington Quay Cliffs SSSI to Instow
Instow
at the joint estuary of the Rivers Taw and Torridge
Torridge
and the Taw-Torridge Estuary (SSSI). The ferry which used to operate at Instow
Instow
ceased on the retirement of the ferryman in 2007,[32] but since 2013 a revived ferry again runs in summer. The path goes upstream to cross the river by the 13th-century Long Bridge at Bideford, which is the site of the Bideford
Bideford
Railway Heritage Centre and terminus of the North Devon Railway. The path continues north beside the Torridge
Torridge
Estuary, in places following the route of the Bideford, Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
and Appledore Railway, past Northam to Appledore and around the promontory past the Shell middens and a submerged forest, that dates from the Mesolithic period,[33] off the pebble ridge to Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
(this is the only placename in the UK which includes an exclamation mark).[34] The path then follows the coast around Clovelly
Clovelly
Bay where several small villages including Abbotsham
Abbotsham
lie inland, because of the cliffs. The path passes the site of the Iron Age
Iron Age
Hill fort
Hill fort
at Peppercombe Castle and the village of Bucks Mills. Clovelly
Clovelly
itself is a historic village with a small natural harbour. The path continues past the site of the Iron Age
Iron Age
Hill fort
Hill fort
at Windbury Head
Windbury Head
to Hartland Point
Hartland Point
and Hartland Quay. Hartland Point
Hartland Point
features a lighthouse and radar tower, and marks the western limit (on the English side) of the Bristol Channel
Bristol Channel
with the Atlantic Ocean to the west. There is a winter helicopter service from Hartland Point
Hartland Point
to Lundy, which is visible from many points along the path between Welcombe
Welcombe
and the Cornish border. North Cornwall[edit]

The Haven, the Atlantic Ocean and the beach at Bude

The path crosses into Cornwall
Cornwall
at Marsland Mouth
Marsland Mouth
and continues south-westwards along this rocky coast, past Morwenstow
Morwenstow
then Higher and Lower Sharpnose Points. Beyond Sandy Mouth, the walking becomes easier through Bude, a surfing resort, and along Widemouth Bay. Returning to the cliffs, the path continues on to Crackington Haven, past Cambeak and further south (over "High Cliff", Southern Britain's highest sheer-drop cliff at 735 feet (224 m)), and from there to Boscastle, the scene of flooding in 2004. Tintagel
Tintagel
and its castle are associated with the conception of the legendary King Arthur[35] and a 15th-century house that was later used as a post office.[36] The path continues to Trebarwith Strand, Tregardock, then to Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, and Port Quin, three small harbours. Overlooking Port Quin
Port Quin
is Doyden Castle, a 19th-century folly.

The Rumps, on Pentire Point, North Cornwall, site of Iron Age
Iron Age
cliff fortifications

The scenery is now less wild, the cliffs less high. Rumps Point has Iron Age
Iron Age
defences across its narrow neck[37] but the path heads straight past to Pentire Head then swings eastwards again into Polzeath. The estuary of the River Camel
River Camel
forces a detour away from the sea to Rock and the Black Tor Ferry
Black Tor Ferry
that takes walkers into Padstow. From Stepper Point
Stepper Point
the path again runs along low sea cliffs to Trevone and Harlyn
Harlyn
Bay then around Trevose Head. From here-—weather permitting-—the coast can be seen from Hartland in Devon
Devon
to beyond St Ives in the west. The path runs southwards through Constantine Bay to Porthcothan
Porthcothan
then passes around Park Head to reach Mawgan Porth.

An easterly view over Newquay
Newquay
Harbour
Harbour
with some of the surfing beaches in the background

The long, sandy Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay
leads to St Columb Porth and Newquay. A rail link with through trains to London and the North of England on summer weekends has helped the town prosper as a seaside resort which is visited by both surfers and clubbers.[38] On the far side of the town, beyond Fistral Beach, lies the River Gannel. There are seasonal ferries to Crantock
Crantock
and a footbridge which is passable at low tide, otherwise there is a detour inland to use the road bridge. The path now skirts Pentire Point
Pentire Point
West and then Kelsey Head to reach Holywell Bay, another surfing beach. After passing round Penhale and crossing Penhale Sands the path enters Perranporth, then climbs out the other side back onto a stretch of cliffs past Kligga Head to the village of St Agnes. Past St Agnes Head, a breeding ground for kittiwakes,[39] lies the ruins of Towanroath Mine and the inlet at Chapel Porth. Next are the ruins of Wheal Charlotte mine and then Porthtowan
Porthtowan
village. After passing Nancekuke firing ranges, the path drops into Portreath, once a busy port serving inland tin mines around Redruth. Beyond lies Carvannel Downs with Samphire Island just off the coast, and then the Reskajeage Downs better known locally as the North Cliffs.[40] Beyond the cove at Hell's Mouth, the path runs northwards to pass around Navax Point and Godrevy
Godrevy
Point, offshore from which lies Godrevy
Godrevy
Island with its lighthouse. West Cornwall[edit]

The SWCP near Lelant
Lelant
looking towards Hayle
Hayle
Towans and Godrevy
Godrevy
island

Turning into the wide sweep of St Ives Bay, where many walkers drop down onto the sands at low tide, the path follows the line of the sand dunes or Towans as they are known here. This area was used for explosives manufacture for many years,[41][42] the sand being ideal for absorbing any accidental explosions. The Towans
The Towans
are interrupted by two rivers, the small Red River at the north end, and the larger River Hayle
Hayle
and its estuary towards the south. Although narrow, the estuary is tidal and fast flowing due to the large expanse of mud flats and docks that lie behind the Towans, so the path turns away from St Ives Bay to go round via Hayle. The water is crossed using an old railway bridge and then the old Hayle
Hayle
Railway is followed into the town centre then the A30 road
A30 road
to Griggs Quay where quieter roads bring the Path around to the west side of the tidal mud flats. Views of the birdlife can be had from Carnsew Pool at Hayle
Hayle
and from the area around Lelant Saltings railway station, although the official path is slightly inland on the A3074 road
A3074 road
through Lelant
Lelant
village, regaining the coast by crossing golf links to reach the last of the Towans above Porth Kidney Sands. Rising back onto low cliffs, the path rounds Carrack Gladden
Carrack Gladden
and enters Carbis Bay, it then follows alongside the St Ives Bay
St Ives Bay
railway line into St Ives; a bustling town favoured by artists since the 19th century, which is home to the Tate St Ives
Tate St Ives
art gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum. The path passes the east-facing Porthminster Beach and goes around "The Island", a headland, to the north-facing Porthmeor Beach.

From Mussel Point over Wicca Pool and Porthzennor Cove to Zennor Head and Gurnard's Head
Gurnard's Head
beyond

The coast now shows the open and ancient landscape of the Penwith district along a series of wild headlands such as Clodgy Point, Hor Point, Pen Enys Point, and Carn Naun Point. The Carracks
The Carracks
lie just offshore, locally known as Seal Island (and seals can often be seen close to the shore opposite here), then there lies Zennor Head
Zennor Head
and Gurnard's Head
Gurnard's Head
as the Path leads into Morvah, although the village proper lies inland. Portheras Cove is a relief from the many small rocky bays along this coast but the cliffs then continue beyond the iconic, disused Crowns Mine at Botallack.[43]

Near Land's End, the most westerly point in mainland England

From Cape Cornwall
Cornwall
at St Just, the Path heads southwards to sandy Whitesand Bay and the village of Sennen. At the end of the sands the path turns westwards one last time to reach Land's End. This is the most westerly point of the English mainland. After passing Land's End
Land's End
the path continues further south past Pordenack Point and Mill Bay before turning fully eastward at Gwennap Head. Beyond the tiny village of Porthgwarra
Porthgwarra
lies St Levan. The next bay lies below Porthcurno. It is overlooked by the open-air Minack Theatre and is where the Eastern Cable Company's cable came ashore, the first telegraph link with India.[44][45] Climbing out of the bay the path passes the precarious Logan Rock. The next village is Penberth, then a series of bays are separated by the headlands of Merthen Point, Boscawen Point, and Tater Du with its lighthouse built in 1965.[46] Lamorna
Lamorna
Cove is a favourite with artists such as S. J. "Lamorna" Birch, who lived there in a small cottage. Then, after rounding Carn Du, the path turns northwards towards Mousehole
Mousehole
and Penlee Point. This section of the path follows a road into Newlyn, but a diversion via Paul allows walkers to follow a quieter inland path. Newlyn
Newlyn
has a busy fishing harbour and is again favoured by artists, known as the Newlyn
Newlyn
School;[47] it merges into Penzance
Penzance
and the path now follows the promenade through the town, passing Penzance
Penzance
railway station and continuing past the railway engine shed along the shore of Mount's Bay with its views of St Michael's Mount. This is an island at high tide but can be reached from Marazion
Marazion
by a causeway at low tide. The path now turns south again, passing the village of Perranuthnoe (or Perran) and Perran Sands, then skirting inland across the neck of Cudden Point to Prussia Cove
Prussia Cove
and Bessy's Cove. A larger sandy beach is Praa Sands
Praa Sands
after which the path climbs up onto a series of cliff tops such as Trewavas Head. This area shows many signs of Cornwall's mining history with abandoned engine houses such as Wheal Prosper close to the path. After passing through Porthleven
Porthleven
the path crosses the shingle bank of Loe Bar
Loe Bar
with the freshwater Loe Pool
Loe Pool
behind. At Gunwalloe
Gunwalloe
more cliffs appear, leading to Poldhu
Poldhu
Cove overlooked by the radio station on Poldhu
Poldhu
Point, then Porth Mellin
Porth Mellin
on Mullion Cove with Mullion Island offshore. Rounding Predannack Head, Vellan Head, and Rill Head (where the Spanish Armada
Spanish Armada
was first sighted on 29 July 1588),[48] the path leads to Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove
and Lizard Point, the lighthouse of which has been visible for some distance. Lizard Point is the most southerly point of the British mainland. South Cornwall[edit]

Falmouth Harbour, National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Cornwall
and Pendennis Castle

After passing The Lizard the path turns northwards, continuing past Housel Bay and a building used by Guglielmo Marconi
Guglielmo Marconi
for radio experiments,[49] then Bass Point with its Coastguard Station. The Lizard lifeboat station is a sheltered position in Kilcobben Cove. Passing through Cadgwith
Cadgwith
and across Kennack Sands, the path heads towards Black Head then into Coverack. Once around Lowland Point, The Manacles lie a mile offshore, a reef that has wrecked many ships.[50] The path passes through Porthoustock
Porthoustock
and Porthallow, then around Nare Point lies Gillan Creek. This can be crossed at very low tide, but most walkers follow the lanes round the head of the creek to reach Dennis Head at the mouth of the Helford
Helford
River. To cross this wider river means following it inland to Helford
Helford
where there is a ferry across to Helford
Helford
Passage on the north bank. Some people take a short cut from Gillan Creek to Helford
Helford
by a path through Manaccan. After following the river back through Durgan
Durgan
to the open waters beyond Toll Point, the path skirts Falmouth Bay along Maenporth, Swanpool and Gyllyngvase
Gyllyngvase
beaches before passing around the headland beneath Pendennis Castle
Pendennis Castle
to enter bustling Falmouth. The castle was built, along with its twin at St Mawes, to protect the deep water of Carrick Roads
Carrick Roads
from attack. This natural haven is what made Falmouth such an important harbour, it being the last good shelter for ships heading westwards towards the Atlantic Ocean.[51] The path crosses the harbour on the St Mawes
St Mawes
Ferry and then passes St Anthony Head and Zone Point
Zone Point
and northwards past the village of Portscatho
Portscatho
and around Gerrans Bay. Beyond Nare Head is Portloe
Portloe
in Veryan
Veryan
Bay. The next big headland is Dodman Point
Dodman Point
after which the coast path resumes its northwards course through Gorran Haven
Gorran Haven
and the fishing harbour at Mevagissey
Mevagissey
to Pentewan
Pentewan
where the once busy dock has silted up with sand.[52] The path then climbs up around Black Head to reach Porthpean and then Charlestown. This was the first harbour to serve the china clay industry around St Austell
St Austell
and has featured in several films as it is home to a heritage fleet of sailing ships.[53] After passing Carlyon Bay
Carlyon Bay
the path comes to the much busier china-clay exporting port of Par, where it goes inland of the dock site. After passing through the village the path regains the coast at Par Sands and links with the Saints' Way, a coast-to-coast path across Cornwall, at Polmear. It then follows the cliff tops through Polkerris
Polkerris
and around Gribbin Head. From here to Polperro
Polperro
is designated as a heritage coast.[54]

Withnoe (Main) Beach portion of Whitsand Bay

The path now passes Polridmouth (pronounced 'Pridmouth') and Readymoney Cove
Readymoney Cove
to enter Fowey
Fowey
('Foy'), another busy harbour but this time the deep water quays are situated up river above the town. The River Fowey
Fowey
is crossed on the Polruan
Polruan
ferry, beyond which are some steep cliffs with extensive views. Beyond Lantic Bay lies Pencarrow Head then the larger Lantivet Bay with further cliffs and small coves leading to Polperro, a fishing village which bans cars during the summer. Beyond Polperro
Polperro
lies Talland Bay
Talland Bay
and Portnadler Bay, with the bird reserve of Looe Island
Looe Island
(also known as St George's island) off shore. The path now enters Looe, passing through Hannafore, West Looe
Looe
then, after crossing the River Looe
Looe
on a seven-span bridge. The path continues up onto the cliff then heads towards Millendreath
Millendreath
then along more cliffs, running past a 60-ft sevenfold labyrinth carved into the turf of the hillside[55] to Seaton, Downderry, and Portwrinkle. The long beach of Whitsand Bay
Whitsand Bay
has a fast-rising tide and is a military firing range so the path runs inland behind Tregantle Fort
Tregantle Fort
to reach Freathy
Freathy
and Rame Head. Beyond this lies Penlee Point and then the path turns northwards into Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound, skirting Cawsand
Cawsand
Bay and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
to reach the ferry at Cremyll. Beyond here lies the Hamoaze, the combined estuary of the Tamar and other rivers. South Devon[edit]

Plymouth Hoe
Plymouth Hoe
from Mount Batten

The Cremyll
Cremyll
Ferry lands in Devon
Devon
at Stonehouse, one of the Three Towns that make up the modern city of Plymouth. The path follows roads past Stonehouse Barracks and Millbay
Millbay
Docks to Plymouth Hoe
Plymouth Hoe
with its views across Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound. It then crosses Sutton Harbour
Harbour
by the Mayflower Steps then skirts the hill of Cattedown
Cattedown
to cross the River Plym
River Plym
by the Laira Bridge to Plymstock. Passing round the edge of the tidal Hooe Lake, the path regains the countryside above Jennycliff Bay, part of the Plymouth
Plymouth
Sound, Shores and Cliffs Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest, and follows the cliffs past Bovisand
Bovisand
to Wembury, Wembury Marine Centre. From Wembury
Wembury
the path travels east into the South Hams
South Hams
district to the Warren Point Ferry, across the River Yealm, near Newton Ferrers. The River Erme
River Erme
near Kingston must be forded at Erme Mouth
Erme Mouth
within one hour of low tide.[32] The path then goes past Hillsea Point Rock. The view to the southwest is then over Bigbury Bay past Burgh Island
Burgh Island
and Hope Cove to the promontory known as Bolt Tail. The next 6 miles (10 km) of cliff top paths from Bolberry Down
Bolberry Down
past Bolt Head
Bolt Head
and the tidal ria of Kingsbridge Estuary
Kingsbridge Estuary
to Prawle Point, belong to the National Trust. The estuary is crossed using the Salcombe
Salcombe
Ferry, from Salcombe
Salcombe
to East Portlemouth, close to Salcombe
Salcombe
Castle and within the South Devon
Devon
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
(AONB). The path passes through the Prawle Point
Prawle Point
and Start Point Site of Special
Special
Scientific Interest which is recognised as being an important site for solitary bees and wasps, the rare cuckoo bee Nomada sexfasciata, and the Cirl bunting.[56]

Direction sign at Bigbury-on-Sea
Bigbury-on-Sea
with Burgh Island
Burgh Island
in the background

The path then continues around Lannacombe Bay to Start Point and its Lighthouse
Lighthouse
and then through Start Bay along a 3-mile (5 km) shingle causeway between Slapton Sands
Slapton Sands
and the Slapton Ley
Slapton Ley
freshwater lake and nature reserve before entering the estuary of the River Dart and historic port of Dartmouth. From Dartmouth, the route uses either the Lower Ferry or Passenger Ferry to cross the river to Kingswear. Kingswear
Kingswear
is the terminus of the Paignton
Paignton
and Dartmouth Steam Railway which follows the River Dart, but the coast path climbs out of the village in the opposite direction to reach Torbay, known as "The English Riviera".[57] It passes the historic harbour of Brixham
Brixham
and the seaside towns of Goodrington, Paignton, Torquay, Babbacombe. The coast path then passes along the wooded cliffs above Labrador Bay to reach Shaldon
Shaldon
and the River Teign.

On the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
between Exmouth
Exmouth
and Budleigh Salterton

Crossing the river by ferry or the long Shaldon
Shaldon
Bridge brings walkers to Teignmouth, beyond which the coast path follows the South Devon Railway sea wall to Hole Head where the Parson and Clerk rocks look out to sea. Passing beneath the railway, the path climbs up to the main road, which it follows for a few yards before turning back towards the cliff top (in stormy weather the sea wall is too dangerous and this road must be followed most of the way from Teignmouth). Entering Dawlish
Dawlish
along a now by-passed toll road, the coast path descends back to the level of the railway which it follows to Dawlish Warren, although a slightly more landward route is necessary at high tides. Dawlish
Dawlish
Warren is a sand spit and nature reserve that lies at the mouth of the River Exe. The route now turns away from the coast and follows the Exe estuary past Cockwood
Cockwood
to Starcross
Starcross
where the seasonal Exmouth
Exmouth
to Starcross
Starcross
Ferry crosses to Exmouth. The Exe Valley Way continues beyond Starcross
Starcross
towards Exeter, but when the ferry is not running it is possible to catch a train from either Dawlish
Dawlish
Warren or Starcross
Starcross
railway stations to Exmouth
Exmouth
railway station.

South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
in Torquay

On the eastern side of Exmouth, the coast path climbs up onto the High Land of Orcombe. This is the start of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.[58] The next town is Budleigh Salterton, beyond which lies the River Otter. The path then skirts Chiselbury Bay and Ladram Bay towards Sidmouth
Sidmouth
which sits at the mouth of the River Sid. Access to the beach is via a wooden staircase known as Jacob's ladder. Sidmouth
Sidmouth
is surrounded by the East Devon
Devon
AONB. Erosion
Erosion
remains a serious concern east of the mouth of the River Sid.[59] The cliffs have been heavily eroded, threatening cliff top homes and the footpath, which passes along the tops of the cliff, around Lyme Bay, avoiding The Undercliff
The Undercliff
towards Branscombe. The path then follows Seaton Bay past Beer, with Beer Quarry Caves
Beer Quarry Caves
a man-made cave complex, resulting from the quarrying of Beer stone
Beer stone
and Seaton before going through The Undercliff
The Undercliff
SSSI and NNR[60] and crossing the border into Dorset
Dorset
shortly before reaching Lyme Regis. Dorset[edit]

Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach
and Fortuneswell, looking north from the Isle of Portland

Across the Dorset
Dorset
border, the Coast Path runs through the town of Lyme Regis where the Cobb breakwater was seen in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman and features on the film's poster.[61] Further east, where it shares its route with the Monarch's Way, the path passes through Charmouth, up Golden Cap
Golden Cap
(the highest point on the south coast),[62] and on through West Bay (near Bridport), to Burton Bradstock at the start of Chesil Beach, an 18-mile-long (29 km) tombolo. At Abbotsbury, the path leaves Chesil beach to follow the shores of the Fleet lagoon, until it reaches the terminus of Chesil beach next to the villages of Fortuneswell
Fortuneswell
and Chiswell
Chiswell
on the Isle of Portland. The path circumnavigates the Isle of Portland, passing the lighthouses at Portland Bill
Portland Bill
and the Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth and Portland
National Sailing Academy in Chiswell, and returns across Chesil beach to Wyke Regis (encompassing the Rodwell Trail) and along the shores of Portland Harbour
Harbour
to the Nothe Fort
Nothe Fort
in the resort of Weymouth.

Sculpture at South Haven Point, Studland, at the anticlockwise end of the path

In Weymouth the coast path runs along Weymouth Harbour
Harbour
and the Wey Estuary up to Radipole Lake, through the town centre to the Esplanade on the shore of Weymouth Bay, and on to Ringstead Bay, with White Nothe at its eastern end, near the village of Osmington Mills. There is an alternative route around Weymouth and Portland
Weymouth and Portland
along the South Dorset
Dorset
Downs, which reduces the footpath distance by 19.25 miles (31 km). Just the loop around the Isle of Portland
Isle of Portland
can be omitted, reducing the journey by 13.2 miles (21.2 km).[63] The coast path then heads towards the Isle of Purbeck, via Bat's Head, Swyre Head, Durdle Door—a natural arch which has been described as "one of Dorset's most recognisable features"[64]—and Lulworth Cove, "the most visited geological locality in Britain".[65] Further east is the deserted village of Tyneham, beside Worbarrow Bay, and Kimmeridge, next to Kimmeridge
Kimmeridge
Bay, with its rocky shore and wave cut platform. Between Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove
and Kimmeridge
Kimmeridge
the path passes through the Lulworth Ranges, which are not always open to the public.[66][67] When the ranges are in use a 12-mile (19 km) road detour is needed. The coast path then reaches St Alban's Head, just to the south of the village of Worth Matravers. Between St Alban's Head
St Alban's Head
and the resort of Swanage
Swanage
is Durlston Country Park
Durlston Country Park
nature reserve. North of Swanage
Swanage
is the chalk Ballard Down, the eastern tip of which has been eroded to form Old Harry Rocks – a series of stacks, arches and caves jutting into the sea between Swanage
Swanage
Bay and Studland
Studland
Bay. This headland marks the end of the Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
World Heritage Site. Behind Studland
Studland
beach, an extensive system of sand dunes have formed a psammosere, stretching for miles across the Studland
Studland
peninsula. The peninsula forms one shore of Poole
Poole
Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Part of Studland
Studland
beach is the National Trust's only official naturist beach.[68][69] The South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
ends at South Haven Point, where there is a commemorative marker. The Sandbanks Ferry
Sandbanks Ferry
links this to the Sandbanks
Sandbanks
area of Poole
Poole
on the eastern edge of the harbour. Intersecting and connecting paths[edit] From Plymouth
Plymouth
to Poole
Poole
the South West Coast Path
South West Coast Path
forms part of the route of the E9 European Coastal Path
E9 European Coastal Path
which runs for 3,125 miles (5,000 km) from Cabo de São Vicente
Cabo de São Vicente
in Portugal to Narva-Jõesuu in Estonia. The route crosses by ferry from Roscoff
Roscoff
to Plymouth, and beyond Poole
Poole
the path follows the Bournemouth Coast Path
Bournemouth Coast Path
to Milford on Sea, then the Solent Way
Solent Way
(with an Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
option), South Downs Way, 1066 Country Walk
1066 Country Walk
and Saxon Shore Way
Saxon Shore Way
to Dover, from where it returns to continental Europe.[70] It is also part of the network of routes that form the International Appalachian Trail. The South West Coast Path, covering such a wide area, inevitably intersects with other, more local, routes, and it connects with many other long-distance paths offering opportunities for even longer expeditions:

Bournemouth
Bournemouth
Coast Path, 20 miles (32 km) from Sandbanks
Sandbanks
to Milford-on-Sea
Milford-on-Sea
( Dorset
Dorset
and Hampshire) Celtic Way — runs from the west of Wales
Wales
to Stonehenge
Stonehenge
and then heads south-west to Cornwall, a total of 723 miles (1,164 km) Channel to Channel Path, Seaton to Watchet, 80 kilometres (50 mi) Coast to Coast, Devon, Wembury
Wembury
to Lynmouth
Lynmouth
116 miles (187 km) Coleridge Way, 36 miles (58 km) from Nether Stowey
Nether Stowey
in the Quantocks across the Brendon Hills
Brendon Hills
and the fringes of Exmoor
Exmoor
National Park to the coast at Porlock. East Devon
Devon
Way, 38 miles (61 km) Exmouth
Exmouth
to Lyme Regis Exe Valley Way, Devon – runs 45 miles (72 km) from the River Exe
River Exe
estuary to Exmoor Liberty Trail, 28 miles (45 km) Ham Hill to Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
(Somerset, Dorset) The Macmillan Ways:

Macmillan Way from Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury
in Dorset
Dorset
to Boston, Lincolnshire
Boston, Lincolnshire
288 miles (463 km) Macmillan Way West from Castle Cary
Castle Cary
in Somerset
Somerset
to Barnstaple
Barnstaple
in Devon, 101 miles (163 km) (Boston to Barnstaple
Barnstaple
is 346 miles (557 km) the Macmillan Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury
Langport
Langport
Link, which creates a 24 miles (39 km) short-cut for walkers from Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury
to Barnstaple, a total of 126 miles (203 km).

Saint's Way, Padstow — Fowey
Fowey
26 miles (42 km) (Cornwall) Samaritans Way South West, runs 100 miles (161 km) from Bristol to Lynton, but only the section from Bristol
Bristol
to Goathurst
Goathurst
is waymarked Tarka Trail. Between Ilfracombe
Ilfracombe
and Bideford, the path mostly follows a coastal section of the Tarka Trail. For part of this route, the paths follow the course of disused railway lines: the Ilfracombe Branch Line, between Braunton
Braunton
and Barnstaple, and the Bideford
Bideford
Branch Line, between Barnstaple
Barnstaple
and Bideford. Two Moors Way, Devon — Ivybridge
Ivybridge
to Lynmouth
Lynmouth
103 miles (166 km) Wessex Ridgeway, 136 miles (219 km) from Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
to Marlborough, which combined with The Ridgeway
The Ridgeway
National Trail, the Icknield Way
Icknield Way
and the Peddars Way
Peddars Way
National Trail forms the Greater Ridgeway, 362 miles (583 km), from Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
to Hunstanton
Hunstanton
on The Wash West Devon
Devon
Way — Okehampton
Okehampton
to Plymouth, 36 miles (58 km) West Somerset
Somerset
Coast Path  — Minehead
Minehead
to Steart Peninsula (linking SWCP to the River Parrett
River Parrett
Trail), 25 miles (40 km)

Public transport[edit]

The coast path shares the sea wall between Teignmouth
Teignmouth
and Dawlish Warren with long distance and Riviera Line
Riviera Line
trains.

There are regular train services from other parts of the UK to the south west, principal destination stations being Barnstaple, Exeter, Newquay, Penzance, Plymouth
Plymouth
and Weymouth. From these places local trains or buses connect to many points of the path. Airports at Bournemouth, Exeter
Exeter
and Newquay
Newquay
are served from a range of national and international destinations. Using public transport for at least part of the journey means that walkers can plan walks that start and finish at different places, rather than having to circle back to their start point to collect their cars. More than twenty railway stations give options either for short walks – such as Dawlish
Dawlish
to Paignton – or for longer walks over several days. The West Somerset
Somerset
Railway offers steam and diesel services from Taunton
Taunton
to Minehead
Minehead
at the Somerset
Somerset
end of the path (using a connecting bus from Taunton
Taunton
railway station to Bishops Lydeard), the Swanage
Swanage
Railway connects Swanage
Swanage
to Wareham, and the Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway
connects Kingswear
Kingswear
and Paignton. Long-distance bus services connect some coastal towns with railway stations:

Bideford
Bideford
and Westward Ho!
Westward Ho!
to Barnstaple
Barnstaple
railway station Bridport
Bridport
to Axminster railway station
Axminster railway station
and Dorchester South railway station Bude
Bude
to Exeter
Exeter
St Davids railway station Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis
and Seaton to Axminster
Axminster
railway station Minehead
Minehead
to Taunton
Taunton
railway station Padstow
Padstow
to Bodmin
Bodmin
Parkway railway station Sidmouth
Sidmouth
to Honiton
Honiton
railway station Swanage
Swanage
and Studland
Studland
to Bournemouth
Bournemouth
railway station

A boat service runs down the River Fal
River Fal
from Truro
Truro
to Falmouth, and between Swanage
Swanage
seafront and Poole
Poole
Quay. Charity fundraising[edit] Many individuals or organisations use a walk on all or part of the path to raise money for charity.[71][72][73] See also[edit]

Coastal path

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Further reading[edit]

Tarr, Roland (2007). National Trail Guide: South West Coast Path, Minehead
Minehead
to Padstow. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 1-84513-269-6.  Macadam, James (2007). National Trail Guide: South West Coast Path, Padstow
Padstow
to Falmouth. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 1-84513-270-X.  Le Messurier, Brian (2006). National Trail Guide: South West Coast Path, Falmouth to Exmouth. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 1-84513-194-0.  Mason, John HN (1989). Walk the Cornish Coastal Path. Edinburgh: Bartholomew. ISBN 0-7028-0902-0.  Tarr, Roland (2007). National Trail Guide: South West Coast Path, Exmouth
Exmouth
to Poole. London: Aurum Press. ISBN 1-84513-271-8.  South West Coast Path Association
South West Coast Path Association
(2007). 2007 annual guide. SWCPA. ISBN 0-907055-13-3.  (new edition published in March every year; free to members) South West Coast Path Association
South West Coast Path Association
(2006). Reverse Guide. SWCPA.  (describes route from Poole
Poole
to Minehead; available from the Association) Carter, Philip (2005). The South West Coast Path, an illustrated history. SWCPA. Archived from the original on 3 November 2007.  Dillon, Paddy (2003). The South West Coast Path. Cumbria: Cicerone. ISBN 978-1-85284-379-3. 

External links[edit]

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Scotland:

Arran Coastal Way Ayrshire Coastal Path Fife Coastal Path John Muir Way Moray Coast trail Scottish Coastal Way

Wales:

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Rivers

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Mendip Sedgemoor South Somerset Taunton
Taunton
Deane West Somerset

Major settlements

Axbridge Bath Bridgwater Bruton Burnham-on-Sea Castle Cary Chard Clevedon Crewkerne Dulverton Frome Glastonbury Highbridge Ilminster Keynsham Langport Midsomer Norton Minehead Nailsea North Petherton Portishead Radstock Shepton Mallet Somerton Taunton Watchet Wellington Wells Weston-super-Mare Wincanton Wiveliscombe Yeovil See also: List of civil parishes in Somerset

Rivers

Alham Aller Avill Avon Axe ( Bristol
Bristol
Channel) Axe (Lyme Bay) Badgworthy Water Banwell Barle Brue Cam Brook Cary Chew East Lyn Exe Fivehead Frome Haddeo Hoar Oak Water Holford Horner Huntspill Isle Land Yeo Mells Midford Brook Oare Water Parret Severn Estuary Sheppey Somer Sowy Tone Washford Wellow Brook West Lyn Whitelake Yeo (Congresbury) Yeo (South Somerset)

Topics

Country houses County Council Culture of Somerset Economy of Somerset Flag Geography of Somerset Geology of Somerset Grade I listed buildings Grade II* listed buildings High Sheriff of Somerset History of Somerset Local nature reserves Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Museums National nature reserves Parliamentary constituencies Places Population of major settlements Scheduled monuments Schools SSSIs Transport in Somerset Geographic areas: Blackdown Hills Brendon Hills Chew Valley Exmoor Mendip
Mendip
Hills Polden Hills Quantock Hills Somerset
Somerset
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