A Week Away From It All

Want to come to the South West Coast Path for a week of walking? Not too sure where to start? Have a look at these walks - just for starters!!

Minehead to Barnstaple.  70 miles in 6 days (Difficulty: Challenging)

This walk begins in Exmoor National Park and travels along the highest coastline in Britain, passing through dense coastal woodlands and rugged cliff tops. It continues along the north Devon coast through the Victorian seaside town of Ilfracombe and past the popular surfing beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton with miles of golden sands between them. Much of the Coast Path along this stretch takes in the Tarka Trail, a recreational route so-called as it takes in the coastal landscapes that inspired children’s author Henry Williamson to create Tarka the Otter. It ends as you cross the River Taw over the historic Long Bridge to Barnstaple. The entire route is well served by public transport  including train services at the start and finish points.

St Ives to Penzance.  43.6 miles in 5 days (Difficulty: Easy but along rugged paths)

The start and finish points on this route have great links with public transport including trains and bus services. In between the two main towns, the Coast Path leads you along a wild and rugged landscape that gives you a real feeling of remoteness. The remains of tin mines are dotted all along this stretch of coast as a reminder of its industrial past and form part of the UNESCO designated Cornish Mining World Heritage site.

Combe Martin to Clovelly.  64 miles in 6 days (Difficulty: Moderate)

This route takes in the entire north Devon coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve at it heart around Braunton Burrows. From the Victorian splendour of Combe Martin and Ilfracombe, the Coast Path continues past the popular surfing beaches of Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton with miles of golden sand between them. It then follows a disused railway line through Barnstaple and Instow before a more strenuous climb to the cliffs of Clovelly.

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 Looking towards Hartland Quay-Colin Milner