The South West Coast Path: Minehead to Croyde
At a whopping 603 miles long, the South West Coast Path covers Cornwall, North Devon, and West Somerset. Follow this stunning waymarked trail on the section that runs between Minehead in Somerset and Croyde in North Devon – a part of England awarded National Heritage Coast status.
Explore the unique landscape of Exmoor – much of which has remained largely unchanged since smugglers plied the lonely coastline and romantic poets strode out across the moors in search of their muse. All along this walk there are some fantastic views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast and Lundy Island.
The first day’s walk takes you to Selworthy Beacon with spectacular views over the moor and on to Hurlstone Point overlooking the magnificent Porlock Bay. Your experienced guide will lead your group to Hollow Brook – one of the highest waterfalls in Britain, dropping 200 metres to the sea.
It then leads you to the twin villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, connected via a water-powered cliff railway that’s been operating since 1890. There are more rewarding views after a steep climb to the highest point on the Coast Path at Great Hangman: 1043 feet above sea level. After many ups and downs, you’ll feel a great sense of achievement on reaching Croyde.
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The South West Coast Path: Minehead to Croyde
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This guided trail holiday is operated by HF Holidays – an award-winning British heritage brand that has been leading the way for walking and special interest holidays since 1913.
All HF Holidays Leaders undergo a thorough assessment before guiding a trail, ensuring they’ve got the passion and knowledge to go beyond the guidebook and point out plenty of highlights along the way. One of the biggest advantages is convenience. They’ll take care of all the planning and navigation, leaving you free to focus on the joy of the journey.
Accommodation, food, and transport to and from walks are all included in your holiday price. You’ll stay in one of HF Holidays 16 characterful country houses where comfortable en-suite rooms and full-board come as standard. There’s a cream tea on arrival, a hearty daily breakfast, plus packed lunches, and three-course evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).
HF Holidays grade this walk as a Level 3 – Medium to Challenging
Walks follow well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas, or along rugged coastal footpaths. These may be rough or steep in sections and will require reasonable fitness.
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This wild section of coast takes us from the hills and woodland of Exmoor National Park to the cliffs of North Devon. Highlights include the charming twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, the Valley of Rocks, and Heddon’s Mouth.
Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Minehead to Porlock Weir
Day 3 - Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
Day 4 - Rest Day
Day 5 - Lynmouth to Trentishoe Down
Day 6 - Trentishoe Down to Ilfracombe Harbour
Day 7 - Ilfracombe Harbour to Croyde Bay
Day 8 - Departure Day
Accommodation on this holiday is at Harrington House – HF Holidays’ characterful country property just a skip away from Exmoor National Park. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, there have been at least four successive houses of varying sizes built at the manor of Holnicote over a 500-year period. Nowadays you’ll find 32 well-appointed guest rooms in three categories (Classic, Premium, and Superior), two comfortable lounges, peaceful gardens, a croquet lawn, plus a handy boot and drying room.
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This guided trail holiday involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness. HF Holidays want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your trip. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.
Food & Drink
HF Holidays has 16 UK country houses where all stays come with full-board as standard. There’s a cream tea on arrival, a daily cooked or continental breakfast, a wide range of packed lunch options, plus three-course evening meals. Vegetarian choices and dietary requirements can be catered for (please give advance notice when booking).
Maps, Guidebooks and Merchandise
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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