There is guidance in England on staying safe and protecting others in greenspaces.
Exercise is important for health and wellbeing, but please follow guidance to stay safe and protect others.
Read the new measures effective in England from 5th November 2020 here.
• You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
• Outdoor public places include parks, beaches and the countryside.
• Spending time or exercising outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space).
• If you need to travel you are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.
• Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed.
• You should minimise time spent outside your home.
Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space’
You should read the full advice and regulations for England here before visiting.
Relevant advice when using of public rights of way in England:
• Wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.
• Make space and stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble where possible, or at least 1 metre with precautions, such as wearing a face mask.
• Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities.
• Follow the Countryside Code. Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home and don’t light fires or barbecues.
•Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals.
• Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs.
• Use footpaths and follow signs where they suggest alternative route other people and protect the natural environment.
• Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.
The beautiful coastline of England’s southwest peninsula is an area brimming with stunning coastal walks, amazing landscapes, captivating seas – and some of the UK’s most dramatic scenery. Discover it all on England’s longest National Trail. Explore the South West Coast Path for three days, a week or even longer. Find inspiration for your walking adventure using our suggested itineraries, or select one of our bookable itineraries which are highlighted with a star.
Find useful facts and learn more about the South West Coast Path below. Select the blue tabs below for more details.
The longest of England’s National Trails, the multi award-winning South West Coast Path offers 630 miles (1,014 km) of stunning coastal walking around the entire South West peninsula.
Starting at Minehead in Somerset it runs along the coastline of Exmoor, continuing along the coast of North Devon into Cornwall. It follows the entire coastline of Cornwall, goes across the mouth of the River Tamar and continues into Devon. After running along the south coast of Devon it then follows the Dorset coastline before finally ending at Poole Harbour.
With dramatic coastal scenery and breath-taking views of surrounding countryside and moorland, the Path offers something for everyone – whether you’re an experienced trekker looking for a huge challenge, a relaxed rambler wanting scenic strolls, a young backpacker embarking on an adventure or a family keen to explore the great outdoors.
Designated a National Trail in 1978, the South West Coast Path is a world-class destination and the South West Coast Path Association, a registered charity, helps care for the Path and support the interests of its users.
The South West Coast Path offers the ultimate challenge for the long-distance walker and the route has over 115,000 feet of ascent and descent – the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest four times! But you don’t have to walk it all at once and the various segments are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.
The Path is usually walked in an anti-clockwise direction, from Minehead to Poole, but it is well signed in both directions.
Depending on when you visit, each season will bring something different: in spring you’ll seem lambs in the fields; in late summer, the north coast blooms with heather and gorse; autumn is a prime time to see migrating birds; and in winter, there’s nothing like watching stormy waves pound the cliffs.
The South West Coast Path is currently England’s longest waymarked footpath. The heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way are truly inspirational and each step brings new experiences. More than 70% of the Path is in either a National Park or an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and you’ll also pass through two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO Biosphere and a UNESCO Geopark.
Highlights include the dramatic scenery of Poldark country in Cornwall (where the hit BBC TV show was filmed), the Jurassic Coast in Dorset (with its 185 million years of history) and England’s highest sea cliff, Great Hangman, in Devon.
Lonely Planet listed the South West Coast Path as one of the World’s Greatest Walks in 2009 and it was also the only UK walk to feature in their 2012 Book of Great Adventures. The Path has been voted Britain’s Best Walk twice by the readers of Walk magazine. It was listed by CNN Travel Guide as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring long-distance walks and in June 2017, it topped a National Express survey of favourite walking routes. More recently, the South West Coast Path has been included in National Geographic’s 100 Hikes of a Lifetime.
Visit our News Page for the latest interesting and exciting news on the South West Coast Path National Trail
Take a look at the Coast Path Friendly Events to find details of the enjoyable activities taking place along the South West Coast Path
Discover hidden coves linked to infamous smugglers, search for natural wonders and visit amazing attractions on or near the South West Coast Path...
Feeling inspired? Build a bespoke itinerary and start planning your visit to this great National Trail here.