South West England

Something for everyone...

At around 630 miles, our South West Coast Path is Britain's longest National Trail. Running from Minehead in Somerset, the Path follows the coast across North Devon, right around Cornwall and along the south coast to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

In all, it's estimated that walking the entire Path would take you about 8 weeks! Of course, there are countless sections which are ideally suited to short walks, sightseeing and wildlife spotting - depending on your family’s interests and abilities.

So, whether you want to stroll for an hour, stride out for a week or just enjoy the view, you’ll find what you’re looking for somewhere on the route. There are also a few easy-going sections that can be enjoyed with pushchairs or by those with mobility problems.

Truly amazing landscapes...

For almost three quarters of its length, our Coast Path journeys through protected landscapes – there’s one National Park, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one third is owned and cared for by the National Trust.

With its unique geology and prehistoric features, the coastline between Exmouth in East Devon and Studland in Dorset has also been officially designated a World Heritage Site. Make sure you visit our Fossil Hunting page for details of how you can track dinosaurs on the ‘Jurassic Coast’.

Your Official Guide...

The official guide to the South West Coast Path, gives details of the many ways you can enjoy the Coast Path, including walk ideas and recommendations from the people who know it best - the rangers and wardens who actually look after it and other people with expert knowledge.

Family walking the South West Coast Path

Pictures ©Countryside Agency/Paul Glendell/Caroline Shipsey & Britain on View

Family walking the South West Coast Path
View of the South West Coast Path
Family walking the South West Coast Path