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The South West Coast Path

 

P20031040010	Durdle Door.
     
P20031310042	A building reflected in Falmouth Harbour.
P20031040010 Durdle Door.
     
P20031310042 A building reflected in Falmouth Harbour.

Background

As part of my walk around the coastline of Britain, I walked around the South West Coast Path, which runs from Poole in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset.

I did the walk from January to March 2003, and as I did not take ferries I extended the walk significantly by walking to the nearest bridge or fording point; this is the only website I have been able to find that details these additions, and hence the route I detail below is much longer than the official 613 miles.


The walk statistics:

Planned Completed To do Percentage completed
Distance 814.8 miles814.8 miles0 miles100 %
Legs 51 51 0 100 %

 
Total duration of walk 15 days, 11 hours and 42 minutes
Stopped time 1 days, 7 hours and 8 minutes
Shortest completed leg Bossington to Minehead (end of SWCP) at 7.2 miles
Longest completed leg Holywell (Cornwall) to Porthcothan at 21.4 miles
Average distance per leg 15.97 miles

 
 Walk numberFromToTime
Earliest start walk 50 Lynton Bossington 07.45
Latest start walk 16 Salcombe Aveton Gifford 09.57
Earliest finish walk 51 Bossington Minehead (end of SWCP) 12.05
Latest finish walk 28 Ruan Lanihorne Feock 17.08

 

P20032220092	North Hill.
     
P20032220009	The scultpure at the end of the South West Coast Path in Minehead.
P20032220092 North Hill.
     
P20032220009 The scultpure at the end of the South West Coast Path in Minehead.


Resources

Books


The following National Trail Guides cover the route in detail:
 
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National Trail Guide: Minehead to Padstow
 
National Trail Guide: Padstow to Falmouth
 
National Trail Guide: Falmouth to Exmouth
 
National Trail Guide: Exmouth to Poole

  The South West Coast Path Association publish a yearly guidebook on the walk, which includes latest diversions and accommodation details. It is an invaluable guide to the walk, and well worth purchasing if you are walking th entire path or just a short stretch:
 
cover
 
 
SWCP Association guide 2004
 

Web Resources

The South West Coast Path is a massively popular path, and there are many websites that cover the whole path or sections of it. Here are my favourite of these sites:

  • The South West Coast Path Association. This is probably the most comprehensive website on the walk, by the association that act as unofficial guardians of it. The site has details of all the SWCP publications, and also has a lovely photo tour containing images of the walk.

 

P20032210054	Boats at Porlock Weir.
     
P20032210068	Driftwood on the path.
P20032210054 Boats at Porlock Weir.
     
P20032210068 Driftwood on the path.


The walk in full:

No.From To Distance Status
1 South Haven Point Worth Matravers 16.7 Completed
2 Worth Matravers Lulworth Cove 12.7 Completed
3 Lulworth Cove Wyke Regis 13.7 Completed
4 Wyke Regis Wyke Regis 13.3 Completed
5 Wyke Regis West Bexington 14.3 Completed
6 West Bexington Lyme Regis 15.5 Completed
7 Lyme Regis Sidmouth 16 Completed
8 Sidmouth Lympstone 15.3 Completed
9 Lympstone Dawlish 16 Completed
10 Dawlish Torquay 16 Completed
11 Torquay Coleton Camp 15 Completed
12 Coleton Camp Totnes 15.3 Completed
13 Totnes Blackpool Sands 17.7 Completed
14 Blackpool Sands East Portlemouth 17.7 Completed
15 East Portlemouth Salcombe 12.7 Completed
16 Salcombe Aveton Gifford 15.3 Completed
17 Aveton Gifford Noss Mayo 19.1 Completed
18 Noss Mayo Turnchapel 17 Completed
19 Turnchapel Saltash 12 Completed
20 Saltash Antony 17.8 Completed
21 Antony Freathy 20.7 Completed
22 Freathy Polperro 16 Completed
23 Polperro Penpoll 13.1 Completed
24 Penpoll Fowey 15.6 Completed
25 Fowey Mevagissey 16.9 Completed
26 Mevagissey Portscatho 18.3 Completed
27 Portscatho Ruan Lanihorne 17.9 Completed
28 Ruan Lanihorne Feock 16.6 Completed
29 Feock Falmouth 15.4 Completed
30 Falmouth Mawgan 17 Completed
31 Mawgan Coverack 16.5 Completed
32 Coverack Mullion Cove 16.6 Completed
33 Mullion Cove Marazion 16.5 Completed
34 Marazion Porthcurno 14.1 Completed
35 Porthcurno Pendeen Watch 14.6 Completed
36 Pendeen Watch St Ives 13.1 Completed
37 St Ives Portreath 17.7 Completed
38 Portreath Holywell (Cornwall) 16.9 Completed
39 Holywell (Cornwall) Porthcothan 21.4 Completed
40 Porthcothan Wadebridge 18.3 Completed
41 Wadebridge Port Isaac 18.8 Completed
42 Port Isaac Boscastle 13 Completed
43 Boscastle Crooklets 17.4 Completed
44 Crooklets Hartland Quay 13.4 Completed
45 Hartland Quay Buck's Mills 14.2 Completed
46 Buck's Mills Instow 18 Completed
47 Instow Saunton 20.3 Completed
48 Saunton Ilfracombe 16 Completed
49 Ilfracombe Lynton 18 Completed
50 Lynton Bossington 16.2 Completed
51 Bossington Minehead (end of SWCP) 7.2 Completed

 

More South West Coast Path photographs

 

P20032210016	The Rhenish tower at Lynmouth.
     
P20032210042	Culbone Church.
P20032210016 The Rhenish tower at Lynmouth.
     
P20032210042 Culbone Church.

 

P20032200042	Ilfracombe Harbour, with St Nichols Chapel on the hillside behind.
     
P20032200060	Looking eastwards towards the Great Hangman from the Little Hangman.
P20032200042 Ilfracombe Harbour, with St Nichols Chapel on the hillside behind.
     
P20032200060 Looking eastwards towards the Great Hangman from the Little Hangman.

 

P20032200078	The stream at the bottom of Heddon's Mouth.
     
P20032200006	The Valley of Rocks.
P20032200078 The stream at the bottom of Heddon's Mouth.
     
P20032200006 The Valley of Rocks.

 

P20032200009	A goat beside the path from the Valley of Rocks.
     
P20032190014	Woolacombe Sands.
P20032200009 A goat beside the path from the Valley of Rocks.
     
P20032190014 Woolacombe Sands.

 

P20032190030	Rocks in a valley to the east of Bull Point.
     
P20032180017	The river in Barnstaple.
P20032190030 Rocks in a valley to the east of Bull Point.
     
P20032180017 The river in Barnstaple.

 

P20032180030	The path leading towards the White House.
     
P20032180037	The beach at the mouth of the River Taw.
P20032180030 The path leading towards the White House.
     
P20032180037 The beach at the mouth of the River Taw.

 

P20032170039	Buck's Mills.
     
P20032170059	The shingle ridge beside Northam Burrows.
P20032170039 Buck's Mills.
     
P20032170059 The shingle ridge beside Northam Burrows.

 

P20032170061	A view along the beach near Northam Burrows.
     
P20032160002	The ruins of a strange tower on Warren Cliff.
P20032170061 A view along the beach near Northam Burrows.
     
P20032160002 The ruins of a strange tower on Warren Cliff.

 

P20032160008	Hartland Point lighthouse.
     
P20032160013	The view back over to Hartland Point.
P20032160008 Hartland Point lighthouse.
     
P20032160013 The view back over to Hartland Point.

 

P20032160034	The path through Barton Wood.
     
P20032150043	The cliffs approaching Warren Gutter.
P20032160034 The path through Barton Wood.
     
P20032150043 The cliffs approaching Warren Gutter.

 

P20032150056	The cliffs leading to Higher Sharpnose Point.
     
P20032150058	Looking along Higher Sharpnose Point.
P20032150056 The cliffs leading to Higher Sharpnose Point.
     
P20032150058 Looking along Higher Sharpnose Point.

 

P20032150070	Cornakey Cliff.
     
P20032150004	St Catherine's Tor.
P20032150070 Cornakey Cliff.
     
P20032150004 St Catherine's Tor.

 

P20032140070	The entrance to Boscastle Harbour.
     
P20032140008	The cliffs at Millook.
P20032140070 The entrance to Boscastle Harbour.
     
P20032140008 The cliffs at Millook.

 

P20032140010	Looking northwards towards Widemouth Sands
     
P20032140030	A boat on Bude Canal.
P20032140010 Looking northwards towards Widemouth Sands
     
P20032140030 A boat on Bude Canal.

 

P20032130030	A pinnacle of slate in Lanterdan Quarry.
     
P20032130031	Tintagel Church.
P20032130030 A pinnacle of slate in Lanterdan Quarry.
     
P20032130031 Tintagel Church.

 

P20032130064	Bocastle Harbour.
     
P20032120067	The beach near the ferry landing in Rock.
P20032130064 Bocastle Harbour.
     
P20032120067 The beach near the ferry landing in Rock.

 

P20032120072	Polzeath Beach.
     
P20032120013	Port Isaac.
P20032120072 Polzeath Beach.
     
P20032120013 Port Isaac.

 

P20032110008	The beach in Treyarnon.
     
P20032110013	Trevose Head Lighthouse.
P20032110008 The beach in Treyarnon.
     
P20032110013 Trevose Head Lighthouse.

 

P20032110027	Waves crashing against one of the Merope Islands.
     
P20032110034	The beach beside Harbour Cove.
P20032110027 Waves crashing against one of the Merope Islands.
     
P20032110034 The beach beside Harbour Cove.

 

P20032090004	The daymark above Portreath Harbour.
     
P20032090014	The view north over Chapel Porth.
P20032090004 The daymark above Portreath Harbour.
     
P20032090014 The view north over Chapel Porth.

 

P20032090037	Perranporth beach.
     
P20032090057	Looking northeastwards over Holywell Beach.
P20032090037 Perranporth beach.
     
P20032090057 Looking northeastwards over Holywell Beach.

 

P20032080075	Towans Beach.
     
P20032080083	Godrevy Island and lighthouse.
P20032080075 Towans Beach.
     
P20032080083 Godrevy Island and lighthouse.

 

P20032080001	The cliffs along Reskajeage Downs.
     
P20032070009	A large rock outcrop on Trevean Cliff.
P20032080001 The cliffs along Reskajeage Downs.
     
P20032070009 A large rock outcrop on Trevean Cliff.

 

P20032070025	A stream running into Porthglaze Cove.
     
P20032070052	The beach in St Ives.
P20032070025 A stream running into Porthglaze Cove.
     
P20032070052 The beach in St Ives.

 

P20032060043	The cliffs at Gwennap Head.
     
P20032060047	Enys Dodnan and the Armed Knight.
P20032060043 The cliffs at Gwennap Head.
     
P20032060047 Enys Dodnan and the Armed Knight.

 

P20032060059	Rocks on the cliffs to the north of Land's End.
     
P20032060067	The footpath on Nanjulian Cliff.
P20032060059 Rocks on the cliffs to the north of Land's End.
     
P20032060067 The footpath on Nanjulian Cliff.

 

P20032060083	The Crowns Part of Bottalack Mine perched perilously on the cliff-edge.
     
P20032050069	Looking back towards St Michael's Mount.
P20032060083 The Crowns Part of Bottalack Mine perched perilously on the cliff-edge.
     
P20032050069 Looking back towards St Michael's Mount.

 

P20032050025	The beach at St Loy's Cove.
     
P20032040007	The monument dedicated to Marconi on Poludhu Point.
P20032050025 The beach at St Loy's Cove.
     
P20032040007 The monument dedicated to Marconi on Poludhu Point.

 

P20032040015	Looking down over Church Cove.
     
P20032040019	Porthleven Sands.
P20032040015 Looking down over Church Cove.
     
P20032040019 Porthleven Sands.

 

P20032040041	The cliffs near Trewavas Head.
     
P20032040043	The remains of the Wheal Prosper engine house.
P20032040041 The cliffs near Trewavas Head.
     
P20032040043 The remains of the Wheal Prosper engine house.

 

P20032030022	A Shetland Pony on the cliffs.
     
P20032030030	The Devil's Frying Pan.
P20032030022 A Shetland Pony on the cliffs.
     
P20032030030 The Devil's Frying Pan.

 

P20032030067	The view eastwards over Kynance Cove.
     
P20032020038	A view from Dennis Head.
P20032030067 The view eastwards over Kynance Cove.
     
P20032020038 A view from Dennis Head.

 

P20032020053	The MOD observation on Nare Point.
     
P20032020061	The Giant's Quoits.
P20032020053 The MOD observation on Nare Point.
     
P20032020061 The Giant's Quoits.

 

P20031310039	The sun rising over Falmouth.
     
P20031300024	The footpath beside Carrick Roads.
P20031310039 The sun rising over Falmouth.
     
P20031300024 The footpath beside Carrick Roads.

 

P20031290073	The bridge over the Ruan River.
     
P20031290086	The Tresillian River.
P20031290073 The bridge over the Ruan River.
     
P20031290086 The Tresillian River.

 

P20031280005	Looking north along the coast back towards Portscatho.
     
P20031280056	St Just in Roseland Church.
P20031280005 Looking north along the coast back towards Portscatho.
     
P20031280056 St Just in Roseland Church.

 

P20031270050	The cross on Dodman Point.
     
P20031270062	East Portholland.
P20031270050 The cross on Dodman Point.
     
P20031270062 East Portholland.

 

P20031270075	The view from near Blouth Point.
     
P20031260089	Charlestown.
P20031270075 The view from near Blouth Point.
     
P20031260089 Charlestown.

 

P20031260024	The view south towards Penare Point.
     
P20031260029	Mevagissey Harbour.
P20031260024 The view south towards Penare Point.
     
P20031260029 Mevagissey Harbour.

 

P20031250085	The River Lerryn in Lerryn by the stepping stones.
     
P20031250001	The river near St Winnow Church.
P20031250085 The River Lerryn in Lerryn by the stepping stones.
     
P20031250001 The river near St Winnow Church.

 

P20031250003	St Winnow Church.
     
P20031240008	A view over Polperro Harbour.
P20031250003 St Winnow Church.
     
P20031240008 A view over Polperro Harbour.

 

P20031240019	The view westwards towards Pencarrow Head.
     
P20031240021	The view eastwards from the path out of West Coombe.
P20031240019 The view westwards towards Pencarrow Head.
     
P20031240021 The view eastwards from the path out of West Coombe.

 

P20031240028	The view northeastwards from Pencarrow Head.
     
P20031240029	Pencarrow Head.
P20031240028 The view northeastwards from Pencarrow Head.
     
P20031240029 Pencarrow Head.

 

P20031230087	The hill before Portwrinkle.
     
P20031230010	The beach in Seaton.
P20031230087 The hill before Portwrinkle.
     
P20031230010 The beach in Seaton.

 

P20031230038	Looking east towards Looe Island.
     
P20031230051	The war memorial above Talland.
P20031230038 Looking east towards Looe Island.
     
P20031230051 The war memorial above Talland.

 

P20031220061	The path leading up towards Rame Head.
     
P20031210075	The river in Tideford.
P20031220061 The path leading up towards Rame Head.
     
P20031210075 The river in Tideford.

 

P20031210004	A view of a railway viaduct to the east of St Germans.
     
P20031200027	The view back eastwards towards Plymouth Hoe.
P20031210004 A view of a railway viaduct to the east of St Germans.
     
P20031200027 The view back eastwards towards Plymouth Hoe.

 

P20031200053	The rail bridge at Saltash.
     
P20031190061	A view over Newton Creek.
P20031200053 The rail bridge at Saltash.
     
P20031190061 A view over Newton Creek.

 

P20031190070	Briston Church spire.
     
P20031190020	The Mount Batten Tower.
P20031190070 Briston Church spire.
     
P20031190020 The Mount Batten Tower.

 

P20031180075	The first creek on the tidal road.
     
P20031180086	The mouth of the river at Cockleridge.
P20031180075 The first creek on the tidal road.
     
P20031180086 The mouth of the river at Cockleridge.

 

P20031180005	Looking down towards Westcombe Beach.
     
P20031180052	Looking over Newton Creek near Noss Mayo.
P20031180005 Looking down towards Westcombe Beach.
     
P20031180052 Looking over Newton Creek near Noss Mayo.

 

P20031170028	Bolt Head.
     
P20031170050	Hope Cove.
P20031170028 Bolt Head.
     
P20031170050 Hope Cove.

 

P20031170052	The rock sea arch near Thurlestone.
     
P20031170061	The view over Bantham Ham.
P20031170052 The rock sea arch near Thurlestone.
     
P20031170061 The view over Bantham Ham.

 

P20031160023	South Pool Church.
     
P20031160038	West Charleton Church.
P20031160023 South Pool Church.
     
P20031160038 West Charleton Church.

 

P20031150030	The view towards Hallsands.
     
P20031150062	Looking eastwards from the climb up to Prawle Point.
P20031150030 The view towards Hallsands.
     
P20031150062 Looking eastwards from the climb up to Prawle Point.

 

P20031150067	The cliffs to the west of Prawle Point.
     
P20031150075	The view southeastwards along the cliffs.
P20031150067 The cliffs to the west of Prawle Point.
     
P20031150075 The view southeastwards along the cliffs.

 

P20031140005	The river in Totnes.
     
P20031140019	The stepping stones across Bow Creek at Bow.
P20031140005 The river in Totnes.
     
P20031140019 The stepping stones across Bow Creek at Bow.

 

P20031140037	The old water mill at Dittisham.
     
P20031140067	The boat float in Dartmouth.
P20031140037 The old water mill at Dittisham.
     
P20031140067 The boat float in Dartmouth.

 

P20031140083	Two caves in the cliffs.
     
P20031130014	Kingswear Marina.
P20031140083 Two caves in the cliffs.
     
P20031130014 Kingswear Marina.

 

P20031130022	The path heading northwards through Long Wood.
     
P20031120015	Black Rock viewed from Roundham Head.
P20031130022 The path heading northwards through Long Wood.
     
P20031120015 Black Rock viewed from Roundham Head.

 

P20031120042	A view over Brixham.
     
P20031120051	The cliffs to the west of Durl Head.
P20031120042 A view over Brixham.
     
P20031120051 The cliffs to the west of Durl Head.

 

P20031110031	The view towards The Ness.
     
P20031110046	Shaldon bridge.
P20031110031 The view towards The Ness.
     
P20031110046 Shaldon bridge.

 

P20031110069	The Ness viewed from Bundle Head.
     
P20031110076	Looking north along the cliffs.
P20031110069 The Ness viewed from Bundle Head.
     
P20031110076 Looking north along the cliffs.

 

P20031100071	Turf Lock.
     
P20031100088	Langstone Rock.
P20031100071 Turf Lock.
     
P20031100088 Langstone Rock.

 

P20031100090	The view northwards towards Langstone Rock.
     
P20031090076	The sun rising over Sidmouth.
P20031100090 The view northwards towards Langstone Rock.
     
P20031090076 The sun rising over Sidmouth.

 

P20031090086	A stack in Ladram Bay.
     
P20031090089	The view north over the stacks in Ladram Bay.
P20031090086 A stack in Ladram Bay.
     
P20031090089 The view north over the stacks in Ladram Bay.

 

P20031090026	The beach to the eastern side of Exmouth.
     
P20031080020	The path above the Undercliffs.
P20031090026 The beach to the eastern side of Exmouth.
     
P20031080020 The path above the Undercliffs.

 

P20031080027	The seafront promenade in Seaton.
     
P20031070008	Looking westwards over Eype Mouth.
P20031080027 The seafront promenade in Seaton.
     
P20031070008 Looking westwards over Eype Mouth.

 

P20031070034	The path to the west of Golden Cap.
     
P20031070041	The woodland on Fern Hill.
P20031070034 The path to the west of Golden Cap.
     
P20031070041 The woodland on Fern Hill.

 

P20031060051	A flooded and frozen field.
     
P20031060059	A view along Linton Hill.
P20031060051 A flooded and frozen field.
     
P20031060059 A view along Linton Hill.

 

P20031060070	Chesil Beach.
     
P20031060072	A stream emerging from Chesil Beach.
P20031060070 Chesil Beach.
     
P20031060072 A stream emerging from Chesil Beach.

 

P20031050007	Portland Bill lighthouse.
     
P20031050012	An old quarry.
P20031050007 Portland Bill lighthouse.
     
P20031050012 An old quarry.

 

P20031050033	A view down over Chesil Beach.
     
P20031040006	Looking down towards Durdle Door.
P20031050033 A view down over Chesil Beach.
     
P20031040006 Looking down towards Durdle Door.

 

P20031040058	An anti-aircraft gun on Nothe Fort.
     
P20031030002	The waterfall at Freshwater Steps.
P20031040058 An anti-aircraft gun on Nothe Fort.
     
P20031030002 The waterfall at Freshwater Steps.

 

P20031030010	Clavel Tower.
     
P20031030017	The cliffs leading up towards Tyneham Cap.
P20031030010 Clavel Tower.
     
P20031030017 The cliffs leading up towards Tyneham Cap.

 

P20031030033	The view east from Bindon Hill.
     
P20031020003	The sign marking the start of the South West Coast Path.
P20031030033 The view east from Bindon Hill.
     
P20031020003 The sign marking the start of the South West Coast Path.

 

P20031020029	Old Harry at Handfast Point.
     
P20031020033	A view of the Pinnacles from Ballard Cliff.
P20031020029 Old Harry at Handfast Point.
     
P20031020033 A view of the Pinnacles from Ballard Cliff.

 

P20031020043	A seafront scene in Swanage.
     
P20031020056	The cliffs near Dancing Ledge.
P20031020043 A seafront scene in Swanage.
     
P20031020056 The cliffs near Dancing Ledge.

 

P20031020072	St Aldhelm's Chapel.
P20031020072 St Aldhelm's Chapel.

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