South West Coastal Path

With 630 miles of coastal paths, the South West Coastal Path is the longest UK National Trail. How do you get there? Simply go to the coast of Devon or Cornwall and there it is. Actually, the starting/ending point in the north is Minehead in Somerset County, just above Devon and the starting/ending point in the south is Poole, in Dorset. The long-distance path traces the coast and winds through Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), East Devon AONB, Lizard Heritage Coast, Penwith Heritage Coast, Exmoor National Park and much more. On the way there are so many little villages, like St. Ives and Newquay, geological and ecological havens, such as the Jurassic Coast and the Lizard Peninsula.

There are markers and signposts dotting the trail, but for a good calculation of distance and routes, visit the South West Coastal Path website. It’s good to note that some places are flat and paved and some are steep and narrow, but everywhere is full of beauty. Day trips and week long holidays are the usual way to enjoy the path. Accommodation, food and places to rest are scattered throughout. The trains and bus stops are scattered throughout, so you can easily hit parts of the trail by public transport.

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