GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


South West Coast Path

630 miles (1014 km)

This incredible 600 mile walk follows the coast from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and onto the finish point at Poole in Dorset. You will pass some of the most spectacular scenery in the country with beautiful beaches, stunning cliffs and a series of charming coastal villages just some of the highlights along the way.

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Head to the delightful Clavell’s Restaurant in the picture box village of Kimmeridge for refreshments on your walk. There's a fine menu and a nice outdoor seating area to relax in during the summer months. You can find the pub at postcode BH20 5PE.
The Cornish coast has some delightfully quaint old pubs to investiagte. The Jolly Sailor in Looe in Cornwall is a historic pub of some note. It was originally established in 1516 making it one of the oldest pubs in England. Affectionately known as 'theJolly'by the locals, it has been a place of rest and recreation for seafarers and travellers alike for centuries. Inside the main beam in thepub was taken from a French ship of the line at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The ship was captured and renamedThe Indefatigable.When she was later broken up, the landlord of the time arranged for the beam to be installed in the main bar and it remains there to this day. The pub has been refurbished to a very high standard, making it one of the most pleasant, as well as the most characterful of places to drink or stay in the town. You can find the pub on Princes Square, Looe at postcode PL13 2EP.
In nearby Polperro the delightful Blue Peter Inn is another must see pub. Nestled between ancient smugglers cottages on the harbour and Fish Quay, just a few yards from the beach 'The Blue' (as it is affectionately known) is one of the quaintest pubs you may ever come across. The building is Grade I listed and dates all the way back to the 16th century. The award winning pub has a wonderfully cosy interior, a great menu and is also dog friendly. You can find it on Quay Road with a postcode of PL13 2QZ for your sat navs.
In Dorset at Osmington Mills you'll find the noteworthy Smuggler's Inn. Situated on the cliff tops of the South West Coast Path, just outside the village of Osmington, the Smugglers Inn is a traditional English pub with stunning views overlooking the Isle of Portland. The pub also has an interesting history having been the headquarters of the French smuggler Pierre Latour and one of the main landing places for smuggled goods in the 17th century. Notably the Inn was originally built in the 13th century, with its own brewery at the rear. There's a lovely large garden area which is perfect for relaxing in when the weather is fine. You can fine the pub right on the coast at a postcode of DT3 6HF for your sat navs.
The Cottage Team Rooms in Clovelly in North Devon is a nice choice. This delightful village tea shop is full of period charm.Outside, the sunny sheltered courtyard offers you spectacular views across Bideford Bay and the garden overflows with colourful cottage flowers and exotics. You can find the tea rooms on the High St with a postcode of EX39 5TE for your sat navs.
The Beach House Hotel at Cornwall's Widemouth Bay is a gem of a place, with great food and an outdoor seating area on the beach. It was listed in the top 20 beachside bars & restaurants in the UK in The Times (2018). There's seafood & spices, chargrilled steaks & skewers, little dishes & sweet treats.You can find the bar right on the beach at postcode EX23 0AW.
In Bude in north Cornwall there's lots of good options near the head of the canal. There's the delightful Barge Tea Rooms. Moored on Bude’s historic canal, The Barge provides amemorable dining experience, by offering customers a unique view of one of the most picturesque scenes in North Cornwall.
There's also The Brendon Arms right next to the canal. Bude's best known Inn, it has been owned and run by the Brendon family since1872. It overlooks Bude's inner harbour and just 200 yards from the unique sea-lock andSummerleaze beach. There's also a lovely large beer garden where you can sit out on warmer days.

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Route Highlights

Minehead

The trail starts in the coastal town of Minehead, in Somerset, next to this striking sculpture

Porlock Bay

The trail passes this stunning bay just before arriving at the pretty settlement of Porlock Weir with its fine harbour and 17th century cottages

Lynmouth

This splendid little village sits on the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers in a gorge 700feet (210 m) below the town of Lynton. Once described by Thomas Gainsborough as 'the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast'.

Valley of the Rocks

Popular tourist destination, noted for its herd of feral goats, and for its geology, having good exposures of the Lynton Beds which are among the oldest and highly fossiliferous rocks in north Devon

Heddon Valley

Six miles of awesome cliffs and rocky coves including Heddon's mouth (right). This wonderful section of the trail boasts the highest cliffs in southern England and is preserved by the National Trust

The Hangman Hills

At 1,043 feet (318 m) Great Hangman cliff is the highest sea cliff in England and the highest point on the South West Coast Path.

Ilfracombe

This beautiful seaside resort has an attractive harbour and pier and is surrounded by stunning cliffs.

Morte Point

Beautiful peninsula belonging to the National Trust but notorious for being the site of many shipwrecks. Enjoy the spectacular coastline of cliffs and coves, sandy beaches, dunes and headlands. Also important for its wildlife, archaeology and geology

Woolacombe

Popular seaside resort with a splendid beach which has Blue Flag and Premier Seaside Beach awards for its cleanliness, water quality and facilities

Baggy Point

Striking headland popular with climbers and owned by the National Trust

Barnstaple

The route takes you through this attractive Devon town and across the River Taw via the Long Bridge.

Bideford Bay and Hartland

Owned by the National Trust this beautiful stretch of coastline includes Hartland Point Lighthouse, Windbury Head Iron Age fort and the lovely Peppercombe beach.

Bude

Pretty Cornish seaside resort located at the mouth of the River Neet. Bude is surrounded by beautiful beaches including Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth Beach. The Bude Canal also passes through the town.

Widemouth Bay

Popular with surfers and swimmers this stretch of coast is steeped in smuggling history. Just to the south of Widemouth Bay you can find many little inlets and coves

Bocastle

Boscastle harbour is a stunning natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584. Much of the land in and around Bocastle is owned by the National Trust

Tintagel

Popular village associated with the legends surrounding King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. The main attraction is the historic 13th century Tintagel Castle (right). Set high on the rugged North Cornwall coast, it offers dramatic views and is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur

Port Isaac

Small and picturesque fishing village where four seasons of the ITV series Doc Martin have been filmed.

Port Quin

Beautiful small cove and hamlet owned by the National Trust

Polzeath

Popular with holiday-makers and surfers this seaside town has a splendid beach. Dolphins may sometimes be spotted in the bay and the coastline north of Polzeath is a particularly good area for seeing many types of birds including corn buntings and puffins

Padstow

This lovely town sits on the beautiful Camel Estuary (right). You will cross the estuary on the Black Tor Ferry from the village of Rock. Highlights are the attractive harbour and the 13th century Church of St Petroc.

Trevose Head

Fabuolous viewpoint with lighthouse and Padstow lifeboat station. In clear weather, visitors can see virtually the whole length of the north Cornwall coast.

Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Owned by the National Trust this stretch of coastline is one of the most popular in Cornwall. It is named after mythological giant called 'Bedruthan' who is said to have used the large rocks (stacks) on the beach as stepping stones.

Newquay

Major tourist destination with several fabulous beaches including Fistral, which could claim to the best-known surfing beach in the British Isles. There are several attractions including mini-golf, a swimming pool, the 'Little Western' miniature railway and Newquay Zoo.

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