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South West Coast Path Walking Holidays   

9 Sections of around 1 week cover the full  630 miles of this the nations favourite long distance path

Section 1  "From Mighty Moors to Golden Shores" - Minehead to Westward Ho! (Devon)

87 miles - 33 miles Easy Grade, 41 Moderate and 3 Strenuous - what this means

Exmoor Walking Holidays, Somerset Coastal Path, Walking Short Breaks UK Highlights - The Wild Moors of Exmoor and the Golden Sands and surf of North Devon.  Great Hangman (highest Point of the Coast Path), The Uk’s Largest Sand Dune Biosphere, The Taw and Torridge Estuaries, Tarka Trail, Porlock Wier, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe harbours

Options – Lundy Island, Surfing, Cycling on the Tarka Trail, link to crossing Devon on the Two Moors Way

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Section 2 - The Atlantic Wreckers Trail - Westward Ho! to Padstow (Cornwall)

79 miles   -   3 miles Easy Grade,  5 Moderate and  71 Strenuous - what this means

Cliffs around Morwenstow,  South West Coastal Path, Walking Holidays DevonHighlights - Stunning wild and remote Coastline, challenging Walking in places, Wrecking and Smuggling History, King Arthurs Cifftop Tintagel Castle, untouched fishing villages at Port Isaac, Boscastle and end in Padstow with Rick Steins.

Options – Surfing in Bude, Cycling on the Camel Trail in Padstow, Link to Crossing Cornwall on the Saints or Smugglers Way

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Section 3 - The Beach Path to St Ives - Padstow to St Ives (Cornwall)

66 miles   -   14 miles Easy grade, 48 Moderate and 4 Strenuous - what this means

Watergate Bay, Cornish Coast Path Walking Holidays EnglandHighlights - Cornwall’s longest run of golden beaches and cliffs. Bedrthun Steps Rock Formation, Old Tin Mines, Cornwall’s premier surfing waves, eat at Rick Steins and Jamie Olivers en route to the stunning harbour at St Ives.

Options – Surfing at locations right along the coast, Cycling on the Camel Trail from Padstow, Coasteering and Coastal Adventure sports in Newquay, link to the Saints Way and the St Michaels Way cross Cornwall footpaths.

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Section 4 - The Wild Lands End Way - St Ives to Penzance (Cornwall)  

41 miles   -   2 miles Easy grade, 16 Moderate and 23 Strenuous - what this means

Porthnavern Beach, Lands End Short Breaks on the Cornish Coast PathHighlights - St Ives and the Tate Gallery, The World Heritage Tin Mines Coast, Ancient Standing Stones and Quoits, Cornwall’s best loved beach at Sennen with Porthcurno beach as a bonus, The Minack Rock Theatre, Zennor the village lost in the past.  The Atlantic Ocean round Lands End, as clear and clean as you can get.

Options – Surfing at St Ives and Sennen, Rest Days to visit ancient stone circles and villages, performances overlooking the sea at the Minack Theatre. Circular walk option using the St Michaels Way cross Cornwall path.

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Section 5 - The Lizard Trail - Penzance to Falmouth (Cornwall)

61 miles   -   3 miles Easy grade, 51 Moderate and 7 Strenuous - what this means

Cornwall Lizard Walking Holidays South West Coastal Path UKHighlights - Unique flora and geology of the Lizard Peninsula, remote and less visited trails and villages. Frenchmans Creek (Daphne du Maurier), Tropical Gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan, Kynance Cove Cornwall’s most atmospheric and best loved Cove. St Michaels Mount, Helford Passage Creeks, The National Maritime Museum unspoilt villages at Cadgwith, Coverack and Mullion.

Options – Rest Day at St Michaels Mount in Marazion, windsurfing and surf kayaking at Coverack, river kayaking in Helford, links to the St Michaels Way Cross Cornwall Path

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Section 6 - The Harbours and Coves Route - Falmouth to Plymouth (through Cornwall)

77 miles   -   14 Easy grade,  31 Moderate and 32 Strenuous - what this means

Fowey Walking Short Breaks South Cornwall Coastal Path HolidaysHighlights - Maritime history in Falmouth and Plymouth, stunning fishing harbours and film locations at Mevagissey, Fowey and Polperro all with excellent restaurants. The untouched Roseland Peninsula, Daphne du Maurier’s novel locations, more gentle walking than the North and West but equally varied.

Options – Walk to the Eden Project, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Canoeing on the River Fowey,  links to the Saints Way Cornwall Coast to Coast inland Path.

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Section 7 - The Ancient Maritime and Estuaries Route - Plymouth to Brixham (Devon)

76 miles   -   15 miles Easy Grade, 16 Moderate and 45 Strenuous - what this means

Dartmouth on The Southwest Coastal Path UK Hiking route in Devon

Highlights - Historical ports of Plymouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Brixham. Sculpture and Art along the award winning Plymouth Waterfront Walkway. Navigate crossings of 3 stunning and timeless estuaries in South Devon, Napoleonic Forts, Seals and Falcons, Lost Villages, Shingle Bars, Salt Marsh High Cliffs and Wild Headlands. Agatha Christies Burgh Island, The Thurlestone Rock Arch, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and much more.

Options – Rest days with fine facilities in Dartmouth and Salcombe. Inland walks up the Dart Valley Trail, canoe, sail or boats up the River Dart, Surfing in Bigbury, take a sea tractor to Burgh Island !

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Section 8 - The Red Cliffs and Rivers Ramble – Brixham (Devon) to Lyme Regis (Dorset)

57 miles   -   8 miles Easy Grade, 22 Moderate  and 27 Strenuous - what this means

Sidmouth Beach South Devon Coast Path and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

Highlights - Huge variety in scenery and walking terrain a faithful microcosm of the full 630 mile path in 5 days. From the entertaining Regency resorts and beaches of Torbay, Teignmouth and Dawlish through to strenuous cliffs and cove walking on the South Devon stretch of the Jurassic Coast Heritage Site. Impressive geological formations, stunning estuaries at Exmouth and Axemouth, some of the best overnight accommodation and facilities along the entire coast path and the unique jungle like undercliff path between Seaton and Lyme Regis.

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Section 9 - The Jurrasic Coast Trail -  Lyme Regis to Poole (Dorset)  

86 miles   -   12 Easy Grade, 47 Moderate and 27 Strenuous - what this means

Durdle Dor Dorset Coast Path Walking Jurassic Coast Short BreaksUK

Highlights - Superb Geology along the entire path - a walk through time. Fossil hunting, lost villages, Chesil Beach, the mysterious Isle of Portland, scaling the highest climb on the South Coast Path at Golden Cap, perfect Lulworth Cove and Durdle Dor Arch. Overnights at some great locations such as Lulworth and Abbotsbury villages.

Options  -  Downlands Undercliff Path Section at Lyme Regis. Inland South Dorset Ridgeway Path. Watersports of all kinds at Weymouth and Poole. Guided Fossil Hunting and Butterfly Walks in the chalklands.

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