South West Coast Path

A walk in three parts


Poole to Exmouth (2006)

Exmouth to Plymouth (2006)

Plymouth to Land's End (2006)

Land's End to Barnstaple (2004)

Barnstaple to Minehead (2005)



SWCP websites

South West Coast Path Association
South West Coast Path official site


The South West Coast Path Guide (South West Coast Path Association, annually): up to date and includes details of accommodation.

SWCP Reverse Guide (South West Coast Path Association, 2006): the only guide written from Land's End to Minehead, but now out of print.

Trailblazer guides, now covering the whole path in 3 sections. I found the detailed sketch maps very useful, even though I was walking in the "wrong" direction. (I used an earlier edition, which only covered Padstow to Falmouth.)

Coastwalk: Walking the Coastline of England and Wales by Andrew McCloy (Coronet, 1997): by the author of the LEJOG bible. Out of print, but sometimes available used. This book will convince you that most of the coast of England cannot compare with the South West Coast Path.

Army ranges

The Ministry of Defence website has general information on access to army ranges here. Information on particular areas is available on these websites, although for detailed info on path closures you usually have to phone.

LulworthOpen most weekends and school holidays. The MoD site has specific dates. Phone 01929 404819 for more info.
ChickerellA small firing range on the Fleet between Ferrybridge and Abbotsbury. The inland diversion is not far. Phone the Wyke Regis training camp on 01305 831935 for info.
TregantleGeneral info on access. For specific times, phone 01752 822516


An up to date summary can be accessed here


Youth Hostels Association
Independent Hostels
South West Coast Path Association (members have access to an online up to date accommodation list)

My other walking websites

Land's End to John O'Groats in 2004: includes the north Cornwall coast path
Oxford to Land's End in 2006: includes the Dorset, south Devon and south Cornwall coast path

Other walkers' websites

Explore the SW Coast PathPhotos and descriptions of the coast path (not complete) 
David Cotton Poole to Minehead, part of a walk around the entire coast of Great Britain, taking a purist approach (no ferries). Lots of detail and photos. 
John Butler South Cornwall coast path, walked as part of a sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk, with good descriptions and photos 
Phil Bean The last part of a walk from John O'Groats to Land's End, along the coast from Lyme Regis to Land's End 


Updated May 2015. Copyright Martin Hockey 2015.