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)




The South West Coast Path, at 630 miles, is the longest National Trail in the UK. It starts, according to most of the guidebooks, at Minehead, and finishes at South Haven Point on the south side of Poole Harbour. In my case, it started at South Haven Point and ended at Minehead.

Or rather, it started at Land's End and finished at Land's End, because I did not do the walk in the right order. I walked from Poole to Land's End in 2006, from Land's End to Barnstaple in 2004 and from Barnstaple to Minehead in 2005.

The eccentric order came about because I walked the north coast at the start of my walk from Land's End to John O'Groats. I was so impressed by that part of the walk that I decided to walk the rest of the coast path.

I stayed in B&Bs and youth hostels, mostly arranged as I went along. That mostly worked well at the times of year I walked (June in 2004, September in 2005 and June/early July in 2006). The busiest times were at weekends, when I almost got stranded once or twice, and it would have been better to book ahead at least on Saturdays.

If you have any questions on the walk, or comments on the website, please feel free to email me.

Martin Hockey

Updated December 2007. Copyright Martin Hockey 2007. Please contact me if you wish to use any of the content for commercial purposes.
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