3: South West Coast Path

Ruth’s Coastal Walk: South West Coastal Path (SWCP)
From September 2011 to July 2014
[Previous section Kent, Sussex, Hampshire]

Dorset

Stage Route Overview Miles Total
70 Christchurch to Bournemouth Beach huts. 5 757
71 Bournemouth to Sandbanks Beach 6 763
72 Beginning of SWCP
Sandbanks to Swanage
Sand and rocks 8 771
73 Durlston Head cliffs 2 773
74 To Chapman’s Pool cliffs and ledges 10 783
75 Chapman’s Pool to Tyneham high cliffs 10 793
76 Tyneham to Lulworth Lulworth Ranges 5 798
77 Lulworth to Weymouth Up and down 12 810
78 Weymouth on the flat 11 821
79 Portland quarries 8 829
80 Chesil Beach to Fleet Fleet Lagoon 5 834
81 Fleet to Cogden Beach Shingle beach 12 846
82 Cogden to Charmouth Up and Down 11 857
83 Charmouth to Lyme Regis Bluebell Woods 4 861

Devon

Stage Route Overview Miles Total
84 Lyme Regis to Branscombe Woods and cliffs 10 871
85 Sidmouth, Ladram Bay Red cliffs 10 881
86 Ladram Bay to Exmouth Cliffs and beaches 12 893
87 Dawlish Warren Sea wall by railway 2 895
88 Dawlish, Teignmouth to Torquay Ups and downs 9 904
89 Torquay to Paignton Woods and beaches 9 913
90 Paignton to Brixham Bays and coves 9 922
91 Brixham to Dartmouth Rocky shore 9 931
92 Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands Hidden coves 5 936
93 Slapton Sands to Start Point Beach and cliffs 8 944
94 Start Point to Salcombe Lonely cliffs 11 955
95 Salcombe to Bolt Tail Cliff walking 8 963
96 Hope Cove to Aveton Gifford Fog and mud 8 971
97 Aveton Gifford to River Erme Flooded roads 12 983
98 River Erme to Stoke Roads and Coast 12 995
99 Stoke to Noss Mayo Easy cliff stroll 5.5 1000.5
100 Noss Mayo to Plymouth Cliffs and coves 9 1009.5
101(a) Plymouth Plymouth 2.5 1012

Cornwall

Stage Route Overview Miles Total
101(b) Plymouth to Freathy Woods and slopes 10 1022
102 Freathy to Looe Ranges and cliffs 11 1033
103 Looe to Polperro Cliffs and wind 5 1038
104(am) Polperro to Fowey More cliffs 8 1046
104(pm) Fowey to Polkerris Low cliffs 5 1051
105 Polkerris to Charlestown Deviations and decay 6 1057
106 Charlestown to Mevagissey Beaches and cliffs 7 1064
107 Mevagissey to Caerhays Castle Beaches and cliffs 9 1073
108 Caerhays to Nare Head Cliff walks 6 1079
109 Nare Head to Zone Point Beaches and flowers 10 1089
110 Zone Point to Mawnan Ferry rides 10 1099
111 Mawnan to Porthallow Wet and misty 12 1111
112 Porthallow to Coverack Fields and quarries 7 1118
113 Coverack to Lizard Cliffs and winds 11 1129
114 Lizard to Predannack Head Southern tip 6.5 1135.5
115 Predannack to Porthleven Coves and beaches 11 1146.5
116 Porthleven to Praa Sands Smugglers Coves 8.5 1155
117 Perranuthnoe, Penzance, Lamorna Beach and coves 11 1166
118 Lamorna to Land’s End Cliffs and rocks 10 1176
119 Land’s End to Botallack Cliffs and rocks 10 1186
120 Botallack to Gurnard’s Head Mines and rocks 9 1195
121 Gurnard’s Head to St Ives Rocky Coves 10 1205
122 St Ives to Hayle Trains and sand 8.5 1213.5
123 Hayle to Portreath Cliffs and seals 11.5 1225
124 Portreath to St Agnes to Perranporth Amazing cliffs 12 1237
125 Perranporth to Newquay Coves and beaches 9 1246
126 Newquay Surfing town 4 1250
127 Newquay to Mawgan Porth, to Porthcothan Beaches and rocks 10 1260
128 Porthcothan to Trevone Sandy coves 9 1269
129 Trevone to Padstow Round Holes 6 1275
130 Padstow to Port Isaac Sand and cliffs 12 1287
131 Port Isaac to Trebarwith Strand Cliff scrambles 7 1294
132 Tintagel Legends 4 1298
133 Tintagel to Boscastle
to Crackington Haven
More cliffs 12 1310
134 Crackington Haven to Bude Ups and downs 8.5 1318.5
135 Bude to Northcott Mouth to Morwenstow Bays and cliff tops 8.5 1327
136a Morwenstow to Marsland Flat cliffs, steep valleys to be cont.

North Devon

Stage Route Overview Miles Total
136b Marsland Mouth to Hartland Quay Huts and waterfalls 9 1336
137 Hartland Quay to Hartland Point Weird valleys and wrecks 3 1339
138 Hartland to Clovelly Fields and woods 9 1348
138b Clovelly Impossible village . .
139 Clovelly to Bucks Mills and to Westward Ho! Misty woods, low cliffs 11 1359
140 Westward Ho! to Appledore and Bideford to Instow Beach and cycleways 12 1371
141 Instow to Barnstaple and Barnstaple to Chivenor Estuary and cycle ways 12 1383
142 Chivenor to Braunton and Braunton to Saunton Sands Estuary and beach 9 1392
143 Saunton to Woolacombe Cliffs and Sands 9 1401
144 Woolacombe to Lee Cliffs and Sands 5 1406
145 Lee to Ilfracombe High fields 4 1410
146 Ilfracombe,
to Combe Martin and Holdstone Down
Cliffs and coves and highest points 10 1420
147 Holdstone to Lynmouth Valley of Rocks 10 1430

Somerset

148 Lynmouth to Porlock Weir Remote and beautiful woodland 12 1442
149 Porlock Weir to Hurlstone Point and Minehead Beach and moor and THE END of the SWCP 10 1452

Next section: Somerset and Severn Estuary

One Response to 3: South West Coast Path

  1. hi Ruth. I have just discovered your website. We are three 50ish men walking round England. We started in Poole in 2011and have just finished the SW coast path. We are going at about the same rate as you, but will get ahead when we cut up Offa’s dyke. We reckon we will finish in 2020.
    Our website is a bit out of date

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