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Hike the South West Coast Path

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The South West Coast Path offers breathtaking nature, hospitable locals, and delectable cuisine at every turn. Picture towering cliffs, an azure-blue sea, Mediterranean-like beaches, sand in your shoes, wind tousling your hair, freshly caught fish, and an evening pint at a cosy pub. This ancient route was initially used by coastguards patrolling the southwestern coast of England, hunting for smugglers. Ironically, if it weren't for those smugglers, we wouldn't be able to appreciate this exquisite landscape today. The South West Coast Path provides an experience that is simply unforgettable.

Stretching for 1014 km (630 miles), the South West Coast Path is a National Trail that begins at the craggy cliffs of Somerset, meanders through the counties of Devon and Cornwall, and concludes at the sandy beaches of Dorset. Yet, there's no need to cover the entire path. For those keen on exploring just a section of the route over a few days, there are pre-arranged travel programs. These can be found on numerous websites, offering a day-to-day itinerary and highlighting the region's most noteworthy attractions.

The trail passes through two World Heritage Sites, five regions designated as 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty,' and a national park. It boasts one of the most diverse coastal landscapes on the planet, with a well-marked hiking trail throughout.

Where to Stay

For eco-conscious travellers, we recommend Talehay Cottages. It is renowned for its charming and traditional Cornish stone cottages that exude character and comfort. The cottages are well-maintained and equipped with modern amenities, ensuring a cozy stay for visitors.

Each cottage is set amidst lush gardens and greenery, providing a serene and natural setting for guests to enjoy. 

The amazing location of Talehay Cottages makes it an ideal base for exploring the South West Coast Path.

Best time to visit

We recommend tackling this path from May to October, encompassing European Spring, Summer, and the onset of Autumn. Click here for more average weather details in Somerset, where the trail commences.

This article was last updated on August 03, 2023.