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South West Coast Path Walking - Somerset & Devon (11 days, 10 nights)

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Highlights

The South West Coast Path is one of the UK’s National Trail footpaths, running 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, round the South West tip of England to Bournemouth in Dorset. This itinerary focusses on the Somerset & North Devon Coastline. From the start in Minehead, the path drifts inland across Exmoor and the gorgeous moorland landscape.

What's included?
Breakfast included, other meals excluded
Luggage Transfers between accommodation providers
Fully comprehensive tour pack with maps, available in English, German, French and Italian as standard. (Other languages available on request)
Access to a smartphone digital app which offers GPS tracking for the routes (downloaded prior to save on data costs)
Access to a 24/7 helpline in case of any emergencies

Exclusions
Entry or admission fee
Landing & facility fees
Individual travel to the UK
Lunch & Dinner
Travel Taxes
Entry fees to attractions

Please note
Passport required
Passport needed if travelling to UK from other countries

About This Deal

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Minehead

Stop At: Minehead, Minehead, Somerset, England
Arrive in Minehead and stay overnight. Minehead is a popular holiday destination in the UK now, but was once a thriving harbour for ships with sailings as far away as America in the 18th century. The original harbour wall from the era still survives and there is plenty going on to entertain you before you begin your walk. Try and visit St Michael’s Church which sits high above the town and dates from the 14th century.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 2: Minehead to Porlock Weir

Stop At: Porlock Weir, Porlock Weir, Exmoor National Park, England
Starting out at the very apt monument of gigantic hands holding a map, which marks the start of The South West Coast Path, walk along The Promenade to reach the coastal path, passing the picturesque harbour and the lifeboat station on your way. Initially, the route follows the coastline above the pebbly beach, but it begins to drift inland through a wooded section at Greenaleigh Farm. The route passes through the village of Bossington and features many gorgeous thatched properties and cosy cottages managed by the National Trust, along with a tea garden for refreshments. Finally, the day’s route approaches Porlock Weir (and you can drop onto the pebble beach if you prefer) where you will stay for the night. Keep an eye out for the stumps of ancient trees – a submarine forest that is only visible when the tide is out. Porlock Weir itself is a small village, but there are several traditional craft shops which are worth a visit.

Daily Distance: 16 km/ 10 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 3: Porlock Weir to Lynmouth

Stop At: Lynmouth, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park, England
The path leaves Porlock Weir and climbs immediately away from the village close to the beach, passing the ‘toll houses’ at Worthy on the way. There are two options here; stick to the main coast path through the woodland at the coast with limited views or climb the alternative route between Culbone and Sugarloaf Hill with views of the sea. The alternative route is longer but takes no more time to walk. Most ascents and descents on this section are gentle between 50m and 150m. Here you will cross county lines from Somerset into Devon, near to the Sisters’ fountain which is marked by a stout stone cross. The route follows the Headland at Foreland Point and into the village of Lynton and Lynmouth, your stop for the night. Lynmouth sits at the mouth of the River Lyn while Lynton sits above it, but the two towns are connected by buildings all the way up the wooded slope. The two parts are connected by a cliff railway so you don’t need to climb the slopes.

Daily Distance: 18 km/11 miles.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local B&B

Day 4: Lynmouth to Combe Martin

Stop At: Combe Martin, Combe Martin, Exmoor National Park, England
Leaving Lynmouth via the coast path at the Harbour, the path hugs the coast initially, before moving inland at The Valley of Rocks and continuing to Mother Meldrum’s Cave. You will pass Lee Abbey which has refreshments if you wish and on to Crock Point with outstanding views, with the coast path continuing to hug the cliff and beachline all the way to Highveer Point. Here the path turns inland again, climbing a wooded slope to Heddon’s Mouth where it turns and travels back into the valley to the coast again. The path continues, sticking roughly with the lie of the coastline, passing various viewpoints all the way to the Great Hangman, a cairn which marks the highest point of the South West Coast Path. Enjoy sea views across to the coastline of Wales on a clear day, and the Island of Lundy, as well as views inland across Exmoor where you might spot the ponies. Your day ends in the village of Combe Martin.

Daily distance: 21.5 km / 13.5 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in a local B&B

Day 5: Combe Martin to Woolacombe

Stop At: Woolacombe, Woolacombe, Devon, England
Exiting Combe Martin via the aptly named Seaside Hill, the path climbs away from the beach all the way to Watermouth. At Watermouth, you can walk along the shore to continue on the path but at high tide you will need to follow the path marked on the main road. Leaving Watermouth you will reach the fantastic viewpoint at Widmouth across Samson Bay before continuing to Hele Bay where you can stop for refreshments or continuing to Ilfracombe, entering the town by the harbour. Ilfracombe is built around a natural harbour and has a restored 14th Century chapel plus plenty to stop and enjoy. Leaving Ilfracombe via Capstone Point, the path follows the cliff line, passing several headlands all the way to Lee Bay and on to the lighthouse at Bull Point. The path follows the cliffs all the way around Morte Point before turning back to Woolacombe, your stop for the night. Woolacombe is a popular holiday destination with outstanding beaches and great surf.

Daily Distance: 22.5 km/ 14 miles.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local B&B

Day 6: Woolacombe to Braunton

Stop At: Braunton, Braunton, Devon, England
Today’s route is the easiest so far. Leaving Woolacombe, walkers have the option to continue on the coast path at the top of the cliff or walk across the sandy beach; the beach is fine, but beware what time you leave as high tide will mean walking near the base of the cliffs where the sand is soft and can prove heavy going. The route hugs the cliffs for most of the day, starting with a circuitous route past Baggy Point, turning back to enter the village of Croyde. Following the dunes and then the cliffs, the path continues to Saunton before continuing across Saunton Down. Here, the path takes you close to a military training area so it is essential to stick to the marked path, before reaching the mouth of the River Caen as you skirt Horsey Island. Here you can enjoy Braunton Burrows, a National Nature Reserve which is one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain. From here, it is a short walk to Braunton; your stop for the night.
Daily distance: 24.5 km / 15 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 7: Braunton to Westward Ho!

Stop At: Westward Ho, Westward Ho, Bideford, Torridge, Devon, England
TFollowing the line of the river, today’s route is the longest so you can opt to start or end your walk with a taxi or bus transfer if preferred. You will miss some stunning landscapes, but not everyone wants to walk the distance. Following the route of the River Caen / River Taw, the cliff path continues out of Braunton all the way to Barnstaple where the river is crossed. Barnstaple was a Saxon stronghold and was originally surrounded by a wall to keep Danish invaders at bay. Returning the other side of the river, walkers pass through Fremington, and Bideford returning to the sea and round to Westward Ho!, your stop for the night. Westward Ho! Was a 19th century seaside resort and always includes the exclamation mark in its name.

Daily distance: 37.5 km / 23 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Stay overnight in a local B&B

Day 8: Westward Ho! to Clovelly

Stop At: Clovelly, Clovelly, Devon, England
Leaving Westward Ho! It is here that the South West Coast Path begins its rollercoaster landscape in earnest. Rising and falling all the way along the cliffs, today’s route is fairly rural, running across farmland all the way to Clovelly. It is known for great sea views and rural landscape, but there aren’t many well-known landmarks on today’s route. Ending in Clovelly where you will say overnight, the route down into the village is very steep along the cobbled High Street. The Quay here dates back to the 14th Century and visitors love the little alleyways between houses on the way to the Harbour.
Daily distance: 18.5 km / 11.5 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 9: Clovelly to Hartland Quay

Stop At: Hartland, Hartland, Torridge, Devon, England
Leaving Clovelly, the path is initially narrow but widens and improves as it enters the local woodland. The path continues, passing mapped points including Mouth Mill, Exansworthy Cliff and Gawlish Cliff before rising above Shipload Bay. At Hartland Point there is a beautiful white lighthouse built in 1874 and the point is so remote it was historically known as the point in England “furthest from the railways”. Continue past the memorial for ‘Glenart Castle’ - a U-boat torpedoed in 1918 – where you can also get good views back to the lighthouse. The path next crosses Upright Cliff, past a small waterfall and out of the valley behind Damehole Point. The scenery is particularly spectacular here geologically with incredible cliff faces, continuing along the coast to Hartland Quay, your stop for the night. Hartland Quay is a very small place with limited amenities, but there is food and drink and a small museum.
Daily distance: 16.5 km / 10 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at local B&B

Day 10: Hartland Quay to Bude

Stop At: Bude, Bude, Bude-Stratton, Cornwall, England
Your final route is along one of the most dramatic parts of the South West Coast Path, but also perhaps one of the toughest. This stretch is known locally for plenty of waterfalls spilling onto the beaches and it is best to start early allowing plenty of time for breaks. Shortly after beginning today’s route you will reach the first waterfall at Speke’s Mill Mouth before continuing along the gorse-lined path to Sandhole Cliff. Watch out for the historic sites including the earthen ramparts of Embury Beacon and the old mill at Marshland Mouth. It is here that you cross into the County of Cornwall, marked with a signpost of the local name “Kernow”. The Cornish path is immediately hilly, climbing quickly to the top of Marsland Cliff. From here, the path continues to hug the cliff line, each named individually on the map, all the way to Bude. There are several small bays and beaches with access along the route if you wish to stop.

Daily distance: 24.5 km / 15 miles
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight in local B&B

Day 11: Depart

Stop At: Bude, Bude, Bude-Stratton, Cornwall, England
Depart Bude for your onward journey. Bude was a little port which enjoyed its trading heyday in the late 19th century, served by a canal and railway for transportation of goods, going on to become a popular English seaside resort.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • 10x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights


Departure Point
Minehead, UK


Departure Time
9:00 AM

Duration
11 days

Return Details
Bude, UK


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