South West Coastal Path

The South West Coastal Path is a 630mile walk around the south west coast of England, taking in the counties of Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. It can take a serious walker around a month to complete, although for most 6 or 7 weeks is more likely. The coastal path starts (or ends depending which way you go!) at South Haven Point (Poole Harbour) and runs all the way around to Minehead. The path originated as a way for the coastguard to walk from lighthouse to lighthouse checking for smuggling activity. As a result they needed to be able to look down into every bay and cove and that requires the path to closely hug the coast and the tops of cliffs, thus providing excellent views down to see the smugglers. Luckily for us today’s path follows that route giving us fantastic views of the seas and ocean off this coastline.

Fowey Harbour taken from Fowey castle

Fowey Harbour taken from Fowey castle

Plymouth Sound and Breakwater, Cornwall (Rame Peninsula)across the bay

Plymouth Sound and Breakwater, Cornwall (Rame Peninsula)across the bay

From the Coastguard station at the tip of Padstow Bay looking back in the direction of Padstow

From the Coastguard station at the tip of Padstow Bay looking back in the direction of Padstow and Rock

Brixham harbour and pier

Brixham harbour and pier

Plymouth SOund from Mount Edgcumbe Park

Plymouth Sound from Mount Edgcumbe Park

Mevagissey Harbour as evening draws in

Mevagissey Harbour as evening draws in