The South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest way-marked trail, measuring a staggering 1015km (630 miles). Written by the well-known outdoor writer, Paddy Dillon, this guidebook provides lots of information to help tackle this immense National Trail route with confidence.
It describes the coastal path from Minehead to Poole. The tradition of walking the coastal route anti-clockwise has arisen because in this direction there are more miles with the wind and weather behind you as you walk, than against you.
A full introduction provides the SWCP’s historical background, advice on accommodation along the route and details on travelling to and around the South West.
There is detailed information on how to use this guide to make the most of your walk, whether you choose to walk the whole route in one go or decide to achieve sections at intervals.
To assist forward planning of both day walks and continuous long-distance hikes, the guide divides the coast path into sections, beginning and ending where there are amenities for refreshment or accommodation (or access inland to them).
Seasons - Year-round possibility for walking this National Trail. Winter accommodation availability may be limited, while high summer will be extremely busy, and the weather often hot.
Centres - Various centres along the route, including Minehead, Lynmouth, Westward Ho!, Clovelly, Bude, Padstow, Newquay, St Ives, Penzance, Falmouth, Mevagissey, Polperro, Plymouth, Salcombe, Brixham, Portland, Swanage, Poole.
Difficulty - The South West Coast path is a long walk! Most paths are easy to moderate, with some walks along rugged and exposed coastal cliff paths.
Must See - An astounding and varied experience. No other stretch of British coastline compares for scenic splendour, interest, history, heritage, accessibility and provision of facilities for the walker all rolled into one.
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