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Our Recommended Routes

Our Recommended Routes

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Its Your Walk...Your Way.

South West Coast Path Section 1, Minehead to Westward Ho!

From Mighty Moors to Golden Shores" - Minehead to Westward Ho! (Devon)

87 miles - 33 miles Easy Grade, 41 Moderate and 3 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - The Wild Moors of Exmoor and the Golden Sands and surf of North Devon.  Great Hangman (highest Point of the Coast Path), The Uk’s Largest Sand Dune Biosphere, The Taw and Torridge Estuaries, Tarka Trail, Porlock Wier, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe harbours

Options – Lundy Island, Surfing, Cycling on the Tarka Trail, link to crossing Devon on the Two Moors Way

South West Coast Path Section 2, Westward Ho! to Padstow

The Atlantic Wreckers Trail - Westward Ho! to Padstow (Cornwall)

79 miles   -   3 miles Easy Grade,  5 Moderate and  71 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Stunning wild and remote Coastline, challenging Walking in places, Wrecking and Smuggling History, King Arthurs Cifftop Tintagel Castle, untouched fishing villages at Port Isaac, Boscastle and end in Padstow with Rick Steins.

Options – Surfing in Bude, Cycling on the Camel Trail in Padstow, Link to Crossing Cornwall on the Saints or Smugglers Way

South West Coast Path Section 3, Padstow to St. Ives

The Beach Path to St Ives - Padstow to St Ives (Cornwall)

66 miles   -   14 miles Easy grade, 48 Moderate and 4 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Cornwall’s longest run of golden beaches and cliffs. Bedrthun Steps Rock Formation, Old Tin Mines, Cornwall’s premier surfing waves, eat at Rick Steins and Jamie Olivers en route to the stunning harbour at St Ives.

Options – Surfing at locations right along the coast, Cycling on the Camel Trail from Padstow, Coasteering and Coastal Adventure sports in Newquay, link to the Saints Way and the St Michaels Way cross Cornwall footpaths.

South West Coast Path Section 4, St. Ives to Penzance

The Wild Lands End Way - St Ives to Penzance (Cornwall)  

41 miles   -   2 miles Easy grade, 16 Moderate and 23 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - St Ives and the Tate Gallery, The World Heritage Tin Mines Coast, Ancient Standing Stones and Quoits, Cornwall’s best loved beach at Sennen with Porthcurno beach as a bonus, The Minack Rock Theatre, Zennor the village lost in the past.  The Atlantic Ocean round Lands End, as clear and clean as you can get.

Options – Surfing at St Ives and Sennen, Rest Days to visit ancient stone circles and villages, performances overlooking the sea at the Minack Theatre. Circular walk option using the St Michaels Way cross Cornwall path.

South West Coast Path Section 5, Penzance to Falmouth

The Lizard Trail - Penzance to Falmouth (Cornwall)

61 miles   -   3 miles Easy grade, 51 Moderate and 7 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Unique flora and geology of the Lizard Peninsula, remote and less visited trails and villages. Frenchmans Creek (Daphne du Maurier), Tropical Gardens at Trebah and Glendurgan, Kynance Cove Cornwall’s most atmospheric and best loved Cove. St Michaels Mount, Helford Passage Creeks, The National Maritime Museum unspoilt villages at Cadgwith, Coverack and Mullion.

Options – Rest Day at St Michaels Mount in Marazion, windsurfing and surf kayaking at Coverack, river kayaking in Helford, links to the St Michaels Way Cross Cornwall Path

South West Coast Path Section 6, Falmouth to Plymouth

The Harbours and Coves Route - Falmouth to Plymouth (through Cornwall)

77 miles   -   14 Easy grade,  31 Moderate and 32 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Maritime history in Falmouth and Plymouth, stunning fishing harbours and film locations at Mevagissey, Fowey and Polperro all with excellent restaurants. The untouched Roseland Peninsula, Daphne du Maurier’s novel locations, more gentle walking than the North and West but equally varied.

Options – Walk to the Eden Project, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Canoeing on the River Fowey,  links to the Saints Way Cornwall Coast to Coast inland Path.

South West Coast Path Section 7, Plymouth to Brixham

The Ancient Maritime and Estuaries Route - Plymouth to Brixham (Devon)

76 miles   -   15 miles Easy Grade, 16 Moderate and 45 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Historical ports of Plymouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe and Brixham. Sculpture and Art along the award winning Plymouth Waterfront Walkway. Navigate crossings of 3 stunning and timeless estuaries in South Devon, Napoleonic Forts, Seals and Falcons, Lost Villages, Shingle Bars, Salt Marsh High Cliffs and Wild Headlands. Agatha Christies Burgh Island, The Thurlestone Rock Arch, Slapton Ley Nature Reserve and much more.

Options – Rest days with fine facilities in Dartmouth and Salcombe. Inland walks up the Dart Valley Trail, canoe, sail or boats up the River Dart, Surfing in Bigbury, take a sea tractor to Burgh Island !

South West Coast Path Section 8, Brixham to Lyme Regis

The Red Cliffs and Rivers Ramble – Brixham (Devon) to Lyme Regis (Dorset)

57 miles   -   8 miles Easy Grade, 22 Moderate  and 27 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Huge variety in scenery and walking terrain a faithful microcosm of the full 630 mile path in 5 days. From the entertaining Regency resorts and beaches of Torbay, Teignmouth and Dawlish through to strenuous cliffs and cove walking on the South Devon stretch of the Jurassic Coast Heritage Site. Impressive geological formations, stunning estuaries at Exmouth and Axemouth, some of the best overnight accommodation and facilities along the entire coast path and the unique jungle like undercliff path between Seaton and Lyme Regis.

South West Coast Path Section 9, Lyme Regis to Poole

The Jurrasic Coast Trail -  Lyme Regis to Poole (Dorset)  

86 miles   -   12 Easy Grade, 47 Moderate and 27 Strenuous - what this means

Highlights - Superb Geology along the entire path - a walk through time. Fossil hunting, lost villages, Chesil Beach, the mysterious Isle of Portland, scaling the highest climb on the South Coast Path at Golden Cap, perfect Lulworth Cove and Durdle Dor Arch. Overnights at some great locations such as Lulworth and Abbotsbury villages.

Options  -  Downlands Undercliff Path Section at Lyme Regis. Inland South Dorset Ridgeway Path. Watersports of all kinds at Weymouth and Poole. Guided Fossil Hunting and Butterfly Walks in the chalklands.

The Saints Way

Padstow to Fowey (Cornwall) 28 miles - 10 miles Easy Grade and 18 miles moderate - what this means

Highlights – Our most popular Coast to Coast route between two of the best harbour towns on the North and South Cornish Coasts. Gentle inland walking Mid Cornwall along a pilgrims trail following in the footsteps of Saints, Holy Men and their holy wells, celtic crosses and churches. On the way climb dramatic Helman's Tor and lonely St Breock Down with options to add in Cycling on the Camel Trail, The Eden Project and canoeing on the Fowey Estuary. Suitable for all walkers.

The Smugglers Way

Looe to Boscastle (Cornwall)  36 miles - 6 miles Easy Grade, 15 moderate and 15 strenuous with Open Moorland - what this means

Highlights – Coast to Coast crossing of Cornwall and its infamous Bodmin Moor.  Less visited than Dartmoor, Bodmin offers all the Tors and drama of its neighbours high moors. Climb Cornwalls highest peaks at Brown Willy, Rough Tor, search for wild otter as you walk the hidden West Looe Valley and spend a haunted night at Daphne du Mauriers Jamaica Inn before finishing in the natural fjord harbour at Boscastle.

One Centre Break In Fowey

From 2 days to one week of walking and other activities at distances and grades to suit you.

Fowey  has world class walking options on The South West Coast Path in both directions, the classic inland Hall Walk and inland walking on two legs of the Saints Way. Not only is Fowey a superb location to be based in with a range of good restaurants and hotels you can also cross St Austell Bay by Ferry on a trip to the habour at Mevagissey, walk to the Lost Gardens of Heligan Or access the World Famous Eden ProjectRestormel Castle and the National Trust's flagship country house and estate at Lanhydrock - all only around 6 miles away.

St. Michaels Way

Penzance to St Ives, or walk in reverse from St. Ives to Penzance. (Cornwall). 12 miles - 9 miles Easy Grade Walking and 3 miles Moderate - what this means

An inland coast to coast crossing over the narrowest point of Cornwall. Starting from Penzance and passing the iconic St Michaels Mount the trail passes through pasture and woodland to the north coast at the cosmopolitan Harbour of St Ives. Highlights include the birdlife on Marazion Marshes, climbing the boulder strewn "Giants Home" at Trencom Hill and arriving at the golden sands of St Ives.

Cornwall 100 Mile Challenge

A Circular Expedition via Fowey & Boscastle (Cornwall). 106 miles - 19 miles Easy Grade, 47 miles Moderate and 40 miles strenuous - Ten Tors Option  - what this means

This walk has two coast to coast crossings and the toughest sections of both the North and South Coast Path in Mid Cornwall. Climb Brown Willy and Rough Tor,  stay in the unspoilt harbours at Fowey and Port Isaac, indulge at Rick Steins in Padstow and avoid the ghosts at haunted Daphne du Mauriers Jamaica Inn. Linking the South West Coast Path with the Saints Way and Smugglers way this is a serious walk for those that want to see wild Cornwall and its varied landscapes.

Classic Cornish Short Break

Mevagissey to Looe 18 to 30 miles -  Moderate walking with strenuous sections - what this means  - 2 to 3 days walking

Enjoy the best Cornwall has to offer in a short break staying in a run of the most inspiring harbour towns at Fowey, Charlestown and Mevagissey and walking The Cliffs and Coves of Daphne du Maurier's wild coast line. Discover golden beaches at Lantic Bay, Tall Ships at  Charlestown and the medieval Fishing Harbour at Polperro. Options to visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan, The Eden Project and even take a gentle adventure up into the wooded creeks of the River Fowey by Canoe

The Dartmoor Way

Dartmoor National park 90 miles - Mainly Moderate Grade walking with options for Strenuous Routes - what this means

Highlights - The ultimate National Park walk on a circle of the mighty Dartmoor. A fascinating mix of ancient droves and tracks, deep gorges, wide open moorland and forest. Overnight in unspoilt 15th Century Inns, pretty thatched villages and bustling Moorland Market Towns. On your route history at every step with crumbling castles, ancient abbeys the infamous Moorland prison and of course an endless succession of Dartmoors magical rock Tor summits. If you really want to discover the stunning scenery, legends and lesser known delights of Dartmoor - then this is the walk for you.

The Two Moors Way

Devon Coast to Coast crossing Dartmoor and Exmoor

89 miles   -  Moderate walking but with strenuous open moorland sections - what this means

Highlights - See the best of both National Parks as you cross mighty Dartmoor and Exmoor on this coast to coast route. Challenging walking rewarded by superb scenery, isolated Tors, standing stones, castles, gorges and wildlife. In between unspoilt and little visited mid Devon thatched villages welcome walkers overnight as you work your way through the land of Lorna Doone and Sherlock Holmes on the regions premier inland trail

The Coleridge Way

Exmoor National Park 36 miles - Moderate Grade Walking - what this means

Highlights - Follow in the footsteps of the poet Samuel Coleridge. This 3 or 4 day short break runs through Exmoor National Park, the Quantocks and Brendon hills. Stunning scenery mixes with hidden villages and leafy valleys, finishing in Porlock,  a stunning Exmoor Village set at the point the moors colide with the wild north Somerset Coastline. Voted number 2 in the UK’s best 10 “Peaceful Walks” by the Independent Newspaper this is a perfect walk to escape the crowds whatever the time of year.

The Mendip Way

51 miles - 23 miles easy grade, 23 moderate and 5 strenuous -what this means between 3 and 8 days walking.

Discover REAL Somerset on two feet walking along the little visited Mendip Ridge on a stunning inland route from the coast at Weston Super Mare to the ancient market town of Frome. Superb views and walking variety all the way as you pass through caving county at Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, the historic City of Wells with its unique Cathedral and Bishops Palace and opt to walk on a personal “Pilgrimage”  to visit Glastonbury with its iconic Tor and Abbey.

Excellent walk for rest day options, activities and exploring when not walking and generally easy/moderate grade so suitable for all walkers.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Southern Section

Short Break Option - Amroth to Bosherston. Around 25 miles of generally moderate grade walking - what this means

A classic walk in Wales taking in a great mix of golden beaches, forested headlands and wild rocky coastline over only 2 or 3 days walking. On route overnight in delightful Tenby, visit the monks at Caldey Island, explore Manorbier Castle and look for otters at the Bosherston Lily Ponds ending at the iconic windswept hermits chapel of St Govans.

Ceredigion & North Pembrokeshire

Train in: Fishguard - Train out: Aberystwyth or Machynlleth 7 to 10 days walking 

Combine the last dramatic days of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with the Ceredigion path for a non stop route of wild cliffs, sandy estuaries, remote headlands and pretty harbour towns

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Southern Section

Rail to Trail Option - Train in: Tenby - Train out:  Milford Haven / Fishguard 4 to 12 days walking

With fewer walkers than the SW Coast Path, West Wales gives peaceful coastal beauty, offshore island visits, seals, puffins and a superb introduction to walking in Wales

Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Northen Section

St Davids to St Dogmaels 68 miles - Moderate and Strenuous grade coastal walking throughout in remote areas with exposed coastal headlands !  - what this means

This is by far the most rugged, exposed and remote section of all 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Walking days are long but the scenery and sense of isolation is superb with huge blow holes, wild headlands, dramatic cliffs and narrow ridge walks from the off. Prehistoric landscapes on the St Davids Headland reveal ancient burial chambers and the chance to climb small Volcanic Rock Peaks or the mysterious Preseli Hills on a route that continually pushes and rewards you.

Meirionnydd & Snowdonia

Up to 73 miles (5 to 7 days walking) walking mixing coastal and inland areas of Snowdonia National Park - Mainly Easy to Moderate grade on the coast but Inland sections Strenuous Grade - what this means


So not strictly speaking a fully inland route but this walk along the Wales Coast Path offers three substantial walking diversions into the coastal mountains inland and around the mighty estuaries of this area of Wales.  Steep climbs, rocky summits and dark forest combine with the time on the coast to give a walk of huge variety in scenery and walking experience.

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