Walking the South West Coast Path?
Q. Hi Editor,
My name is Judy Hunter. I am Vice president of a strong bushwalking club in Melbourne Australia, and have returned two weeks ago from leading two groups across England along the Coast to coast route.
I have returned all "fired up" to undertake some more extended walks!!
An English friend suggested to me that it might be possible to "string together" a long walk using the coastal paths in Devon and Cornwall.
What do you think? We used a transport service for luggage and stayed in YHA, B&B's and small hotels.
Any suggestions would be great for me to follow up.
Judy Hunter, Melbourne, Australia
A. No need to string together routes along the South West Coast of Devon and Cornwall - there is already a National Trail called 'The South West Coast Path'.
The South West Coast Path is a 966km (600 miles) path along the coast connecting Minehead in Somerset with South Haven Point in Dorset. It is waymarked by a National Trail Acorn.
Your can join it and leave it (via roads and footpaths) every 4 or 5 miles or so, so creating your own long distance section would be easy - you just need to decide where you want to start and how far you want to go.
In my experience the section around Land's End is probably the most scenic - so any walk you do should at least include that section.
If you prefer to do single day walks that follow parts of the South West Coast Path - see Walks, Routes and Maps on The South West Coast Path.
Hope this helps