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Cicerone Guides: Walking the South West Coast Path National Trail: From Minehead to South Haven Point

Walking / Outdoor Guide Out of Print
By: Paddy Dillon(Author)
352 pages, 135 colour photos, 83 colour maps
Publisher: Cicerone Press
Cicerone Guides: Walking the South West Coast Path
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  • Cicerone Guides: Walking the South West Coast Path ISBN: 9781852847579 Edition: 2 Paperback Jan 2021 Out of Print #241059
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About this book

Britain's longest waymarked trail, the South West Coast Path (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015 km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset. Although the route is long, it should be accessible for any well-prepared backpacker. The weather conditions, which can make clifftop walking dangerous, are an important factor.

This epic route takes in Exmoor National Park, several designated Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, numerous Heritage Coasts National and Local Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Trust holdings. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport: this last amenity makes it easy to split the SWCP into week or weekend-long sections.

Written by prolific outdoor writer Paddy Dillon, this guide provides a wealth of detailed knowledge to help tackle this immense route with confidence, with lots of information for planning a trek, including public transport links, accommodation and facilities along the way. To assist forward planning the guidebook divides the coast path into sections beginning and ending where amenities are available. Also described is the 17-mile South Dorset Ridgeway, from West Bexington to Osmington Mills, which can be used as a scenic way to shave 42 miles off the total distance.


      Planning your trip
      When to go
      Travel to the South West
      Travel around the South West
      Accommodation en route
      Facilities en route
      Baggage transfer services
      One man and his dog
      What to take
      Planning day by day
      Using this guide
      Maps and GPS
      Time and tide
      Waymarking and paths
      Rescue services
      Safety on the Coast Path
      All about the region
      Plants and wildlife
      Coastal walking through history
      A protected coastline

The South West Coast Path
      Stage 1 Minehead to Porlock Weir
      Stage 2 Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
      Stage 3 Lynmouth to Combe Martin
      Stage 4 Combe Martin to Woolacombe
      Stage 5 Woolacombe to Braunton
      Stage 6 Braunton to Westward Ho!
      Stage 7 Westward Ho! to Clovelly
      Stage 8 Clovelly to Hartland Quay
      Stage 9 Hartland Quay to Bude
      Stage 10 Bude to Boscastle
      Stage 11 Boscastle to Port Isaac
      Stage 12 Port Isaac to Padstow
      Stage 13 Padstow to Porthcothan
      Stage 14 Porthcothan to Newquay
      Stage 15 Newquay to Perranporth
      Stage 16 Perranporth to Portreath
      Stage 17 Portreath to St Ives
      Stage 18 St Ives to Pendeen Watch
      Stage 19 Pendeen Watch to Porthcurno
      Stage 20 Porthcurno to Penzance
      Stage 21 Penzance to Porthleven
      Stage 22 Porthleven to Lizard Point
      Stage 23 Lizard Point to Porthallow
      Stage 24 Porthallow to Falmouth
      Stage 25 Falmouth to Portloe
      Stage 26 Portloe to Mevagissey
      Stage 27 Mevagissey to Polmear
      Stage 28 Polmear to Polperro
      Stage 29 Polperro to Portwrinkle
      Stage 30 Portwrinkle to Plymouth
      Stage 31 Plymouth to Wembury Beach
      Stage 32 Wembury Beach to Bigbury-on-Sea
      Stage 33 Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe
      Stage 34 Salcombe to Stoke Fleming
      Stage 35 Stoke Fleming to Brixham
      Stage 36 Brixham to Shaldon
      Stage 37 Shaldon to Budleigh Salterton
      Stage 38 Budleigh Salterton to Seaton
      Stage 39 Seaton to Seatown
      Stage 40 Seatown to Abbotsbury
      Stage 41 Abbotsbury to Ferrybridge
      Stage 42 Isle of Portland circuit
      Stage 43 Ferrybridge to Lulworth Cove
      Stage 44 Lulworth Cove to Swanage
      Stage 45 Swanage to South Haven Point
South Dorset Ridgeway
      West Bexington to Osmington Mills

Appendix A Useful contacts
Appendix B Facilities along the route
Appendix C Topographical glossary

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Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 60 guidebooks to his name, as well as more than a dozen booklets and brochures. He writes for a number of outdoor magazines and other publications, and produces material for tourism groups and other organisations. He lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.