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Walking holiday on the UK's
South West Coast Path

from Minehead to Barnstaple
(or vice versa) with optional trip to Lundy

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Online booking available Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles
Min/max daily distance:
5/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to strenuous
Features:
boat trip to Lundy (optional)
Exmoor National Park
Walking holiday on the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Barnstaple
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Day 1: Arrive at Minehead    
You make your own way to Minehead for the start of your walking holiday on the South West Coast Path. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walking tour.


Porlock Vale, Somerset on SWCP walking holiday Day 2: Minehead to Porlock.     8 miles    moderate    
Walking from Minehead on the South West Coast Path you go through Exmoor National Park with stunning views of Porlock Bay and a chance to see Exmoor ponies. You will find old limekilns on Bossington Beach where the salt marsh provides a good birdwatching area. The South West Coast Path connects with the Coleridge Way in Porlock.
Day 3: Porlock to Lynmouth.     14 miles    moderate    
Continuing through Exmoor National Park the South West Coast Path moves from Somerset into Devon. The path zigzags through woods, valleys and farms, across streams and rivers, and through Devon's most northerly headland, Foreland Point, before reaching Lynmouth, a highlight of this walking holiday. The South West Coast Path connect with the Two Moors Way in Lynmouth.
Lynmouth, Devon on SWCP Walking Holiday
Combe Martin, Devon on SWCP Walking Holiday Day 4: Lynmouth to Combe Martin.     13 miles    strenuous    
You can take the Cliff Railway from Lynmouth up to Lynton. Then an easy walk along the South West Coast Path through the Valley of the Rocks, to Lee Bay and Woody Bay. There are a couple of deep valleys, a skirt around Heddon's Mouth Cleave, and an ascent of Great Hangman, the highest point of the South West Coast Path at 318 metres (1043 ft in old money!).
Day 5: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe.     5 miles    strenuous    
Walking on the South West Coast Path from Combe Martin you pass Watermouth with its sandy estuary and boat yard. The walking trail then climbs over the headland past Samson's Bay and Hele Bay to Ilfracombe, with its quaint Devon fishing harbour and sandy beaches. In season ferries offer trips to the Island of Lundy.
Ilfracombe, Devon on SWCP Walking Holiday
Optional Day to visit Lundy
Lundy, an island 3 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, lies off the north Devon coast and is is a wildlife and walkers haven. Day return aboard MS Oldenburg. Dates for 2017.
Woolacombe, Devon on SWCP Walking Holiday Day 6: Ilfracombe to Croyde.     14 miles    moderate to strenuous    
From Ilfracombe you walk through Torrs Park and on to Lee Bay. Walking to the lighthouse at Bull Point the South West Coast Path passes through a couple of small valleys. At Morte Point the long sandy beach of Woolacombe comes into view and then becomes our walking path . Over Baggy Point to Croyde, this whole area is a mecca for surfers and walkers.
Taw Estuary, Devon on SWCP Walking Holiday
Day 7: Croyde Bay to Barnstaple.     14 miles    easy    
The South West Coast Path crosses the dunes and on to Saunton Downs. Walking on past Braunton Burrows with its sand dunes and wildlife. Now following the wide Taw estuary the whole area is full of birdlife. At Barnstable, where your coastal walking holiday finishes, there is a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs. The Macmillan Way West connects here with the South West Coast Path.
Day 8: Leave after breakfast.
At the end of your UK walking holiday we can transfer you to your car, or you depart by train or bus.
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What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path
This walking holiday in the UK on the South West Coast Path operates March to October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the coast path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays on the South West Coast Path.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • guide book
  • Ordnance Survey maps 1:25,000
Optional Extras
for your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path
Minehead to Barnstaple:
8 day itinerary
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
£560pp
dbl/twin
£763pp
single occ
£798pp
solo traveller
Book South West Coast Path Minehead to Barnstaple walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Ilfracombe and day trip to Lundy
from £90 per person
  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • day trip to Lundy
  • inn to inn walks
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Other walks
in Devon
include:

SWCP NE Devon

SWCP NW Devon

SWCP SW Devon

SWCP South Devon


SWCP SE Devon

Two Moors Way

Tarka Trail North

Tarka Trail South

Macmillan Way West

Dartmoor Way

Dart Valley Trail

Exe Valley Way

Devonshire Hartland Way

Great Gardens of North Devon
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Minehead Double/Twin Single
Northfield Hotel £42.00 £79.00
Porlock Double/Twin Single
Millers at the Anchor £48.00 £59.00
Lynmouth Double/Twin Single
Rising Sun Hotel £42.00 £57.00
Rock House Hotel £39.00 £68.00
Heddons Mouth Double/Twin Single
Hunters Inn £15.00 £25.00
Hunters Inn superior room £30.50 £60.00
If you would like to stay at Hunters Inn in Heddons Mouth, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.
Ilfracombe Double/Twin Single
Laston House £10.25 £15.00
Olive Branch £11.25 £10.00
Osborne Hotel £10.25 £15.00
Croyde Double/Twin Single
Saunton Sands Hotel £100.00 £105.00
The Thatch £15.00 £22.50
Barnstaple Double/Twin Single
Imperial Hotel £38.00 £49.00
Park Hotel £27.38 £32.50
Royal & Fortescue £31.58 £46.24
How to get there
By Plane to Bristol where we can arrange transfer to Minehead
By Car to Minehead where parking is available
By Train to Taunton where we can arrange transfer to Minehead
By bus to Minehead
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