Top 10 Walks: South West Coast Path: Somerset & North Devon




Minehead to Bude

The ten walking routes featured here highlight the best short circular walks along the Somerset and North Devon Coast section of the popular, 630-mile long South West Coast Path (SWCP).

Exmoor’s fringe of majestic cliffs, secluded coves, ragged wave-washed rocks and rich coastal woodland is a stunning prelude to the long distance trail.

Further west are Devon’s glorious beaches but also an ever-more rugged coastline, which curves to the battering Atlantic surf. Large settlements are few, but occasional picturesque hamlets and villages grew around coves and small landings where fishing and seaborne trade (not always above board) supplemented the traditional farming way of life of the hinterland.

Nature complements the intrinsic beauty of this landscape; seabirds abound on the cliffs and shore, while the lush and sometimes rare flora of unspoiled cliffs, native woodland, rough pasture and dunes supports smaller birds and countless butterflies.

The five-book series of ‘Top Ten Walks’ covers the whole of the UK’s famous South West Coast Path. Each book explores the highlights along the way; showcasing its natural beauty, wildlife and heritage.

Once you’ve experienced what the Somerset and North Devon section has to offer, we think you’ll be inspired to come back to tackle the complete trail.




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Running for 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, around the tip of Land’s End and back to South Haven Point at the mouth of Poole Harbour in Dorset, the South West Coast Path (SWCP) is Britain’s longest National Trail.

Bordered by the Bristol and English channels and looking out to the open Atlantic, it encompasses some of England’s most spectacular and wildest coastline, where a diversity of natural habitats is home to many species of plant, animal and insect life. The seas, coves and hinterland have been a dramatic setting for a gloriously rich history, which has inspired countless tales of romance, drama and intrigue.

The South West Coast Path will eventually be part of the England Coast Path.

With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use

This attractive and cleverly structured guide gives walkers ten of the finest walks on the Somerset and North Devon Coast section of the deservedly popular South West Coast Path in a popular pocketable format.


The South West Coast Path

Top 10 Walks: Somerset and North Devon Coast

  1. Minehead and Burgundy Chapel
  2. Foreland Point
  3. Hunter’s Inn and Woody Bay
  4. Bull Point and Morte Point
  5. Croyde Bay and Baggy Point
  6. Clovelly and Mill Mouth
  7. Hartland Point
  8. Hartland Quay and Stoke
  9. Morwenstow
  10. Bude and Coombe Valley

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