The South West Coast Path itself is 630 miles long and is the longest National Trail in the country. Starting at Minehead in Somerset it runs along the coastline of Exmoor, continuing along the coast of North Devon into Cornwall. It follows the entire coastline of Cornwall, goes across the mouth of the River Tamar and continues into Devon. After running along the south coast of Devon it then follows the Dorset coastline before finally ending at Poole Harbour.
Although the Coast Path is usually described in this anti-clockwise direction, from Minehead to Poole, this is purely convention and there is no reason why it cannot be walked in the opposite direction. It is well signed in both directions.
Whether you are having an afternoon stroll or you want to challenge yourself to walking the whole 630 miles, you have come to the right place to start your journey. You might enjoy cream teas or seal spotting. You might simply enjoy walking or local history. The South West Coast Path is there for us all to enjoy and we hope you love it as much as we do.
At almost 400ft deep and 3 miles long, this is England’s largest gorge, and with its weathered crags and pinnacles, one of our most spectacular natural sites.
It plays host to a varied community of specialized plants and wildlife, many of which you’ll get to spot on this exhilarating circular walk.
This is a moderate 5 mile route along paths. Several stiles and kissing gates, rough walking in sections and some steep climbs.
Pay and Display car parks on both sides of The Gorge, so plenty of parking close by.
For more information and directions, click on the link – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cheddar-gorge/trails/cheddar-gorge-walk
This is a walk along country footpaths that is very steep at the top, where some steps are included. This walk is not for the faint hearted but if you make the effort the rewards are spectacular.
There are two routes up the lower slopes of the hill, one starting at the Church and the other starting from Manor Farm.
Catch your breath, and take in the stunning views. You can walk all around the top of the knoll, where you can see the grassy remains of the Iron Age hill fort, Ordinance Survey and Queens Golden Jubilee markers.
Discover one of the great landmarks of the Somerset coastline on this scenic coastal walk across Brean Down.
Standing over 300ft high and extending 1.5 miles into the Bristol Channel, the Down is steeped in intriguing stories, from prehistoric worship to Second World War weapon testing. It’s also renowned for its wildlife, so keep a look out for a great variety of birds, plants and butterflies whilst on route.
Visit the national trust website for more information – https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brean-down/trails/brean-down-coastal-walk