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Enjoying the South West Coast Path

A view across Cape Cornwall to St. Just © Tony Howell

A view across Cape Cornwall to St. Just © Tony Howell

One of the great joys of visiting the South West is walking a stretch of the 630 mile long coast path. It runs from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset and is the longest National Trail in the country. The path is popular throughout the year, but this October you can take part in the South West Coast Path Challenge and help set a new world record for the number of times the Coast Path can be covered in one month while raising funds to protect the coastline for future generations.

The South West Coast Path was originally created by coastguards, patrolling the south west peninsula looking out for smugglers.  They literally had to check in every inlet so their cliff top walk was well used and gives us the amazing coast path we use today. The path has also been used by fishermen looking for shoals of fish and checking the sea conditions. 

Stay in one of our National Trust cottages where the coast path runs right past the front door.

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  • The exterior of the Coastguard Cottages, Clovelly, Devon © Chris Lacey

    Coastguard Cottage 2

    Clovelly , Devon

    A pretty, traditional, cottage in the Peppercombe valley.

  • The view of Hemmick Cottage from the Dodman, Gorran, Cornwall  © George Taylor

    Hemmick Cottage

    Gorran , Cornwall

    Traditional Victorian cottage, set in an idyllic spot right on the edge of Hemmick Beach.

  • The exterior of Beech Cottage, nr Bridport, Dorset © Mike Henton

    Beech Cottage

    nr Bridport , Dorset

    To the rear of a thatched farmhouse and surrounded by excellent walks.

  • The exterior of Ivy's Cottage, Selworthy Green, Somerset  © Chris Lacey

    Ivy's Cottage

    Minehead , Somerset

    A delightful thatched cottage situated on the picturesque Selworthy Green.

  • Aerial view of Wireless Cottage, Housel Bay, The Lizard, Cornwall

    Wireless Cottage

    Helston , Cornwall

    Historic Grade II listed Wireless Station, dating back to 1900 in fantastic cliff-top location.

  • The exterior of Stable Cottage, Port Quin, Cornwall © Chris Lacey

    Stable Cottage

    Port Quin , Cornwall

    A charming cottage with outstanding views across Port Quin Bay and out to sea