Route: From Plymouth (Barbican) to Brixham


Your journey begins in Plymouth, the capital and historic hub of maritime Devon with links to the Pilgrim Fathers and many famous names such as Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin.

Moving onwards, there awaits 73 miles of some of the most gorgeous coastline just waiting to be discovered. With rough dramatic cliff tops and sheltered beaches giving way to lush open fields and sheltered woodland, much of it being the most isolated and rugged part of the south Devon coast and home to many species of wildlife and bird-life, this walk will appeal to many, incorporating glimpses into maritime history, spectacular scenery and an unspoilt tranquillity and rustic charm that this section of the South Devon coast has to offer.

- Wembury is a wildlife magnet; Its soaring cliffs are home to nesting sea birds, while a rocky shore, slate reefs and massive wave-cut rock platforms provide one of the UK's best spots for marine plants and animals.

- Bigbury; one of the focal points is Burgh Island, home to the famous hotel, an art deco building that has been visited by many notable figures such as Edward and Mrs Simpson, Churchill and The Beatles.

- On leaving Bigbury, you will cross the River Avon and continue along a coastline of lower cliffs and sandy beaches with many spectacular views, often described as one of the most beautiful sections on the South West Coast Path.

- Torcross, on the southern end of Slapton Sands is well known as the beach where many lives were lost during rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944 and nearby, is Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, a freshwater lake separated from the sea by the Ley.

Then to Dartmouth, which is nestled in a valley on the River Dart, steeped in Naval History, with her ancient narrow streets housing boutique shops, art galleries & delicatessens.

Finally, arrive in the busy fishing town of Brixham, where life is centred on the steep sided harbour, home to one of the biggest fishing fleets in England where you may relax in one of the many restaurants or pubs prior to your journey home.

This walk has it all; wide sea views, magnificent cliff paths and golden beaches, pebble and shingle coastal bars, ancient woodlands, rich salt marsh and high level floral pastures; villages lost in time along with trendy yachting retreats, ancient harbours and surreal offshore islands, a real pastiche of experiences.

Walk the Trail offers 2 itineraries along this route to cater for all levels of walker.  If, you feel that you'd like something different, just ask.


All our holiday packages include:

  • Overnight accommodation staying at carefully selected B&Bs, Inns and Hotels
  • A detailed holiday pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transport from path to accommodations if necessary
  • Maps
  • Guidebook
  • Emergency support.


Our holiday packages do not include:

  • Transport to and from the start and end of the holiday, unless stated.  We can help you with your options.
  • Packed Lunches and Evening Meals
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary & Costs

With a daily average of 12 miles (19km) this is our most popular itinerary on the Plymouth to Brixham section. Begin your journey in historic maritime Plymouth and move onward along the glorious South Hams with its rugged dramatic cliff tops and sheltered beaches, lush open fields and sheltered woodland and then through the spectacular scenery and unspoilt tranquility South Devon Coastal Path before arriving at the bustling harbour at Brixham. This journey is a real joy to experience.

The Daily Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive
- Day 2: Walking
Plymouth (Barbican) to Noss Mayo
Distance: 12.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Cross the River Yealm by short ferry journey.

- Day 3: Walking
Noss Mayo to Bigbury on Sea
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Cross the River Erme which is tide dependent.

- Day 4: Walking
Bigbury on Sea to Salcombe
Distance: 13 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous

Cross the River Avon by short ferry journey.

- Day 5: Walking
Salcombe to Torcross
Distance: 12.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous

Crossing Kingsbridge Estuary by ferry.

Day 6: Walking
Torcross to Dartmouth
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
- Day 7: Walking
Dartmouth to Brixham
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

Ferry crossing from Dartmouth to Kingswear.


What's Included

  • Accommodation for the length of your holiday including the night before you start walking and the evening after your final day's walking in good quality B&Bs, Inns and small hotels. This will be en-suite wherever possible.
  • Breakfast - This may be a full cooked or continental option depending on accommodation. Evening meals can be arranged with certain accommodations for an additional charge.
  • A Personalised Holiday Pack containing maps and addresses for accommodations, pick up points and daily mileage information.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers (free of charge)
  • If you are crossing a river using a ferry or on foot at low tide then we will provide you with the relevant information to assist.
  • Phone line support between the hours of 0900-1900, 7 days a week for the length of your holiday.

Optional Extras

The following items are optional and can be removed to reduce the cost of your holiday.

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Important Information

There are several rivers to cross on this section of the Coast Path, some of which require a ferry journey. These companies operate on a seasonal basis, generally starting at Easter and finishing in September or October. However, outside these dates the walks are still  possible by using local taxis to circumnavigate the rivers.


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Holiday Summary



6 Days / 7 Nights 12 miles daily avg


Rating: 3


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £637 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £1,274

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