Route: From Minehead to Westward Ho!


The bustling coastal town of Minehead is recognised as being the start of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path,  marked by the monument in the form of gigantic hands holding a map. This is where it all begins for you.

All who start their walk here must experience a sense of stepping out on a formidable journey! Some may have lingering doubts, but will almost certainly have a sense of adventure as they continue to walk across the highest cliffs in England and then inland onto Exmoor.

This journey takes in Lynmouth, Combe Martin, Woolacombe, Braunton, Instow and Westward Ho! And has exceptional views of the South Wales Coast.

The famous Valley of the Rocks, which is a site of Special Scientific interest is also a part of this walk. As the path joins up with the Tarka Trail, there are stunning views of Lundy Island and then following the River Taw, with its beautiful flora and fauna there will be plenty of photographic opportunities along the way.

This is a varied and rewarding walk along the glorious North Devon coastline.

Walk the Trail offers 3 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
Route Profile - Minehead to Westward Ho

Itinerary & Costs

This itinerary is for those who prefer to take in these beautiful surroundings at a more daily relaxed pace.

Start your 630 mile experience here; the whole South West Coast Path awaits you. Stunning cliff-tops, glorious waterfalls and wooded valleys offer breath-taking views and numerous photo opportunities as you walk.

The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 1: Arrive
- Day 2: Walking
Minehead to Porlock
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Moderate

This includes to walk up to the village of Porlock. If you specifically want to stay in Porlock Weir, please ask, as there is not always availability. Minehead to Porlock Weir is 10 miles.

- Day 3: Walking
Porlock to Lynmouth
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate

This distance includes the walk from the village of Porlock back to the coast path. If you have stayed overnight in Porlock Weir, then today's walk is 12 miles.

Day 4: Walking
Lynmouth to Heddons Mouth
Distance: 6.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 5: Walking
Heddons Mouth to Combe Martin
Distance: 7.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 6: Walking
Combe Martin to Ilfracombe
Distance: 5.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Day 7: Walking
Ilfracombe to Woolacombe
Distance: 8.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 8: Walking
Woolacombe to Croyde
Distance: 6 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 9: Walking
Croyde to Braunton
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Easy
Day 10: Walking
Braunton to Barnstaple
Distance: 5 miles Difficulty: Easy
- Day 11: Walking
Barnstaple to Appledore
Distance: 7.5 miles Difficulty: Easy

This does not include the walk into Bideford. Instead, this makes use of the ferry operating between Instow and Appledore. The ferry operates 2 hours either side of high tide. If the ferry is not operating, then there is a regular bus service from Instow to Appledore.

Day 12: Walking
Appledore to Westward Ho!
Distance: 5 miles Difficulty: Easy
Day 13: Depart
Westward Ho!

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 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.
  • If required, path to accommodation or round river transfers.
  • We now offer all our routes on the Komoot App. Use one of the most popular route apps for turn by turn voice navigation, the ability to use offline, and sync with Garmin and Wahoo products.

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 is a ferry service between Instow Quay and Appledore Slipway from April to October weather and tides permitting.  The service is limited as although working between 0800 and 2100, it only operates 2 hours either side of high tide. However, there is a regular bus service between Instow and Appledore with a journey time of 30 minutes.



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Holiday Summary



11 Days / 12 Nights 7.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 2


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £1,089 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £2,178

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