Route: From Minehead to St Ives


Fancy a challenge?  ...but a challenge with amazing, memorable views and experiences?

Walk the Trail has split the entire 630 mile coast path down into 3 parts

The South West Coast Path starts on the sea front at Minehead in Somerset, with amazing views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast.  Initially, you climb up to the high cliffs with extensive views inland over Exmoor and cross deep valleys sheltering once flourishing harbours and fishing villages, interspersed with woodlands that restrict views to the sea.

Entering North Devon, the terrain is softer, but by no means easy, as it weaves in and out of tiny coves and headlands, passing beautiful Porlock, stunning Lynmouth and Lynton and Great Hangman, at 1043 feet, the highest point on the SWCP.

The rugged and dramatic landscape continues along the Atlantic Coast of North Cornwall: high sheer cliffs and rocky contorted headlands expose amazing rock strata and protect several secret sandy coves.  The lush green landscape of North Devon is a distant memory.  Any trees to be found are likely to be in the sheltered valleys, between cliff top headlands that are protected from the strong westerly winds.

This is a coastline that is largely unspoilt by recent urbanization; headlands and coves dominate.  Long stretches of beach are exceptions, rather than the rule.  The villages tend to be small and quaint.

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

Itinerary & Costs

This itinerary is walking longer distances each day than most walkers choose.

At 630 miles long, the South West Coast Path to most is considered too much to walk in one go. But, if you'd still like to complete it and have over 2 weeks spare you may want to consider walking 1/3 of the path.

The Daily Itinerary

Click on a day for further information.

Day 1: Arrive
Day 2: Walking
Minehead to Porlock
Distance: 9 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 3: Walking
Porlock to Lynmouth
Distance: 12 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 4: Walking
Lynmouth to Combe Martin
Distance: 13.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 5: Walking
Combe Martin to Woolacombe
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Day 6: Walking
Woolacombe to Braunton
Distance: 15 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy
- Day 7: Walking
Braunton to Westward Ho!
Distance: 18 miles Difficulty: Moderate

These miles are based on using the ferry between Instow & Appledore. Tide dependent or if you wanted to, you could increase the days walking to 24 miles or use the bus that runs approximately once an hour.

Day 8: Walking
Westward Ho! to Clovelly
Distance: 11 miles Difficulty: Easy/Strenuous
Day 9: Walking
Clovelly to Hartland Quay
Distance: 10.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Day 10: Walking
Hartland Quay to Bude
Distance: 15 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 11: Walking
Bude to Boscastle
Distance: 16.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 12: Walking
Boscastle to Port Isaac
Distance: 14 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 13: Walking
Port Isaac to Padstow
Distance: 11.5 miles Difficulty: Strenuous
Day 14: Walking
Padstow to Mawgan Porth
Distance: 18 miles Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Day 15: Walking
Mawgan Porth to Perranporth
Distance: 18 miles Difficulty: Moderate
Day 16: Walking
Perranporth to Portreath
Distance: 12.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Day 17: Walking
Portreath to St Ives
Distance: 18 miles Difficulty: Moderate/Easy

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.
  • 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.
  • Luggage transfers between each accommodation. 1 bag per person up to 20 kilograms. Additional bags can be added upon request.
  • 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 (free of charge)

Optional Extras

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

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Holiday Summary



16 Days / 17 Nights 14.5 miles daily avg


Rating: 4


Number in Group: 2

What's Included
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Cost £1,516 per person

Based on Two people sharing a Double or Twin Room

Total Cost £3,032

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