Some of the World’s Most Stunning Coastline
South West Coast Path
It’s a very bold claim indeed, but the South West Coast Path thinks it might be the world’s greatest walk. Let’s look at the facts: it’s designated a National Trail in the United Kingdom; at 630 miles long (stretching from Minehead in Somerset to the stunning Poole Harbour in Dorset), it’s the longest trail in the country; it’s full of incredible scenery, epic cultural must-see attractions and superb opportunities for seeing a whole host of fascinating wildlife; and it also passes through two designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as designated Heritage Coasts.
Things to see and do
It’s quite a feat but it’s possible to walk the whole 630 miles; it usually takes people about two months in total to walk it. You’ll walk past spectacular beaches such as at Bude, Newquay and the monumental Chesil Beach. You’ll connect with important landmarks such as Land’s End. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the incredible stretch of Dorset and Devon coastline known as the Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site and a geological wonder) and also the magnificent Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (also designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site); and all with a wealth of other fascinating places in between.
Tips for visiting the South West Coast Path
Given that it’s such an epic trail, we’re guessing you’re not going to try to complete it in one attempt; we’d recommend researching a few sections of it and planning for one that catches your eye. The South West is one of the hilliest regions in England- we’d recommend getting some miles under your belt in gentle training before you visit. For more information, please see www.southwestcoastpath.com