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Conquer Britain’s longest trail — South West Coast Path — Part 3

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Conquer Britain’s longest trail — South West Coast Path — Part 3

Hiking Collection by komoot

11-24

days

3-6 h

/ day

170 mi

13,000 ft

13,150 ft

This Collection explores a stunning section of the South West Coast Path between The Lizard, in Cornwall, and Torcross, in Devon.

Covering a wonderfully-unspoilt section of the coastline, these spectacular hikes take you to rugged headlands, picturesque villages, hidden bays, historic sites, lush farmland pastures, and plenty of beautiful beaches.

There is lots of flora and fauna to see in these routes. Migrating birds arrive on this section of coastline first and leave it last. In summer, much of the grassland erupts into a sea of wildflowers, and you will pass some internationally-significant geology.

The first seven routes in this Collection combine to make a leisurely section of the Coast Path overall. The latter six routes explore a stretch of coastline that is recognized as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its wildlife and geology.

The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest, and one of its most-loved, national trails. It stretches 630 miles (1,014 kilometers) along the coast of Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, and Dorset.

There is no set itinerary to complete the trail. However, in this series of Collections we will conquer the trail in 52 days, split over eight weeks, starting from Minehead and finishing at South Haven Point. As always, of course, you can split up each stage to as many days as you are comfortable with.

If you are using public transport to undertake the routes in this Collection, you will need to catch a train to Plymouth railway station, which is served by direct trains from London and Bristol. From there, you would need to catch a train to Redruth railway station, then catch the L1 bus service to The Lizard.

To get home, you would need to catch the number three bus service from Torcross to Plymouth. From the city centre, it is a 20-minute walk to the railway station.

If you are planning to arrive by car, your best bet is to negotiate with a hotel or B&B a rate to stay for a night either side of your hike on The Lizard and to park your car for the duration. To get home, you would need to catch the number three bus service from Torcross to Plymouth, then catch a train from Plymouth to Redruth, and finally the L1 bus service from Redruth to The Lizard.

In order to see the whole South West Coast Path, click the links below to see more Collections.

Part 1: komoot.com/collection/887617.
Part 2: komoot.com/collection/887634.
Part 4: komoot.com/collection/887875.

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South West Coast Path

634 mi

57,475 ft

57,500 ft

Last updated: November 24, 2021

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    Stage 01: The Lizard to Coverack – South West Coast Path

    Intermediate
    04:33
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely stage explores a beautiful section of the Lizard Heritage Coast where the geology and scenery will take your breath away.

    

    There landscape undulates on this stage, posing a few challenging ascents and descents, but you will find this hike affords ample opportunity to admire the landscape

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    10.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    775 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From sleepy fishing villages to mesolithic remains, dramatic cliffs to grassy pastures, and ancient woodlands to golden beaches, the variety along this stage makes for an interesting hike.

    

    The walking is leisurely out of Coverack as you pass the old raised beach and mesolithic remains at Lowland Point

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  • Intermediate
    04:31
    10.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This easygoing stage begins with a ferry ride across the River Helford and then continues through fields, along wooded cliff-tops, past picturesque coves, and down to golden beaches.

    

    Along this stunning section, the trail passes Maenporth Beach, with its serene waters and sheltered bay, and winds its

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  • Difficult
    07:43
    18.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    For the second stage in a row, you begin with a leisurely ferry ride; this time from the Falmouth Port across the Fal Estuary.

    

    The trail continues into one of Cornwall’s many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the enchanting Roseland Peninsula. An especially picturesque part of Cornwall, Roseland boasts

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    12.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage of the Coast Path might be challenging in places but the rewards come thick-and-fast.

    

    The hike starts with a rocky scramble out of Portloe before easing off around Perbean Beach. As you approach Hemmick Beach, the trail becomes challenging, but the secret beach is a great place to stop.

    

    From

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    10.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Along this short but strenuous stage, the trail undulates devilishly over cliff-tops, into hidden bays, and around unspoilt harbors.

    

    From the enchanting streets of Mevagissey, you pass the attractive Polstreath Beach, with its tempting turquoise waters and golden sand.

    

    The path follows high cliffs past

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,325 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The scenery along this stage of the Coast Path is utterly spellbinding—but you have to work hard for it.

    

    The trail undulates to the striking daymark on Gribbin Head and then follows rugged cliff-tops with spectacular views over the coastline.

    

    After some level walking, you reach the historic town Fowey

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    12.9 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The trail meanders through a much-contrasting landscape of dramatic cliffs, old woodland, bustling towns, hidden coves, and open country along this stage.

    

    With some difficult climbs and descents, as well as an undulating, sometimes rocky terrain, you will find this stage to be challenging in places.

    

    From

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    14.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,075 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    On this stage you say a heartfelt goodbye to Cornwall and make a triumphant return into Devon.

    

    From Portwinkle, the trail passes military firing range at Tregantle Fort. You can follow the seaward permissive path as long as the red flags are not flying. If you see the flags, you need to take the route

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  • Difficult
    06:12
    14.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    It might feel slightly strange walking through Plymouth, the largest city on the South West Coast Path, in comparison to the lonely cliff-tops, sleepy hamlets, and rugged peninsulas.

    

    Do not let the bustling streets deter you, though, as the hike begins on a high by following the Waterfront Walkway, which

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    13.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,225 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This stage explores an unspoilt section of coastline that is recognized as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the South Devon Heritage Coast.

    

    There are some challenging ascents and descents to contend with on this route, culminating is a tiring but rewarding hike through some spectacular

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    13.5 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,325 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    After a boat ride across the River Avon to begin, this stage follows a stunning stretch of coastline, much of which is managed by the National Trust.

    

    The nine mile (14.5 kilometer) section between Hope and Salcombe is a real treat on this stage. Hailed as one of the most stunning sections of the entire

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    13.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,150 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This challenging stage of the Coast Path traverses an unspoilt stretch of coastline that has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

    

    The trail winds around a rocky and rugged coastline, climbs high onto cliff-tops to Prawle Point and drops down to delightful beaches and hidden coves

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    170 mi
  • Duration
    74:31 h
  • Elevation
    13,000 ft13,150 ft

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