SWCP: Minehead to Westward Ho!

South West Coast Path: Minehead to Westward Ho!

Follow the first stretch of the South West Coast Path along diverse coastlines between Minehead and Westward Ho! 

The path takes you along the highest coastline in Britain and other highlights are its sandy beaches, coastal woodland and rugged cliff tops. 

It also incorporates the Tarka Trail; a series of footpaths that follow the route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book by author Henry Williamson. The trail gently meanders down from the coast to a lower level, passing marshland and nature reserves so you can enjoy the abundance of plants and wildlife.
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Hiking trail · West Somerset
Minehead to Porlock Weir
moderate
14.4 km
4:15 h
309 m
290 m

The first section of the South West Coast Path takes you along the highest coastline in England, which lends itself to steep climbs and descents.

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Hiking trail · West Somerset
Porlock Weir to Lynmouth
difficult
18 km
6:30 h
789 m
803 m

A challenging day of walking brings you past the Culbone Church and across the border from Somerset into Devon. 

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Hiking trail · North Devon
Lynmouth to Combe Martin
difficult
21.8 km
7:45 h
992 m
966 m

Today traverse the finest stretch of North Devon coastline.

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Hiking trail · North Devon
Combe Martin to Woolacombe
difficult
22.3 km
7:15 h
740 m
737 m

Trade Exmoor's scenery for one of sand and surf on today's challenging walk. 

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Hiking trail · North Devon
Woolacombe to Braunton
moderate
24.3 km
6:30 h
142 m
155 m

The steep climbs have now finished as you walk along fine sandy beaches en route to the largest sand dune nature reserve in the country.

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Hiking trail · North Devon
Braunton to Instow
moderate
20.1 km
5:00 h
20 m
20 m

A relaxed day's walking along river banks, marshland, and some tarmac sections. Keep your eyes peeled for local birdlife!

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Hiking trail · North Devon
Instow to Westward Ho!
moderate
18.5 km
5:00 h
45 m
37 m

Parting from the Tarka Trail, a fairly easy day's walking follows.

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