South West coast path

630 miles of coastal walking from Minehead to Poole......

The South West Coast Path website is a mine of information about things to do and see along the length of the route.

Minehead is the start (or end!) of this long distance path.  Most people start by walking the 9 miles to Parlock Weir (see for return bus service, if required.

Look out for the hands and map monument  - a good photo opportunity at the start.  Starting up hill through woodland, then along heather-clad cliff tops with steep coombes and brracken and gorse covered slopes.

hands and map monument SWCP

You can choose to follow the dramatic route known as the ‘rugged’ coast path which runs closer to the coast, or stay more inland on the moor and enjoy the spectacular views from Selworthy Beacon.  Look out for the native Exmoor Ponies along with the more shy Red Deer.

The last section of the path crosses Porlock Marshes. In 1996 the natural 6000 year-old shingle ridge across Porlock Bay was breached by a storm, resulting in the flooding of the fields behind at each high tide. This land is now constatnly changing from farmland to saltmarsh, creating a very special habitat for marine life and birds.  The path has been diverted behind the remains of the pebble ridge and rejoins it just before Porlock Weir.

Call in to Minehead Information Centre to purchase maps and guide books to help you make the most of your trip.


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