South West Coast Path - South Devon Coast, West

63 miles (101kms) from Plymouth to Dartmouth
7 nights; 6 days walking

A walk through along the waterfront of Plymouth, past numerous sites of historic significance, including Plymouth Hoe, Smeaton’s Tower, the Mayflower Steps, Sutton Pool and the Citadel; a stretch of rolling coastline dissected by tidal river estuaries and ferry crossings between Wembury and Bantham; a superb rugged coastline with massive headlands and a hilly hinterland of crazy contours between Bolt Tail and the beautiful town of Dartmouth.


Golden gorse on the clifftop above Starehole Bay


Highlights include the historic sites of Plymouth; the beautiful Fleet estuary; the views across to Burgh Island with its famous art deco hotel (and a walk across to the island if the tide is out); Sharpitor, where the path picks a rocky route above the turquoise waters of the Kingsbridge Estuary; Salcombe - Britain’s most southerly resort - where lemon trees and colour-washed cottages give the town a Mediterranean feel; the far-reaching views along the coast from Bolt Head, Prawle Point and Start Point; Slapton Ley Nature Reserve where a freshwater lake separated from the sea by a shingle bar attracts a wealth of wildlife; and the view across the picturesque River Dart to the village of Kingswear on the far bank.


View of Kingswear from Dartmouth, across the River Dart


Approximate daily distances:
  •  Plymouth Hoe to Wembury - 12 miles (19 kms)
  • Wembury to Mothecombe - 11 miles (18 kms)
  •  Wonwell to Bantham (including a 3kms walk across the sands to Burgh Island, and back) - 8 miles (13 kms)
  •  Bantham to Salcombe - 11 miles (18 kms)
  •  Salcombe to Torcross - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Torcross to Dartmouth - 10 miles (16 kms)


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Travel information - start

Rail: Plymouth
Onward travel: On foot or taxi

Travel information - finish
Rail: Totnes
Onward travel: Public bus

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