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The South West Coast Path is an official pathway that closely follows the Cornish and Devon coastlines from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. The route is predominately hilly, and over rough ground in places, as it winds its way from cove to cove and out along the headlands, however, the route's spectacular panoramic views will more than compensate for the many steep climbs involved.

St Agnes Mines Cornwall
Coastal path at St Agnes, Cornwall © TAB

The footpath is well sign posted and easy to follow, however it covers such long distance (around 630 miles (1,013 km)) that it would take many weeks to complete in a single journey. Very few people walk the route in one go and the majority of walkers do the path in short sections at a more leisurely pace, taking time to experience the dramatic scenery. It's likely that thousands of people have walked sections of the path during visits to the coast without even realising it. The pathway passes through (or nearby) many coastal towns and villages so there is ample of opportunity to take advantage of the plentiful accommodation in Cornwall or Devon for overnight stays or short breaks.

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