Booking a holiday to walk the award-winning South West Coast Path is now easier than ever before thanks to a new range of visitor itineraries and digital resources developed by the South West Coast Path Association.
Walkers can now access suggested 3, 5 or 7 day walking holidays which they can customise using a new mix and match feature on the South West Coast Path’s website. The itineraries combine the best walks, finest scenery, things to do, places to eat and sleep along with logistics of how to travel from place to place. It’s all part of the government’s £40m Discover England Fund, administered by Visit England, with the aim to encourage year-round tourism visits from the UK and overseas.
VisitBritain/VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:
“I am delighted to see these itineraries promoting the magical landscape of the South West coast in new and innovative ways, inspiring more visitors to come and experience its myriad of attractions and destinations and driving growth from tourism across the region.”
Visitors can book through one of the listed walking holiday companies that can provide a complete service (booking, luggage transfers etc) for those that require it, or tailor-make their own itinerary and book direct. The holidays feature active, historical and cultural walking breaks, including those at locations of the World Heritage sites in Dorset and East Devon and West Cornwall.
Discover England’s South West Coast Path project is being delivered alongside a number of partners; Visit Cornwall, South West Tourism Alliance, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Visit Devon, Visit Dorset, English Riviera BID Company and Exmoor National Park.
The itineraries have been produced under the following themes:
The Wilderness Coast – Exmoor, Minehead to Coombe Martin
The Coast of Legends – North Devon and Cornwall, Clovelly to Tintagel
The Wild West Coast: Tin mining industry and story of Poldark – Mounts Bay to St Ives
The Nautical Coast – South Devon, Plymouth to Dartmouth
The Timeless Coast – Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site – Charmouth to Seaton
The Seafood Coast – English Riviera, Brixham, Torbay
Itineraries can be found on the South West Coast Path site at http://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/itineraries/en/home and more information about the project is available at www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/DEF
Photographed by Richard Taylor