Photo: Purlock Wier © Becks
This incredible trail is the longest of the National Trails at a staggering 630 miles. It’s a glorious walking experience rich in wildlife, geology, scenery and heritage. And it has something for everyone.
Those out for a leisurely stroll can take their pick of scenic spots – a beach stroll at Durdle Door, Rick Stein cuisine overlooking Padstow harbour, sea views out to Bishop’s Rock Lighthouse, or scrambling at Dancing Ledge on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset.
While long distance hikers are catered for in the ultimate challenge of completing the trail. Starting at Minehead in Sommerset, the trail goes down to Land’s End before coming back east along the coast to Poole Harbour. No mean feat.
Referred to as ‘The Walk of a Lifetime’ a fast walker can complete this hearty route in 30 days, but if undertaken at a more leisurely pace with rest stops taken, it can take between seven and eight weeks. It’s usual for people to split the challenge over several holidays (or even many weekends). The route is conveniently split into 52 sections, making planning a walk easy.
Starting at Minehead it runs alongside the Bristol Channel to the north Devon coast and on into Cornwall. It then follows the entire coastline of Cornwall and across the mouth of the River Tamar (by ferry) and so back into Devon. After running along the south coast of Devon it then follows the Dorset coastline to Poole Harbour.
The route between Plymouth and Poole also forms a section of the E9 European long distance path.
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