Top 5 challenging walks on the South West Coast Path
Tackling the UK’s longest and most popular National Trail, the South West Coast Path, is a great way to get healthy and challenge yourself at the same time. Whether you want to try a short but demanding section, or take on the whole 630 miles, there’s a walk out there for all ages and levels of ability, and unlike the gym, you won’t have to pay a penny. Be warned, though – it is seriously addictive!
Here’s a round-up of the top five challenging walks on the South West Coast Path. For more ideas visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/challenge.
Langdon Hill, Golden Cap & St Gabriel's Chapel walk, Dorset
Here’s a walk to get the heart pumping – the challenge is to reach the summit of the 191-metre Golden Cap near West Bay in Dorset, the highest sea cliff in Southern England. Some steep ascents and descents, rewarded by spectacular coastal views.
The Hangmen Hills, Exmoor
A challenging but inspiring 4.7 mile walk on the highest point on the Exmoor coast that amply rewards the effort involved, with far-reaching views over coast and hills, through an area rich in history.
Sennen to Coverack, Cornwall
A stunning five-day itinerary along wild and windswept Cornish cliff-tops. This walk passes spectacular granite rock formations around Land’s End, the most westerly point in England, and Lizard Point, the most southerly.
Heddon's Mouth, Somerset
A challenge for those with limited mobility – made easier with a Tramper all-terrain mobility scooter which can be hired from the National Trust at Heddon Valley and used to explore many of the paths in the area.
The 630 mile experience
The South West Coast Path is perhaps the UK’s ultimate challenge for the long-distance hiker. A fast walker can complete the 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset in around 30 days, but a more leisurely pace is between seven and eight weeks. No matter how long it takes, it is a stunning achievement. The height gained and lost is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest 4 times!
In partnership with
South West Coast Path Association
Cotswold Outdoor is proud to support the South West Coast Path Association – a charity that works to ensure the path is one of the best walks in the world and protects it for all to enjoy. Supporting the charity and adding a voice as a member helps the South West Coast Path Association to improve the path and keep the way open to beautiful coastal places. For more information about the South West Coast Path Association visit www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk