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South West Coastal Foot Path

South West Coastal Foot Path

South West Coastal Foot Path

The world renowned 630 mile South West Coast path goes from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset, and although the Hartland Quay to Bude section is generally regarded as the toughest part of the whole walk, it richly rewards those prepared to make the effort with unparalleled scenery.

However, there are also much gentler, level sections of the path on the Peninsula and connecting footpaths and circular walks offer easy access on and off the route - making it possible for everyone to enjoy it.

The excellent South West Coast Path website contains detailed information including maps, the level of difficulty, safety information and what you may see. Or download one of our Hartland Peninsula walks or trails, right, many of which follow parts of the coast path as part of the circular route.

The North Devon AONB's Explore the Coast website provides interactive information, routes, history and interesting facts and is a great way to get to know the coastline and find new routes.

Set on the stunning tors between Westward Ho! and Abbotsham, Westward Holidays proudly boast a private access to a spectacular stretch of the coastal foot path. Our outstanding cliff top location is a perfect base for walkers and ramblers and cyclists of all ages and abilities. The grounds at Duckhaven Stud fall into the UNESCO Biosphere and are part of the glorious AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). All our cottages have been assessed by Visit England and have been awarded the Welcome Cyclists and Walkers accreditation. We are also close to the world famous Tarka Trail.

Over 30 miles of the Tarka Trail is available to cyclists between Braunton and Meeth, using the old railways of North Devon. Passing through the largely unspoilt countryside as it was described by Henry Williamson in his classic novel 'Tarka the Otter' first published in 1927 for more information visit www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail

Westward Living self catering cottages at Duckhaven Stud are ideally situated for walks along the coastal footpath. The breathtaking walk from Westward Ho! to Hartland Point is one of the most unspoilt. Half way along the edge of the peninsular you will come across the famous fishing village of Clovelly and Bucks Mills. Turn the corner of Hartland Point and you enter an even wilder walking zone. The jagged shores from here to Bude weren't known as the Wrecker's Coast for nothing - the coast has more wrecks per mile than any other in Europe.

We are not too far from both Exmoor and Dartmoor, both spectacular walking destinations.

A range of interesting walks in the format of easy to follow guides can be downloaded from www.westcountrywalks.co.uk.

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