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South West Coast Path: Plymouth to Brixham (8 Days & 7 Nights)

8 Days & 7 Nights 4 Read 5 reviews
  • Follow trails along the South West Coast Path in Devon from Plymouth to Brixham.
  • Attractions along the way such as Mayflower Steps and Dartmouth Castle.
  • Plymouth’s waterfront walkway with stunning harbour and maritime history.
  • The bustling fishing ports of Dartmouth and Brixham.
  • Pass Slapton Ley Nature Reserve - Devon's largest natural lake.
Walk between Plymouth to Brixham in Devon along the South West Coast Path. Take in exposed headlands and coves, golden beaches, stunning harbours and fishing ports and enjoy seven days of spectacular and sometimes challenging cliff top and trail walking. Start in Plymouth, a town rich Britain's maritime heritage and then follow pretty coastal trails, climbing high cliff tops and walking through wooded river valleys. The scenery along this section of the coast is unspoiled and varied and you can experience rich wildlife and fauna, such as dolphins, occasional whales and seals, several native bird species, and wildflowers in the spring.

What To Expect

Although some of the walking on this section of the South West Coast Path is challenging it is also very rewarding as you experience great views from clifftops and down river valleys. This part of the path is also unspoilt and rich in wildlife, flora and fauna.

Trip Type:

Classic Routes | Classic Routes


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails
  • Coastal Walking

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded as Easy to Moderate overall. Although you follow the coast quite closely it does include a couple of days with steep ascents and descents climbing up and down from the cliff top paths, and an optional tidal crossing.


The majority of the path is well waymarked but you should have experience with map reading and navigation. Good planning is also important as there are several ferry crossings and a tidal estuary crossing. We supply detailed maps and guidebooks so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in handpicked B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels, normally either 3 or 4 stars. We always book rooms with ensuite bathrooms, wherever possible. We always try and book your accommodation as close as possible to the line of the trail. Occasionally a short transfer may be required and this is included in the price of your holiday. 

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is, however, a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.

  • 7 Nights B&B, guesthouse and small hotel accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • Transfers as per your itinerary if applicable (Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe & Salcome to Bantham)
  • A detailed information pack, guide books and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Ferries
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

This trip is available from March to September, however, we would suggest the best time to travel would be between Easter and late September, with warmer days and longer evenings.


During peak summer months and due to minimum 2-night restrictions there is a possibility, in order to confirm your booking, that we may have to use accommodations that are not close to the trail. If this is the case, we will need to charge extra for these transfer costs.

Getting to the Start

By Air - Bristol is the closest airport and is served by Flybe and Easyjet from UK Airports. The closest international airport is London. From the airport you can take a train into the centre (Temple Meads Station) and then board a train to Plymouth (journey takes approximately 3H)

By Rail/Bus - You can reach Plymouth by train from London Paddington. (approx 3H30).

By Car - There is parking in Plymouth but it can be very busy. For this reason, we recommend getting public transport if possible.

Getting from the End

By Air - The closest international airports are Bristol or London.

By Rail/Bus - Catch a bus from Brixham to Paignton (approx 4 miles) and trains then run from there to London (approx 3.5 hours) and Bristol.

By Car - There is parking in Brixham but it can be very busy. For this reason, we recommend getting public transport if possible.

For information on trains and bus schedules consult the Traveline website. The Trainline website also has invaluable information.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes.


Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Plymouth Day 2 Plymouth to Noss Mayo 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Noss Mayo to Bigbury-on-Sea. Transfer to Salcombe 14.5 miles / 23 km Day 4 Transfer to Bantham. Walk Bantham to Salcombe 13.5 miles / 22 km Day 5 Salcombe to Torcross 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 6 Torcross to Dartmouth 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Dartmouth to Brixam 11 miles / 18 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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