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South West Coast Path: Minehead to Westward Ho! (9 Days & 8 Nights)

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  • The first stretch of the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Westward Ho!
  • Hollow Brook, one of the highest waterfalls in Britain.
  • An abundance of wild flowers, grasses and wildlife.
  • Incredible views of Porlock from Hurlstone Point.
  • Restored chapel of St Nicholas, the oldest lighthouse in the UK.
Follow the first stretch of the South West Coast Path along diverse coastlines between Minehead and Westward Ho! The path takes you along the highest coastline in Britain and other highlights are its sandy beaches, coastal woodland and rugged cliff tops. It also incorporates the Tarka Trail; a series of footpaths that follow the route taken by Tarka the Otter in the book by author Henry Williamson. The trail gently meanders down from the coast to a lower level, passing marshland and nature reserves so you can enjoy the abundance of plants and wildlife.

What To Expect

Rich history, sandy beaches, hidden coves, great birdlife and quaint fishing villages. If these sound like the perfect ingredients for your walking holiday then this trip is for you!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

As this is a self-guided trip which is graded moderate you will be responsible for navigation, decision making, and safety during your trip. You must have a good level of walking fitness and be capable of negotiating terrain that has elevation gains and losses. If you do not have the right amount of fitness then you must engage in a fitness programme prior to the trip so that you can fully enjoy this walking tour.

Navigation

This route is waymarked and much of it follows a well laid out path. We provide a comprehensive guide book and map so you should have no problem finding your way.

Accommodation Information

You will stay in a mixture of carefully chosen country inn’s, B&B’s and guest houses.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

The South West Coast Path is available and well suited to solo walkers as the route is popular and well marked. Single rooms are available but a single supplement is payable.

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.

Included
  • 8 Nights in B&B's, country inns and guest houses
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, guidebook and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Snacks & Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage.
  • Travel to Minehead and from Westward Ho!
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk.
  • Accommodation upgrades.

When To Go

Our favorite months are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holidaymakers have gone home.

Getting to the Start

By Air - Bristol Airport is the closest to the start of this tour and is served by Easyjet from UK Airports.

By Rail/Bus - Trains run from London Paddington to Taunton (2H). You can then take the bus to Minehead (1H) from here.

By Car - Minehead is a 3.5H hour drive from London. There are some long stay car parks here but can often be very busy in the summer months, so we advise that public transport is the best option.

Getting from the End

By Air - Exeter Airport is the closest airport to Westward Ho! and is served by Flybe from UK Airports. The closest international airports are Bristol and London.

By Rail/Bus - You can reach London from Westward Ho! by taking a coach to Tiverton (2H) then catch a bus to Tiverton Railway station (30mins) before boarding a train to London Paddington (2H).

By Car - Driving to London from Westward Ho! takes approx. 4H30. However there is limited parking in Westward Ho! so we always recommend public transport.

To help plan your travel please visit the Traveline or National Rail websites.

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 18kg per person.

General Information

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

Equipment

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Minehead Day 2 Minehead to Porlock Weir 9 miles / 14 km Day 3 Porlock Weir to Lynmouth 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Lynmouth to Combe Martin 13.5 miles / 22 km Day 5 Combe Martin to Woolacombe 13.5 miles / 22 km Day 6 Woolacombe to Braunton 15 miles / 24 km Day 7 Braunton to Instow 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 8 Instow to Westward Ho! 11 miles / 18 km Day 9 Onward Travel

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