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Highlights

  • Walk in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Devon into Cornwall.
  • Fantastic local seafood restaurants, like Rick Stein’s in Padstow.
  • Sublime views from the many headlands, particularly Hartland point.
  • Tintagel Castle, the mythical birth place of King Arthur.
  • UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Reserve with special landscapes and wildlife.

Walk the South West Coast Path from Devon into Cornwall from the wonderfully named Westward Ho! to the fashionable seaside town of Padstow.

The trail varies every step of the way swooping down from high cliffs to secluded coves, meandering through pretty villages and crossing vast sandy beaches.

Enjoy freshly caught fish for dinner, wander through Clovelly’s cobbled streets and explore Tintagel Castle, the birthplace of King Arthur. Wildlife is ever present, such as dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds including, if you are lucky, puffins.

For all the information you need on the South West Coast Path, you can download our free guide

Section 1: Westward Ho! to Clovelly

Cliff side paths are pleasantly combined with some woodland trails through Sloo Woods. Descend into the quiet cobbled streets of Clovelly where cars are banned.


Walking: 11 miles, 18 km


Ascent/Decent: 789m


Section 2: Clovelly to Hartland Quay

Leaving Clovelly, head to Hartland Point where views to Lundy Island reward you. If you have an adventurous side, trips to swim with the playful seals, seen from Hartland Point can be booked.


Walking: 10 miles, 16 km


Ascent/Descent: 708m


Section 3: Hartland Quay to  Morwenstow

This challenging section includes the most impressive waterfall on the whole 630 mile SWCP, the 15m high Speke’s Mill Mouth Waterfall. This marks your entry to into the country of Cornwall.


Walking: 8 miles  13 km

Ascent/Descent: 662m

Section 4: Morwenstow to Bude  

Stop at the smallest property owned by the National Trust in the UK, Hawkers Hut, originally made entirely of driftwood. Beaches and rugged cliffs mark the way along this ship wreckers haven where over 150 ships have met their end.


Walking: 7.5 miles, 12 km


Ascent/Descent: 640m


Section 5: Bude to Crackington Haven

Tintagel Castle approaches in the distance and fantastic panoramic views over the Atlantic paint the skyline for this section, which also features the deep and plunging Scrade Valley.


Walking: 10 miles, 16 km


Ascent/Descent: 812m


Section 6: Crackington Haven to Tintagel

A favourite with birdwatchers this rewarding section boasts the highest cliff on the whole SWCP towering 223 metres above the Atlantic Ocean. Tintagel Castle steeped in history and King Arthur is today’s highlight.


Walking: 11 miles, 18 km


Ascent/Descent: 1233m


Section 7: Tintagel to Port Isaac  

Historically a fishing area this section provides you with some relatively easy walking through an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (UNESCO).


Walking: 9.5 miles, 15 km


Ascent/Descent: 835m


Section 8: Port Isaac to Padstow

Small valleys mark your way for your final section before hopping aboard the ferry to cross the Doom Bar. Celebrate your trips end by sampling the cuisine at Rick Stein’s highly rated seafood restaurant.


Walking: 12 miles, 9 km


Ascent/Descent: 854m


Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is 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.


Additional Nights

We strongly recommend adding extra nights in Padstow and Clovelly. In high season or weekends some accommodation will not accept one night stays in these locations. From Clovelly you can take a fishing trip, take a day trip to Lundy Island or experience a one in a lifetime opportunity to swim with Lundy’s friendly seals. Additional nights can be added at any point on the walk.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. 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 or restaurants.


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



 

 

 



Waterfront Inn - Westward Ho!



Waterfront Inn - Westward Ho!

This hotel has a fantastic coastal location beside 2 miles of award-winning beaches and offers comfort and home from home hospitality.


 

 

 


 

 

 




New Inn Hotel - Clovelly

The New Inn Hotel lies right in the very heart of Clovelly. All bedrooms are bright, airy and superbly furnished with their own individual character.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Coastguard Cottages - Hartland Quay

You will have a warm welcome to this family home with rooms, just a short walk from the coastal footpath on the edge of the cliffs overlooking Hartland Quay.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Fairway Guest House - Bude



Fairway Guest House - Bude

Fairway House is late Victorian and just minutes from the sea providing quality rooms of charm and character. However they also have the comfort of modern conveniences.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Coombe Barton Inn - Crackington Haven

This inn is a beautiful Cornish seaside pub with excellent home cooked food, real ales and fabulous accommodation. It overlooks the beach makes this the ideal watering hole and overnight stay for walkers.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Trevenna Lodge - Tintagel



Trevenna Lodge - Tintagel

Trevenna Lodge is ideally located in a quiet location just a five minute walk from the centre of the village. All the guest rooms have been individually furnished and decorated to a high standard.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Port Gaverne Hotel - Port Isaac

This is a nineteenth century inn that has now been restored to a modern hotel. However the rooms have retained their traditional and quirky character.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Althea Library - Padstow

This Grade II listed building has been tastefully converted from a school library into a lovely B&B, with a patio, lounge, and a breakfast area, which overlooks the garden.


 

 

 

Grade & Terrain

This holiday is graded from moderate to moderate to strenuous depending on the itinerary you choose. Although you follow the coast quite closely it includes plenty of up and downs and some steep sections.


Navigation, Experience & Fitness

The route is well way marked. We supply detailed maps and guidebooks so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.


Baggage Transfers

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.

Getting to Westward Ho!

By Car - Westward Ho! is a 4.5H drive from London. There is a long stay car park, however the summer months are very busy, so where possible public transport is advised.


By Air - Exeter Airport is served by Flybe from London and Edinburgh. The closest international airports are Bristol and any of the London Airports.


By Rail/Bus - Trains run from London to Barnstaple (3.5H).  From here regular buses run to Westward Ho! Use Traveline to plan your journey.


Getting from Padstow

By Air - Newquay Airport is served by Flybe from UK Airports.


By Rail/Bus - Buses run to Bodmin Parkway connecting to trains for London (3H40).


Included

  • Overnights in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, small hotels and inns
  • Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Travel to Westward Ho!
  • Travel from Padstow
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplements
  • Solo walker supplements

How fit do I need to be?

Although you are following the coast the ascents and descents are often steep and you will need strong knees and a good level of hill fitness. If you currently don’t enjoy that level of fitness, regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardio vascular exercise for at least 3 months prior to your walk is recommended. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.

Do I need to be able to navigate?

Yes, but it's not difficult. The path is well waymarked throughout and we supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn't have any problem following the trail. 

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as both Devon and Cornwall are extremely popular over the summer months. Even if you are booking last minute we will always try and accommodate your plans, so please do give us a shout.

Are there upgrade options available?

We use a variety of B&B’s, guest houses, small hotels and Inns on our trips. In the larger towns, there are hotel options available. Please note that these can be at a slightly higher upgrade cost, but they are not similar to our ‘In Style’ accommodation options

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. We will send you a full equipment list as part of your info pack.

When is the best time of year?

April, May and June are when the spring flowers are out. September and October is also great when the summer holiday makers have gone home.

What meals are included?

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. 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 or restaurants.

How do the baggage transfers work?

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.

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport, local taxis or our baggage van may be able to move you to the next overnight stop. Full details are included in your info pack.


Stunning Scenery

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My only complaint, was the accommodation at Clovelly which was East Dy ke Farm. the farm itself and the accom and food is great but it is 1 mile uphill away from the path and Clovelly is beautiful, we would have loved to stay there. Also there is no where near the farm to get an evening meal, try and stay in the village itself. Again in Padstow the B&B was a mile uphill out of the town, not ideal. Otherwise the accommodation was fantastic, highlights were Barton Inn at Crackinghaven and the hotel and Port Gaverne.

Steve and Carolyn

Bournemouth

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I would buy this product again

5

the walk we could enjoy carefree

Anita and Markus

Stans, Switzerland

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Unsure if I would use Macs Adventure again

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Macs Adventure were speedy at sorting out the trip and booking. Main issue: the walk was described as Easy to Moderate to Moderate which it wasn't; it was Easy to Moderate, strenuous and Severe but mostly, Severe. Accommodation: OK, clean and welcoming, with one highlight - Fairway in Bude. Beds not always comfortable (old-fashioned spring beds and narrow). Fairway in Bude had the best package and we would happily go back there for holidays any time. Mileage/organisation of walk: 16 miles from Clovelly to Bude is unrealistic - given that the walk is Strenuous to Severe. Definitely break down to two walks (add Morwenstow stop) Food: at Clovelly was quite poor. Coombe Barton Inn in Crackington Haven had excellent food. Walking: was incredibly beautiful but a shame that we couldn't enjoy the whole trip because of the difficulty. Didn't make it to the end as one of us got ill. Tip for one of the walks: if too tired - or in our case too hot- take the Bridleway from Crackington to Tintagel is an amazing walk through the forest. Longhorns at the start of the walk! Communication: email is quite 'hit and miss' (my emergency email was answered 3 days after). Luggage transfers: company was outstanding! All accommodation was chosen to be close to the coast path. Padstow offers Spa and massage for the end of the walk (which sadly we didn't experience this time round). Food-wise best places were in Crackington haven, Bude and a small wine-bar-bistro in Tintagel called Annidens (their lobster was out of this world!). Walk books given by Macs: OK - a few mistakes in descriptions. We ended-up using our own maps (OS A-Z are fantastic!). Value for money: average - it would have been cheaper to organise ourselves although with Macs you don't have the hassle of doing it! Not sure if we would be using Macs Adventure again. Devon and Cornwall were magical!

Molly

Gloucester

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Exceptional beauty

5

Lovely picturesque landscapes on the South West Coastal Path. Very strenuous segments but manageable.

Ralph

North Carolina

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I'd use Macs again!

5

Macs was well organised, friendly, available, helpful, professional!

Lily

Australia

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The whole experience was wonderful!

5

Macs Adventure were great. Always available and able to help and happy to be flexible. I would recommend them anytime.

Lily

Australia

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Fabulous how it all went so smoothly.

5

I know that the original accom that I was booked in at Clovelly was cancelled at the end, required to go to Pillowery Park. To me, it was further away then it stated, was I very exhausted by the time I reached there. Should have phoned up for a lift.John did take me down and picked me up after dinner from Clovelly .Nothing wrong with the place or hos.But felt like I received a bonus though the next morning !!!!! John told me of a track to go that will connect to the coast.It was such a beautiful walk!!!!!All of the accom was fab, and to have your bag awaiting on your arrival was just so great.Well done you guys!!!!

Tassie

Australia

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Beautiful coastline and lovely places to stay!

4

Lovely places that I knew from my youth. Do not underestimate the difficulty - lots of up and downs so 10 miles a day is plenty - we had a 15 mike stretch in muddy conditions and that was a mistake. The accommodations were great and the views were stunning. Next time we would start later in the year than mid March - the mud really slows you down!

Alan

Ghent, Belgium

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Great scenery and top support

5

The scenery on this section of the SWCP was magnificent. It was surprisingly quite strenuous in some places, but always well worth the effort. Accommodation at the end of each day was very welcoming and of a high standard. As my first solo self guided walking trip I found the supporting guide book and MacsAdventure booklet to have all the information I needed and was totally reliable.

Relaxed Guy

Canberra

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Don't miss out on Morwenstow!

4

I walked the South West Coast Path from Braunton to Bude, having done much of the rest of the SWCP through Macs Adventure. They booked me into some excellent accommodation over the 6 days I was walking, with one exception - the Village Inn, in Westward Ho! The shower here was truly pathetic, the water never got properly hot and the orange juice was off at breakfast. Springfield House in Instow, the New Inn in Clovelly, and the Hartland Quay Hotel were all of a good standard and very convenient. Silver Cottage in Braunton and Fairview in Bude were less convenient, but this was more than made up for by the welcome and excellent breakfasts I was provided with. But the gem of the week was Bush Inn in Morwenstow. Many SWCP walkers do Hartland Quay to Bude in one day, but it is the toughest section of the entire SWCP and can be conveniently divided into two days by staying in Morwenstow. I strongly recommend this as I had the best food of the walk there, and it is a lovely old pub

Wally

Marlborough

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South West Coast Path: Westward Ho! to Padstow

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