South West Coast Path: Plymouth to Brixham (8 Days & 7 Nights)8 Days & 7 Nights 4 Read 2 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.
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.
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
Activity Level & Terrain
This holiday is graded as moderate to strenuous. Although you follow the coast quite closely it does include some long days with very 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.
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.
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 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
- A detailed information pack, guide books and map
- Emergency telephone support from our office
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Plymouth
Arrive in Plymouth. Time permitting why not enjoy some of the many attractions Plymouth has to offer. Take a walk along the Waterfront Walkway which forms part of the South West Coast Path. Explore the Barbican area of Plymouth, with its many shops, cafes and art galleries, and visit the Mayflower Steps at Pilgrims point.
Sea Breezes is a luxury guest house in Plymouth, the six en-suite rooms have flat screen TV, DVD player and luxury toiletries. The tastefully furnished rooms have sparkling shower rooms, good quality beds, beautiful bed linen and fluffy towels. Breakfast orders are taken from 8am – 9am on weekdays and up to 10am at the weekend. If you need an earlier breakfast, please let them know and they will try to accommodate you.
Only a 10 – 15-minute walk from the city centre, and with easy access to shops and sights. Their rooms are comfortably furnished with all the amenities you require. Rooms have a choice of firm or soft pillows, freeview TV, tea and coffee facilities and blackout curtains.
The Rusty Anchor Bed & Breakfast is a classic Victorian (1898) townhouse adjacent to Plymouth's bustling harbour. This elegant six bedroomed property has been modernised to provide a chic, eclectic look whilst maintaining much of its originality. The Guesthouse is situated adjacent to Plymouth's harbour front, just a stroll away from all the major attractions including the city centre. The rooms are tastefully decorated in a chic modern style. Free Wifi, superfast broadband, flat screen TVs are standard.
Take the ferry across the Cattewater from the pontoon at the Barbican to Mount Batten Point. Begin to experience the peacefulness and isolation that this section of the path offers. After passing Wembury Point the path is easy to follow along low cliffs to Wembury Beach and onwards to Warren Point. From here you will cross the Yealm by ferry (seasonal) to the tiny settlement of Noss Mayo, your stop for the night.
Alternative routes — There is an alternative walking route around the Cattewater which is the official route of the SWCP. This is described in the guidebook.
Another alternative walking route round the Yealm estuary is described in the guidebook. This is an additional distance of 9 miles/14.5km. Public transport options are also available.
Worswell has been farmed by the Rogers family for over 60 years; the farm is in a peaceful location, with only the sounds of daily farm activities, such as Farmer Phil and his boys going about their work duties.
Mo and Clive welcome you to their wonderful home. Perched above the quay at Bridgend less than 100 paces from the high water mark. The house is set in terraced gardens, orchard and paddock of around 1 ½ acres with views across the creek to Newton Ferrers. Their friendly Cocker Spaniel Sam will no doubt welcome you here! They keep a small flock of Shetland sheep in the Summer to graze our land and the odd chicken to give them eggs.
Leave the charming village of Noss Mayo and make your way along higher and more challenging coastal cliffs, perhaps getting a glimpse of dolphins, occasional whales or seals from the lookout above Warren Beach. When you reach the River Erme you will either need to wade across within an hour either side of low tide, or take the alternative inland walk or taxi transfer around the valley. After some steep climbing to the high viewpoints near Westcombe Beach you will descend past Ayrmer Cove to Bigbury-on-Sea, with stunning views across to Burgh Island.
Alternative route — The alternative walking route round the Erme estuary is described in the guidebook. This is an additional distance of 8 miles/14km.
Summer Winds B&B offers en-suite accommodation situated on the South West Coast Path and has stunning views of Burgh Island and the sea. Full English breakfast is served plus other options on request.
The Henley was originally built as a holiday cottage during Edwardian times and still retains the cosy atmosphere of a private home rather than a hotel. The hotel overlooks one of the most spectacular coastal views in Devon spanning the Avon Esturary around to Burgh Island and beyond. A superb beach can be reached by a private cliff path descending through the garden. All rooms are double or twin bedded en-suite with sea views, flat screen TV, WiFi, direct dial telephone, tea making facilities, hair dryers, bath robes and toiletries from the Natural Soap Company.
Cross the River Avon by ferry (seasonal) to Bantham this morning. Passing through part of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a fairly easy takes you past Thurlestone to the picturesque coastal sanctuary of Hope Cove. The section through to Bolt Tail and Bolt Head, and on to Salcombe is thought to be one of the most scenic on the entire South West Coast Path offering spectacular views back along the Devon Coast.
Alternative route — The alternative walking route around the Avon Estuary is well way marked. This is an additional distance of 9 miles/14.5km.
Waverley Bed and Breakfast in the beautiful seaside town of Salcombe is surrounded by unspoilt natural countryside and a magnificent coast with cliffs and beaches. All of the rooms have their own bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, and TVs. A full English Breakfast menu is available.
The Fo’c’sle B&B is a B&B located in the beautiful seaside town of Salcombe. All rooms at the B&B have a view of the estuary or the surrounding countryside. All bedrooms have colour TV’s and they have a residents lounge.
This B&B offers three en-suite double bedrooms in the 19th century farmhouse. The Garden Cottage is also available as bed and breakfast accommodation. Named after the English herbs that grow in the apothecary-inspired garden they all carry their own charm. Rooms are freshly decorated and have all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
A challenging but rewarding day is in store for you today, through one of the most undeveloped and wild sections of the path. Leaving Salcombe you will take the ferry to East Portlemouth. From here pass Pig’s Nose, Ham Stone and Gammon Point enroute to Prawle Point, meaning “lookout hill”, and enjoy the views from the most southerly point in Devon. Heading on towards Start Point and its Lighthouse, the path then levels out towards the waterside village of Torcross, your stop for the evening.
You cannot sleep much closer to the sea than at Seabreeze B&B. With the ever changing weather and sea state, the view is always something new to behold. The window seats are a great place to read or reflect. Sea Breeze is east facing, so sunrise and moonrise are particularly spectacular and are definitely worth waking up for, or going to bed to.
Mike and Claudette welcome you to their converted traditional stone barn. Located in the village of Chillington, midway between Slapton Sands & Kingsbridge in the beautiful South Hams region of Devon. Each bedroom is equipped with colour TV, tea and coffee facilities and internet access. Each recently renovated bathroom has a heated towel rail and a range of toiletries for your convenience.
The Cricket Inn first opened its doors to the quaint fishing village of Beesands in 1867 and has since continued to strive for over 150 years. Today, the Cricket Inn is one of the most popular places to eat and stay in Devon, serving award-winning food, local cider, real ales and an extensive wine list. There are 7 beautifully appointed bedrooms which have been awarded 4 AA Gold stars, 5 with stunning sea views overlooking Start Bay and beyond. The Cricket Inn is lucky enough to have the South West Coastal Path run right past its doors. Each room offers en-suite facilities with walk in showers, flat screen TV’s, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee facilities and beautiful seaside touches. The King size beds have pocket sprung mattresses, 100 % cotton linen and sumptuous feather and down quilts which will be sure to provide a perfect night's sleep.
Leaving Torcross enjoy a walk along the shingle of a long flat beach passing Slapton Ley, Devon’s largest natural freshwater lake. Heading inland ascend through pastures and sheltered woodlands, before descending down to isolated coves. Passing through the village of Stoke Fleming, you will then reach the popular boating town of Dartmouth, with its castle, cobbled streets, unusual shops and restaurants.
Dartmouth Boutique offers comfortable, relaxing accommodation, complemented with some of the most stunning views Dartmouth has to offer. Just a short walk into the heart of the town, but far enough away to benefit from tranquil surroundings.
Bayards Cove Inn offers 7 comfortable and stylishly appointed bedrooms, 2 of which are large suites suitable for families, all are fully equipped with contemporary comforts whilst retaining the character features of this historic house. En-suite shower rooms, central heating, TVs with freeview, DVD players, tea and coffee trays and hairdryers are provided and there is free WiFi throughout the building. 24 hr front desk and daily housekeeping.
This hotel has a beautiful location right in the heart of Darthmouth looking out over the harbour and river Dart. It’s a 17th-century building offering free Wi-Fi in all their en-suite rooms. The hotel also has its own restaurant and two bars where you can enjoy a drink after your day of walking.
Take your final river crossing as you board the ferry across the River Dart to Kingswear. Climb through wooded slopes covered in Monterey Pines to Froward Point where you can see the remains of WWII defences. Moving on to Pudcombe Cove you will be rewarded with yet more views of the cliffs dropping down to the white-capped seas below. Passing Kingswear Castle and on to Sharkham Point you will encounter one of the most challenging sections of the South Devon path.
Reaching the limestone Peninsula of Berry Head you will follow high cliff paths past the lighthouse, before descending into the busy fishing port of Brixham. Wander Brixham’s winding streets and arcades before celebrating the end of your walk with a meal of freshly caught seafood in a quayside restaurant.
The Quayside Hotel in Brixham has a unique character and ‘old world charm’. The Hotel was formerly six fisherman’s cottages dating back to the 18th century. The Hotel retains a cosiness and unique charm that is rarely found in chain hotels today.
Staying at the ‘Westbury Guest House’ you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome from your hosts Chris & Carol Robinson. Your welcome will be enhanced by the tranquillity and relaxing atmosphere of Brixham itself.
Staying at the Brixham House you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome from proprietors, Mark & Debra Wilson, plus a most comfortable stay. Situated in an ideal location on the main road into Brixham, the Brixham House is just a 10 minute walk from the town centre and popular harbour side. Both the public rooms and bedrooms at Brixham House are decorated to a high standard with the extra touches you would expect from a four star bed and breakfast establishment.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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