South West Coast Path: Minehead to Westward Ho! (9 Days & 8 Nights)9 Days & 8 Nights 5 Read 5 reviews
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Lunches & Dinners
- Snacks & Drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Travel to Minehead and from Westward Ho!
- 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 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.
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.
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 Minehead
The official South West Coast path begins at Minehead, where Exmoor meets the sea. It is a traditional seaside town with its promenade and long sandy beach Minehead can be reached by regular bus services from Taunton, which is the nearest mainline rail station.
The Parks is a Grade II listed Georgian property located in a quiet area of Minehead on the lower slopes of North Hill. The town of Minehead is just a few minutes’ walk away offering shops, restaurants and amenities to fulfill all your needs. The rooms are serviced and freshened every day, and all have en-suite bathrooms. You will find soft fluffy towels and tea-making facilities, which include varied and generous options to suit all tastes and they provide a jug of fresh milk when requested.
A warm welcome awaits you at the beautifully appointed and spacious Victorian house- Candlelight Bed & Breakfast in Minehead. Situated on level ground and just a short walk to the town centre, the sea front, the steam railway, shops, cafes and restaurants. Whether you are looking for an overnight stop or a longer stay, Candlelight offer comfortable bed & cooked to order breakfast.
The Gascony is a family run Victorian House Hotel where the emphasis is on comfort and friendly efficient service. Pleasantly situated on the level in the lovely tree lined Avenue, the Hotel is some 100yards from the Seafront. They have two large tastefully furnished lounges both with large Victorian feature mirrors, their Bar lounge contains a well presented and stocked bar where you can relax in comfort while enjoying an aperitif or after dinner coffee and mint. All the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms or shower rooms, remote control colour T.V.s, Hairdryers, Radio Alarm clocks and Tea and Coffee making facilities.
The first section of the South West Coast Path takes you along the highest coastline in England, which lends itself to steep climbs and descents. You have two options to choose from on this first day, you can opt for a laidback stroll through open farmland amongst the country’s livestock or you can take the rugged coast path which has some adventurous climbing and dramatic scenery.
This charming B&B provide great hosts and comfortable accommodation. It is furnished with antiques, original works of art - and a wide selection of interesting literature. Newly remodelled, light/airy, all rooms en-suite, equipped with TV/radio, free Wi-Fi, complimentary tray, hair dryer, mini fridge, etc. Breakfast is served between 8am - 9am, using local fresh produce, with homemade bread /marmalades /jams.
Set in the heart of Exmoor National Park in front of the 15th Century harbour at Porlock Weir, Somerset. Locanda on the Weir is the place for those who want to enjoy a countryside retreat by the sea. Locanda on the Weir offers a choice of 5 bedrooms, most with sea views across Porlock Bay. Residents are invited to relax in the Reading Room over drinks and snacks from the bar whilst enjoying the fine sea view.
For over 200 years the Anchor has served Porlock Weir's 15th century harbour for sailors, walkers and huntsmen alike. Where Exmoor meets the sea, Porlock Weir is an idyllic working harbour with stunning coastal views.
Martin Miller together with his daughter Tanya have created a hunting lodge by the sea. This 14-bedroom hotel is crammed with Martin's antiques and curiosities. The Anchor has all the hallmarks of his unique style. Roaring log fires, candlelit sensuality, books by the thousand and bowls of fruit and sweets, all washed down with a Millers award winning Gin and tonic.
Start off with an invigorating climb up to the Yearnor Wood as you leave the sleepy harbour of Porlock Weir behind. This is followed by a steady meander through thick oak trees which lead you to Culbone Church. The path then divides allowing you to decide between the main southern trail leading onto open farmland or the northern path through the thick woodland of Culbone Wood. No matter which route you choose it will be a day of invigorating walking.
Nestled in the pretty village of Lynton and overlooking the dramatic cliffs and pretty harbour of Lynmouth, his early Victorian hotel retains many aspects of its original charm, including an impressive atrium in the lounge, where entertainment is provided most evenings. All rooms in the hotel are en suite and there is the opportunity to upgrade to a Superior Room, often enjoying superb scenic views. Each room is simply furnished with all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
The Blue Ball Inn is in the north of Exmoor National Park, 550 yards from the sea. It offers home-cooked food, a traditional pub and rooms with countryside views. Rooms at this former 13th-century coaching inn feature TVs, alarm clocks and radios. Tea/coffee making facilities and ironing equipment is provided. The restaurant serves traditional British cuisine and local Devon specialities. The pub has stone fire places, exposed beams and a fine selection of wines and local ales.
East Lyn House is a beautiful licensed hotel in the heart of Lynmouth perched on the bank of the tranquil East Lyn River. Outside the large terrace garden overlooks the river and has stunning views both up the river valley and down to the sea.
Today traverse the finest stretch of North Devon coastline. Begin with a challenging climb to the highest point on the South West Coast Path. It is the longest of the three days spent in Exmoor and it doesn't disappoint, beginning with a climb that leads to the infamous “Valley of the Rocks” before a contrasting walk on the moorland below.
Relax in this Edwardian 4-star guest house. They have comfortable bedrooms, most with country and sea views, all of which are en-suite with toiletries and a hair dryer provided. Rooms also include tea and coffee making facilities, digital TV with built in DVD. Relax in the morning and choose from the breakfast menu offering light options or the traditional full English breakfast which will be freshly prepared using local produce where possible. The cosy lounge bar is the ideal place for you to unwind with a relaxing drink whether afternoon or evening. You can sit outside on the veranda and enjoy the surrounding country and coastal views. The bar offers a wide choice; including wine, beer, real ale, spirits and aperitifs as well as soft drinks.
Only a 3-minute walk away from Combe Martin beach and 5 minutes away from the South West Coast Path, Acorns Guest house, is perfect for walkers!
This Ilfracombe guesthouse is ideal for walkers, cyclists and all those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors of North Devon. Avoncourt Lodge is an Ilfracombe B&B/guest house on a private road which is part of the South West Coastal Path, just a stone’s throw from the stunning cliff walk along the Torrs. With a drying room for damp clothing, safe storage for cycles and most rooms with full length tubs for soaking tired limbs, Avoncourt Lodge is a perfect destination for relaxing after a day in the open air. We also offer a comfortable lounge library and a fully stocked ‘honesty’ bar, so you can have a convenient drink or snack while making plans for the next day. We have ample private parking for our guests, and spectacular views of the town and surrounding country from the front rooms, especially those with balconies. The south facing front garden has tables and benches for relaxing in the Devon sunshine. Full cooked breakfast with locally sourced produce is included for all our guests.
Set off on your day’s walk and admire the diverse and changing landscapes walking along a cliff top around the village of Ilfracombe and onto Lee Bay. The final section immerses you in the glorious heather, pink thrift and yellow gorse land of Morte Point, a site of special scientific interest. Here you can see the terrain of dunes and estuaries beyond Woolacombe.
The Hotel has been lovingly restored from the mid 1800's, creating a unique and tranquil atmosphere, it has high ceilings, chandeliers and comfortable, quiet lounges. The hotel has an excellent restaurant, with lovely food and great service. You will find a large range of wines to complement the extensive menu.
Lundy House Hotel is set directly on the North Devon coastline, with views across to Lundy Island and placed midway between the quaint old village of Mortehoe and the seaside resort of Woolacombe in North Devon. The Lundy House Hotel is a small family run hotel where they aim to give guests a comfortable, relaxing and truly memorable holiday in idyllic surroundings.
The steep climbs have now finished as you walk along fine sandy beaches en route to the largest sand dune nature reserve in the country. This tantalising section, which is also part of the Tarka Trail, is renowned for its abundance of wildlife and geological interest.
Matt and Sophie would like to welcome you to Silver Cottage, the family run B&B is a Grade II listed cottage with modern luxuries, set in a terraced garden and surrounded by woodland. The modern bedrooms have a luxury shower room and WC. Visiting guests have privacy; with your own front door with sitting room and dining room.
Holmsleigh B&B Braunton stands in a peaceful location close to the heart of the village and is surrounded by large secluded gardens with stunning views of North Devon. Each room and suite are equipped with smart T V, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, table and chairs, ironing facilities, hairdryer, and complimentary water, biscuits and toiletries.
Limetree Nursery is owned and operated by Kevin Lapper. Located on Saunton Road just outside the center of Braunton. Limetree Nursery provides comfortable, modern bed and breakfast accommodation in Braunton, North Devon. Just a short walk into the village of Braunton, and less than a mile from Saunton Sands beach.
Follow the Tarka Trail out of Braunton as you join the flat disused railway tracks leading you to Barnstaple; the biggest town on this trail. Your route continues through marshland and nature reserves rich with wildlife and into the village of Instow.
Instow Barton is a beautiful farmhouse - the hotel opened in 2015 and has been lovingly refurbished by Caroline and Colin Hutchens, providing individually designed rooms with a contemporary feel. Their aim was to create a calm and relaxing environment for guests to enjoy.All the rooms have 3000 pocket sprung mattresses, sumptuous Egyptian cotton linen, duck down and feather duvets and pillows. Additional items in the rooms are free wifi, HD TV, tea and coffee making facilities with homemade shortbread biscuits to go with the Tregothnan tea.
Herton Guest House is a spacious c17th former farmhouse full of character, comfort and charm, offering Bed and Breakfast in Barnstaple with a warm welcome. Situated in a unique position and set in pleasant countryside surroundings yet less than one mile from Barnstaple town centre. There is ample car parking in the private courtyard and storage for bicycles.
Ann and Rob welcome you to Honeysuckle Cottage B&B located in the small village of Westleigh, which lies just off the banks of the river Torridge.The cottage hosts two letting rooms both of which have en-suite facilities,and have been recently refurbished.The cottage,part of which is said to be over 200 years old, and was once the village Post office is situated adjacent to the local village pub The Westleigh Inn which serves good food and fine ales seven days a week.
Say adieu to the Tarka Tail and meander through woods and grassland amongst an array of plants and birds that are inhabitants of the Burrows Country Park. At day’s ends follow sandy beaches onto the famous landmark ridge at Westward Beach and take a final stroll along the beachfront to Westward Ho!
The Waterfront Inn is sure to offer you a warm welcome and is a great place to relax after a day’s walking. The bar offers a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits to enjoy over the sunset of Lundy Island. Their menu is packed full of choice from snacks to traditional pub food, pastas, fish dishes, grills and burgers. Food is served to all areas including our comfortable restaurant area, the bar, the lobby, front and rear patios, the beer garden. All of their bedrooms offer en-suite bathrooms and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, freeview flat screen TV and free WiFi. Fluffy towels and toiletries are also provided for your added comfort.
A family run guest house, originally built in 1865 as a Victorian Gentleman’s residence. The house has spectacular views across the sea to Baggy Point and Lundy Island and is only a stroll away from sandy beaches, restaurants and pubs. Enjoy their freshly prepared breakfasts sourced from local produce; they are keen supporters of Devon farmers and quality English produce. Breakfast is served in the Golfston Room looking out over Westward Ho, beach and the North Devon coast.
Lower Lodge is prestigious in Westward Ho! history as it the ‘house that was moved’.
Originally built by the present slipway and on a site a little too close to the waves, it was moved stone by stone in the latter part of the last century and rebuilt in Golf Links Road. It still remains the closest Bed and Breakfast to the beach
The house has been lovingly restored by the Moran’s to become a boutique Bed and Breakfast just a minute from our Restaurant and all the local shops, village green and all the amenities and just moments away the slipway and Westward Ho!‘s beautiful vast beach with its blue flag which denotes high environmental and quality standards.
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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