There are so many considerations when walking the Coast to Coast. We have asked our in-office Coast to Coast experts for their list of Frequently Asked Questions, and you can check the answers out below.
Here at Macs
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the South West Coast Path can get really busy, especially during the summer months. You will find up to date availability on our website, and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
We offer a range of routes and often multiple itineraries on each, so you can choose your preferred daily distance. Hopefully, you will find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle, we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular exercise for at least six months before your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme. For a more precise idea about fitness, read our blog post – Training Tips for the South West Coast Path
The story is that if you walk the entire route, then you will have ascended the equivalent of summiting Mt Everest four times. This makes the route sound impossible, but all together it is not that bad. There are some short sharp shocks (Golden Cap on the Lyme Regis to Poole section) and some drawn out slogs (like Little Hangman on the Minehead to Westward Ho! section) The walking does involve dropping down from the clifftops into
The BBC has brought Winston Graham’s Poldark series to life and much of it is filmed in the Cornwall area. Many of the beautiful beaches and little coves from the series are available to visit on the South West Coast Path as well as many of the mines and towns used in the filming of the series. We have a blog post all about this if you want more information. Just check out – A Guide to Exploring Poldark’s Cornwall.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. You can see a full kit list and some hints and tips on our blog post – What should I pack for the South West Coast Path?
Our particular favourite time of year is Spring, so from late March to early June, as many different wildflowers begin to appear along the clifftops. There is also an enchanting soft light at this time of year, which adds to the spectacle of the route.
The summer months can be warm and the towns along the route are full of life, but it can be a bit busy for some peoples tastes. Also, availability is a bit tighter during the summer months, so if you are booking for this period, early booking is recommended.
Autumn brings warm seas and a more relaxed atmosphere. Surfers hang on from the summer to catch the warmer autumn waves and the whole region just has this air of winding down and relaxing.
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as most of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
There is generally a very good local bus service right around the South West Coast Path, so should you feel like you can’t walk one of the days, you can check the Traveline SW website and it will let you know exactly where and when to catch a local bus. Also, you can speak to your hosts. Everyone we work with on the path
This is a question that we get asked a lot and to be honest the answer is a tricky one. The whole coastline is a ribbon of undulating beauty, punctuated with lovely little towns and villages. The most popular sections are around the tip of the peninsula, from Padstow to St Ives and St Ives to Penzance. However along the northern coast, there are jagged sea stacks and tranquil nature reserves and on the southern coast, the Jurassic Coast with all its ancient splendour is littered with interesting places to visit.
So, I would say to put the idea of great scenery aside, as you are guaranteed it no matter which section you choose to walk.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help you.