The Walk of a Lifetime

Welcome to the home of the South West Coast Path Association.

We are the charity looking after the UK’s longest and best-loved National Trail. We believe everyone should have access to the South West Coast Path as a place to connect to nature, relax, exercise, and take time away from the stresses of daily life. With the help of our members, fundraisers, volunteers, and partners, we’re protecting and improving the Trail for the benefit of society now and in the future. We hope you enjoy the Path and consider supporting our cause.

On this site, we provide free access to all the information you need to walk the 630-mile route. Click Explore to find out more about completing the Trail and to discover hundreds of circular day walks for you to enjoy. Our handy Distance Calculator is great for helping you plan your trip and we also have lots of great recommendations on where to stay and what to eat and drink along the way. Not sure where to start? Head to the 'Walks' magnifying glass in the top navigation bar to find a walk near you.

As a charity, our work is only possible thanks to the wonderful people who recognise the value of the Path and choose to give back to it. There are many ways you can choose to support us including; joining as a member, making a donation, fundraising for us, or leaving a gift in your will. You can also take a look at items for sale in our online shop. Anything you purchase contributes to our vital work to keep our precious Coast Path open and healthy, now and for future generations. Join our Mailing List here and learn more about Path projects, campaigns and lots more.

Start your journey

If you are a business on or near the South West Coast Path and would like to link your business to the trail and show your support, you can join the Association as a Way Maker from just £25. Whether you are a food and drink provider, accommodation provider or run a visitor attraction, experience or activity – you help to make the SWCP one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. 

For larger organisations, we have a range of corporate sponsorship opportunities available and would love to hear from you are interested in working with us. Please contact our Fundraising Manager. We also run a Coast Path Friendly scheme for Event Organisers, find out more.

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever

Jacques Yves Cousteau