Share your story

Whether it takes you days, weeks, months or years – we love hearing all your stories about completing the South West Coast Path.

At 630 miles, the South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest National Trail. The vast majority who complete it start at Minehead and finish at Poole – but there is no hard and fast rule for how you should do it. In fact, much of the time, we find there are other factors that dictate how you take on this epic Trail and that’s often where your true Coast Path story lies! 

On this page, you’ll find out more about how to submit your story to us, along with links to other Completer stories and information on getting hold of a Completer’s certificate.  

Send in your story

We, along with our members, followers and subscribers love nothing more than reading inspirational stories from people like you who have completed the South West Coast Path. If you would like to share your story with us, please click here and complete our story submission form.

We read each and every story that is sent in, and we also choose some to feature on the South West Coast Path blog. Remember, if you are a member of the South West Coast Path Association (SWCPA), your story will also be featured in the next edition of our bi-annual Member’s magazine Trailblazing

Completer stories

From an inspirational anecdote to a dramatic turn of events, South West Coast Path completer stories are always a good read! Many include great tips and advice about where to stay, places to visit and what to take with you. Along with hugely personal insights into the journey people have been on beyond the physical Path.

Get a certificate

The South West Coast Path Completer Certificate is not just a piece of paper to show off to all your friends (though it is good for this!) It demonstrates your dedication, motivation, and achievement of completing one of the world’s greatest hiking trails.

If you are a member of the SWCPA, you can claim a FREE certificate and pin badge upon completion, simply email us with the following information.

                • Date you started
                • Date you completed
                • Membership number

If you aren’t a member yet but would like a certificate to commemorate your journey – you can buy one from our shop complete with dated pin badge for just £7.50 (inc' VAT). We also offer section certificates for each of the seven sections, as defined in our Complete Guide to the South West Coast Path, these come without a dated badge but the badges and certificates are all available to everyone to purchase from our shop.

The journey doesn’t end there

Not a member yet? Sign up today and join thousands of other trail lovers doing their bit to care for the Path. We’ll also send you lots of inspiration for hundreds of circular walks you can do when returning to your favourite spots.

Give back to the Trail you love

Love walking the Coast Path? Why not have a go at fundraising to help us look after it. You could even invite friend and family along to walk with you or use it as a way to make your completion of the Path even more special.

Meet one of our fundraisers