Signs and Waymarking

Finding your way along the South West Coast Path - Just follow the acorn

Over the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path you’ll pass thousands of signs and waymarks to help you find your way. All of these will have the acorn logo on them, which is the symbol used by all the UK’s National Trails. 

Coast Path signageThe acorn is used alongside coloured arrows or the words 'footpath', 'bridleway' or 'byway' to indicate who can use that particular stretch of path.

Yellow arrows indicates that it is a ‘Public Footpath that can only be used by walkers.

Blue arrows are used on ‘Public Bridleways’ which can be used by walkers, horseriders and also cyclists. 

A red or black arrow indicates that the track is a ‘Public Byway’ which can be used by walkers, horseriders, cyclists and carriage driver and motorised vehicles.

Coast Path waymark postAt some path junctions you will find a waymark posts with multiple arrows. The arrow at the top nearest the acorn indicates the direction of the Coast Path. Below that, separated by a black line you may find other arrows which indicate the direction of the side routes and their status.

Alternatively the side routes may be marked with arrows on the sides of the post that don't have acorns on (as shown on this post).

In most cases the direction indicated by the arrow is obvious, but if unsure they are designed to be read when you are standing looking straight at the arrow.