South West Coast Path is named one of the world’s top ten long-distance trails

The South West Coast Path ranks alongside the Great Himalayan Trail as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring hikes, according to a CNN Travel guide.

It follows the release of the Hollywood film ‘Wild’, which is out in UK cinemas from today and is based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir of her 1,000-mile trek along the U.S. Pacific Crest Trail.

Describing long-distance hikes as inspiring “contradictory tales of solitude and camaraderie, deserted river beds and mountain plateaus, pleasure and pain.,” the South West Coast Path is the only hike in the UK to make it into the article’s top ten hikes identified across the globe. While it is one of the shortest in relative terms, it states that ‘what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in history’.

For the adventurous, the 630 miles of Coast Path is the walk of a lifetime, taking in breathtaking heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery along the way, from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset.

Mark Owen, the National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path team, comments: “As anyone who has ever walked the South West Coast Path will attest, this is a truly breathtaking route with some of the finest scenery you will ever see. It is fantastic to have been included in CNN’s round-up, and especially gratifying to know that the Coast Path is up there with other high-octane hikes.”

Published on: Jan. 16, 2015