Learning resources

* New* Smugglers resource pack

Based on activities that we have been delivering with schools in Devon, 'Coast Path Explorers' are launching a 'Smugglers resource pack.

This pack is full of tried and tested ideas and activities to complete on the Coast Path, in your school grounds, as well as in your classroom. This pack can add local context to the popular school topic of 'Pirates'. It is cross-curriculum and adaptable for KS1 and KS2.  

Download your copy here.

The legend for OS maps, mentioned in the pack can be downloaded here.

Video Resources 

There are a number of videos on our youtube channel which give a great introduction to the Coast Path. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/user/SWCoastPath for more details.

General introduction:

Introduction to different sections the Coast Path (aimed at tourists):

Timeless Coast: Seatown, Dorset – Beer, Devon including Charmouth and Lyme Regis)

Wilderness Coast: Minehead, Somerset – Combe Martin, Devon including Porlock and Lynton

Seafood Coast: Dartmouth, Devon – Babbacombe, Devon (including Torquay and Brixham)

Nautical Coast: Plymouth, Devon – Dartmouth, Devon (including Noss Mayo , Bigbury and Slapton)

Coast of legends: Clovelly, Devon – Tintagel, Cornwall (including Hartland and Bude)

Wildwest Coast: Mounts Bay, Cornwall – St. Ives, Cornwall (including Lands End, Porthcurno and Geevor Tinmine)

A few from our partner, the National Trust: 

Poet Dr. John Cooper Clark discussing the sea as inspiration for poetry

National Trust and the South West Coast 

A great selection of sea shanties can be found here. These songs are vocal only (no moving images) and Song 3 ‘Don’t forget your old shipmate’ mentions Plymouth Sound.


Other resources:

Grid references worksheet and blank template to support work on co-ordinates and grid references

KS2 English resources:  

To prompt the start of creative writing using the sea as inspiration: Setting the scene activities  

Study of sea-related poetry: Sea Fever poem notes

This is a trial project and your feedback is gratefully received. Please email on [email protected] 


Other resources                                                                              

Organisations with education resources linked to learning about the coast: