Being Considerate

The South West Coast Path is a shared-use path, so when you’re out with your dog remember to be respectful of others. Some small sections (see below) of the SWCP permit cycle use too so if you are walking in these areas please exercise extra caution.

Cycling permitted: North Hill & Selworthy BeaconWoolacombeBraunton to BidefordSouth Dorset Ridgeway & Studland and Old Harry

Top Tops

Here are some top tips for sharing the space and being considerate to your fellow path users:

  • Keep your dog on a short lead when walking on the path
  • Use the path in a way that is considerate to the comfort and safety of others.
  • When it's dark, or in dull conditions, make sure you are visible to others, use reflective clothing and lights at night.
  • Be courteous and patient with other path users who are moving more slowly than you and slow down as needed when space is limited or if you cannot see clearly ahead.
  • Please be aware, especially of more vulnerable users such as older people, people with small children, people in wheelchairs, or the hearing or visually impaired.  
  • Be particularly careful at roads. junctions, bends, entrances onto the path, or any other ‘blind spots’ where people could appear in front of you without warning.
  • Where any dividing line segregating cyclists from pedestrians exists, keep to the appropriate side; this is normally indicated on blue and white road signs and by logos on the road surface.
  • Be particularly careful at junctions, bends, entrances onto the path, or any other ‘blind spots’ where people could appear in front of you without warning.