Easy Access

We believe that everybody should be able to enjoy visiting the South West Coast Path.

Whilst much of the terrain is rugged, there are numerous stretches which are flatter. These offer excellent opportunity for people with limited mobility to explore our stunning coastline.

Easy Access routes have been selected because the paths are:

  • reasonably level (without steep gradients or significant cambers)
  • relatively wide (with a width of at least 85cm / 2'6") and
  • largely obstacle free (no steps or stiles, but possibly some gates)

Many of these routes are accessible for people with wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and pushchairs. To help you decide whether a location is suitable, each Easy Access route has a 'Terrain' description which includes a link to more information - clicking on this will then bring up a separate page with a more detailed map and photos highlighting path gradients, surfaces and furniture such as gates.

If you require use of an off-road mobility scooter, Countryside Mobility South West have helped to set up a number of locations on, or close to the South West Coast Path where you can hire a ‘Tramper’ - an all-terrain mobility scooter specially designed for exploring the countryside, suitable for use on unsurfaced footpaths and tracks and for going across open ground with gradients of up to 1 in 4 (25%).

Find an Easy Access route

Look out for this symbol on our walk information pages which shows that we have created an Access guide with lots of additional information about toilets, transport and parking as well as a graded walk map and detailed directions. 

*Please note, ground conditions for the South West Coast Path can change due to wet weather, wind, storm damage, coastal erosion, land management, and even regular use. We welcome feedback on all our Easy Access routes to help with maintenance and to keep information up-to-date and relevant. If you would like to provide feedback, please use our online form or email us here

Improving Accessibility

We are currently updating all of our Easy Access walks using a new grading system, and we will add them here as they become completed. Download here our first improved guide for Berry Head in South Devon. More coming soon. 

We are always working to improve physical access to the Coast Path and to provide useful information to help you plan and enjoy your visit. Click here to read more about work we are currently undertaking in this area with the support of our partners. 

Look out for our Way Makers

Any business listed on this website or in our Guidebook is a Way Maker and helping us to look after this amazing trail. As well as helping to make your experience truly unforgettable! 

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