Getting to the Path by air
The South West Coast Path is deemed one of the world’s greatest walks, even featuring in the Lonely Planet’s Greatest Hikes Guide. So, we know some visitors will be travelling from abroad to come and experience some of what the Trail has to offer.
London has many airport options including Gatwick, Heathrow, and Stanstead, among others, and is the most convenient arrival point for many visitors. However, there are some airports in the South West that you may wish to consider if there are flight options from your country.
Flying into any of the airports below could significantly reduce your onward travel time and get you straight on to the Path.
Exeter: approximately 11 miles/18km from the Path and very convenient for South Devon and the Jurassic Coast. There are good bus links from the airport to Exeter city and then bus or train links to many places along the Path.
Newquay: approximately 1 mile from the Path and very convenient for both North and West Cornwall. Bus or walk into Newquay and join the Path there or catch onward travel in the form of buses or trains to the towns further along the coast in each direction.
Bristol approximately 52 miles/83.7km from the airport to the start of the South West Coast Path at Minehead. Good bus and trail links to other areas along the Path are available from the airport, as well as long-distance parking options.