South Devon Coast Path

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £1,149pp

Enjoy 68 exhilarating miles of the South West Coast Path, taking you from the famous naval port of Plymouth - from which the Pilgrim Fathers departed - to the bustling marina and fishing harbour of Brixham in Torbay. This route crosses several estuaries and climbs several cliffs (none severe), with pasture, arable, woodland and moorland scenery on our left and an equally varied English Channel seascape close by to the right.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk from the naval port of Plymouth to the bustling harbour of Brixham 
  • Dramatic and rocky stretches of coast with tiny coves
  • Walk by Slapton Sands and Torcross famous for the rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944
  • The beautiful yachting estuary town of Salcombe and picturesque Dartmouth

What’s included

  • Full board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks; ferries during the walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Group transfer to Totnes Railway Station on departure day

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Check in at The Invicta Hotel is available from 1500 hours and you will meet your trail leader prior to your evening meal for a welcome meeting. 

Invicta Hotel, Plymouth - South Devon Coast Path

Contemporary, light and airy interiors meet Victorian elegance in the Invicta Hotel which is located on Plymouth Hoe. 

All hotel rooms feature: tea & coffee making facilities, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and complimentary toiletries. 

Check-in is available from 3pm


We walk along the coast overlooking Plymouth Sound, to the small village of Wembury with its soaring cliffs (home to nesting sea birds) and on to Warren Point. We have a short ferry crossing of the Yealm estuary, before we climb gently to Revelstoke Drive to finish our day at Stoke Point.

11 miles (19km) with 1,475 feet (450m) of ascent and 1350 feet (370m) of descent

Invicta Hotel, Plymouth - South Devon Coast Path

Contemporary, light and airy interiors meet Victorian elegance in the Invicta Hotel which is located on Plymouth Hoe. 

All hotel rooms feature: tea & coffee making facilities, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and complimentary toiletries. 

Check-in is available from 3pm


Today we continue from Stoke Point on a more isolated and hilly stretch of coast path to Meadowsfoot Beach. Crossing the mouth of the River Erme, we continue around and over Beacon, Hoist and Toby’s Points. This section includes some of the steepest and most dramatic sections of walking. We reach Challaborough Holiday Park and beach, and the path soon ambles into Bigbury. Here the tidal Burgh Island is home to the famous art deco hotel visited by Edward and Mrs. Simpson, Churchill and The Beatles.

10½ miles (17.5km) with 2,300 feet (700m) of ascent and 2,425 feet (780m) of descent

Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton - South Devon Coast Path

This 500 year old country house, sits in the heart of the South Devon countryside. 

All hotel rooms feature: ensuite facilities, tea & coffee making facilities, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary WiFi, Iron and Ironing board, and Hair Dryer.


From Bantham village we walk beside the River Avon and on to Hope Cove, a charming harbour settlement with historic cottages. We will encounter recent cliff falls and reconstructed or diverted sections of the Coast Path, before climbing the dramatic heights of Bolt Tail and Bolt Head. The walk ends along wooded paths above The Bar and into the millionaires’ yachting estuary town of Salcombe. 

12.3 miles (21.4km) with 1,475 feet (450m) of ascent and 1,505 feet (470m) of descent

Stoke Lodge Hotel, Dartmouth - South Devon Coast Path

This family run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their Swimming Pool and Games Room. 

All hotel rooms feature: ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, and remote control Flat Screen TV


We start by taking the ferry from Salcombe’s Jubilee Pier to East Portlemouth. Once off the ferry we follow the coast path south by quiet road through Mill Bay, then east to Prawle Point and Start Point, before heading north to Beesands. Most of the walk fringes fertile raised beaches backed by wild ancient cliffs of some of the oldest rocks in Devon. After some of the most dramatic and rocky stretches close to wave-lashed rocks and tiny coves, parts of the route here are very uneven.

13½ miles (20km) with 1,790 feet (540m) of ascent and descent. 

Stoke Lodge Hotel, Dartmouth - South Devon Coast Path

This family run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their Swimming Pool and Games Room. 

All hotel rooms feature: ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, and remote control Flat Screen TV


Today we begin in Torcross at the southern end of Slapton Sands, most famous for the rehearsals for the D-Day landings in 1944, when many lives were sadly lost. We follow this beautiful Shingle ridge section of the Coast Path north along Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, a freshwater lake separated from the sea by the Ley. We are now sheltered from prevailing winds and will likely find the sea’s mood much quieter. We walk close to the sea and the main road much of the way, continuing past Strete and Stoke Fleming to enter our last and arguably most dramatic estuary of the River Dart. Passing Dartmouth Castle en route, we arrive in the town of Dartmouth, which is steeped in naval history.

10½ miles (16.5 km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent and descent

Stoke Lodge Hotel, Dartmouth - South Devon Coast Path

This family run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their Swimming Pool and Games Room. 

All hotel rooms feature: ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, and remote control Flat Screen TV


Today we start with a ferry from Dartmouth to Kingswear, then follow the Coast Path out of Dart Estuary to Scabbacombe Head and Berry Head. The final day has some superb cliff scenery with dramatic undulating landscape. We have our celebratory ending on the South West Coast Path at Brixham Harbour. Brixham is a busy fishing town and home to one of the biggest fishing fleets in England. 11½ miles (18km) with 2,490 feet (760m) of ascent and descent.

Stoke Lodge Hotel, Dartmouth - South Devon Coast Path

This family run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their Swimming Pool and Games Room. 

All hotel rooms feature: ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, and remote control Flat Screen TV


If you are joining our transfer, we will return you to Totnes for 10.30am


South Devon Coast Map

Invicta Hotel, Plymouth - South Devon Coast Path

Contemporary, light and airy interiors meet Victorian elegance in the Invicta Hotel which is located on Plymouth Hoe.  All hotel rooms feature: tea & coffee making facilities, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary WiFi, and complimentary toiletries.  Check-in is available from 3pm

Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton - South Devon Coast Path

This 500 year old country house, sits in the heart of the South Devon countryside.  All hotel rooms feature: ensuite facilities, tea & coffee making facilities, remote control Flat Screen TV, complimentary WiFi, Iron and Ironing board, and Hair Dryer.

Stoke Lodge Hotel, Dartmouth - South Devon Coast Path

This family run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their Swimming Pool and Games Room.  All hotel rooms feature: ensuite bathroom, tea & coffee making facilities, and remote control Flat Screen TV

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
20 Jun - 27 Jun
7 2020 Itinerary £1,149 Available Trip Notes Book Now
18 Jul - 25 Jul
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15 Aug - 22 Aug
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
4

7 nights from £1,149pp

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