South Devon Coast Path
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Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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.
Invicta Hotel, Plymouth - 2nts
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 1500
Kitley House Hotel, Yealmpton - 1nt
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 - 4nts
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
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Day 1: Arrival Day
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.
Day 2: Plymouth to Stoke Point
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 estaury before we climb gently to Revelstoke Drive to finish our day at Stoke Point. 11 miles (19km) with 1,475ft (450m) of ascent and 1,350ft (370m) of descent.
Day 3: Stoke Point to Bigbury
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 2,300ft (700m) of ascent and 2,425ft (780m) of descent.
Day 4:Bantham to Salcombe
From Bantham village we walk half a mile west beside the River Avon then south-east beside Thurlestone links 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 1,475ft (450m) of ascent and 1,505ft (470m) of descent.
Day 5: East Portlemouth to Torcross
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.
Day 6: Torcross to Dartmouth
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 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.10.2 miles (16.4km) with 1,300ft (400m) of ascent and descent.
Day 7: Kingswear to Brixham
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. 11.2 miles (18km) with 2,490ft (760m) of ascent and descent.
Day 8: Departure Day
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather, tides and other external factors.
Your holiday starts in Plymouth and your hotel is a short taxi journey from the railway station. As this holiday starts and finishes at two different points, travelling by train may be the most convenient method of travel.
Your holiday finishes at Stoke Lodge Hotel, Stoke Fleming. A 30 minute transfer to Totnes Railway Station is included in the price of your holiday. The transfer will leave after breakfast at 09.30 at the end of your holiday.
Travelling by car is more difficult. Possible option is parking at Totnes Station (approximately £30 weekly parking) and taking the train to Plymouth and taxi to the first hotel and then you can be dropped off at Totnes at the end of the holiday to collect your car.
For train times and route planning visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950.
Dates & Prices
|1 Jun 2019||HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path||7||£1,095.00||Book Now|
|13 Jul 2019||HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path||7||£1,095.00||Book Now|
|14 Sep 2019||HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path||7||£1,095.00||Book Now|
- 7 nights’ full board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trails leader
- All transport on walking days
Prices are per person
- Single room: £161 (complete holiday)
- Non member associate fee: £10 per person
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.