South Devon Coast Path

Guided Trail

Code: HDLDW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora
  • Hills & moorland
  • Outdoors

Level

  • 4
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,000.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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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. 

Accommodation

 The Invicta Hotel on Plymouth Hoe

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

 Historic Kitley House Hotel in the heart of the South Devon Countryside

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.

 Family run Stoke Lodge hotel situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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.

Itinerary

A view of Plymouth Hoe from Staddon Heights

 

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.                                       

 

 

A sea view from Warren Point on the South Devon Coast

 

Day 2: Plymouth to Stoke Point

A walk along the coast overlooking Plymouth Sound to Wembury (Warren Point), then a short ferry crossing of the Yealm estaury before we climb gently to Revelstoke Drive: a nineteenth century engineered carriage ride used by royalty. 11 miles (19km) with 1,475ft (450m) of ascent and 1,350ft (370m) of descent.

     

a view across the sea to Burgh Island from Bigbury

 

Day 3: Stoke Point to Bigbury

Today we continue from Stoke Point on a more isolated and hilly stretch of coast path for 5 miles to Meadowsfoot Beach. Crossing the mouth of the River Erme on foot at low tide to Wonwell, we continue around and over Beacon, Hoist and Toby's Points. This section includes some of the steepest and most dramatic sections of walking. Suddenly encountering Challaborough holiday caravans and beach, the path soon ambles into Bigbury. 10.5 miles (17.5km) with 2,300ft (700m) of ascent and 2,425ft (780m) of descent.

Beautiful Devon village of Salcombe set on the steep banks of the Kingsbridge Estuary

 

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 relatively busy paths past South Milton Ley reedbeds to Hope Cove. 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 rocky then 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.

View along the Devon Cliffs to Prawle Point

Day 5: East Portlemouth to Beesands

We start day 5 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 late on today will be very uneven. 12.5 miles (20km) with 1,510 ft (460m) of ascent and descent. 

Blackpool Sands on the South Devon Coast

 

Day 6: Torcross to Dartmouth

From Torcross follow Coast Path north along Slapton Ley and on past Strete and Stoke Fleming to Dartmouth. We are now sheltered from prevailing winds and will likely find the sea’s mood much quieter. However traffic noise may impinge on the tranquillity as we walk close to a main road much of the way, passing our hotel at Stoke Fleming with three miles to go, before entering our last – and arguably most dramatic – estuary of the River Dart and passing Dartmouth Castle. 10.2 miles (16.4km) with 1,300ft (400m) of ascent and descent. 

Brixham Harbour which boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK

 

Day 7: Kingswear to Brixham

Today we start with a ferry from Dartmouth to Kingswear, then follow the Coast Path out of Dart Estuary east to Scabbacombe Head and north to Berry Head and into Torbay for pick up at Brixham Harbour. This is one of the classic walks of 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.

  

Travel

How to get to us by train

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 transfer to Totnes Railway Station is included in the price of your holiday. The transfer will leave after breakfast in the morning at the end of your holiday.

For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
28 Apr 2018 HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path 7 £1,025.00 £1,000.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £25 Per Person Book Now
25 Aug 2018 HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path 7 £1,025.00 £1,000.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £25 Per Person Book Now
8 Sep 2018 HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path 7 £1,025.00 £1,000.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £25 Per Person Book Now
22 Sep 2018 HDLDW - South Devon Coast Path 7 £1,025.00 £1,000.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £25 Per Person Book Now

What's included

  • 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: £133 (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. 

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