Steeped in England’s rich naval and maritime history, this stimulating 68 mile guided walk links the biggest city on the South West Coast Path to the ‘English Riviera’ via a wild and exposed stretch of sparsely populated coastline. Accompanied by an experienced guide, expect to encounter all magnificent maritime scenery along the way and learn how the atmospheric old ports of Devon and Cornwall shaped our island’s history.
This South Devon section of the South West Coast Path is 68 exhilarating miles, taking your group from the famous naval port of Plymouth – from which the Pilgrim Fathers departed – to the bustling marina and fishing harbor of Brixham in Torbay. The route crosses several estuaries along the way, climbing through steep green valleys with high hedge banks carrying winding streams, and over sea cliffs providing equally varied seascapes of sand, shingle, rock shelf, and clear blue coves.
The landscape changes as the path enters the unspoiled South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and onwards around the coast to the inlets of the Kingsbridge Estuary and the sophisticated port of Salcombe – famed for its regatta. After the rugged promontories of Prawle and Start Point, the trail swings north to the elegant old port of Dartmouth – home to the world-renowned Naval College where some of England’s greatest naval commanders first found their sea legs.
The itinerary allows ample time to take in the wonderfully varied scenery and wildlife and taste locally sourced refreshments such as Devon cream teas, crab sandwiches, and cider.
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Every step of the journey has been carefully planned to help you make the most of your walking adventure. Click on the blue tabs below for more information.
This group tour itinerary has been operated by HF Holidays – one of the UK’s largest activity holiday companies – which specializes in guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe.
Our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer leaders undergo a thorough assessment to lead you on your Guided Trail and will also be delighted to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Your trail leader will carry all the necessary maps and guides.
All walking days involve minibus or local transport between the walking route and your accommodation and this is included in your holiday price.
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This undeveloped stretch of coast provides a mixture of easy, high, open walking and some fairly strenuous climbs up and down steep slopes and steps to reach beautiful coves.
The daily distances vary and some involve several hundred meters of ascent and descent, so don’t underestimate the time/effort required.
Guests stay at three different hotels during the course of this walking tour:
Invicta Hotel (2 nights), Plymouth.
Contemporary, light and airy interiors meet Victorian elegance at the Invicta Hotel which is located on Plymouth Hoe. Rooms have complimentary toiletries and high speed WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, and Smart HD TV.
Kitley House Hotel, (1 night) Yealmpton
This 500-year-old country house sits in the heart of the South Devon countryside. Room amenities include tea and coffee making facilities, ironing board, hair dryer, TV, and free WiFi.
Stoke Lodge Hotel, (4 nights) Dartmouth
This family-run hotel sits in the South Hams Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is right on the coast path. Stoke Lodge Hotel provides use of their swimming pool and games room. All rooms are ensuite, and offer TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and telephone.
This Guided Trail involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness.
We want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your holiday.
Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment, and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace.
HF Holidays Grade: 4 – Medium to Challenging
All holidays at our hotels and country houses are full board, from evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. There’s a vegetarian option at all meals and we cater for gluten-free diets. The itinerary offers plenty of opportunities to sample traditional ales and local specialities in the towns and villages en route.
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