Walks in South West England

Walks in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

Granite Tors on Dartmoor

Being a northerner most of my walking is naturally done in areas close to home but there are other parts of Great Britain which have a special attraction to me. The counties of South West England are such places for not only do they have fabulous coastlines and the iconic South West Coast Path to draw walkers from far and wide but they have many inland treats too such as Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, Exmoor, the Quantock Hills, the Blackdown Hills, the Mendips and the Dorset Downs. I can't access them often but when I do I enjoy them to the full as this selection of spectacular walks demonstrates. And keep checking out this section, I aim to add more and more walks to it in the future.

Interactive map of the walks

Walk Miles Description
Avebury Stone Circle, The Sanctuary, West Kennett Long Barrow and Silsbury Hill 5.4 Quite simply this is the most famous ancient archaelogical walk in England.
Bodmin Moor 11.0 A lovely walk on the north side of Bodmin Moor starting from Five Lanes to the heights of Brown Willy and Rough Tor.
Looe to Fowey 12.2 Bridge the two popular coastal towns on a twelve mile walk with Polperro a lovely halfway point for lunch.
Penzance to Land's End 15.2 Mousehole and Lamorna Cove are highlights of the day, before Land's End of course.
Coverack to Mullion 15.4 A quite long day on the South West Coast Path but there is the highlight of a visit to Lizard Point on the route.
Yes Tor and High Willhays 15.4 A wonderful walk from Sticklepath onto the wonderful landscape of north Dartmoor and a visit to it's inspiring twin peaks.
Mawnan Smith to Coverack 16.4 A moderate walk on a section of the South West Coast Path with a short boat trip across Helford River.
Kingsand to Looe 17.3 A 16 mile walk on Cornwalls spectacular south east coastline with Rame Head and Kereval Beach being highlights.
Mullion to Penzance 19.5 A spectacular section of the Cornish Coastal Path with disused tin mines and St Michael's Mount to enjoy during the day.
Portloe to Mawnan Smith 20.8 A fourteen mile coast path walk with the delight of a rest while taking the water taxi across Falmouth Bay.
Fowey to Portloe 28.9 A monster coastal walk for the super fit only, this 27 mile epic is a serious undertaking and a real challenge.
From the Great British Walk
Bath to Compton Martin 20.7 Bath, Prior Park, Dunkerton, Carlingcott, Camerton, Radford, Paulton, Hallatrow, Temple Cloud, Hinton Blewitt, West Harptree, Compton Martin.
Compton Martin to Axbridge 9.3 Compton Blewitt, Hazel Park, Blackmoor Nature Reserve, Velvet Bottom, Black Rock, Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar, Axbridge.
Axbridge to Burnham on Sea 14.9 Axbridge, Strawberry Line, King's Wood, Wavering Down, West Mendip Way, Crook Peak, Webbington, Loxton, Bleadon, Berrow, Burnham on Sea.
Burnham on Sea to Bridgwater 11.7 Burnham on Sea, River Parrett, Bridgwater Bay, Alstone, Huntspill, Stretcholt, Bridgwater.
Bridgwater to Wellington 19.2 Bridgwater, King;s Cliff, Rooks Castle Wood, Kingston St Mary, Norton Hillfort, Norton Fitzwarren, River Tone, Bradford on Tone, Wellington.
Wellington to Tiverton 16.4 Wellington, Great Western Canal, Harpford Bridge, Cothay Manor, Waytown Limekilns, Ayshford Chapel, Sampford Peverell, Halberton, East Manley, Tiverton.
Tiverton to Morchard Bishop 14.2 Tiverton, River Exe, Black Down, Way Village, Poughill, Binneford Water, Kennerleigh, Barton Cross, Morchard Bishop.
Morchard Bishop to South Zeal 17.1 Morchard Bishop, Two Moors Way, Down St Mary, Tuckingmill, Zeal Monachorum, North Tawton, Tarka Trail, Taw Green, South Tawton, South Zeal.
South Zeal to Stowford 19.9 South Zeal, Stickleback, Belkstone Cleave, Dartmoor, Scarey Tor, Rowtor, Yes Tor, High Willhays, Meldon Reservoir, Sourton Taws, Tor Wood, Granite Way, Crandford Brook, Watergate, Lewtrenchard, Stowford.
Stowford to Five Lanes 17.0 Stowford, Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, River Wolf, Lifton, River Tamar, Launceston, Tregadillett, Polyphant, Five Lanes.
Five Lanes to St Breward 9.6 Five Lanes, Altarnun, Trewint Downs, Leskernick Hill, Bodmin Moor, Source of River Fowey, Brown Willy, Rough Tor, Fenacre Stone Circle, Churchtown, St Breward.
St Breward to Indian Queens 21.0 St Breward, Lower Lank, Wenford Dries. Camel Trail, Shell Woods, Boscarne Junction, Tremorebridge, Demelza, Tregonetha, Indian Queens.
Indian Queens to Truro 13.9 Indian Queens, Penhale, St Enoder, Mitchell, Trispen, Lanner Mill, Idless Woods, Truro.
Truro to Gweek 15.9 Truro, Ponsanooth, Polkanuggo, Halvosso, Constantine, Gweek.
Gweek to Lizard Point 14.5 Gweek, Mawgan, Poldhu Cove, Mullion Cove, Predannack Head, Kynance Cove, Lizard Point.
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