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SOUTH WEST COASTAL PATH

The South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest and best-loved National Trail. From Minehead to Poole, it takes in the best parts of four unique counties, offering 630 miles of uninterrupted walking.

 

It connects hundreds of coastal communities, supports jobs, and helps rural economies. In addition, it is steeped in myths and legends of shipwrecks, pirates, and smugglers, and is a valuable wildlife corridor. It captures the heart and minds of all that journey along it and provides health-giving happiness to millions of people every year.

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Merrifield House | Devon is proud to be an official Way Maker on the South West Coast Path. We feature in two sections of the Trail:

Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe - 14 miles

Salcombe to Torcross - 13 miles

Covering: Bigbury-on-Sea, Bantham, Avton Gifford (Avon Estuary Walk), Thurlestone, Hope Cove, Soar Mill Cove, Salcombe, Gara Rock, Prawle Point, Start Point, Beesands, Slapton Ley, Torcross.

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This section of the South West Coast Path is thought by many, to be one of the most beautiful stretches of the entire 630 miles. We are very lucky indeed to be situated just 1.5 miles away from the closest access point!

This section of the Trail is quite rugged and difficult in places; however the views are spectacular and certainly very rewarding.

Look out for beautiful sandy coves, the lost village of Hallsands, the Sherman Tank War Memorial at Torcross, iconic Burgh Island (the setting for two Agatha Christie novels), ruins of Fort Charles Castle at Salcombe, along with rare flowers, historic shipwrecks, extraordinary geological rock formations, cirl bunting, kestrels, peregrine falcons, seals, dolphins and even Britain's rarest bee, the cuckoo-bee (nomada sexfasciata) found at Prawle Point.

To date we have walked several sections of the Trail, and hope to complete the whole 630 miles by the end of 2025.

 

To find out more about the South West Coast Path - their charitable work, food and drink enroute, things to do, when to walk, travel information, baggage transfer, the environment and the economy, please visit their website.

You can also visit our Transfer Services page to find out about transfers to and from Merrifield House whilst walking these sections of the Trail. 

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