Summer is a great time to explore the coast when wildflowers are in bloom and nature is fully on display, from rare butterflies to basking sharks.
The Coast Path gives access to all that the region’s coastline has to offer and is by far the best way to experience it, away from the crowds. The views are spectacular atop a high cliff or grassy headland and the sense of freedom that we seek from a trip to the seaside is easy to achieve.
One of the joys of walking the Coast Path is stumbling upon a secluded beach and discovering you’ve got it all to yourself. There are a number of sandy bays and secret coves that can only be reached on foot and some of these are revealed in our selection of the best Summer Strolls along the South West Coast Path. Don’t forget to pack a sun hat.
Here are our favourite summer walks - but you can find many more by using the 'Walk finder' and ticking 'summer'.
Constantine Bay to Mawgan Porth
Moderate 7.0 miles (11.3 km)
Catch the bus and walk back past the iconic rock formations at Bedruthan Steps. There are dramatic cliffs ...
Croyde & Saunton Down
Moderate 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
A bracing walk to blow away the cobwebs, weaving your way through a network of old lanes to ...
East Portlemouth & Gara Rock
Moderate 3.9 miles (6.3 km)
An open stroll above the western shoreline of Salcombe Harbour, passing the romantic ruins of Fort Charles, which ...
Holywell and Kelsey Head
Moderate 3.7 miles (6.0 km)
A varied walk crossing sand dunes, cliff tops with an Iron Age cliff castle and maritime heathland. In ...
Moderate 4.1 miles (6.6 km)
A ramble through the Hooken Undercliff, where a dramatic landslip in 1790 left a tumbled landscape where thick ...
Lulworth Cove & The Fossil Forest
Moderate 2.2 miles (3.6 km)
A short walk around Lulworth Cove, visiting the dramatic Fossil Forest, the petrified remains of a cypress forest ...
Mullion Cove to Lizard Point and Village
Moderate 6.9 miles (11.1 km)
This walk is from the picturesque Mullion Cove, along the wild and exposed cliffs of the west coast ...
Pendennis Point to Maenporth Beach
Easy 3.4 miles (5.5 km)
This walk can be done either way affording views south to the Lizard or East towards Plymouth. From ...
Porthgwarra and Porthcurno
Moderate 2.3 miles (3.7 km)
A short, but in places rugged walk, from the tiny fishing cove of Porthgwarra to Porthcurno, one of ...
Start Point and Great Mattiscombe Sand
Moderate 2.1 miles (3.5 km)
A perfect route for children, who will love this short but adventurous walk over a dragon's tail ...