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Walking Holiday on the UK's
South West Coast Path

from Barnstaple to Bude
(or vice versa)
with optional trip to Lundy

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Walking holiday on South West Coast Path Devon Barnstaple to Bude Suggested Tour Duration:
6 nights, 5 days walking
Total Distance:
56 miles
Min/max daily distance:
8/15 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to severe
Features:
boat trip to Lundy (optional),
Clovelly
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Day 1: Arrive at Barnstaple.    
You make your own way to Barnstaple for the start of your walking holiday. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk and we can return you to your car or station at the end of the holiday.
Barnstaple, Devon on SWCP walking holiday
Bideford, Devon on SWCP walking holiday Day 2: Barnstaple to Bideford.     11 miles    easy
At Barnstaple the South West Coast Path intersects with the Macmillan Way West. The trail crosses the River Taw via the Long Bridge and heads along the estuary using an old railway trail towards Instow. Here the beach offers the possibility of a swim before walking along the River Torridge into Bideford.
Optional Day to visit Lundy
Lundy, an island 3 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, lies off the north Devon coast and is is a wildlife and walkers haven. Day return aboard MS Oldenburg. Dates for 2017.
Day 3: Bideford to Westward Ho!     8 Miles    easy
The South West Coast Path follows the other side of the River Torridge to Appledore, a village with a long history of shipbuilding. Then walk along the beach of Northam Burrows Country Park to Westward Ho! This the only place name in England with an exclamation mark!
Clovelly, Devon on SWCP walking holiday Day 4: Westward Ho! to Clovelly.     11 miles    strenuous    
From Westward Ho! the South West Coast Path slowly gains height until you are amid gorse and woodlands strewn with carpets of bluebells in May. After Buck's Mills, a quaint Devon fishing hamlet, the path joins Hobby Drive, an old carriageway which takes you to the world famous Clovelly, a highlight of this walking holiday, with its cobbled streets and pretty cottages. On our Great Gardens of North Devon walking holiday you spend a whole day in Clovelly.
Hartland Quay, Devon on SWCP walking holiday
Day 5: Clovelly to Hartland Quay.     10 miles    moderate to strenuous
The South West Coast Path makes its way through woodland before emerging on the cliff top above Blackchurch Rock and descending to Mouth Mill. After Hartland Point the scenery changes as the rocks below become jagged and dramatic.
Day 6: Hartland Quay to Bude.    
                             15 miles  severe
The path from Hartland Quay is perhaps the most scenic. There are stunning ravines and waterfalls as your walking holiday moves from Devon into Cornwall. The famous Reverend Hawker was the vicar at Morwenstow and you pass Hawker's Hut perched on the cliff top on the South West Coast Path on your way to Bude.

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Day 6: Hartland Quay to Morwenstow                                   8 miles  severe
The path from Hartland Quay is perhaps the most scenic. There are stunning ravines and waterfalls as your walking holiday moves from Devon into Cornwall.
Rugged coastline, Devon on SWCP walking holiday
Day 7: Morwenstow to Bude     
                                7 miles    strenuous
The famous Reverend Hawker was the vicar at Morwenstow and you pass Hawker's Hut on the South West Coast Path on your way to Bude.
Bude, Devon on SWCP walking holiday
Day 7: Leave after breakfast
At the end of your walking holiday we can transfer you to your car or station.
Day 8: Leave after breakfast
At the end of your walking holiday we can transfer you to your car or station.
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What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • guide book
  • Ordnance Survey maps 1:25,000
This walking holiday in the UK on the South West Coast Path operates March to October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the coast path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays on the South West Coast Path.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Other walks
in Devon
include:

SWCP NE Devon

SWCP NW Devon

SWCP SW Devon

SWCP South Devon


SWCP SE Devon

Two Moors Way

Tarka Trail North

Tarka Trail South

Macmillan Way West

Dartmoor Way

Dart Valley Trail

Exe Valley Way

Devonshire Hartland Way

Great Gardens of North Devon

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • day trip to Lundy
  • inn to inn walks
Barnstaple to Bude:
7 day itinerary
5 days walking and 6 nights accommodation
£504pp
dbl/twin
£678pp
single occ
£708pp
solo traveller
Book South West Coast Path Barnstaple to Bude walking holiday online now
Extra night in Bideford and day trip to Lundy
from £90 per person

Barnstaple to Bude:
8 day itinerary
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
£588pp
dbl/twin
£791pp
single occ
£826pp
solo traveller
Book South West Coast Path Barnstaple to Bude walking holiday online now
* All prices subject to change
Extra night in Bideford and day trip to Lundy
from £90 per person
How to get there
By Plane to Bristol where we can arrange transfer to Barnstaple
By Car to Barnstaple where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Barnstaple
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Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Barnstaple Double/Twin Single
Imperial Hotel £38.00 £49.00
Park Hotel £27.38 £32.50
Royal & Fortescue £31.58 £46.24
Clovelly Double/Twin Single
New Inn £24.50 £41.00
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Great Gardens of North Devon
walk.
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