The South West Coast path covers a huge area. You may be walking it on one go, in which case you will need transport to the start and end, but more likely you will need transport to get you to and from your stages of the path..
Please avoid taking your car if at all possible, especially in high season. Traffic on the south west peninsula can get very crowded. Most small towns and villages have municipal car parks but the charges can be quite expensive and they can get full at peak times. Overstaying can mean steep fines which can really ruin your day.
There is a comprehensive rail network covering the whole Coast path.The following coastal town are directly connected to the rail network:
- Minehead (Train to Taunton followed by No.28 bus to Minehead which leave roughly 1/2 hourly)
- St Ives
- Poole (20 minute walk from Sandbanks ferry)
Booking tickets well ahead is the only way to guarantee the cheapest prices.
The TrainLine App
You can set this app to send you an email when special offers and cheap ticket prices are released.
National Rail Enquiries App
A good and cheaper alternative to trains are the coaches run by National Express.
Main towns served by long distance coaches include:
- Westward Ho!
- St Ives
- Lyme Regis
The National Express app
There are 2 main airport on the coast path
Skyscanner is an excellent site for cheap flights.