Getting There

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..

Car

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.

Train

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)
  • Barnstaple
  • Newquay
  • St Ives
  • Penzance
  • Falmouth
  • Par
  • Looe
  • Plymouth
  • Paignton
  • Torquay
  • Dawlish
  • Exmouth
  • Weymouth
  • Swanage
  • 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.
Trainline UK
Price: Free

National Rail Enquiries App

 

Coach

A good and cheaper alternative to trains are the coaches run by National Express. Main towns served by long distance coaches include:
  • Minehead
  • Ilfracombe
  • Barnstaple
  • Westward Ho!
  • Bude
  • Newquay
  • St Ives
  • Penzance
  • Falmouth
  • Plymouth
  • Brixham
  • Paignton
  • Torquay
  • Teignmouth
  • Sidmouth
  • Lyme Regis
  • Weymouth
  • Swanage.
  • Poole

The National Express app

 

Air

There are 2 main airport on the coast path Newquay Airport is about 1 mile from the coast. There are regular buses from the airport into the town centre. You can fly direct from Frankfurt-Hahn airport direct to Newquay with Ryanair Exeter Airport is further from the coast but there are plenty of rail and bus connections to towns in the south coast. You can fly into Exeter from the rest of the UK with Flybe Other airlines flying to Exeter are Aer Lingus and Bravofly Skyscanner is an excellent site for cheap flights
Skyscanner
Price: Free