The South West Coast Path is the spectacular 630-mile (1008-km) National Trail around the tip of Britain. This volume features the section of the Path from Minehead to Padstow, a distance of 163 miles (262 km). It skirts the Exmoor National Park, taking in the precipitous harbour towns of Lynton, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe, before heading south-west into Cornwall along the surfers' coast via Westword Ho! and Arthurian Tintagel, to reach the gastronomic mecca of Padstow. Along the way there is the coastal path around Lundy Island, with its puffins, and other arresting wildlife from shearwaters to basking sharks.
This guide has been fully revised and updated for 2016, and completely resdesigned to feature many more colour photographs and much more information on local history, cultural associations and wildlife. It is not so much a walking guide as a complete companion to the landscape of the Path, whether you are a dedicated long-distance walker or a weekend stroller.
National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Natural England, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.
Roland Tarr, modern linguist and outdoor enthusiast, has served as Assistant Countryside Officer in Cheshire, Heritage Coast Officer in Dorset, and has worked as a consultant in informal countryside recreation for councils throughout the south-west, national government and the European Commission. He has always used photography to promote conservation and countryside recreation causes. Roland has been walking the cliffs of Devon, Somerset, and Cornwall for seven decades now, and 2018 marks his thirtieth anniversary of writing for the National Trail guide series.