South West Coast Path: The First Section Minehead to Lee Bay, Ilfracombe Grade: Moderate


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6 Nights
Event Category:
Walking Holiday
Group size:
Minimum 4 maximum 12
Holiday Dates
1 - 7 August 2022, Mon - Sun 6 nights
Dunster, Exmoor
Walk Grade
Deposit Required
10% deposit within 7 days of booking / balance 10 weeks in advance

Join us for the first 44 miles of the South West Coast Path. The SWCP is a 630 mile National Trail starting in Minehead in Somerset and following the rugged coastlines of Devon and Cornwall before ending up on the south coast of Dorset at Poole. It has been rated one of the best walks in the world by Lonely Planet and best UK walk by readers of Walk outdoor magazine.

Our holiday covers the first section of the path between Minehead and Lee Bay in North Devon covering between 7 and 10.5 miles each day with a total ascent of 3640m. We follow the coastal path along the edges of Exmoor National Park encountering stunning cliffs, seascapes and some beautiful woodland too. There is much to admire and learn along the way from wildlife to geology, from history to  literary connections. This section contains some of the highest cliffs of the whole path so expect to be rewarded with tremendous views.

We are based in Dunster in Exmoor, one of the prettiest Medieval villages in England.  Private transport is provided each day to the trail. Settle in for the 6 nights with no need to pack up your luggage every morning.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 01: Arrival and a short holiday briefing.

Day 02: Minehead to Porlock Weir 9.5 miles 520m ascent

Day 03: Porlock Weir to Countisbury 10.5 miles 1310m ascent

Day 04: Countisbury to Hunters Inn 8.5 miles 790m ascent

Day 05: Hunters Inn to Combe Martin 7.5 miles 805m ascent

Day 06: Combe Martin to Lee Bay 8 miles 215m ascent

Day 07: Depart after breakfast

Twin Shared Ensuite Room £910 Single Ensuite Room £1060 Price Includes: 6 nights' full board accommodation; transport to /from walks each day; services of an experienced walking guide
This section of the South West Coast Path covers the first 44 miles and 3640m of ascent over 5 walking days. The walks are between 7.5 and 10.5 miles with some days involving considerable ascents and descents. The toughest day is 10.5 miles with 1310m of ascent. This will be taken at a steady pace. Walking poles recommended to protect your knees. A reasonable level of fitness is required for the walk.
The Yarn Market Hotel is based in the quaint village of Dunster, one of the best-preserved Medieval villages in England. The hotel has a traditional, homely feel and is very much geared towards walkers.
Nothing beats local knowledge when it comes to a guided walking holiday. Chrissie lives in Somerset and has over 10 years experience as a guide. She had led numerous holidays in the Quantocks, Exmoor and along the South West Coast - among other locations!
By Car: Whether travelling North or South on the M5 or on the A303/A358 come off at Taunton, Junction 25, follow the signs for Minehead, which will take you along the A358, to Williton where you will bear left onto the A39 for Minehead. After about 6 miles, passing through the villages of Washford, Bilbrook and Carhampton, you will pass Dunster Castle on your left before turning left at the traffic lights onto the A396 and up into Dunster Village. As the road bears left into the High Street the octagonal Yarn Market is in the centre of the street. Turn in beside this building and park in front of reception to unload your luggage. There is free parking in the High Street or there are permits available from Reception for the Village Car Park. If you are coming from the south on the M5 you may prefer to turn off at Junction 27 on to the A361 to the first roundabout near Tiverton. Turn right here on to the A396. This is a slow, winding but delightful road following the River Exe valley up on to Exmoor. It passes through Bampton and Wheddon Cross before dropping down to Timberscombe and Dunster. Coming this way the road enters Dunster from the south. Pass through the traffic lights and you enter the High Street with the Yarn Market ahead. Turn in before the building to the entrance of the hotel. By Train: The nearest station is Taunton which is 22 miles away. There is a number 28 bus once an hour and this takes around 1 to 1.5 hours. We can arrange a shared taxi if there are enough people (not included and cost is approx. £60)


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  • 01/08/2022
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