South West Coast Path is Britain’s best-loved walk!

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We knew it already of course but the South West Coast Path has clinched the top spot in a survey to find Britain’s best-loved walk!

The National Express surveyed 1,000 British walkers on their favourite routes and we beat the Lake District’s Windermere Way into second, while Scotland’s Great Glen Way came third despite its panoramas of Loch Ness, among other highland scenery.

So whether you’ve heard of the South West Coastal Path already or you’ve previously experienced it’s sheer rugged-coastline beauty, this title surely means the next walking holiday you take HAS to be in our neck of the woods to experience our incredible coastline and rolling Devon landscapes?!?

Get your South West Coast Path walking boots on!

The footpath – which is England’s longest – stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset. It was originally created by coastguards, patrolling the south west peninsula looking out for smugglers, where they literally had to check in every inlet so their cliff top walk was well used and gives us the amazing Path we use today. The Path has also been used by fishermen looking for shoals of fish and checking the sea conditions.

So not only does the path skirt the most fantastic coastal landscapes, but it also weaves its way through The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s 60 glorious miles of coastline, estuaries and countryside between Plymouth and Torbay.

Rest your feet in Salcombe!

Luckily for everyone enjoying the Path, it cuts right through the heart of Salcombe, offering some of the most stunning out-and-back routes should you base yourself in the Town. Or if you’re looking to bag plenty of miles then we’d heartily encourage you to overnight in Salcombe on your way through.

The South West Coast Path website is the best place to plot your South Devon walking route’s that either go through, or start from Salcombe and take-in the lovely surrounding areas to the West such as Bolt Head, Soar Mill, Hope Cove, Bigbury on Sea and Bantham. Or take the 2 minute ferry ride across to East Portlemouth and head South East towards East Prawl and Start Point, past incredible landscapes and beaches including Gara Rock.

Another lovely excuse to enjoy the Path is in October, where you can take on the South West Coast Path Challenge or how about the Salcombe Coastal Marathon?!

Phew…sounds like hard work so if, like us, you simply opt to explore new places such as Salcombe and the South Hams at a more sedate pace (we don’t blame you!) then these will be some of the most rewarding miles you and your boots will enjoy!

South Devon walking holiday accommodation

As you’d expect, we have an amazing range of accommodation here in the town and surrounding South Hams area. From the best South Devon B&Bs and luxury hotels, to amazing self catering properties and wonderful Camping & Caravan parks, you have an excellent choice that we’d happily help narrow down for you. We of course also have a tasty selection of restaurants, cafes and eateries in Salcombe so you will most definitely not go hungry!

The quickest way to narrow down where to stay and where to eat in Salcombe is to call us on 0044 (0)1548 843927 or email us at Or of course please feel free to browse this website for plenty of inspiration!

Meantime, here are some Top Picks when it comes to places to stay while enjoying your South Devon walking holidays plus our walking holiday top tips!

Salcombe B&Bs

For the finest B&Bs in the South Hams and Salcombe area, head to our dedicated B&B webpage, but here are two in particular we’d recommend:

2 Orchard Cottages Salcombe Walking Holidays South Devon Walking Holidays South West Coat Path 2 Orchard Cottages

Island Street, Salcombe TQ8 8DT | 01548 844257 or 07447 019 977 |
This lovely new B&B is run by Peter and Pamela Bennett (Formerly of the Salcombe Yawl and B&B @ Number Ten) and located in a period property that’s Conveniently situated in Island Street. With glimpses of Shadycombe Creek and country views towards Snapes Point, it sleeps 2 so you’ll have plenty of privacy in comfortable surrounds including King size bed, exclusive use of bathroom, smart tv, excellent breakfast. You’re also very close to the centre of Salcombe so can easily stock up on walking provisions as well as hearty West Country food and drink should you fancy a restaurant or cafe meal to build up energy levels.

Brambles B&B Salcombe South Devon South West Coast Path walking holidaysBrambles B&B
Higher Batson, Salcombe , Devon TQ8 8NF | 01548 843167 | 07801 932296 |
Brambles is located in a wonderfully peaceful countryside setting in Higher Batson Salcombe in the heart of the finest South Devon and Salcombe countryside, near to the beautiful Batson Creek. Hosts Ness and Phil will always give you the warmest of welcomes and ensure you have the most relaxing of stays. They are 12 minute walk from the centre of Salcombe with accommodation in the Master Suite, which includes a super king size bed, ensuite bath & dressing room and is tastefully furnished to a very high standard. Along with all the facilities you’d expect, a full English breakfast is enjoyed in the elegant dining room, setting you up for your South West Coast Path walk!

Here’s a Tripadvisor review from a guest who was walking the South West Coast Path:

“I can only echo all reviews from our fantastic stay for three nights with Nessa and Phil at the Brambles whilst walking the coast path. We’ve stayed in many BnB’s throughout our journey from Minehead and non compares to our magnificent stay at the Brambles. Room Tip? Book early !!!”

Other Accommodation and Late Availability

The early and main summer months are fantastic months to visit Salcombe, but we’d recommend securing accommodation as soon as you can. You can then plan the rest of your holiday and activities under less pressure.

To help you find somewhere to stay, no matter what kind of accommodation you prefer, browse our full Accommodation Guide direct and read on for details and links to our members’ websites and offer pages. If you’re after a deal, look our for the yellow box next to the listings on our website!


We work with 9 fantastic South Devon Camping & Caravan parks and sites across the South Hams, with some perfectly placed for Dartmoor walking holidays & trips and others in the ideal spot to enjoy coastal walks. Please visit our dedicated page for the best Caravan & Camping Sites in South Devon.


From luxury properties to independently run holiday homes, we have the very best properties to base yourself when enjoyiing a walking holiday here in Salcombe and the surrounds . Head to our Self Catering properties and Holiday Home Agencies pages to help narrow down your slice of Devon walking heaven over the coming months!


For Family and Spa escapes: Look no further than the Thurlestone Hotel and Soar Mill Cove Hotel for the best family and relaxation escapes in the South Hams. They are also on the South West Coast Path itself and near to some of the area’s most stunning beaches, including Bantham and Bigbury on Sea.

Salcombe Harbour Hotel’s food and accommodation offers are here,

Check the South Sands Hotel website for news and offers here, with the hotel perfectly placed to access the South West Coast Path and Bolt Head walk.

The Cottage Hotel in Hope Cove is a charming traditional family run hotel (offers here), with beaches and scenery to really get you in the mood for walking!

Another fab Hope Cove walking holiday destination is The Sunbay Hotel who list their latest offers here.

Book your walking holiday now, with our help!

Whichever walking route or section of the South West Coast Path you fancy, we go the extra mile to help you make the most of your time in Salcombe so please simply call us on 0044 (0)1548 843927 or email us at

Don’t forget…while website research is a great way to gather info, 5 minutes on the phone with us will save you hours, leaving you to pinpoint where to stay, what to eat and all the brilliant activities you can enjoy in between treading the miles which you’re here in Salcombe!