South West Coast Path Run

South West Coast Path Run

A truly epic trail running holiday along England’s longest waymarked trail, from Minehead to Poole.

3 to 8 nights
630 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £390 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

At 630 miles (1,014 km), the South West Coast Path is England’s longest National Trail and has good claim to being the most spectacular too.

The route spans a wonderful variety of running, over rugged clifftops, around sheltered coves, harbours, fishing villages and across heather moorland. Out here, you’ll find stirring views over the open sea and the British countryside, alongside devilish daily mileages.

It’s not just the distance that daunts, though: the route constantly rises and falls and will leave your calves whimpering. In fact, it’s more common for runners to attempt it one chunk at a time rather than all in one go.

We offer the South West Coast Path in sections, allowing you to piece together the most suitable route for your time and stamina. Of course, if you’re prepared for the challenge of the whole route, you can run these sections consecutively to cover the entire 630-mile trail.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon Run
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North Run
  • Dorset Run
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South Cornwall Run
  • South Devon Run
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South Run
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South West Cornwall Run
  • Tor Bay and East Devon Run
  • Far West of Cornwall Run

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Walking tours available

We also organise walking holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

4 to 7 nights
79 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December
Includes Dog-Friendly Tours

From £550 per person

South Cornwall Run

Perhaps the most gentle stage of the South West Coast Path, our trail running holiday along South Cornwall’s coast runs from Falmouth to Plymouth. It’s still far from flat, ascending jutting headlands to enjoy brilliant views of some of Cornwall’s prettiest seaside villages, but a series of pathways along estuaries, wooded inlets and sandy coves offer gradual slopes and plenty of shade. The Royal Citadel of Plymouth gives the route an imposing finish. It’s also a great place to buy a celebratory ice cream.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
R-SCOR1 From Falmouth to Plymouth 4 nights, 3 days running Demanding £550
R-SCOR2 From Falmouth to Plymouth 6 nights, 5 days running Moderate £785
R-SCOR3 From Falmouth to Plymouth 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate £900

South Cornwall Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

The Falmouth to St Mawes Ferry operates all year round. However, the St Mawes to Place/St Anthony’s Head Ferry only operates from 30th March to 1st November.   If the ferry is not running the alternative is a water taxi.  As the water taxi service during the winter months is limited, advance booking is essential; please contact us to discuss your requirements.

 

Start

Travel to Falmouth where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Falmouth to Mevagissey. 26 miles (42km) / 4006 ft (1221 m) ascent

Day 2

Mevagissey to Polperro. 25 miles (40km) / 4065 ft (1239 m) ascent

Day 3

Polperro to Plymouth. 27.5 miles (44km) / 4058 ft (1237 m) ascent

Finish

Depart from Plymouth after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night


You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays South Cornwall Run map
Falmouth to Plymouth
79 miles (126 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Sweeping down from wave-battered sandstone cliffs onto smooth pathways along tranquil wooded estuaries and lush, rolling farmland.

Exploring St Anthony's Lighthouse, St Mawes Castle and the rich naval history of fortified Plymouth.

Clambering jutting headlands to vantage points over the whitewashed cottages of Cornwall's prettiest villages.

What's included?

  • 4 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Adding extra nights into your trail running holiday not only allows you more time to explore the amazing landscapes of the South West Coast Path, but they can also be used as vital rest days if you need to take a break from running and recover, ready for the next stretch.


Plymouth, with its vast number of historic buildings, would make a great stopping location at the end of your holiday regardless of your interests. From museums, gardens and aquariums to boat trips, sports facilities and walking trails, this city is guaranteed to keep everyone occupied and entertained. There are also a number of health spas available if you are in need of a massage, as well as plenty of sports outlets and health food shops to restock your running kit as necessary. Plymouth also boasts a range of fantastic eateries to choose from, prepared by some of the best chefs around using fresh local produce, leaving you spoilt for choice for your evening meal.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 79 miles (126 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 25 miles (40 km)
Maximum daily distance: 27.5 miles (44 km)
Code: R-SCOR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Falmouth
End of holiday: Plymouth

Route Profile

South Cornwall Trail Run Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Newquay.

By Rail - There is a choice of stations at Falmouth. Falmouth Town or Falmouth Docks. Which is best will depend upon the location of your accommodation. There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Plymouth).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Falmouth and from Plymouth.

From London - Trains run from London Paddington to Falmouth Docks rail station.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to catch a train from Plymouth to Falmouth Docks rail station.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.