South West Coast Path

Exmoor coast and heaths

The Exmoor section of Britain's longest National Trail is without a doubt the most beautiful as well as challenging.

The path originated as a Coastguard patrol route between lighthouses to catch smugglers who would hide amongst the rocky bays and coves. As a result, this historic footpath closely follows the coast providing excellent vistas.

The route, encompassing the Exmoor Heritage coast features rocky headlands, river valleys, waterfalls, towering cliffs (including The Hangmans - England's highest sea cliffs) and heathlands which are recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to their bio-diversity. Most of the North Devon stretch is maintained by the National Trust which owns parts of the coast.

For more information and news on the path, details of routes changes and walking resources including a handy distance calculator, visit the South West Coast Path official website.

You can also join and support the South West Coast Path Association which runs regular events and fundraising to help 'promote, protect and enhance the Coast Path'.