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South West Coast Path – Stage 7 – Plymouth to Brixham – 6 Nights

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South West Coast Path – Stage 7 – Plymouth to Brixham – 6 Nights

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Although your adventure starts in an urban setting, it isn’t long until you begin to escape into the remote wilds of the South West Coast Path between Plymouth and Brixham.  Covering 78 miles this journey offers a varied and challenging walk at times, with steep ascents and descents around Salcombe and Dartmouth, however the easier coastal walking between these points and wonderful scenery along the trail more than reward the challenges faced!

 

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 78 miles (124km) and 14,700ft (4,480m) of ascent

About & Details

Spanning 630 miles from Minehead on the Somerset coast to South Haven Point on Poole Harbour, the South West Coast Path is the longest of Britain’s National Trails.  Starting from the busy harbour at Plymouth, discover picture postcard fishing villages, historic harbours and charming villages such as Bigbury-on-Sea, Salcombe and Torcross as you make your way along the coast, taking short ferry trips over several rivers before finishing your walk in the popular resort town of Brixham.

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking.

This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £90 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £90 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £90 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £180 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £95 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting there and back

Getting There

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A30, A386
  • Routes from the east: M5, A30, A38
  • Routes from the west: A30, A38

By public transport: Direct trains to Plymouth available from London Paddington and Birmingham.

By air:
The nearest airport is Newquay.  The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter.  Although these are further away, they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.

Getting Away

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A30, A386
  • Routes from the east: M5, A30, A38
  • Routes from the west: A30, A38

By public transport: Direct trains from Plymouth available to London Paddington and Birmingham as well as other destinations.

By air: The nearest airport is Newquay.  The main regional airports are Bristol and Exeter.  Although these are further away, they may suit those coming from further away or overseas.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and when you arrive at Brixham, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Brixham at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

Dates and prices

For available dates, please click on the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side of the page.  You can reserve your space via this route.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Plymouth

    Arrive at your accommodation in Plymouth.

  • Day 2 - Plymouth to Wembury Beach

    Your day begins with an interesting hike through Plymouth, following the Waterfront Walkway – a celebration of the city’s heritage and an interesting and artistic part of the South West Coast Path!  The terrain and scenery is largely industrial and urban until you reach Dunstone Point, where you begin to escape the concrete and start to enjoy time in more green spaces.  The walking is relatively easy along the cliffs to Wembury, where you will find your nights accommodation.

     14.5 miles (23km) and 1445ft (440m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Wembury Beach to Bigbury-on-Sea

    Today you need to plan your hike to fit in with the ebb and flow of the tides and local ferry services, a great day for connecting with the landscape and communities around you.  Your day begins with a ferry across the River Yealm at Warren Point, from here there is a delightful walk around the coast through to the tidal River Erme, care must be taken here to cross only when safe (1 hour each side of low tide), as there isn’t a ferry service. An inland diversion is available, however at 8-miles, it adds a significant amount of miles onto todays total.  Once the tidal river is safely forded, the coast path through to Bigbury-on-Sea becomes more challenging with a number of sharp ascents and descents along the route until you reach your finishing point for the day, where a well deserved rest awaits you!

    15.5 miles (25km) and 3020ft (920m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Bigbury-on-Sea to Salcombe

    We begin with a ferry crossing from Cockleridge, across the River Avon to Bantham – don’t be tempted to ford this river on foot as the riverbed is notoriously soft and uneven with a varied depth and strong current.  A 7.5mile diversion inland is available should the ferry not be running, however it is worth checking times in advance to avoid the lengthy diversion. The terrain is pleasant until you reach Inner Hope, where a number of sharp ascents and descents challenge you through to your destination of Salcombe.

    13.5 miles (21.5km) and 2360ft (720m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Salcombe to Torcross

    Another ferry crossing to start your day, this time from Salcombe to East Portlemouth.  Once across Salcombe Harbour, your day on the South West Coast Path is full of intrigue, as your route takes you over dramatic cliffs and past secluded coves.  You will reach Prawle Point, the southernmost point in Devon, which is a popular spot for rare coastal birdlife, and then you continue around the coastline to Start Point, with its wonderful lighthouse.  You finish your day by heading North up the coast to Torcross, sitting at the bottom of Lower Ley, the largest natural lake in the West Country – protected as a National Nature Reserve it’s a great place for seeing otters and birdlife.

    13 miles (21km) and 2870ft (875m) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Torcross to Dartmouth

    From Torcross, your day begins with a lovely hike alongside Lower Ley and Slapton Ley, before heading through the picturesque coastal villages of Strete, Blackpool & Stoke Flemming.  The journey through to Dartmouth becomes more rugged, working your way through a series of headlands which are great for spotting wildlife and exploring hidden coves.  When you reach Dartmouth it’s time to rest for the evening, if you have the energy be sure to explore this historical port town, from where fleets of ships once carried Crusaders to the Holy Land.

    10 miles (17km) and 1600ft (490m) of ascent.

  • Day 7 - Dartmouth to Brixham

    Start your day with a ferry transfer from Dartmouth across to Kingswear, taking in the River Dart as you cross the harbour. Your walk varies in terrain today, moving from easy cliff-top walking, to long and steep ascents and descents as you near Brixham.  Take time to explore Berry Head, where the Southern and Northern Forts are impressive to behold, and then continue along the coast path to Brixham – time to celebrate your achievement – you’re completed Stage 7 of the South West Coast Path!

    11 miles (17.5km) and 2720ft (830m) of ascent.

Notes

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings and mileages are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

We will always endeavour  to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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Reviews

Find some of the reviews our wonderful customers have left for us below, or read them all here!

Heather Parr
3 months ago

Maximum Adventure exceeded expectations, planning a trip for me last minute and off season through the glorious Lake District. The hotels were top rate, as was the food and my daily gluten free sandwich. Nathalie got the route guide sent to me in a couple of days and the baggage service was impeccable. It was the only tour guide company that responded immediately to my last minute request. Looking forward to more adventures with your company!!!

Chris Evans
3 months ago

David and I walked the Speyside Way in September 2023 and very much enjoyed the adventure. Maximum Adventure Ltd organised our nightly accommodation and uplifting of our luggage in a seamless manner, which made the whole trip so easy with no stress. This is the second time that I have personally used Maximum Adventures Ltd and I would recommend them to others as they offer a friendly and efficient service.

Göte Fredriksson
4 months ago

We realy appreciated the tour we did on Hadrians Wall path in May.Beautiful scenery, decent weather, god arrangements including lodging, transport, bagagehandling etc. We came well prepared . In this preparation Maximum adventures gave us great support, as we are coming from abroad with no knowledge of conditions on the path. We had great BnBs and could concentrate on de daily walks that gave us great pleasure.Thank you England and Hadrians Wall path for your friendly reception and well mantained walking path.Thank you Maximum Adventures for your good service.We would love to come back in the future.

Jerry Kashinski
4 months ago

Maximum Adventure did a great job for us. With less than a month's notice, it set up an itinerary, lodging and luggage porterage for a walk from Carlisle to Newcastle, England along Hadrian's Wall. The lodging was fantastic, as was the itinerary and support during the walk. We'd definitely use Maximum Adventure again and would recommend them without reservation!

Fiona Reilly
5 months ago

I was part of a climb on 23/09, didn't think I would make ut, but I did. The descent was a different story.. I got jelly legs and lost my confidence. If it wasn't for James, my Sherpa would never have made it. Can't thank him enough, Will, met you briefly.Both of them were very knowledgeable, we had the most amazing views at the summit...the pain is still worth it and

Tom Graham
5 months ago

I walked the West Highland Way with my dad and brother. The organisation was excellent by Samantha. Itinerary and instructions were clear and all the bookings and luggage transfers went smoothly. As a result we were able to ensure the fantastic walk and not worry about anything. I would happily recommend Maximum Adventure to others.

Sarah Bracken
5 months ago

Absolutely brilliant guide - knowledgeable, interesting and humorous in addition to looking after our safety so well - making sure we ate and suggesting when to layer up! Would highly recommend!

Diana Straub
6 months ago

We just got home from our 8-days Hadrian's Wall hike and we just loved it!Everything was perfectly organized!We had great B&Bs and hotels with very friendly, welcoming and helpful staff. Our favorite was the Dacre House with Clare. But then again, all were great!The luggage was always at the day's destination, no matter how early we got to the accommodation.The description of how to get to the accommodations were clear and precise.The road map and the guide book were waiting for us as we got to the first B&B and were very helpful and interestingThanks, Maximum Adventure!

Kristin Hentschel
6 months ago

Praise for the West Highland Hike and the Maximum Adventure planners, esp. our planner Samantha. Great experience in every regard.

Simon Bradish
6 months ago

Booked for the 3 UK Peaks adventure, it was organised perfectly and everything when to plan. Accommodation was good, transport excellent, our guide (Patrick) brilliant, so cannot fault the trip and adventure. I personally expected too much from myself and was unable to fully summit as this adventure is not for beginners, I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2003 when I was 42 and twenty years later, although relatively fit, my endurance didn't last. So I did a half summit for Ben Nevis & Scafell, thanks to Patrick for letting go back down on my own, it was brilliant. With Snowdon, a half summit is tricky as you can't descend the way you go up, so I decided to do some hiking in the area while the rest of the group did the climb. I took a chance and went to the ticket office and managed to get a single return ticket up to the summit of Snowdon at 9am which returned down by 11.30am. I was hoping to see my group on top and spring a surprise but the weather was terrible. I highly recommend the trip but make sure you are fit enough otherwise as there is an emphasis on time, so a slow walk up is going to slow everyone down and really delay the trip. Have Fun, Simon Bradish

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