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

3 to 5 nights
70 miles
Moderate to Strenuous
2nd January to 24th December

From £450 per person

South Devon Run

From Plymouth to Brixham, run along wave-battered sandstone cliffs and down to tranquil wooded estuaries on the South Devon stage of the South West Coast Path. This 67-mile trail running holiday offers tricky ascents across rugged headlands in its first half, but slopes down to inland stretches through rolling farmland on its way to Brixham. It’s perhaps the most varied section of the Coast Path and perfect if you’re looking to test different aspects of your trail running skill set.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
R-SDEV1 From Plymouth to Brixham 3 nights, 2 days running Strenuous £450
R-SDEV2 From Plymouth to Brixham 4 nights, 3 days running Moderate / Demanding £580
R-SDEV3 From Plymouth to Brixham 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate £715

South Devon Trail Run 3 nights, 2 days running

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

Important information

The Wembury to Noss Mayo ferry operates from April to September.  If the ferry is not running, the alternative is to take a taxi.

The River Erme between Noss Mayo and Bigbury-on-Sea has no ferry service. Therefore, it is necessary to ford the river at low tide.  Before booking please check the tide times by clicking here.  The alternative is an 8 mile detour around the river.

The Bigbury to Bantham Ferry isn't currently operating.  The only alternatives are a 9 mile detour around the Avon Estuary or to take a taxi.  If you would like to add an extra day to run the 9 mile Avon Estuary detour, rather than take a taxi, please contact us.

If you wish to run this trail outside of these months, please contact us to discuss your requirements.


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

Day 1

Plymouth to Salcombe(L). 36 miles (57.5km) / 5656 ft (1724 m) ascent

Day 2

Salcombe(L) to Brixham. 34 miles (54.5km) / 6004 ft (1830 m) ascent


Depart from Brixham 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
£55.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays South Devon Run map
Plymouth to Brixham
70 miles (112 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Heading down into the picturesque Salcombe Harbour and the beautiful old town of Dartmouth, complete with cobbled marketplace and spectacular sea defences.

Tackling some of the most varied terrain on the South West Coast Path, from rugged headlands that have claimed countless shipwrecks to long paths along wooded estuaries.

Watching seabirds wheeling over the glittering waters below.

What's included?

  • 3 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

Plymouth, with its vast number of historic buildings, would make a great extra night location for any runner 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: 70 miles (112 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days running
Minimum daily distance: 34 miles (54.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 36 miles (57.5 km)
Code: R-SDEV1 Grade: Strenuous
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Plymouth
End of holiday: Brixham

Route Profile

South Devon 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 rail station at the start of the trail (Plymouth). The nearest rail station to Brixham is at Paignton (about 5.5 miles way).

By Bus - Various buses run to Plymouth. Buses run from Brixham to Paignton.

From London - Trains runs from London Paddington station to Plymouth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a taxi. Alternatively, you could take a bus/taxi from Brixham to Paignton & then the train from there to Plymouth, but this would take longer.

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.