South West Coast Path Guidebooks and Maps
RambleFest displays the best South West Coast Path guidebooks and maps, and provides the facility for buying them online.
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Notes on South West Coast Path Guidebooks:
We display above the guidebooks available for the route sequentially from Minehead to Poole, displaying first the National Trail Guidebooks, then the Trailblazer guidebooks.
Note there are four National Trail guidebooks covering the route, but three Trailblazer guidebooks.
The National Trail Guidebooks include the relevant sections of the Ordnance Survey “Explorer” 1:25,000 scale maps.
The Trailblazer guidebooks include Wainwright-style 1:20,000 scale maps, and a great deal of information such as accommodation, camping, and where to eat and drink.
National Trail South West Coast Path Guidebooks:
South West Coast Path guidebook: Minehead to Padstow:
“This volume features the section of the Path from Minehead to Padstow, a distance of 163 miles (262 km). It skirts the Exmoor National Park, taking in the precipitous harbour towns of Lynton, Lynmouth and Ilfracombe, before heading south-west into Cornwall along the surfers’ coast via Westword Ho! and Arthurian Tintagel, to reach the gastronomic mecca of Padstow. Along the way there is the coastal path around Lundy Island, with its puffins, and other arresting wildlife from shearwaters to basking sharks.
This guide has been fully revised and updated for 2016, and completely resdesigned to feature many more colour photographs and much more information on local history, cultural associations and wildlife. It is not so much a walking guide as a complete companion to the landscape of the Path, whether you are a dedicated long-distance walker or a weekend stroller.”
– South West Coast Path: Minehead to Padstow (National Trail Guide)
Trailblazer South West Coast Path Guidebooks
South West Coast Path guidebook: Exmoor and North Devon:
“Exmoor & North Devon Coast Path, South West Coast Path Part 1, Trailblazer British Walking Guide: Minehead to Bude.
All-in-one guide to walking Exmoor & North Devon Coast Path, the first section of the South-West Coast Path National Trail. The walking guide includes:
* 68 large-scale walking maps, guides to 30 towns and villages, 8 stage maps and 2 overview maps;
* Places to stay with reviews – campsites, hostels, B&Bs, guesthouses, hotels;
* Places to eat with reviews – cafés, tearooms, pubs, takeaways, restaurants;
* Attractions along the way – historical, cultural, natural;
* Detailed public transport information showing access points on the path;
* GPS Waypoints;
** Itineraries for all walkers for the entire route or day walks, weekends or short breaks;
* 40 colour photos and a 3pp colour flower guide.”
– South West Coast Path 1: Exmoor & North Devon Coast Path (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)
South West Coast Path Maps
We display the Cicerone map booklets, which are at a scale of 1:25,000; three of them cover the route.
Ordnance Survey provide the service of online maps, which you can use on all your devices. Costs around £20 – £25 per year for all maps across the UK for a year. Great value.
South West Coast Path guidebook: Minehead to St Ives:
“The South West Coast Path is Britain’s longest National Trail, stretching some 630 miles (1014km) between Minehead in Somerset and Poole in Dorset. This booklet of Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer maps covers the northern part of the route between Minehead and St Ives and shows the full and up-to-date line of the National Trail. It is conveniently sized for slipping into a jacket pocket or top of a rucksack and comes in a clear PVC sleeve. Two separate map booklets cover the route from St Ives to Plymouth and from Plymouth to Poole. The map booklet accompanies the Cicerone guidebook The South West Coast Path, which describes the full National Trail in 45 stages, with lots of other practical information and local points of interest.”
– The South West Coast Path Map Booklet – Minehead to St Ives (Cicerone)