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 guides, then the Cicerone guidebook.
Note there are four National Trail guidebooks covering the route, but three Trailblazer guidebooks, and just the one Cicerone guidebook.
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.
The Cicerone guidebook’s maps are at the 1:50,000 scale (although Cicerone also publish three map booklets which cover the route at 1:25,000 scale).
As usual, we advise buying two different guidebooks. The additional cost is small compared to the cost of the walk, and one guide will complement the other.
South West Coast Path Maps:
We display the AZ Adventure Atlas maps covering the route, which are at the same scale as OS “Explorer” maps.
Also included are the Cicerone map booklets which are also 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 extracts
Below, we display examples of the recommended guidebooks:
“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)
“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)
“The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset.
The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport, making it easy to split the South West Coast Path into week or weekend-long sections.
Written by prolific outdoor writer Paddy Dillon, this guidebook is packed with lots of information for planning your walk, including clear step-by-step route descriptions and OS map extracts, public transport links, accommodation and facilities along the way. Also described is the 17-mile South Dorset Ridgeway, from West Bexington to Osmington Mills, which can be used as a scenic way to shave 42 miles off the total distance. This epic route takes in Exmoor National Park, five Areas of Outstanding National Beauty and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, besides various nature reserves and SSSIs.”
– The South West Coast Path: From Minehead to South Haven Point (Cicerone)
“The perfect companion for those who love the great outdoors, the A-Z Adventure Series features OS Explorer* mapping in a convenient book, complete with index. The South West Coast Path is a National Trail along the Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset coasts. This stunning walk from Minehead, Somerset covers 630 miles to South Haven Point in Poole Harbour, passing through two World Heritage Sites (the Jurassic Coast and the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape), Exmoor National Park, Land’s End and many areas of outstanding natural beauty. A series of five A-Z Adventure Atlases together cover the South West Coast Path: SW Coast Path North Devon and Somerset SW Coast Path North Cornwall SW Coast Path South Cornwall SW Coast Path South Devon SW Coast Path Dorset This A-Z Adventure Atlas of the SW Coast Path North Devon and Somerset features 36 pages of continuous OS mapping covering the route from Minehead to Bude. The trail is easy to follow, highlighted in yellow to stand out from other footpaths, with mileage markers to gauge distances when planning your own sections of the walk to enjoy. The book includes a route planner showing distances between places and indicates available amenities, including: Information Centres, Visitor Centres, Hotels/B&Bs, Youth Hostels, Campsites (seasonal opening), Public Houses, Shops, Restaurants, Cafes (seasonal opening) and Petrol stations. Also featured is a selection of QR codes to access useful websites with your smartphone. Unlike original OS Explorer sheets, this A-Z Adventure Atlas includes a comprehensive index to towns, villages, hamlets and locations, natural features, nature reserves, car parks and youth hostels. Each index entry has a simple page reference and a six figure National Grid reference. With a book size of 240mm x 134mm Adventure Atlases are the same size as a folded OS Explorer map, ideal for map pockets etc. Other National Trails available within the A-Z Adventure Series include: Coast to Coast, Cotswold Way, North Downs Way, Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pennine Way, South Downs Way, The Ridgeway and Thames Path. Explorer is Ordnance Survey’s most detailed leisure mapping at a scale of 1:25 000, showing public rights of way, open access land, national parks, tourist information, car parks, public houses and camping and caravan sites.”
– South West Coast Path North Devon & Somerset Adventure Atlas
“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)