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South West Coast Path

Northam Burrows is part of the South West Coast Path

South West Coast Path

The route of the South West Coast Path follows the coastline around Northam Burrows alongside the saltmarsh at the Skern bay and along the back of the pebble ridge through the sand dunes. This walk is over fairly even terrain and benefits from the spectacular landscape and varied habitats that are found at the mouth of the Taw/Torridge Estuary.

The Great South West Coast Path Experience

The South West Coast Path is England's longest and best-loved National Trail - famous for linking some of the finest coastal landscapes in the world. It spans 630 miles, starting from Minehead in Somerset, through Devon and Cornwall and back up to Dorset to finish near Poole Harbour.

As well as being a world-famous hiking trail, the Path provides a unique environment for wildlife and nature. It passes through a number of National Nature Reserves and Heritage Coasts, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, two World Heritage Sites, a UNESCO designated Biosphere reserve and a Geopark, as well as Exmoor National Park.

Along the Path, you'll also discover the trail's rich heritage and culture and its role in industry, defence, religion and the arts. There's lots of activities to take part in along the Path too, including exciting watersports and outdoor experiences, local attractions, gardens and country parks to visit and a chance to sample the best of local food and drink and places to stay. Just look out for the Way Maker signs along the way.

There's over 600 walks on the South West Coast Path Association website to choose from ranging from challenging hikes (walking the whole trail is the equivalent of scaling Everest five times!) to gentle day and circular walks. 

South West Coast Path Waymarker Scheme

Northam Burrows Visitor Centre is located alongside the South West Coast Path, where there is a waymarker stamping station. During opening hours, South West Coast Path merchandise is also available in the shop, as well as various maps and guides to help get the most out of using the trail.

South West Coast Path

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