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How long is the South West Coast Path?

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Officially, the South West Coast Path is 630 miles long from Minehead to Poole walking through the 4 counties of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall & Dorset.  Unofficially, including detours, temporary diversions, ferry crossings, and the walking to and from accommodations, if walking the entire South West Coastal Path you will walk closer to 650 miles.

Whilst the official end of the path is at South Haven Point, most walkers in the past have crossed to Sandbanks and walked into Poole for their final night’s accommodation.  Over the past few years, we have see more and more walkers opting to cross to Sandbanks, then walk along the promenade to Bournemouth using the Bournemouth Coast Path, which is approximately the same distance as walking to the train station in Poole.