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The South West Coast Path 6 to 9 - Barnstaple to Bude

  • Sep 6, 2014 · 8:45 AM
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The Hiking 

This is a trip away of three and a half days' hiking, some of it very strenuous, continuing along the dramatic and scenic north Devon coast and into the northern part of Cornwall.

Everyone can walk at their own pace in smaller groups if preferred as the path is well signposted and as long as you keep to the left of the sea you cannot go far wrong. I also have a few maps to dish out.

The Accommodation

Four overnight stays in B&B / hotel / youth hostel along the route. You must be okay to share a room with one or more others of the same gender. There are one or two single rooms at some of the places and twins or doubles for the couples. All accommodation is booked.

Luggage Transfer

Your luggage will be transported for all 4 days of hiking at a group discount rate. You will find it a great relief to be carrying just a light day pack on the numerous steep ascents and descents along the cliffs.


The RSVP deposit covers the amount I am paying in advance as a deposit for the accommodation. The total cost of bed and breakfast for the four nights altogether will be about £125 each. We will pay the balance at each place on departure.

I will book the luggage transfer and outward train travel  and request payment for that. This will be about £50 each altogether.

That comes to about £175 altogether i.e. £46 deposit + £30 rail journey out + £20 luggage transfer + £79 remaining balance for accommodation. Your other costs will be lunch, dinner, drinks, incidental expenses, and your return travel, as below:

Return Travel

For the return journey on Wednesday 10th September we take the 8:50 am bus from Bude to Exeter St David's,  arriving at 10:55 am. The fare is about £6, payable on boarding. There are no advance sales.

Everyone returning to London by train has bought their ticket from Exeter or I have bought it for them and been re-imbursed.


Saturday September 6th

Travel from London to Barnstaple by train. 9:06 train from Paddington. Change at Exeter St Davids. Arrive at 12:35 pm.

Section 6 - Barnstaple to Bideford

11 miles. Ascent 380 feet, Descent 400 feet.

We will get our luggage picked up and then do this very flat stretch in the afternoon. We will stay the night in three separate places close by the harbour in Bideford.

Sunday September 7th

Section 7 - Bideford to Clovelly

19.5 miles. Ascent 3670 feet, Descent 3380 feet.

This is a really long day's hike, ending in the very picturesque village of Clovelly.

We will all stay in the annexe of a hotel in the village.

Monday September 8th

Section 8 - Clovelly to Elmscott

13 miles. Ascent 3770 feet, Descent 3640 feet.

A medium length day's hike but very hilly. Reputedly the most rugged 16-mile stretch of the whole coastal path starts about half-way along.

We will all be staying at the well-appointed youth hostel half a mile in from the cliff-top. This is self-catering. There is a store at the youth hostel for us to buy the food for cooking our dinner.

Tuesday September 9th

Section 9 - Elmscott to Bude

Again, a medium length hike but long enough as the path continues its way from cliff-top down to beach level, up again and down again.

14 miles. Ascent 3550 feet, Descent 3960 feet.

We will all stay in a guest house near the centre of town.

Wednesday September 10th

Travel from Bude to London by bus and train. We will get the 8:50 am bus as it is a 2 hour journey to Exeter right across Devon. The train journey from there to London is 2 to 3.5 hours depending on the train.

The complete Joined Up Hiking schedule

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  • Darek

    Thank you Chris and All!!!

    September 15, 2014

  • Christopher

    A glorious escapade with a terrific group of companions. Start saving up for the long one next year!

    September 15, 2014

  • Xaviere

    Thank you Christopher fir the amazing holidays!!! You are a brillant organiser and a very dear friend :))
    I am looking forward to doing the next one!!!!

    September 14, 2014

    • Christopher

      And you're a fantastic hiker!

      1 · September 15, 2014

  • Christopher

    Hi, I will wear the hat so you can pick me out in the main area near the ticket office. I will be there by 8:45 am with your tickets. Off we go!

    September 5, 2014

  • Dorota

    Hi, I will be in Paddington to collect my outbound journey ticket on Saturday 6th. Thanks.

    September 3, 2014

  • Dump S.

    I might be a late joiner ... looking forward!

    July 6, 2014

  • Marie-Laure

    Hello, I might be able to join last minute. You never know! I would organise my own journey and accommodation. ML

    June 28, 2014

  • jon w.

    Having done stage 1 with Chris last year I thoroughly recommend the SWCP. I will need to toughen up a bit though before the 19.5 mile stretch in stage 2. Also, does anyone suffer from a fear of heights like me? That is not deterring me from doing the walk but any tips wiuld be welcomed. Jon.

    May 1, 2014

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