Section 1

Not many changes here, as it’s nearly all on the South West Coast Path, so you can get the up-to-date state of this from your SWCP guidebook.

Day 1 – Land’s End to Zennor

  • I don’t think White Sands Lodge at Sennen takes bookings for single nights any more, but there is now a bunkhouse in Trevescan nearby.
  • The hostel in Zennor (where you could also camp) has closed, and accommodation here is limited.  There are a couple of B&Bs.  If you want to camp, your best bet is to walk up the righthand road from the village, keep right on the B3306, and ask at Higher Trewey Farmhouse (3rd on the right).
Land’s End

Day 5 – Mawgan Porth to Wadebridge

  • Map 1:  The lifeguard hut on Constantine Beach has been replaced, and the new one isn’t in the same place as the old one was.  From the road end take the dunes path (not the beach).  Pass behind the hut, and 200m after it turn right on a clear path inland.
  • The post office/shop at Trevone has closed, but there is a new village shop nearby, and a cafe at the beach.
  • The campsite outside Wadebridge (Little Bodieve Holiday Park) is these days very much walker-friendly, and I can recommend it.

Day 6 – Wadebridge to Boscastle

  • Map 1:  On the way out of Wadebridge there is a new development (“Bradfords Quay”) just before Bradfords Quay Road leaves the main road.  Don’t go in here by mistake – take the old road.
  • Map 1:  My original route across the Amble valley was very difficult to follow earlier this year due to a missing footbridge.  I had to fight my way through from one field to another in horrible undergrowth.  The new edition takes a different route, and I’d recommend you do the same.  Leave Bodieve on the B3314 as before, but stay on the road (which has verges to walk on in the latter stages).  Cross the River Amble on Trewornan Bridge then turn right on a signed path across fields to Lower Amble.  Turn right at the road here, which takes you to Chapel Amble to rejoin the original route.
  • Map 2:  When you climb up from Trevathan Farm you now get to a new fence when you get to the trees.  Go through the gate and continue almost to the field corner.  Turn right here down into the trees on a small path that bends left to a stile.  Continue in the field ahead, with the hedge on your left, to a gate in the field corner, where you rejoin the original route.

Day 8 – Bude to Clovelly

  • Stoke Barton Farm campsite is a great place to camp overnight.  It has its own private footpath from the coastal path that starts south of the Hartland Quay car park and the stream: look up right to spot a gate.
Hartland Quay

Day 9 – Clovelly to Barnstaple

  • If you want to visit the Pig on the Hill pub at Pusehill you will have to take the long way round via the main drive: the “back door” is no longer in use.
Westward Ho! from Kipling Tors