Adventure on the South West Coast Path

Wood Camping stove on beach

 

In our book, summer is all about long days of being outside and exploring. It’s about discovering secret bays, swimming in clear waters, basking on beaches and marveling at the wildlife. There’s no need to go abroad though, we have all of this in the UK, on the South West Coast Path.

This blog will help you make the most of this stunning national trail. It’s full of resources and tips to help you make the most of the trail and to do it in style.

This blog will help you make the most of this stunning national trail. It’s full of resources and tips to help you make the most of the trail and to do it in style.

  • About the South West Coast Path
  • What kit do I need?
  • Our top picks along the path
  • Why Firepot and Wild Stoves are your perfect walking companions
  • Useful links

 

About the South West Coast Path

Wood Camping stove on beach


At
630 miles, the South West Coast Path is the longest national trail in the UK, apart from the England Coast Path of course. The path runs from Minehead, in Somerset, right around the stunning Devon and Cornish coastline, before passing into beautiful Dorset and finishing at Poole Harbour.

Much of the site has been designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and is home to some incredible wildlife including the Cirl Bunting and Peregrine Falcon. Offshore, keen-eyed walkers might also be lucky enough to spot seals, dolphins or even, if walking in early summer, basking sharks.

What kit do I need?

There are many different ways to walk the path. Many people do it in small sections and enjoy completing the path over several years, while others walk the path in one push, which typically takes around eight weeks.

Some choose to sleep at some of the many campsites along the path, while others opt for the comfort of a bed and breakfast. There’s a lot to be said though for bivvying on the beach, sleeping under the stars and listening to the crashing of the waves.

While the equipment that you carry will largely depend upon your choice of accommodation and walking style. While we are not going to make comprehensive suggestions on the kit that you might carry,  there are a few things that we recommend you take with you.

 

Comfortable walking shoes

Stout walking shoes or approach style shoes are a must.  Not only does the path run to over 600 miles, but it also includes over 35,000 metres (114,000 + feet) of ascent so you will be glad of something comfortable on your feet.

Waterproofs 

We’d love it if it was always sunny in the South West, but unfortunately for walkers (and fortunately for the environment), it does rain. A waterproof in your bag is a must, even if it only keeps you dry while you dash to your Bed and Breakfast or the pub.

A guidebook and maps

If you are heading out for day walks or a weekend on the South West Coast Path then a guidebook (or copies of the relevant pages) is a great idea. Not only will it help you to identify the route, it will also be invaluable in learning about some of the amazing natural and historical sites on the way. You can purchase guidebooks from the good folks at Cicerone
The Wild Guide to the South West is one of our favourites too. Wild Stoves founders were even involved in some of the exploratory wild swims with the author.

A stove and some sustenance

One of the true delights in walking is in stopping in a beautiful spot for a cup of tea or a bite to eat and taking it all in. Whether you are having a cliff top brew while watching basking sharks or tucking into a bite to eat before bivvying on a deserted beach, we’ve got you covered.

Choose a wood burning stove

Our Wild Woodgas Stove – Genuine MKIIt is an exceptionally efficient and versatile wood burning stove, just the ticket for boiling up a brew of preparing a bite to eat. It’s wood burning, so no need to carry gas or alcohol – just pick up sticks as you go along. What’s even more amazing is that it weighs just 280 grams, so you won’t even notice that you are carrying it, packing down inside a small pot.

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Wild Woodgas Stove on the cliffs

Take your sustenance seriously

Now that you’re carrying your amazing new stove you can use it to prepare meals. Forget the pasta and instant noodles though, with 35,000 metres of ascent you need something that will give you enough energy to tackle even of the steepest of the climbs.  That’s where Firepot comes in. These award-winning, dehydrated meals are handmade in Dorset from real food. Firepot fuels adventures all over the world and yours should be no exception.

 

Why Firepot?

Dorset’s Firepot makes delicious, dehydrated slow-cooked meals from real food. Their meals are palm oil free and contain no artificial additives. They offer a variety of meat, vegan and gluten-free options, all of which are available in compostable eco-packaging. To prepare your meal, simply brew up some water on you Wild Woodgas Stove (which can boil 500ml of water in five minutes), pour it into your Firepot meal and leave to sit for the required amount of time shown on the packaging.

 

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Firepot Food 0012 Vegan Orzo Compostable pack

 

Our top picks on the path 

The South West Coast Path has so many incredible spots, so many hidden little bays, beautiful beaches, and dramatic views that it is hard to pick out our favourite spots. We’ve managed to narrow it down to a few though, here are our current top picks along the South West Coast Path.

 

Combe Martin

Nestled in a sheltered cove on the extremities of Exmoor National Park is the delightful village of Combe Martin.  The village essentially runs in a straight line up from the gloriously sheltered beach and boast numerous Bed and Breakfasts, restaurants and tea rooms.

Woolacombe

Located on the North Coast of Devon, Woolacombe is famous for its gently sloping beach which stretches for three miles along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. It is well known among surfers and holiday makers alike and can be a very popular place to visit in the summer months. From its incredible beach, Lundy Island can easily be seen on a clear day.

Gwithian

Nestled just up the road from the ever popular St. Ives lies the coastal village of Gwithian. This tiny village is famous for its magnificent beach which is a favourite for surfers, windsurfers and seals alike. The village boasts the Red River Inn, a popular pub close to the beach and right next door to the campsite.


The Lizard Peninsula

For truly dramatic coastlines, you can’t do much better than the Lizard Peninsula. The most southerly point of the British mainland, the Lizard is like nowhere else in the UK.  It is home to some rare plants and lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 1752, the hazardous nature of the coast led to the construction of a lighthouse. 

Prawle Point

Prawle Point is the most southerly point in Devon. An ancient place, Prawle Point has been home to farming and fishing communities over thousands of years. The area is known as a haven for wildlife including butterflies and bees.

Branscombe

This delightful old village tucked away just off the coast boasts several properties owned by the National Trust, including the oldest working thatched forge in the country. After strolling along the shingle beach, be sure to make your way up to the village to sample a delicious traditional tea, or a pint of ale in one of the villages two pubs. 

Durdle Door

We simply couldn’t leave Durdle Door off the list. This iconic natural limestone arch, located in Lulworth Bay, is perhaps one of the most photographed scenes on the South West Coast Path.  The arch has even featured in popular culture, making appearances in Tears for Fears’ ‘Shout’, the film Nanny McPhee and a 1967 version of Far From the Madding Crowd.

 

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We could have included hundreds of more places, let us know which are your favourite spots on the South West Coast Path in the comments section below. 

 

Firepot and Wild Stoves – your perfect walking companions

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The Wild Woodgas Stove

Not only is the Wild Woodgas Stove an exceptionally efficient stove, but it is also incredibly versatile. Thanks to its clever design, it burns wood more cleanly than an open fire. This is due to what we call the secondary burn. The Wild Woodgas stove creates conditions where primary air partially combusts wood gas then ‘secondary air’  is preheated and injected into the top of the combustion chamber. These secondary air holes work on a principle of convection, not batteries, meaning that you will never run out of fuel, as long as there are a few twigs nearby. All of this combines to result in a very hot and clean burn from a stove that is quick and easy to ignite. 

The Wild Woodgas stove can also burn solid fuels (such as FireDragon) or meths in its Trangia-style burner. The whole clever contraption packs neatly down into a billy can; we recommend the 775 MSR Pot as the neatest fit.  These pots are also available to buy on our site here

 

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Wood pellets in wild woodgas stove

Firepot Foods

From a barn in Dorset, where they are lovingly hand-made, Firepot meals power adventures all around the globe. Forget the usual artificial ingredients that you find in most dehydrated meals, with Firepot you will only find natural ingredients. They are also palm oil free and only contain salt for flavouring – just like your cooking at home. Simple and quick to prepare (just add water and wait) Firepot foods are available in a wide range of meat, vegan and gluten-free options. All meals are available in compostable, eco-packaging made from bio-based sources. This environmentally friendly packaging should disintegrate within a year in compost.

 

Useful links

Here are some useful links when planning your walk on the South West Coast Path.

Official website of the South West Coast Path:
https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/ 

Cicerone Guide Book
https://www.cicerone.co.uk/the-south-west-coast-path-second

National Trails Overview of the South West Coast Path
https://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/south-west-coast-path/be-inspired 

 

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