South West England

Budleigh Salterton

Here, South West England takes in the area west and south of a line linking Bristol, Bath, Marlborough and Southampton, excluding the Isle of Wight.

This area has one National Trail, the South West Coast Path, which will become an integral part of the England Coast Path.

Local authority routes include the Two Moors Way, the Coleridge Way and the Great Wessex Way.

There are many routes devised by individuals and groups: some, like the Two Moors Way (which started off as an individual’s idea, but has since been adopted by the local authority), have gained a great deal of traction, while others languish in obscurity. One of these worth noting is the Wessex Ridgeway, which links the South West Coast Path at Lyme Regis with The Ridgeway. The latter is then linked at its north-eastern end to the Icknield Way Trail. These three routes follow one of the oldest trade routes in the country, linking up with the Peddar’s Way to form a complete coast-to-coast route from the Channel to the North Sea: see the section for South East England for more detail on these routes.

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