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Start your incredible fundraising and hike as you like!

Now more than ever, getting outside for some fresh air is so important, so why not take on your own outdoor adventure while raising funds for local children?

From May onwards, we invite you to ‘hike as you like’ with our annual The Incredible Hike! Give your mental wellbeing a boost, get out into nature and show your support for families across the South West.

In honour of our 30th Anniversary, we’ve picked out 30 of our favourite hiking routes across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall to inspire you or if you fancy planning your own Incredible Hike route, you can do that too! 

Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll or a hike like no other, we’d love you to ‘hike as you like’ and take up the challenge to help us celebrate our 30th year. 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your walking shoes, hike as you like and get going with your incredible fundraising!

With special thanks to the South West Coast Path Association and photographer Rob Kendall for the use of their beautiful imagery.

The Incredible Hike FAQ's

Staying safe

Please ensure you adhere to Government Guidelines and announcements from Public Health England so that you, our wonderful fundraisers, stay safe.  If you raise over £30, we’ll send you a very special commemorative 30th Anniversary medal to mark your achievement, so please do register to let us know you are taking part.

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From rolling hillsides to soaring cliffs, the scenery across the South West is both diverse and beautiful, perfect for exploring on a hike or two!

Below, we’ve put together a selection of 30 beautiful routes across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to help you find your perfect hike. The distances and terrain of these vary for each route, with ascents and descents determining the level of difficulty. Whatever your level, there will be a hike to suit you! 

Please refer to the link for each walk to check terrain and for any diversions currently in place.

Please follow the government guidance before planning any activities.

Hike One

Lerryn to St Winnow Circular PL22
  • 5.1miles 8.2km

This delightful walk is a great one for the kids, with scenery that inspired the legendary tales from Wind in the Willows, and an excellent farm museum at St. Winnow.

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Hike Two

Pentewan Valley and Black Head PL26
  • 6.6 miles / 10.6km
  • Strenuous

The walk starts at Pentewan and follows the coast path to Hallane, with some nice views, and around Black Head to Trenarren.

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Hike Three

Holywell to Crantock TR8
  • 4.7 miles / 7.5 km
  • Easy / Moderate

A circular walk from Holywell Bay past the remarkable sacred spring and along the coast to the sandy beaches of Polly Joke and Crantock, returning via the fields of West Pentire and the Cubert Common nature conservation area.

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Hike Four

Zennor Head, Cornwall TR26
  • 4.6 miles  / 7.5km 
  • Moderate

This circular walk heads through farmland and woods before emerging on to the towering granite cliffs of Cornwall's north-west coast – a dramatic section of the South West Coast Path, home to seabirds, wildflowers and Atlantic waves.

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Hike Five

Feock to Devoran TR3 
  • 6.1 miles / 9.8km
  • Easy / moderate

The route passes St Feock's Holy well and follows tracks to the creek at Penpol. 

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Hike Six

Dewerstone Woods And Clay Mining Artifacts PL8

Different options from 1 mile to 4.1 miles / 6.7km

Dewerstone Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and important for its landscape and wildlife as well as for its archaeology and industrial heritage. 

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Hike Seven

Torpoint / Saltash PL10
  • Rame Head Peninsula Circular Walk
  • 5.7 miles / 9.2km
  • Easy / moderate

Rame Head Peninsula Circular Walk is a loop trail located near Torpoint, that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.

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Hike Eight

Bodmin Moor PL15 
  • Brown Willy from Jamaica Inn Circular - Altarnun, Cornwall
  • 7.14 miles 950 feet
  • Medium

A circular route from the infamous Jamaica Inn pub up to the highest point on the moor and back.

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Hike Nine

St Neot Two Valleys PL14
  • 5.1 miles / 8.2km
  • Moderate to strenuous

The route passes through St Neot towards the church then climbs up to the moorland of Berry Down via small lanes and footpaths. The return route is via small lanes and tracks, ending at the London Inn.

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Hike Ten

Poundstock to Millook EX23
  • 3.4 miles / 5.4 km
  • Strenuous as steep gradients

The walk starts at Poundstock and follows a country line out of the Wanson Valley.

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Hike Eleven

Coast to Coast Trail (Cornwall Mineral Tramways) 
  • 11 Miles / 17.5 km
  • Moderate due to distance

This 11-mile trail is ideally suited for keen walkers and offers the chance to explore Cornwall’s industrial history. 

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Please follow the government guidance before planning any activities.

Hike One

The Hangman Hills, Combe Martin EX34
  • 4.7 miles / 7.5 km
  • Challenging

An inspiring walk that amply rewards the effort involved, with far-reaching views over coast and hills, through an area rich in history. 

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Hike Two

Lydford Gorge Waterfall Trail EX20
  • 2.6 miles / 4.2km

Follow a bubbling Dartmoor stream along a green ravine to thrilling waterfalls and whirlpools.

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Hike Three

Burrator Reservoir PL20 
  • 4.4 miles / 7.1km
  • Moderate

Rich in history and legend, Dartmoor National Park offers an exhilarating challenge for walkers and some of the most dramatic views in England.

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Hike Four

The Exe Valley Way EX1

You decide the length of route!

A river valley walk between source and sea along the beautiful River Exe. 

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Hike Five

Babbacombe to Seaton TQ1

We had to include a little stretch of the South West Coast Path and have included the stretch between Babbacombe to Seaton. 

Babbacombe to Exmouth
  • 14.4 Miles / 23.2km
  • Easy

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Exmouth to Sidmouth 12.5 miles
  • 12.5 miles / 20.1km 
  • Easy, moderate to strenuous

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Sidmouth to Seaton
  • 10.3 miles / 16.6km
  • Challenging - Severe to strenuous

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Hike Six

Castles and coast way TA5
  • 13 miles / 21 km
  • Easy to Moderate

Circular walk from Nether Stowey Castle to Stogursey Castle and the England Coast Path

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Hike Seven

Emsworthy Mire Nature Reserve TQ13
  • 5 miles / 8km

Just West of Haytor Rocks is this old stone walled enclosure full of wildlife, moorland farm ruins and in spring thousands of bluebells! 

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Hike Eight

River Erme, Middlecombe Beach and Kingston Circular Near Ivybridge TQ7
  • 6 miles / 9.7km
  • Strenuous

This circular walk explores the beautiful estuary of the River Erme as it meets the English Channel in South Devon. 

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Hike Nine

Dawlish Warren to Exeter along the South West Coast Path and Exe Estuary Trail EX7
  • 10.9 miles (17.5 km)
  • Easy / Moderate

This walk is part of the Exe Valley Way and joins the coast path at Starcross.

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Hike Ten

Castle Neroche, Middleroom Wood, and Thurlbear Wood Circular near Chard, Somerset TA20
  • 20.9km
  • Moderate

Departing from Castle Neroche, this meandering circular enjoys neighbouring woods and villages both inside and outside Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

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Please follow the government guidance before planning any activities.

Hike One 

Bleadon Hill Walk BS24 
  • 7.5 miles / 12km 

A circular walk from Beacon Hill within the Mendip Hills in Somerset.

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Hike Two 

Blackdown, Charterhouse and Velvet Bottom Circular BS40 
  • 6.6 miles 10.6km 

This is a lovely route with the most incredible views over the Chew Valley and Beacon Batch.

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Hike Three 

Leigh Woods – Abbots Leigh Circular BS8 
  • 6.4 miles 10.3km 

 This one is great if you don’t have a car as it’s accessible from the city centre. It’s a nice easy walk taking in some of Bristol’s famous views over Avon Gorge, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Ashton Court.

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Hike Four 

Badminton walk in the Cotswolds GL9 
  • 5 miles / 8.3km 

This walk is through the Duke of Beaufort’s estate, across fields filled with flowers, a grassy airstrip used for Badminton Horse Trials, past castellated barns and cottages, and on through the deer park. 

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Hike Five 

Bath Skyline Walk BA1 
  • 6miles / 9.6km 
  • 2 mile option suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs 

Only a short stroll from the city centre, enter another world, onto the skyline hills above Bath and beyond.

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Hike Six 

The Cotswold WayCold Ashton SN14 to Bath BA1 
  • 10.2 miles (16.5 Km) 

With over 102 miles (164km) of magical walking, magnificent views, ancient sites and beautiful villages, the Cotswold Way offers a taste of the South you will not forget. 

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Hike Seven 

Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole BA5 
  • 4 miles / 6.5km 

This walk offers marvellous landscapes, superb woodlands, streams, wildflowers and birdlife with views across the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury. The route follows a path between the high cliffs of Ebbor Gorge, the home of the fascinating limestone caves Wookey Hole. 

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Hike Eight 

Cley Hill Summit Loop from Corsley BA12 
  • 9.34 miles / 15.2km Challenging 

People have been drawn to this landmark, for its 2,500-year-old Iron Age hillfort, Bronze Age burial mound and the beauty of the wildlife. The 360 degree view from the top of Cley Hill is just amazing. While climbing to the top is most visitors' first thought, make time to enjoy the lower slopes on the west and north sides; here you can expect to see buzzards, kestrels and the occasional hobby soaring above the hillfort ramparts and yellowhammer darting through the hedgerows. 

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Hike Nine 

The Jubilee Way. Aust BS35 to Old Sodbury BS37 
  • 17 miles / 27km 

The Jubilee Way is a 27km/17 mile long route which links Aust, at the south side of the Severn Bridge, with Old Sodbury at the base of the Cotswold Hills. It offers a scenic walk along the banks of the Severn Estuary before heading east over the fertile fields of the Severn Vale towards Thornbury, and then on to the limestone escarpment of the Cotswolds. 

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Jayne Jarrett, Event Fundraiser, Little Bridge House

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Your hike, your way

You may like to plan your own Incredible Hike by deciding on a route with mileage and terrain to suit you and increase your potential to raise even more incredible funds for local families.

Often in the South West, you don’t need to venture very far to find your nearest green (or blue) space as there’s plenty of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty on offer, so step outside your front door and head for your local park, canal, lake or coast to find your chosen route.

Below are some suggestions of areas you may like to plan your route through:

•    The South West Coast Path National Trail
•    Exmoor National Park
•    Dartmoor National Park
•    Bodmin Moor
•    Cotswold Way

CHSW Saltrock T-shirt

CHSW are thrilled to be supported by Saltrock, who have designed a very special limited-edition T-shirt to celebrate our 30th Anniversary.

Why not purchase one to wear on your hike and out training?

Buy a Saltrock T-shirt

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Take on an Incredible Hike for Children’s Hospice South West

Join Team CHSW!

Join our team of amazing fundraisers by taking part in your own Incredible Hike.  

Our fundraising teams are here to support you every step of the way and make fundraising as easy and fun as possible. We have fundraising ideas for every occasion, how-to guides and a selection of handy materials for you to download to make your fundraising even easier!

Lockdown/self-isolating fundraising ideas

  • 2000+ steps a day 
  • Use your stairs at home
  • Walk around the block
  • Around your back garden
  • Dig out your old skipping rope and do 1,000 skips
  • Mini assault courses in the garden

Working from home?

  • Facetime virtual walk with your work colleagues in your lunch break
  • Mile a day for a month – around the block and back in time for coffee!
  • Keep the kids active
  • Save in a pot - the money you would save on travel to and from work
  • The money you save on a sneaky takeaway coffee each day

We would love you to post your incredible adventures, photos and videos in our CHSW Be Incredible Facebook page to share your achievements and inspire others!

To make your fundraising super simple, don’t forget to set up an online Just Giving page and share with your friends and family on social media.

Set up Just Giving page

Don’t forget to let us know you are taking part and when you raise over £30 (per person), we’ll send you a very special commemorative 30th Anniversary medal!