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Lightening the Load

Celebrating over 10 years of working with the South West Coast Path Association to help care for walkers and the Coast Path.

Luggage Transfers have been a valued supporter of the charity for many years. We thank them for their generous support that helps us to continue our work.


Luggage Transfers has been lightening the load for walkers making their way along the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path – England’s longest National Trail – since 2009.

Walking the Path bag-free

Starting off as just two friends and my mum – who was chief driver, booker and diary keeper, we began our luggage transfer service on the St Ives to Penzance section of the Path. Our aim was to help walkers who were tackling the Path in a linear way to walk bag-free. We simply picked up the luggage at the start of the day and had it waiting at their next accommodation stop-off along the Trail. It was so popular with hikers that by the end of the first season we were covering the Newquay to Falmouth section too!

Luggage Transfers cover the whole 630 miles of the South West Coast Path

Now 13 years on, Luggage Transfers is the only luggage courier service covering the whole 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, as well as other major walking routes across the South West of England. We now have over 20 drivers, are FEEFO Platinum award rated with over 500 5 star reviews, delivering thousands of bags per month. We’ve given mum a rest and my sister-in-law Rhianne has stepped up to take the reins in the office – a real family effort from a Cornish company.    

Photo by Andrew Guest

Our working relationship with the South West Coast Path Association charity has always been a close one.  We know that if the Path is not protected and cared for, and people given the information they need to enjoy and benefit from the Trail, we wouldn’t have a business. It costs over £1,400 every year to look after each mile, so it makes perfect sense to give back and support the SWCPA and their volunteers in their work.

We originally helped the charity to build its business membership and now continue to  encourage our accommodation providers along the Trail to give back to the Path by joining the Association as business Way Makers.

Most importantly we ask our customers to support the Association by giving them the opportunity to make a donation as part of their Luggage Transfers booking process.

Over the last 10 years, we’ve raised over £10,000 in this way, starting with an optional 25p donation on each transfer booking.  Now we provide the opportunity to donate £2, £5, £10 or £20 via a drop down on all enquiry and bookings forms.  We’ve been astounded by the response and have raised over £1,000 in 2021 in this way, despite COVID.

A massive thank you to all our customers for helping us to support the charity which keeps the Path safe for the future, for its unique wildlife and for everyone to enjoy. We hope that other businesses who benefit from the £520 million the South West Coast Path brings into the local economy and the 9 million visitors it attracts who stop off with us or use our services along the way will be inspired to work alongside the SWCPA to look after this amazing environmental asset too – check out some of the different ways to work with the SWCPA.   

Photo by David Miller

If exploring the South West Coast Path is on your bucket-list for 2022, here’s some of the most challenging sections on the Trail where you could probably do with us helping to lighten your load. You can book your  luggage transfer on line here.

North Devon  

  • Clovelly, Hartland Point & Hartland Quay – Considered one of the toughest parts of the coast path.  It’s remote, and exposed. Once you’re on the path, there’s very little opportunity to leave it, so bags can get heavy!

West Cornwall

  • St Ives, Zennor, Gurnards Head & Pendeen – Whilst the views are stunning, the terrain underfoot means you’ll be walking slower than a normal day, spending a lot of time looking at your feet.  Loose granite and boggy ground make this a tough and slow day’s walking.

Jurassic Coast 

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Become a Way Maker

If you’re a business based on or near the Path, you’re an essential part of the South West Coast Path experience for the 9 million visitors who spend time on the National Trail each year.

Whether you are a food and drink provideraccommodation provider or run a visitor attraction, experience or activity – you help to make the SWCP one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. You make the Way.

Thanks to this unique trail, over £500 million is generated for the local economy every year, supporting thousands of jobs and livelihoods like yours. By coming together we can protect and improve the Coast Path for generations to come.

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2 comments

  1. We used Luggage Transfers in September 2021 and the service we received was fantastic. Every day our heavy bag had arrived without a hitch and was waiting for us at our next stop.
    We just want to say thank you to you all, from your very efficient customer service and the people who drive to and fro with our bags safely.
    We plan to do our next leg next year and will definitely use you again.
    Thank you Helen and David x

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  2. We have used Luggage Transfers for each trip since 2012 (haven’t walked every year), thankfully discovering them after carrying on our maiden trip from Minehead to Wollacombe and suffering very sore shoulders!
    Can’t fault the service, very professional and haven’t once had a problem. They even gave me the heads up when there was a booking mix up at an accommodation one year which I managed to sort thanks to the advance notice.
    Will definitely use again once we can get back on the path!

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