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Walkers vote South West Coast Path top of poll

The South West Coast Path has come out top in a survey of Britain's best-loved walks.

The footpath - which is England's longest - stretches for 630 miles, running from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall, to Poole Harbour in Dorset.

The survey, carried out by National Express, polled 1,000 British walkers on their favourite routes.

The Lake District's Windermere Way came second, and Scotland's Great Glen Way, which offers panoramas of Loch Ness, was placed third.

View of South West Coast Path from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, Dorset Credit: PA

List of the UK's Favourite Walks

  1. The South West Coast Path (Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset)
  2. Windermere Way (The Lake District, Cumbria)
  3. The Great Glen Way (Scottish Highlands)
  4. The South Downs Way (Hampshire and Sussex)
  5. Scafell Pike (The Lake District, Cumbria)
  6. Pembrokeshire Coast Path (Pembrokeshire)
  7. Hadrian's Wall Path (Tyne and Wear, Northumberland, Cumbria)
  8. The Coast to Coast (Cumbria and Yorkshire)
  9. Bournemouth's Coast Path (Dorset and Hampshire)
  10. The White Cliffs of Dover (Kent)
  11. The Lizard Peninsula Coastal Walk (Cornwall)
  12. The Cotswolds Way (Gloucestershire and Somerset)
  13. Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path (Suffolk and Norfolk)
  14. Yorkshire Wolds Way (Yorkshire)
  15. The Pennine Way (Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scotland)
  16. Cannock Chase (Staffordshire)
  17. Bradgate Park (Leicestershire)
  18. London's Capital Ring (London)
  19. The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail (Gloucestershire)
  20. The Three Peaks (Yorkshire)

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South West Water fined £150,000 for allowing sewage to flow down beach

Dawlish Beach in 2014. Credit: PA Images

South West Water has been fined £150,000 for polluting a stream and a Devon beach at the height of the holiday season.

The water company admitted allowing sewage to flow down Dawlish beach during the August bank holiday in 2015.

It blamed blockages caused by people flushing wet wipes and also admitted killing fish by polluting Woodbury brook near Exmouth.

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