Local walk ranks among world’s greatest, according to travel bible.

THE South West Coast Path named as one of the world's greatest walks by travel bible Lonely Planet.

The 630-mile trek, which takes in the entire North Devon coast on its route from Minehead to Poole, ranks alongside New Zealand's Milford Track, Chile's Torres del Paine trek and Alaska's Chilkoot Trail as one of the world's most awe-inspiring hikes.

The new Great Adventures book published this month, describes the coast path as 'walking at its most diverse, most spectacular and most delicious'.

The South West Coast Path is the only hike in the UK to make it into the highly respected guide book and one of 12 hikes identified across the globe.

Mark Owen, National Trail Officer for the South West Coast Path team, said: "As anyone who has ever walked the South West Coast Path will attest, this is a truly breathtaking route with some of the finest scenery you will ever see.

"It is fantastic to have been included in Great Adventures, and especially gratifying to know that the coast path is up there with other high-octane hikes such as the Tour du Mont Blanc."

Ilfracombe Councillor Paul Crabb was among those who welcomed the path's inclusion in the new guide.

He said: "We're looking forward to promoting the benefits of the spectacular walk to a new audience of ramblers, and even to people who have not thought of walking holidays before.

"Of course, walkers on the Ilfracombe section will now have Damien Hirst's Verity to provoke discussion."