Encounter Walking


Getting to your Walking Holiday

 

To reach the walking regions of the South West and Wales we recommend the train as the fastest, most reliable and most enjoyable way to start and finish your walking holiday. Arrive by train and you miss the holiday traffic jams, save on the parking charges all in the knowledge that by using rail you are helping to protect the very environment you are about to start walking through. With the tips and information you will find on our pages it can also be the cheapest option to get to and from your walking holiday. 

How to get to your chosen Walk

For detailed information on how to get to your chosen walking route use the 'Travel' button which you will find on the top right hand side on all our individual walk description pages. This gives detailed options for getting to and from your chosen walking route from mainline coach and bus stations as well as giving parking information for those arriving by car. For those booking holidays with us we will always help with further advice on how to get to and from your walk.

General rail options for the South West -  Somerset, Devon and Cornwall

With our mainline railway running via Somerset along the very backbone of Devon and Cornwall, the train gives a range of easy access points for walkers all along the South West Coast Path and Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks.  

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Great Western Railway run quick and regular services throughout the South West and South Wales linking the key walking regions to London, the rest of the UK and the international airports see www.gwr.com

General rail options for the Wales Coast Path

 

For those heading to Wales, the stations at Tenby, Milford Haven, Fishguard and Pembroke allow you to step straight off the train and straight onto the world class Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

The North Wales Coast Path has an excellent rail service with direct trains from Birmingham New Street to Machynlleth where you can access both the Meirionydd and Ceredigion sections of the Wales Coast Path. 

From Machynlleth Trains then split to give further access to the North and the Snowdonia National Park area via stations at Barmouth and Porthmadog OR to the South access further along the Ceredigion Coast Path at Borth and Aberystwyth.

  Arriva Trains runs these services throughout Wales see www.arrivatrainswales.co.uk.

 

Rail to Trail Walking Holidays

We run special 'Rail to Trail' walking holidays in both Wales and the South West of England where you can arrive in one location by train before walking on to depart from another by rail. No transfers and no fuss. Click here to view some of the options.

Arriving by Bus or Coach

Traveline South West  & Traveline Cymru (Wales) provide further detailed information and timetables about travelling by both bus and train in the regions.

National Express also run regular long distance coach services to the South West and Wales and as ever we can advise on these options. This can be a cheaper option if you are on a very tight budget but it will be usually be much slower and less comfortable and convinient than the trains. In the first instance if you can get cheap advance purchase train tickets this is the quickest and often the best value travel in the UK.

Arriving by Car

For those considering using a car you will find more information on the individual walk pages under 'Travel'.  Our final itineraries cover the parking options in full and we can help advise about options on how to return to collect your car at the end of your walk. This is usually either by public transport or a private transfer which we can arrange if you wish. Just remember that with restricted parking in many of the coastal towns and hefty daily parking charges its well worth investigating the train and other public transport options as a cheaper and more stress free alternative first.

However you plan to  arrive, if you need more info just ask – we are always happy to help with advice on the best options to get to and from your walk.

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