South West Coast Path Repairs - Winning the battle
September 25th 2013
Great to see that Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset Councils, despite the economic climate, have been proactive in providing financial support to repair the damage suffered on the South West Coast Path during the winter of 2012/2013.
This season got off to tricky start with over 30 landslides or diversions in place during February but the vast majority have been addressed by the Local Authorities and major funding bodies. The coast path is always prone to these issues as an ever changing and eroding coastal landscape - which is very much part of its appeal but the path suffered with over 10 years worth of slips and slides during last winter which created a major test for those organising on the route for this years walkers. 8 months on however and with the best weather for 6 years its been a great season on the path for walkers with unprecedented numbers enjoying the trail.
Not often we get to praise our local Councils but its great to see their recognition and support for the UK's longest (and best) National Trail. The Coast Path is very much open for walkers and we are all looking forward to getting out again during 2014.
Latest Coast Path Diversions
September 25th 2013
Updated 18th Septmeber 2013
Virtual drought conditions in early 2012 followed by the wettest year on record has led to a number of winter cliff falls for walkers to be aware of. The South West Coast Path is continually reviewed and checked by an army of wardens from the local authority, Coast Path Team, National Trust and other major landowners and problems are located very quickly and the route revised to take account of any slips.
Those walking the route this season will find sections of the path more tricky and so please be vigilant and use common sense - stay well clear of the Cliff Edges particularly during the winter and avoid the bottom of cliff faces where you are at most risk of any movement.
For up to date information on all of the following closures visit
The News page at the South West Coast Path Association - CLICK HERE
The News page at the South West Coast Path Team - CLICK HERE
Please report any problems or potential problems that you notice on the trail by clicking here this will go straight through to the Coast Path Team.
There are many small diversions of a few hundred metres for minor slips or path deterioration that you may not even notice and we are not listing as they will not affect your walk in any major way.
More significant diversions we are aware of that you should allow for in your daily mileage follow. All walkers with Encounter Walking Holidays will as ever be fully briefed on significant diversions in their daily walking itinerary - for those not walking with us please note the following.
In order from Minehead to Poole
The Coast Path Team and their partners are working to resolve these issues and have made great progress with the list since February but some of them will take time and money to reopen fully. Please help with the ongoing repair work by supporting The Great South West Walk celebrations for the 40th birthday of the Coast Path and join in by walking a section to help us fund raise to maintain and improve the nationals best walking route for all walkers.
Coleridge Way Walking Breaks - Special Offer 2013/14
September 25th 2013
Coleridge Way Web Offer - Save over £50 with Free Maps, Route Notes and Transfers
To celebrate the success of our superb Coleridge Way Walk in Somerset launched last year we are offering free full scale OS maps, Route Notes and a free transfer back to your car from the end of the walk (OR free transfer on arrival to Nether Stowey from Taunton Train station if arriving by train). This applies for ANY bookings from October 2013 through to April 2014 - worth over £50 in total per booking.
This walk is a perfect off season break of 3 or 4 days covering the Quantocks, Exmoor National Park and finishing on the South West Coast Path at Porlock Village
Please Quote Offer Reference COLE22 when asking for a quote or booking to qualify for this offer.
Dartmoor Way Offer
September 1st 2013
Dartmoor Way Web Offer - £50 off per person for Autumn Walkers
To celebrate the success of our superb Dartmoor Way Walk we are offering £50 off per person or £100 per couple for ANY bookings for the rest of 2013.
Quote DART22 when asking for a quote to take advantage of this offer.
Saints Way Cheapest Offer!
February 17th 2013
Cheapest Ever Saints Way Walk Offers - under £200 per person
For all start dates for 2013 as long as the accommodation is still available !
The Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey (Cornwall)
includes accommodation, breakfast, 2 or 3 days walking, luggage transfers, guidebook and full OS Route Maps
Offer Prices guaranteed for dates throughout the 2013 season
Prices based on 2 persons sharing a double or twin ensuite room - single and group walking offers also available at pro rata rates.
CLICK HERE to send in an email requesting a Special Offer Quote - to see accommodation options, walking detail and a full itinerary covering these offers
Encounter Walking Path Improvements Project
October 16th 2012
Click Here to read about the successful Great South West Walk Event and the work to improve access to the Coast Path at Lansallos near Fowey (South Cornwall) sponsored by Encounter Walking Holidays in partnership with The National Trust and The South West Coast Path Team
Two Moors Way - Castle Drogo Wins Award
December 22nd 2010
Congratulations to the National Trust and in particular the staff at Castle Drogo just off the Two Moors Way long distance path. They have just received the silver award for Large Attraction of the Year 2010 in a competition that covers all of the many visitor attractions in the West Country.
The last castle to be built in England from a walkers perspective Castle Drogo occupies a superb position above the Teign Gorge Hunters Path which is part of the Coast to Coast Two Moors Way walk. Those walking the sections between Chagford and Drewsteignton at the end of the Dartmoor section of walking visit Castle Drogo on route towards the second moor at Exmoor.
Cape Cornwall joins the South West Coast Path
December 22nd 2010
For years coast path walkers in Cornwall near Lands End have passed the stunning Cape Cornwall peninsular admiring it from the path in the St Just area. The mounded Cape with its tiny ruined chapel and huge chimney has long been a well know spot for spotting dolphins, seals and the distant Scilly Isles but has required a detour off the path.
Thanks to work from the South West Coast Path Association with the National Trust the Cape has now been included on the official route of the trail and from now on all those walking the Lands End Way between St Ives and Penzance will be taken round the only Cape (meeting of two seas) in England.
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