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The largest walking site for the SW & Wales

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300 pages of Interactive Maps, route profiles, FAQ's, videos & trail reviews

Find the answers to ALL your walking queries from the region's most comprehensive walking website



Your Walk... Your Way

We don't do "STANDARD" walking holidays

Benefit from individual advice and tailor made itineraries to create the walk YOU want

Work with walking advisors who KNOW the trails & can plan the right route, accommodation & support for you - from the moment you enquire until the end of your adventure

South West & Wales

We are the regions premier Walking Experts

  • Cornwall & SW based Staff
  • Largest choice of routes
  • Choose your accommodation
  • Design your own itinerary
  • Group rates and discounts
  • Dogs & singles welcome
  • Specialists for overseas walkers
  • Best guidebooks, maps & itineraries



Review of The Mendip Way in Somerset Life Magazine


"Simone Stanbrook-Byrne revels in her surroundings as a newly re-launched route takes her through some of the most dramatic and varied terrain in the country."

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne's excellent review of the Mendip way is available as a downloadable PDF by clicking here or you can read it online by visiting Somerset Life's website and reading the magazine article by clicking here.



Join us on the Mendip Way

The Mendip Way offers 50 miles of top quality walking through an area of outstanding natural beauty along the Mendip Plateau in beautiful Somerset, through an ancient landscape of hidden caverns and gorges. Visit places replete with myths and legends including King Arthur's Vale of Avalon, the cathedral city of Wells and the iconic Glastonbury Tor. Read more about The Mendip Way.         Contact us for more information and to request a quote.


Walking Information Booket

We are providing all our walkers with copies of this excellent guide to help answer questions about our walking holidays. Those booking onto them receive booklets with their maps and guidebooks but if you have general questions about how our holidays work day to day its work looking at it online for more info. There is lots of useful information if you have not walked in the UK or not been on a walking holiday before.

Click here or click on the image to view The Walkers Information Booklet now

We also have a section of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Click here and of course you are welcome to just contact us directly with any specific questions if you can't find the answers you need.

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Latest walk reviews & route feedback

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Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: Andrew Newsham Walked on: 6th September 2022

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers


Overall experience

"The west and north sections of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path...another great UK national trail adventure organised for my wife and I by Encounter Walking. I could ramble on (excuse the pun) about the excellence of the Encounter team and the service their customers receive, but I won't test your patience to that degree! All I'd say is that our trip to Wales was the third holiday we've booked with Encounter, and I imagine we'll return to book further holidays regularly in the future. I recommend this company very highly indeed. As for the Pembrokeshire Coast Path itself, it reminded us more of south west Ireland than, say, the South West Coast Path in Cornwall. It's wild, rugged and remote...but very rewarding. One tip - take a day off in St Davids for a visit to Ramsey Island. And be prepared for long, challenging, not-for-the-faint-hearted days when heading north from St Davids - up to and beyond 20 miles as you make your way to Trefin, Goodwick, Newport and, finally, St Dogmaels. Tough, but every step is a joy."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Bude to Padstow Name: Chip Spicer Walked on: 28th October 2022

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Booking our walk was difficult because we had to cancel twice due to Covid. But Encounter Walking handled the changes smoothly. They also provided excellent advice on our route and the timing of our trip. We couldn't have been more pleased with their staff and responses to our issues."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"The website was very helpful in selecting our route. "

Your Walking Routes

"The route was everything we were looking for. It was challenging for three hikers in our 70s, but we enjoyed the challenge. The scenery was outstanding. We had high winds blowing FROM THE LAND on some of our days, but that just added to the challenge."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary were very helpful. The only trouble we had in following the trail occurred near towns, where social trails sometimes caused confusion. The downloaded maps and GPS signal on my phone from an app called Pocket Earth, helped us stay on the correct trail in these instances."

Luggage transfers

"All transfers worked perfectly."


"We were very pleased with all of our accommodations. The hosts were all friendly and the breakfasts were excellent. Our only concern was that breakfasts were not available until 8 AM, which meant a late start on the trail. Because our hike was in late October, the days were shorter, so we would have preferred to get an earlier start."

Overall experience

"Outstanding! This was my second walking holiday with Encounter Walking, and I hope to do more."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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