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04/05/2022 Update -  We are now full to capacity up to the end of August 2022. We have good availability for September and October on all routes - so please get in touch for any of those dates  Click Here to send in a quote request and get your walking plans underway


South West Coast Path

The Coleridge Way

Go Walking in Wales

Cornwall Coast Path

Exmoor National Park

Jurassic Coast Path

Walking in Somerset

"Rail to Trail" Walks

Dartmoor National Park

Group Discounts

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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

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  • Best guidebooks, maps & itineraries

Bookings - Update 11th November

We still have a few walkers finishing up this month but we are busy now providing quotes and making bookings for all dates in 2022 so please use the online quote form to send your requests in to us  - CLICK HERE to access it


Today, finally the virus seems to be in retreat but we leave the following posting as a reminder of our darkest days


- At this difficult time for the whole world a short video message from us here in Cornwall -
Please Stay Well, Positive and look after each other -
with love from all of us at Encounter Walking Holidays - January 2021




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.



Fully Open for 2021 Season  Quotes and Enquiries 

We are currently taking enquiries and bookings for all months on all walks including our new routes on the Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Path in Wales - during January you will also see details arriving online on our new St Austell Brewery Ale Trails in South and West Cornwall and the three day Exmoor Adventure on a circular route out of Porlock  - CLICK HERE to send in a quote enquiry



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: Coleridge Way Name: Judy D Walked on: 21st January 2022

Everything was great.  Really enjoyed this winter walk and a good start to walking in 2022.  Appreciated quick response to my last minute booking.  Accommodations all fine and easy to find on the route, good food.  (Ancient Mariner has no heating in the rooms apart from a couple of oil heaters which, as they aren’t turned on prior to check in, took hours to warm up. Rooms modern and large. No food on Mondays) Lots of variety of scenery.  

Quiet tracks even at the weekend.  Lots of tempting walking trails in this area and pretty villages.  Instructions, guide book and route map useful though the trail is very well signed (apart from the Dunkery Beacon option where the signs differed from the gpx file but I was able to figure it out from the description in the guide book).  Great service from Encounter, would recommend etc etc.

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Route: The Dartmoor Way Name: Andrew Newsham Walked on: 30th August 2021

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Overall experience

"My wife and I spent nine wonderful days walking The Dartmoor Way. We started in Buckfastleigh and wound our way anticlockwise around the national park, with a rest day in Lydford to visit the magnificent Lydford Gorge. The final two days were an often breathtaking hike east from Tavistock across the wild high moor. But what sticks in our memories is the incredible variety this route offers. Yes, the moor is a highlight, but it's complemented by stretches of woodland through which cheerful streams burble, the peaceful tranquility of Devon's familiar rural landscape, famous tourist destinations such as Castle Drogo and the county's picturesque towns and villages which punctuate the trail. And its pubs. Oh yes, it's pubs! And I cannot recommend Encounter Walking Holidays too highly. The service is faultless: Explaining what was possible and necessary during the coronavirus crisis; planning and arranging the details of our holiday; the general support before, during and after our visit to Devon. Very impressive and we will book with Encounter Walking again without hesitation."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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