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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

COVID-19 - Update 11th June 2020


Find out more - visit our Covid-19 Update pages by clicking here


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 isolated in Cornwall -
Please Stay Well, Positive and look after each other -
with love from all of us at Encounter Walking Holidays - 31st March 2020




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 2020 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 in 2020 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: Padstow to Lizard, Plymouth to Foley, and Saints Way to Little Petherick Name: Elaine & William Kober Walked on: 26th May 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"a bit of trouble following the signage at Saint's Way (Foley to Little Petherick)"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers


Overall experience

"We have walked extensively in England, Wales, and Ireland starting in 2008 and have dealt with a number of different companies. Encounters Walking is the gold standard which we measure all other companies against. They are the only company who offer a variety of options in terms of accommodations along the path. They are willing to make adjustments so that you can tailor your walks based on where you would like to stop. The materials provided are always informative, accurate, and helpful. The pre-trip communication was excellent. The entire staff is knowledgeable and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who is considering a walking trip. We have worked with their company on three trips and are looking forward to with them in the near future. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Porthmadog to St Davids Wales Coast Path Name: Thea L Walked on: 8th August 2018

Hi Damon

As always my walking holiday was very well organized. Even the weather turned out nice, mostly dry and sunny, a few misty days and only a few hours of real rain.

I enjoyed the mix of hills, coastal and inland walking. Although the big coastal cliffs still hold the biggest thrills too me, I might return for the mountains in Wales at some point. Nothing was too long, difficult, steep or vertigous. And many of the days north of Pembrokeshire, I walked alone without meeting anyone. Very nice that that is still possible.

All accommodations were very good with good comfortable rooms. 

Among the hotels/Inns Ocean Drive in Barmouth, the Golden Lion Inn in Newport, and the Coach House in St Davids were my favorites. Due to a personal welcome by friendly hosts.

Among the B&B's Pentower stands out. I could easily have stayed there a week. I had a wonderful room and enjoyed the friendly talks I had with Mary - and the privilege of warming the feet of Jasper the cat. But also in Pen Y Garth in Harlech and York House in Borth, I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere?.

The choice of start and finish was very convenient. I had long transportdays, but could use bus and train, and had no need of expensive taxies.

Thank you for arranging a perfect walk once again.

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