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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

Bookings - Update 6th May 2021

We are hugely excited at restarting our walking holidays from the 17th May as allowed by the latest Government Changes

The only routes still with space during June are now The Coleridge Way, Mendip Way, Saints Way and the Exmoor Coast Path. All routes have some availability from July onwards but please be flexible with dates and route choices to have the best chance of getting a run of accommodation.  Please send in your details on the quote request form below and we will work on a quote for you to view  - to read more about your protection with our 'Coronavirus Booking Promise' - click here




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 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.

To subscribe to future Newsletters with updates on new walks and offers (2 or 3 times a year) to to the very bottom right of this page to find the sign up box


Latest walk reviews & route feedback

Click Here to Submit your own Review

Route: Saints Way Name: Paul & Jacci Ramplin Walked on: 24th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Helpful staff and information. Any questions answered promptly"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use and understand with plenty of useful information to help with the planning."

Your Walking Routes

"Too much road walking for our liking. However, some lovely scenery and very easy walking"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent detailed and comprehensive pack. We were able to map the walk on GPS which helped with navigation."

Luggage transfers

"All went smoothly"


"On the whole great though would have preferred a cooked breakfast on the first day (only croissants offered). Stayed at the Hustyns on second night which was lovely because we could use spa facilities on a very wet day, early check-in and a free upgrade - all very welcome."

Overall experience

"Always find Encounter to be helpful, professional and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the experience of walking coast to coast and the route met our expectations - i.e. an easy hike well within our capabilities."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Isobel Walked on: 25th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter Walking have been superb in arranging and (due to Covid) rearranging our trip with great care and attention to detail. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers


"Good general quality of accommodation (and breakfasts) with a couple of stand out choices too."

Overall experience


Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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