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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

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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: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Julie Law Walked on: 17th August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Last minute decision to start the Path this year as all summer plans cancelled for our teenage son and we needed him entertained (stretched!) for at least a week! Encounter were fabulous in sorting this out with a very short timeframe."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"So comprehensive. We forwarded our itinerary to our parents who 'walked the path' with us thanks to the website and itinerary."

Your Walking Routes

"Walking routes were fine for 65 yr old, 51 yr old and 16 yr old - difficult in places and we did get some blisters even with good walking boots. The walk into Lynmouth was hard on day 2 as it seemed to take ages to get there but Encounter do say there are strenuous sections so we were warned! Storm Ellen (the day when 50 beach huts were blown into the sea!!) at Woolacombe was hairy and Morte Point didn't really help vertigo on the cliffs but we saw it as a great adventure! (We didnt venture right onto Morte Point as we have done on previous trips! "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Walking notes to B&B's very clear (but we do already know the area very well in any event). Maps and guidebooks very good."

Luggage transfers

"Our luggage was always in the right place at the right time. We would add that the taxi service which we used to get to our dinner reservations in Combe Martin (the same taxi that took us back to Minehead from Westward Ho!) was superb and Encounter should ensure they use him again."


"A particular stand out accommodation was Instow Barton and we will definitely be returning there. They would get a 6*! The Parks Guesthouse, Myrtle Cottage and The Lyn Valley Guest House were also superb and should get 5*. One pub was functional, the rooms ok and clean but sadly 2 were not up to standard but this may be down to Covid. We would say that the welcome we had at these 2 was not the best and the Combe Martin guest house has certainly seen better days and we think the owner probably needs a change of career! This was surprising as they get a very good write up in the guidebook. Because of 2 accommodation was not up to scratch we have had to give 4 * for this but get these 2 places sorted out and we would give the full 5*"

Overall experience

"This is the first time we have used Encounter and will definitely be using them for the remainder of the South West Coast Path. Thank you so much - we almost forgot we were under a global pandemic!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Carl Walked on: 1st August 2020

Dear Damon and colleagues,

Damon - such a pleasure to meet you in person and twice! Really great, after these years of corresponding.

First of all, thank you all SO much for making my walk this year possible. It really was the most wonderful break, especially after all the months of being restricted to staring more or less all the time at four walls.

Just viewing the sea, the open horizon and hearing the sound of the waves constantly in the background - all really did me a world of good. Very happy too to see lots of bird life. On one of my last days, I spent a fair bit of time with a young kestrel just meters away, sitting on a post. It was staring at me, as I was staring back! I also had the company of a trio of peregrine falcons overhead most of an afternoon. Such great memories to take back to the city.

I do realise and appreciate hugely how you had to organise everything twice, what with the necessary cancellation in the spring. I also understand that it must have been very challenging for your team as well as all the b&b’s, what with having to start up again after many months in lock-down and organise things quickly. Everything went really well and everyone was incredibly welcoming and helpful.

I hope the rest of the season goes smoothly for all of you and can provide your company with the necessary resources for the future. You are all doing an amazing job, providing a fantastic personal service.

Warmest regards, Carl

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1. Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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3. Your Walking Routes

4. Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

5. Luggage transfers

6. Accommodation

7. Overall experience

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9. Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others?    Yes No

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