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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

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Welcome - You made it!

The largest walking site for the SW & Wales

Run BY walkers...FOR walkers

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.

Our Chosen Charity for 2019 is Young Minds

We are proud to be support YoungMinds. With the growth in mental health difficulties (3 children in every classroom have a mental health problem), YoungMinds are leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. Please visit their website for more useful information (click on the logo below).

Young Minds logo

Promoting good mental health is now more important than ever, YoungMinds is reaching more children and young people than ever before and they are working to champion the voices of young people and parents to influence mental health policy and practice.

We supported Grant Morffew who walked the Dartmoor Way route in May. Grant raised £6500 which is great news, congratulations to Grant on completing the walk and the amount raised. You can continue to support Grant by visiting his Just Giving page and consider supporting Young Minds directly. See more here

The money raised will go towards their excellent work. To give you an idea of how the money can be spent:

£5 funds a stigma busting pack for teachers and kids in schools; £15 ensures a Helpline Volunteer is on the end of the phone to provide information and support to distressed parents; £30 supports the training of a Young Minds Activist giving them the skills and confidence to speak out about mental health issues; £45 gives a parent or carer an hour with a mental health professional who can provide clinical guidance.

Anyone who wants to know more about YoungMinds or needs the support they can offer, can visit their support page by clicking this link.

Fully Open for 2020 Season  Quotes and Enquiries 

We are currently taking enquiries and bookings for all months on all walks - New routes arriving soon include Ceredigion and Snowdonia Coast Path in Wales, 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.

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

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Route: Shell Bay to West Bay Name: Carol Jarvis Walked on: 17th October 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter holidays were very helpful during the planning process"

Your Walking Routes

"The route was very scenic, particularly between Swanage and Osmington. This section was also We walked from Shell Bay to West Bay. The section from Swanage to Osmington was particularly scenic but very strenuous. Although we don't consider ourselves slow walkers we took quite a lot longer than the average times mentioned in the notes. The Isle of Portland was interesting but scenically my least favourite day. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"In general the notes were good although I think they underestimated the walking time particularly for the strenuous and severe sections."

Luggage transfers

"This all worked very well."


"All the accommodation was satisfactory and most days very good."

Overall experience

"A tough but enjoyable 6 days walking."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Lizard to Falmouth Name: John Heyes Walked on: 18th October 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent planning and advice"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Pretty good but a couple of items such as restaurants no longer there out of date. The itinerary list could have been more compact and better presented. The recommended walking guide books however covered it all in much more detail and were excellent."

Luggage transfers

"Great and friendly service"


"B&B's were excellent with very friendly owners. The hotel in Falmouth was a little tired but the Housal Bay on the Lizard was excellent with great food and very helpful reception team"

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

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5. Luggage transfers

6. Accommodation

7. Overall experience

8. Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays?    Yes No

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

View the Cornish Coast Path from Plymouth to Bude.

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