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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

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We are the regions premier Walking Experts

  • Cornwall & SW based Staff
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Autumn Special Offers

2019 - Autumn Walking Breaks

We are offering a great deal on some of our walking routes for those of you looking for an autumn getaway. These deals apply if you book a walk with us on one of these routes.

Read more here.....

Porthcurno Beach

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).

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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 2019 Season  Quotes and Enquiries 

We are currently taking enquiries and bookings for all months on all walks -  Easter, the end of May Bank Holiday and late July are currently very booked but we will try to help with those dates if you can be flexible so please ask - CLICK HERE to send in a booking request 



Join us in celebrating the launch of the new, improved 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: Lizard Coast Path Name: JLE & Helene Walked on: 23rd July 2019

Thanks for a wonderful walk.  Great choice of accommodation‌, luggage transfer perfect, scenery breathtaking, etc.

An experience I'd like to share, though, as it might be useful to other walkers : On day five of our trip - from Cadgwith to Porthallow, we found it was easy to get lost - as indeed we did. After a place called Shag Rock, as the acorn path has been mingling for a while with the "coastal path",  if you miss the  place you are supposed to sway left you find yourself in Loggan Point... and realize too late that you should never have been there.

We tried to resume our itinerary, making our way through a stock of cows reluctant to let us through, looking for an acorn symbol that  seemed to have vanished. Found ourselves in the coutyard of a bad tempered holiday maker who grabbed us by the arm to show us the way out...

By then, and according to the map, we deemed to be in Rosenithon. Further up the road the acorn we had been looking for suddenly made an apperance, and we thought we were saved.

Not so. A place calle Porthoustock had yet a few tricks of its own, as the acorn played hide and seek along an unlikely path that finally left us on the road by the "Fat Apple Café". We were almost there.

The trick is not to get mixed up with the coastal path, and stick to the "acorn" at all costs - even if it  is sometimes malicious.
Thanks again,

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Route: Mevagissey to Looe Name: Lone K - Norway Walked on: 03rd September 2019

Just a few words to tell you that we now arrived safely in Norway. We have had a perfect trip with lovely hikings in a beautiful landscape. The hikingtours matched us just perfect!

Thank you and maybe we will come back in the future????

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