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Bookings - Update 23rd July 2021

We are now fully booked for July, August and early September. This is very much a result of COVID preventing overseas travel leaving a shortage of accomodation in the walking regions as a result.  We do have walkers on all our trails however and we are taking quote requests and bookings for dates after 15th September right through October and November this year so please do get in touch for some Autumn walking.  We are also opening bookings for 2022 from the middle August so now is the time to start planning next years walking route and we are able to provide quotes as usual for 2022 if you are not able to come this Autumn

 

Covid19

 

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

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Today, finally the virus seems to be in retreat but we leave the following posting as a reminder of our darkest days

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- 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

 

 

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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

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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.

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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: Coleridge Way - Nether Stowey to Porlock 4 days Name: Stella Walked on: 5th July 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent service from everyone at Encounter throughout. Good communication with regard to the added complications of Covid causing postponements etc. Very personal service. All good! Can't fault!"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Fine as far as I can remember but after an initial general look at the website, everything was very individual and done via email."

Your Walking Routes

"Very varied and attractive landscapes/scenery, great views, literary associations. Very very quiet. But quite hard going in places (or was that just us being too old!). Walking surfaces could be challenging - loose stones/rocks, mud, meant you had to watch your footing a lot of the time and take your eye off the scenery. We would fully concur with the underlined warning at point 84 on the route notes. In spite of edging very carefully round the slippery bedrock as best I could I still took a tumble. Another problem we encountered was a fallen tree across the path between points 42 and 43 - we had to get onto hands and knees to crawl under it."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Generally very good. The Zigzag laminated walking maps are excellent. But we did have two incidences where we went seriously wrong having somehow failed to marry the map, route notes, and the signage. The first of these was around Point 22. We can't quite work out how in spite of having got to the layby by the A39 as indicated on the route notes, we ended up heading south round the eastern boundary of the deer park! The second instance was on Day 4 around points 96 and 97. We think the problem here may have been confusing signage. Sometimes the signs we needed were the quill sign but sometimes a blue square and this got confusing. As was also that there could be a red and a blue quills pointing different ways. We discovered the distinction was between walkers and horse riders. Perhaps some explanatory notes about Coleridge Way signage would be a helpful addition to the route notes? The daily notes were very helpful - good to have all the information for the day in one place. They reminded us about booking ahead for evening meals etc and checking if pubs for lunch would be open. We also made use of the taxi numbers! Would recommend booking well ahead for taxi return to car on last day."

Luggage transfers

"All fine."

Accommodation

"We were very happy with all the places we stayed. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. The rooms at The Valiant Soldier were particularly spacious and well appointed (newly done I think). The rooms at The White House Williton were small but OK for one night and the staff were extremely helpful there so no complaints. Each place was very different which was nice. "

Overall experience

"Challenging but really very enjoyable. We'd like to go back and explore the area further in a more leisurely fashion. It was so quiet and the scenery so varied. We'd definitely recommend the area and the Coleridge Way gives you an excellent way of experiencing the varied landscapes and staying in some lovely villages. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Name: Marion Chatfield Walked on: 16th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Booked the holiday in 2020. Encounter walking holiday paid good attention to our requirements (we appreciated the input they allowed us where there were accommodation options) and also accommodated our request for a youth hostel in a fantastic coastal location one night - even though that would not be their typical accommodation. The booking took slightly longer than we'd have liked (from giving detailed list of night stops to confirming took around 3 weeks) but it was 18 nights to book and not all initial accommodation planned was available. They then had to cancel the arrangements due to Covid and rebook for 2021 - all via friendly emails. We had a hiccup with suspecting 2-3 weeks before we were due travel that the hostel would be unable to meet our booking due to Covid restrictions - but Encounter Walking holidays immediately followed this up, rebooked us into the B&B and ensured we had transport to the relevant point on the coastal path."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Fantastic scenery. 200 miles over 15 walking days, walking from Amroth to St Dogmaels. Lots of ups and downs - but no uphill went on for very long. Our days varied 9 miles to 18.8 miles - largely because of the availability of accommodation. We had a dry period - just a bit of drizzle on 2 days - being on the west coast this was very lucky."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Book of strip maps and guidebook of walking instructions were fine - though not always perfect (we were walking in 2021 and the book was dated 2019). Suggest a walker looks in advance at the length of days and whether a slight adjustment of the route to or from from the day before or day after helps to reduce the longer day - especially as our experience was that we walked slightly longer distance than the guide stated (and we got lucky with the tidal days and did not need to take a diversion). At Amroth we did the start of the path along the beach the night before starting the walk proper. Also depends on whether you are stickler for keeping to the official route. e.g. the day from Bosherton to Angle via the firing range was stated as 15 miles. but we did 18.8 miles (which was the longest day) to include the Angle peninsula coast path (and we had walked the coastal path from Broad Haven beach (near Bosherton not the main Broad Haven further on) to St Govan's chapel the day before - else it would have been even longer). A rest day in St Davids made a nice break (though it is a small place despite being a city)."

Luggage transfers

"This was excellent. Our bags were always at our accommodation before we arrived and the company kindly carried a separate medical bag for free. We didn't even have to write on our luggage labels where our next overnight stop was."

Accommodation

"On the whole this was very good - but as you might expect did vary - with some accommodations excelling (either the accommodation itself or some very attractive breakfasts) and some slightly less so. Until life is back to normal, HIGHLY recommend booking and confirming time for ALL dinners in advance of embarking on the walk. We hadn't booked in St David's (where we took a rest day) and it did turn out OK with a nice pizza restaurant which didn't take bookings and we didn't have to wait too long, and eating main meal the second day at lunch time instead of evening (offered 5:30 or 9pm at one place and another was fully booked and others were shut on a Monday night ). However, with hindsight it would have been better to book in advance."

Overall experience

"Very enjoyable walk and thankful to Encounter Walking holidays for doing a good job of organising under such difficult circumstances. Would recommend this path to the keen walker. For the more casual walker, if planning to do the entire distance, take a good look at the length of the longer days and bear in mind that it may be wet."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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