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Oct 11th - We are now taking enquiries and bookings on all our routes for 2024 so please get in touch


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

Group Discounts

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


Somerset Council Repairing Tarr Steps May 2023

May 2024 - TWO MOORS WAY WALK UPDATE  - Tarr Steps Repaired

Big thank you to Somerset County Council who have made the most of the recent good weather and repaired the 150m long Tarr Steps in Exmoor National Park. This iconic Bronze Age Clapper bridge is required for crossing the river on the Two Moors Way route. Since it washed away in the winter an alternative crossing has had to be used further upstream which meant walkers could not enjoy the bridge crossing OR the Tarr Steps Farm Inn which lies on the other side of the river.  All back in place now and ready for a summer of Two Moors Way Ramblers

The Two Moors Way is part of the Devon Coast to Coast Route crossing both Dartmoor and Exmoor National Park from Ivybridge to Lynmouth

We received a Digital Transformation grant to improve our processes by enhancing our database system and integrating it with our soon to be launched new website. We also received equipment to be able to create GPX files. This grant is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund



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.

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.

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Latest walk reviews & route feedback

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Route: The Mendip Way Name: Laura McCallum Walked on: 14th October 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"The Encounter team was very helpful and accommodated our daily distance requests, etc. very well."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Beautiful views! Those of us with poles found them to be necessary on some of the slopes."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We did get lost a couple of times and it was with the route changes - they were not well marked. The rest of the route was well marked. I laminated the map pages myself - it would have been nice to be provided with a laminated set."

Luggage transfers

"No issues!"


"All were very pleasant - they ranged from b&b's to pubs to hotels and everyone was nice."

Overall experience

"Very good trip! Very well organized. The daily info pages were very informative for lunches and for what to see along the way. I have used several other walking companies and Encounter was the best for that info."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Saints Way Name: Heather and David Row Walked on: 29th September 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter organised everything for us and helped us plan a walk that was perfect for us."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very easy to use with lots of details about all the walks."

Your Walking Routes

"Saints Way was wonderful, so full of history and beautiful old churches in every village that welcomed walkers. Ever day was different, fun and interesting."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Having the maps and information cards and itineraries for each day was so helpful. When we got lost a couple of times it was easy to get back on track."

Luggage transfers

"Our bags were taken and delivered as if by magic."


"The inns and abbey were beautiful, lovely rooms and excellent breakfasts. The resort at Hustyns was more suitable for a longer stay with time for swimming etc."

Overall experience

"Thank you Encounter for such a fantastic experience."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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