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We don't do "STANDARD" walking holidays

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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 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.

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Latest walk reviews & route feedback

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Route: Minehead to Instow Barton Name: Holly Trant Walked on: 19th September 2019

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"This is a breathtakingly beautiful 6-7 day walk. Only the last day (Woolacombe to Instow) is flat and (dare I say) a bit uninspiring. On the plus side, this stretch is flat, easy walking. "

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Luggage transfers

"Not one problem. They mixed up our luggage with another couple on one day, but sorted it out before we arrived...so it all went without a hitch! "


"Porlock, Hunter's Inn and Instow accommodation exceeded our expectations. (The hosts at our accommodation in Porlock served us a delicious, gourmet evening meal.) Barnstable accommodation was just fine and looked to be the best on offer in the town at the time we were there. Three places were a bit too basic (Lynmouth, Coombe Martin and Woolacombe.) That said, all hosts were very friendly and professional and all accommodation was perfectly acceptable considering we were out of season and were only one night stays. All in all - a really mixed bag of accommodation - but we had no problems... clean towels, hot water and a hot meal every night. "

Overall experience

"A great start to our plan to do the entire SW Coast Path. Extremely well organised holiday. I will definitely use Encounter Walking Holidays for the next leg of our SW Coast Path adventure! "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Full Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: David & Anne - Cornwall Walked on: 11th September 2019

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path lived up to all our expectations.  What a stunning route, very varied terrain, unspoilt, very few other people on it, felt very remote at times. 

We used National Express coaches to Swansea - have "wrinkly" coach cards so it's very cheap travel.  Travelodge for 1 night.  Train to Kilgetty, this is a "request" stop only, then short walk - made slightly longer by route finding errors, not a good start! - in heavy drizzle to Amroth.  Walked to the official start of the path to save time the next day.  Had a pint in the Amroth Arms, they do Doom Bar!, and booked a table for the evening meal.

Started walking properly on Thursday 12th September, again in drizzle.  Very windy at times too but what wonderful scenery.  This is going to be good!  Really pleased to have Choughs for company as we did every day except one.  It was always a lovely moment to hear and see the Choughs for the first time each day.  Towards the end of the route there were  seals and their  beautiful white pups in virtually every cove, could only hear them sometimes when the edge of the cliff was too dodgy to get too close.

Having never done any of the route before it was quite exciting starting out each morning wondering what we would see.  We were never disappointed!  Even the "industrial" sections were good.  The Valero oil refinery is very well hidden although you can hear the "flare" for miles.  There was an environmental protest there a couple of days after we passed with people chained to concrete blocks and tankers being directed across fields.

We were amused when passing the LPG refinery to see the "no fires or barbecues" signs as we passed under the huge pipelines.  Had no trouble following the route once we started.  There was a notice before The Gan crossing saying the bridge had been destroyed and it was only possible to wade at low spring tide.  It's actually only the middle section gone, this is a shingle bank, so with a bit of stone rearranging we crossed with dry feet.

We were SO lucky with the weather, the heatwave was okay for us as it was also very windy.  Only one very wet day from Trefin to Goodwick and it improved again after with some showers, forecast was always far worse than the actual weather luckily.  As we travelled home again having completed the route the weather deteriorated seriously,  Don't think we would have been able to do the last day safely as it was so windy.

As with the SWCP last year our accommodation providers all spoke very highly of you, you have a very good name, well done!  Accommodation was, as last year, varied.  We liked some more than others but they all provided what we required in the right place, you must have to do a lot of research.

The stand out ones were Jim Lowe at Manorbier, but unfortunately he is moving so that will be a great loss to you.  The truly delightful Elizabeth and John (a Cornishman!) with their beautiful house and garden at Dale, Anchor Guest House at Broad Haven and their lovely Italian food and Cranog at Trefin.

We took no camera with us again, pictures in heads quite adequate.  We did - again like last year - keep a daily diary which will jog our memories in the future.

Basically we had a wonderful holiday again, many thanks to you for organising it so efficiently again.

Best wishes, David & Anne

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