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1st March 2023 -    We are now fully booked on our coast path routes until the end of May but please send quote requests in for June onwards as there is availability for the rest of the year.  If you do plan to walk between now and June then our inland routes, Coleridge Way, Mendip Way, Saints Way  Dartmoor Way and Two Moors Way still have availability for most dates 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



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.

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: St Ives to Plymouth Name: Barb Walked on: 12th September 2022

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Great. Walked Minehead to St Ives in 2019 with Encounter and just had to wait for Australian borders to reopen to continue. Encounter was fabulous, creating a 'dateless' draft itinerary for us to consider in 2021 while we waited on border, then firming it up with a few changes for 2022."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Brilliant. Full of info, and I especially liked the 'options' tab for deciding pace and places to stop. I recommend this site to everyone."

Your Walking Routes

"Great. We went back and forth with Encounter deciding on stopovers as we wanted to swim at the end of the day as often as possible and didn't want to walk huge distances every day. We chose the relaxed routes plus three rest days in Penzance, Falmouth and Fowey."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Fabulous. We really like the guide books Encounter uses and the notes were particularly useful post covid, indicating when and where we had to book in advance for a meal."

Luggage transfers



"Great, the standouts being The Artist Residence in Penzance for both room and food, TheGunards Head Hotel for food, and the Lugger Hotel in Portloe where I had the best vegetarian meal of the trip. On route between Charlestown and Fowey we had a pizza at Sam's on The Beach which was great, and we ate at their sister restaurant in Fowey on our rest day."

Overall experience

"So so good. I am already planning our next walk from Plymouth onwards. Also, a shout out to Encounter who quickly notified me when rail strikes were planned on our day of departure and I was able to book replacement tickets on the bus so we didn't miss out flight home."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: South West Coast path Name: Eileen Valdez Woods Walked on: 3rd August 2022

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"We have utilized Encounter Walking Holidays several times in the past to assist us with planning and booking our walks. We consider Encounter Walking Holidays crucial to our walking plans. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Encounter Walking Holidays Website is easily accessible, extremely informative and provides necessary information when considering a walking tour."

Your Walking Routes

"The tips for walkers were very helpful, especially when there were diversions/detours, "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All of the walking notes, maps, guidebooks and the itinerary were very appreciated and well used."

Luggage transfers

"The luggage transfers went without a hitch. Finding ones luggage at the inn after a long days walk was wonderful! We had the pleasure of meeting several of the delightful luggage transfer people."


"Walking the South West Coast path in it's entirety in one go was quite ambitious for us. We are respectively ages 79 & 72. Finding accommodations for us in every single village, town and city was quite a feat! We enjoyed the variety of pubs, inns and the occasional hotel. Most offered dinner at their establishment and if not, Encounter had suggestions for nearby options."

Overall experience

"Our experience was incredible!! We sincerely appreciate all the work that Encounter Walking Holidays did on our behalf to make sure our adventure was enjoyable and trouble free."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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