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12th September 2023- We are sorry but we are now fully booked until October on all our routes - please contact us for Autumn and 2024 dates


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: Coast Path, Padstow to Mullion Name: Verona Walked on: 7th August 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very easy and friendly, they fullfill every wish and answer every question"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"So much more and better than expected, it was amazing. We decided for the "relaxed" option which was just a perfect mix of long and short walks. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes and itinerary were excellent. Maps were not needed as the path is super easy to find "

Luggage transfers

"Once the bags were at the wrong hotel. This was fixed within an hour. "


"13 accomodations were from okay to really nice (somtimes even with amazing views of the sea or harbor) and two were so bad that I would not recommened to book them ever again. "

Overall experience

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 Coast Path - Broad Haven to St Dogmaels Name: Catherine Walked on: 30th August 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful and very efficient. Very good advice on the choice of the walk, very quick in answering all our questions"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"This is supposed to be the most beautiful part of the coast path ... and we are sure it is ! Stunning cliffs, extraordinary beaches and little coves ... and perfect weather ... though a bit hot"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We only used the trailblazer guide, not the maps, and that was OK. The directions given by EncounterWalking to get to our accomodations was very precise and very helpful. Especially from St Justinian to St Davids, to avoid taking the road all along "

Luggage transfers

"Perfect, most of the time delivered in our room"


"Great hotels with friendly staff and great cooked breakfast ! "

Overall experience

"Having planned to do that walk in 2020 ... then in 2021 ... which proved to be impossible because of covid restrictions (especially as we are travelling from France), we nearly gave up the idea ... we are glad we finally decided to go ! Such a beautiful country and such friendly people ... the local beers are great too !"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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