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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

COVID-19 - Update 11th June 2020


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


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


- At this difficult time for the whole world a short video message from us isolated in Cornwall -
Please Stay Well, Positive and look after each other -
with love from all of us at Encounter Walking Holidays - 31st March 2020




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



Join us in 2021 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: Mendip Way Name: Fiona Walked on: 27th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"I booked the walk in October 2019 and received good advice and support about the accommodation options. And then the pandemic arrived, and EWH did an excellent job of giving me up-to-date local information, and also booked meals for me along the route to ensure I wouldn't run into problems with restricted dining capacity."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to find things, and lots of details on each route."

Your Walking Routes

"i only walked from Weston-super-Mare to Wells as there was heavy rain during the days I should have walked from Wells to Frome. The sections I did walk were accessible and pretty-well signposted. I also walked from Wells to Glastonbury following the route recommended on the website, and that is also usable - though some of the stiles on the Monarch's Way are in poor condition and very wobbly, and East Street Farm on the eastern approach to the Tor will make you clamber over a farm gate."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes were detailed and accurate, and it was good to have the OS maps for extra reference, and for use during the walk to Glastonbury. The Itinerary was full of useful local information, with phone numbers, and care had clearly been taken to make it up to date for COVID-19 conditions."

Luggage transfers

"Trouble-free and always very prompt. I even managed to arrange a transfer for myself along with the luggage on a particularly rainy day."


"A nice range of different styles of accommodation, each one friendly and comfortable. If you are staying at the George Hotel in Frome, it is well worth paying a bit extra (and booking well in advance) in order to get the room with the 4-poster bed. Wonderful!"

Overall experience

"It was my first experience of a self-guilded walking holiday with luggage transfers, and it was everything I had hoped, both for the pleasure of the walks, and for how smoothly the arrangements worked out."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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Route: Two Moors Way Name: Peter Robinson Walked on: 14th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"One reason we chose encounter was that the quotation was better than the other one we received. Telephone calls were answered by friendly and helpful staff."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"When we walked from the Tarr Steps to Withypool, the Two Moors Way path is in conflict with a one way circular walk from the Steps. We missed the diversion sign (if there was one). To avoid walking in the opposite direction to other walkers, you need to walk up the western side of the river Barle and cross the footbridge as if on the circular walk. We obviously annoyed several walkers we met!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers


"Of a good standard with friendly and hospitable hosts. We particularly enjoyed our stay at the Partridge Arms Farm."

Overall experience

"A great holiday in glorious weather."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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