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About our Walking Holidays

Why take a Self Guided Walking Holiday ?

1 - Walk Free

Trefin on the Pembrokeshire coast pathThe concept is simple, even when your requirements are not - We organise everything for you, leaving you free to walk the trail without worrying about the arrangements.

Self-guided holidays give you the freedom to do this, to walk at your speed, to stop for breaks when you want and to explore the villages, towns and historical sights along the trail  - all at your own pace and under your control. For those with free spirit the satisfaction of planning, walking and finding your way independently should not be understated - it's all part of the adventure. We are walkers here too so we understand the real joy and satifisfaction of discovering the trail for ourselves, finding our own way and experiencing the areas we pass through at our pace and under our own steam. 

2  - Get Creative

St Michael's Mount on the Cornish Coast PathYou won’t find a holiday booking code at Encounter Walking as there are no "standard" holidays that you can book. People walk at different speeds, some like the challenge of pushing long distances, others want extra time for breaks and photos. Some of you will want to explore off the trail, take rest days or visit attractions on route, others want nothing more than following their nose and pile on the miles day in day out. Walkers want different types of accommodation to choose from, rest days in places that interest them and routes that allow them to explore and walk at a pace that works.

By working with you to create your ideal daily distances, accommodation and routes we will get as close as we can to your perfect walking holiday – Together we build up a picture of what you want before you book and then the most satisfying part of our job is trying to match it as closely as we can with a personal draft itinerary.

No "standard itinerary", no "set accommodation" and no "fixed dates"  instead you will have your own walking advisor who will know the trail and the options and work with you from the start of your planning to your last step on the trail to make it "your walk....your way"

3 - Complete a Journey not a walk

Self-guided walking holidays let you walk on from one place to another, moving on to a new overnight location at the end of each day's walk. With new locations, new people and new places to eat every night you experience an ongoing journey as you work your way along the trail. This is the true pilgrimage approach, a return to the days long gone when the only way to cross the country was on foot through the day arriving at a new place of rest every night.

4 - Travel Light

Walking the Two Moors WayYou walk and we carry. Just leave your bags every morning after breakfast and while you are out on the trail they will generally overtake you and be waiting in your next accommodation when you arrive – you can choose to carry your own pack if you wish but you will lose the feeling of freedom and mobility in having to take only what you need to get through the day

5 - Discover and Encounter

We research and provide the best guidebook literature and maps available for each walk. This is supplemented by a detailed, day by day, individual trail itinerary for your specific booking. You are in control with all the information you need to find your accommodation, work out where to eat during the day and be aware of what to see (and what to avoid). You will also be clear about the mileages, the grade of walking and the likely times to complete each section. You are informed, prepared and ready to discover the trail on your terms. 

6 - Relax and Recharge

As walkers we know how important it is to have a welcoming, clean and friendly place to rest waiting for you at the end of a day’s walk. We take the nasty surprises out of walking holidays. Our wide range of customers want everything from B&B, Inn’s, hostels and small hotels through to the best available luxury hotels possible. We cater for it all where it exists and this is why we work with you at the quote stage to find out what you want from your walk to try to match it with what is available.

B & B sign on the Pembrokeshire coast path Encounter Walking is the only company operating these trips who will go through the accommodation options with you and provide you with full details and websites to look at before you book. Our competitors only let you have this after you have paid up by which time it’s too late if you don’t like the look of what you have signed up for ! 

Take control of your overnight stays, recharge in the accommodation that suits you and the experience is that much more than just the walking day

Read more about the benefits of booking a self guided holiday with Encounter Walking Holidays at Why you should walk with us !

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Getting to your holiday or short break

  • With your tailor-made itinerary, we will fit your walking holiday in with your wider plans and dates.
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  • For information on how to reach the walking areas use our interative travel map which shows the main air and ferry ports and train routes to the walking trails.
  • Then on the web pages for each walk you will find a "Travel" button giving a summary of options for arrival and departure from that particular route but in summary-
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  • Public Transport in Cornwall - Encounter Cornwall Walking Holidays in Cornwall & Walking Short Breaks in Cornwall on the Cornish Coastal Path, South West Coast Path, Saints Way and Two Moors WayFor those arriving by Public Transport:
  • We provide you with public transport information to and from the trails and help with advice on working out timetables, options and how to book cheap advance purchase tickets and reserve seats on the main routes which can save you a lot of time and trouble.
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  • If coming by public transport then take a look at our range of Rail to Trail Walking Holidays. These allow you to arrive and depart by train at some of the best walking routes with no transfers required at all - its the easiest way to walk the trails ! Where this is not possible or where you prefer it, we can include Encounter Walking transfers from mainline rail, bus and airports to the trail and back at the end of your walk 

  • For those arriving by Car:
  • We will advise on using long stay parking options at one end of the trail and give details on taking public transport or private transfer options back to your car at the end of your walk
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A Summary of what Your Encounter Walking Holiday Includes

  • -  Tailor made planning of your individual itinerary to suit you, your availability and your ideal break
  • -  Choices of quality B&B/Inn/Hotel accommodation with full English Breakfast
  • -  Door to Door luggage transfers and transfers to and from the trail if required
  • -  Help and Assistance from your own walking advisor during your planning, booking and walking
  • -  Travel Information and support with making arrangements and working out options to get here
  • -  A detailed daily Itinerary covering accommodation, route info, refreshment options, things to see and more
  • -  A Map and Guidebook Pack including copies to keep of the best and most relevant guidebooks and maps

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