Discover challenging and dramatic walking trails shaped by the footsteps of traders, smugglers, saints and pirates. Cornish walking trails will reveal ancient tin mines, clifftop castles, timeless fishing villages and wild moors as you travel through a landscape of huge cliffs and hidden coves that goes back to the depths of time itself. In between the coastal drama, iconic harbours such as St Ives and Padstow give walkers access to some of the UK‘s best restaurants and coastal hotels. A county encircled by the wild Atlantic ocean, there is over 330 miles of spectacular world class coast path here taking you around the farthest corners of England - put simply it feels like walking on the edge of the world.
Stretching from coast to coast across the southwest of England, Devon is a richly diverse county with rugged shores and cliffs in the north, and classic Victorian seaside resorts in the south. In between you'll find tranquil green pastures, wooded gorges and the two dramatic wild moors in the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Choose Devon for its walking variety, and you'll find that the popular image of cream teas and thatched cottages is true - but that Devon is so much more once you explore it on two feet. Coast to coast routes like the Two Moors Way will offer a journey through it all from the wild northern shores that inspired the Romantic poets to the maritime ports of the south coast.
Free your soul and clear your mind! Walking on the wild moors of these National Parks is a wonderful antidote to modern living. England's last true wilderness, Dartmoor offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom with high moors and twisted dramatic granite tors a land of myths, ghosts and legends. Exmoor, its smaller and more gentle neighour, is 250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, with high uplands swathed in heather and steep, wooded gorges and rushing streams. See Dartmoor ponies and Exmoor stags in these wildlife rich areas, home to 30 species of mammals and over 240 types of bird. The moors offer a unique opportunity for more challenging walking where the only human sound you will hear is the rhythm of your own breath.
Avoid the crowds and discover “Secret Somerset” missed by so many rushing headlong for the far South West. The 'land of the summer people' was named in a time when this area could only be visited in the summer months as the sea receded. Today its a rich, fertile and 'for real' landscape crowned by the fine walking ridges of the Mendip and Quantock Hills both protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. Rising up over King Arthur‘s Vale of Avalon along with the magical Tor at Glastonbury, walkers will find hidden gorges, wooded combes and the best inland panoramas of the South West. Also boasting its own Jurassic Coast Path, providing a gateway into the wilds of Exmoor National Park, Somerset offers walking routes without the crowds for those who want to find..... what the rest miss.
Dorset has a comfortable old world “English” feel to it and its walking routes traverse a rather more green and agricultural land of thatched cottages, cream teas.... and fossils ! Walkers here will find the more gentle rolling farmland, pretty villages and chalk ridges beloved by Thomas Hardy that sweep down to end abruptly at the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Here, alongside the sea, those after more challenging routes can take a walking holiday through time itself amongst the dramatic chalk stacks, cliffs and arches of the Dorsetshire fossil coast. An area that can be very busy in high season but often suits walkers looking for more gentle and less exposed walking than the far west of the region.
Wales offers some of the best walking and outdoor activities to be had anywhere in the world. The 870-mile Welsh Coast Path was only fully opened in 2012 and is the world's first walk along the entire coast of a nation. The terrain is on an equally grand scale with towering cliffs, vast stretches of unspoilt golden sands, imposing castles, offshore islands and to the north there is the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with its stunning mountains. Wales in general offers walkers great value for money compared to more popular areas like Cornwall with walking options to suit everyone, from those who want the cosmopolitan restaurants and facilities of towns like Tenby and St Davids, through to isolated and remote forests and coastal hills that sit on the very cusp of the Snowdonian Peaks. Bursting with confidence and pride in its “Welshness”, its Celtic history, language and culture there has never been a better time for walkers to enter Wales.
The South West Coast Path is the UK's longest National Trail and one of the top ten walking routes in the world. It snakes, dips and rises continuously on its way through a staggering 1014km (630 miles) of pristine coastline, 450 miles of which is through nationally protected areas. It's a challenge too; walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times! From towering cliffs to hidden coves, ghostly tin mines to lush subtropical wooded creeks. One minute a dramatic rock theatre hewn out of the cliffs, the next a prehistoric fossilized forest or a 20thC Art Deco Island Hotel. What sets The South West Coast Path apart from other trails is that around almost every corner is yet another surprise as you retrace the footsteps and histories of the tin miners, fisherman, smugglers, wreckers and the customs men who chased them.
You may well have seen that on 19th July Coverack on the Lizard Coast Path was hit by flash floods. BBC News Link
There was extensive damage and 50 properties were flooded along with the main road to the village and coast path washed out.
We have had walkers along the route every day since the flooding last week and walkers and luggage transfers are continuing without any major problem.
All Encounter Walking Holiday accommodation has been unaffected and you will stay in the places booked as per your itinerary.
There has been major work to get the road back in place to Coverack and its very much now open for business again.
Evening meals are available if staying in Coverack as advised in your itinerary at the Paris Hotel and apart from seeing some of the damage as you walk through you will find Coverack is safe and open.
We have been working with the South West Coast Path Association and Cornwall County Council to have the Coast Path each side of the village checked for safety by surveyors.
This has now been done and there are two sections where damage to the path requires small diversions. One on each side of Coverack Village.
We have covered this below for you in detail so please print the information in the boxes below off and have it with your itinerary when you walk.
You can also follow web links in the text to print off maps if you wish to BUT all diversions are now signposted on the ground so just follow any diversion signs as you walk and just follow the instructions below with your OS map for guidance.
The diversions do not add much time or effort to the walking days and so will not alter your walking day significantly. Please do obey any diversion signs you come across for your own safety.
West of Coverack affecting walkers arriving in Coverack from Lizard Town and Cadgwith
July 2017 - Small diversion west side of Coverack Village following flash floods.
A small section of the path is closed at Trewillis Cottage as you arrive in Coverack. A diversion is signposted on the ground so please follow signs
With reference to your OS maps the closed section is on the coast path just below the RED TRIANGLE SYMBOL (the Youth Hostel) at Coverack and just above the words PERPREAN COVE
When you reach the first houses at this section you will be diverted inland on the footpath shown on the map that runs to CHYNALLS and you will then follow the track from there East to the main road (yellow on your map) arriving above the School (SCH). You turn right to walk down the road to rejoin the coast path at Coverack in the centre of the village. The diversion does add one short climb and descent to the walk today but not much distance. If you want a more detailed map you can view / download one showing the diversion at
We are expecting this section to be repaired so if the diversion is no longer in place please let us know so we can update the next walkers as quickly as possible.
East of Coverack affecting walkers leaving Coverack and walking to Porthallow/Helford/Manan Smith and Falmouth
July 2017 - Current Path Diversion between DEAN QUARRY and ROSENITHON
All words in CAPITALS are marked on your OS Map so use this for reference
Following the flash floods at Coverack in July 2017 the section of coast path between DEAN QUARRY and ROSENITHON passing DEAN ROCK and SHAG POINT is closed. An inland diversion is in place and is signed on the ground so follow diversion signs.
As you reach the JETTY area in DEAN QUARRY you will be diverted inland on the footpath shown that runs through the QUARRY to meet the YELLOW ROAD taking you inland past TRYTHANCE. Follow the road past TRYTHANCE to the next 4 way road junction just after TREGALLAST BARTON. Turn right here into the lane just after the "Except for Access Lorry Sign" walking along the lane now for 1/3 mile passing Ponds on your right. At the next junction turn right and walk for 1/3 mile to return on the coast path on the narrow lane at the village of ROSENITHON
You will notice a footpath marked on the map between Trythance and Rosenithon that would be a shorter route between the roads but current advice from Cornwall County Council is that it is not in a good state of repair and you should not take it but use the road route above.
The diversion adds 1/2 mile to the walking distance today though its mainly on road so does not add much to the time. If the diversion is no longer in place then please let us know so we can advise the next walkers and remove this note.
You can view a more detailed plan of the diversion and download a map at
If you require any further information don't hesitate to contact us either via the contact us page or phone 01208 871066
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