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.
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.
Up to 87 miles - 33 miles Easy Grade, 41 Moderate and 3 Strenuous - what this means
A Much less visited section of the South West Coast Path than Cornwall means much better value accomodation - yet the walking and overnight stays are of equal quality on this overlooked route. Easy and quick access from London and the rest of the UK mean cheaper travel and all round a more cost effictive walking holiday Highlights are the Wild Moors of Exmoor National Park mixed with the Golden Sands and surf of North Devon. Gorge country around Lynmouth and the unique Braunton Barrows sand dune systems.
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28 miles - 10 miles Easy Grade, 18 Moderate - what this means - 2 or 3 days walking
With our Cornwall Offices based just off this superb route we not only know its options and highlights better than anyone and also offer the route at the cheapest prices. A fascinating short break walking coast to coast across Cornwall on the route linking the routes of ancient Saints with their Holy Wells, Churches and Celtic Crosses. Suitable for all enjoy the superb restaurants and overnight facilties at Padstow and Fowey two of Cornwall's finest harbour towns at each end of the route. In between scale Helmans Tor, pass standing stones and walk ancient drover tracks through lush hidden valleys. Through the heart of Mid Cornwall in an area little visited by the tourist masses overnight in tiny inland village inns and farms to see a "real" side of Cornwall missed by most.
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51 miles - Moderate Grade Walking - what this means - option for a strenuous climb of Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor
As with the Exmoor area coast path the lack of visitors compared to Cornwall and Devon means that this short break works out one of the least expensive, yet has an excellent run of welcoming Inns as you walk through Exmoor National Park, the Quantocks and Brendon hills. On the Poet Coleridge's trail enjoy green uplands and wilder moorland scenery mixed with hidden villages, leafy valleys and thatched villages. Much closer to Bristol and London enjoy quick and cheap travel options for this route. We reguarly run out of high season offers on this trail with some of the cheapest walking prices in the South West so ask for details on Coleridge Way special offers.
From 2 days to one week of walking and other activities at distances and grades to suit you.
The most economical way for us to arrange a superb walking holiday without the additional costs and hassle of daily luggage transfers and onward walking. The unspoilt harbour at Fowey on the South Cornwall Coast Path is a pefect option with world class walking options on The South West Coast Path in both directions, the classic inland Hall Walk exploring hidden creeks using small foot ferries on route and additional inland walking on two legs of the Saints Way. Not only is Fowey a superb location to be based in with a range of good restaurants and hotels you can also cross St Austell Bay by Ferry on a stunning trip to the habour at Mevagissey and walk to the Lost Gardens of Heligan Or access the World Famous Eden Project, Restormel Castle and the National Trust's flagship country house and estate at Lanhydrock all only around 6 miles away with walking options from Fowey. Gentle Kayaking, paddleboarding, boat hire and trips are all availble in Fowey along with Cycling at Lanhydrock on a network of purpose built forest trails.
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