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.
89 miles - Moderate walking but with strenuous open moorland sections - what this means
Highlights - See the best of both National Parks as you cross mighty Dartmoor and Exmoor on this coast to coast route. Challenging walking rewarded by superb scenery, isolated Tors, standing stones, castles, gorges and wildlife. In between unspoilt and little visited mid Devon thatched villages welcome walkers overnight as you work your way through the land of Lorna Doone and Sherlock Holmes on the regions premier inland trail
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90 miles - Mainly Moderate Grade walking with options for Strenuous Routes - what this means
Highlights - The ultimate National Park walk on a circle of the mighty Dartmoor. A fascinating mix of ancient droves and tracks, deep gorges, wide open moorland and forest. Overnight in unspoilt 15th Century Inns, pretty thatched villages and bustling Moorland Market Towns. On your route history at every step with crumbling castles, ancient abbeys the infamous Moorland prison and of course an endless succession of Dartmoors magical rock Tor summits. If you really want to discover the stunning scenery, legends and lesser known delights of Dartmoor - then this is the walk for you.
36 miles - Moderate Grade Walking - what this means - option for a strenuous climb of Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor
Highlights - Following in the footsteps of the romantic poet Samuel Coleridge this 3 or 4 day short break completes a traverse of not only Exmoor National Park but also the lesser vistited Quantocks and Brendon hills of North Somerset. Rich uplands and moorland scenery mixed with hidden villages, leafy valleys and welcoming inns finishing in Porlock, a stunning Exmoor Village set at the point the moors colide with the wild north Somerset Coastline. Voted number 2 in the UK’s best 10 “Peaceful Walks” by the Independent Newspaper this is a perfect walk to escape the crowds whatever the time of year.
36 miles - 6 miles Easy Grade, 15 moderate and 15 strenuous with Open Moorland - what this means
Highlights – Coast to Coast crossing of Cornwall and its infamous Bodmin Moor. Less visited than Dartmoor, Bodmin offers all the Tors and drama of its neighbours high moors. Climb Cornwalls highest peaks at Brown Willy, Rough Tor, search for wild otter as you walk the hidden West Looe Valley and spend a haunted night at Daphne du Mauriers Jamaica Inn before finishing in the natural fjord harbour at Boscastle.
31 miles - Moderate walking climbing to and from the Moor with very strenuous Open Moorland Walking - what this means
Highlights – For experienced walkers only looking for a challenge crossing Cornwall's iconic Bodmin Moor. This route takes in Ten Tors over 2 or 3 days including Cornwall's highest points at Brown Willy and Rough Tor, the stunning Cheesewring Tor sculpture, The Hurlers and Pipers stone circles, neothlic burial chambers and mile after mile of wide open high moor with no path to follow and where navigation is on your own route from Tor to Tor. Utterly breathtaking and inspiring in its remote sections where you won't see another human for hours !
So not strictly speaking a fully inland route but this walk along the Wales Coast Path offers three substantial walking diversions into the coastal mountains inland and around the mighty estuaries of this area of Wales. Steep climbs, rocky summits and dark forest combine with the time on the coast to give a walk of huge variety in scenery and walking experience.
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28 miles - 10 miles Easy Grade, 18 Moderate - what this means 2 or 3 days walking and without the harsh climbs and descents of the coast path. A fascinating short break walking coast to coast on the route linking the routes of ancient Saints with their Holy Wells, Churches and Celtic Crosses. 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 - 23 miles easy grade, 23 moderate and 5 strenuous -what this means between 3 and 8 days walking.
Discover REAL Somerset on two feet walking along the little visited Mendip Ridge on a stunning inland route from the coast at Weston Super Mare to the ancient market town of Frome. Superb views and walking variety all the way as you pass through caving county at Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, the historic City of Wells with its unique Cathedral and Bishops Palace and opt to walk on a personal “Pilgrimage” to visit Glastonbury with its iconic Tor and Abbey.
Excellent walk for rest day options, activities and exploring when not walking and generally easy/moderate grade so suitable for all walkers.
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