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.
12th September 2023- We are sorry but we are now fully booked until October on all our routes - please contact us for Autumn and 2024 dates
A walk that takes you out to the very end of the country at Lands End...and then back again through a granite coastline of stark cliffs, idyllic beaches, ghostly tin mines and wild coastal moors that never cease to surprise and delight the walker.
The Classic Cornish Coast Path Walk
3-6 days walking More details and route descriptions
Walk through the Pembrokeshire National Park on the Welsh Coast Path past dramatic castles, pristine beaches, towering rock stacks and coastal peaks. With less walkers than the SW Coast Path, West Wales offers peaceful coastal beauty, offshore island visits, seals, puffins and a superb introduction to walking in Wales.
4 to 12 days walking More details and route descriptions
Walk through the unique flora and geology around the Lizard Peninsula to the UK's southernmost point on remote and less visited trails. From St Michaels Mount to the maritime port of Falmouth. This route links unspoilt villages, abandoned tin mines, deep wooded creeks and wild headlands - welcome to Poldark Country.
4 to 6 days walking More details and route descriptions
Cornwall’s longest run of golden sands and coves on one of the easier walking sections on the SW Coast Path. Pass the mighty stacks of Bedruthun Steps, navigate the mountainous dunes of the Gannel Estuary and refuel at Rick Stein's or Jamie Oliver's restaurants en route to the stunning harbour at St Ives.
5 to 7 days walking More details and route descriptions
Combine the last dramatic days of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with the Ceredigion path for a non-stop route of wild cliffs, sandy estuaries, remote headlands and pretty harbour towns.
7 to 10 days walking For details email us now for a quote and itinerary plan
Walk between the historic ports of Falmouth and Plymouth along 77 miles of South Cornwall's protected coastline. Discover smugglers' haunts and pretty fishing harbours at Portloe, Mevagissey, Fowey and Polperro as you traverse the remote Roseland Peninsula with varied & moderate grade walking all the way.
4 to 7 days walking More details and route descriptions
The most varied weeks walking on the Wales Coast Path takes you through Snowdonia National Park combining huge windswept dunes, dramatic castles and stunning estuaries with options for challenging inland detours to climb coastal mountain ridges and forests.
5 to 7 days walking For details email us now for a quote and itinerary plan
Walk through time itself on a unique and prehistoric journey through the superb geology of the Jurassic Coast. Fossil hunting, lost villages, Chesil Beach and the mysterious Isle of Portland. Scale the heights of Golden Cap, marvel at Durdle Dor Arch and overnight in the medieval village of Abbotsbury on the way.
5 to 12 days walking More details and route descriptions
The quickest and easiest route we have by train. Less than 2 hours from London, train into and back out from this superb walking trail. 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 Bishop's Palace and opt to walk on a personal 'Pilgrimage' to visit Glastonbury with it's 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. More information on this walk.
We also arrange Rail to Trail walking holidays on the South West Coast Path through South Devon.
Ask us for more details and other Rail to Trail walks, or use the interactive walking routes map to compare the options.
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