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17th May 2023 -   We are open for enquiries for 2023 and 2024 dates on all routes

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UK Walking Holidays in the South West of England for our American and Canadian visitors.

Welcome to one of the UK’s finest walking regions covering the ancient counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset, the wild National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor and over 1000 km of the UK’s most stunning coastline on our longest and best loved National Hiking Trail - The South West Coast Path.

Discover towering cliffs and hidden smugglers coves, wild moorland spaces and golden beaches as you wander through a fascinating History, from prehistoric stone circles to the lands of King Arthur. Rest every night in stunning unspoilt harbour towns and forgotten fishing villages all offering a warm welcome to overseas walkers where you can relax and sample “fresh off the boat” seafood and our locally produced ciders and beers in a range of walker friendly accommodation,  from B&B’s, Pubs and Inns to Luxury Hotels.

Whilst you walk you will explore some of England’s most inspiring locations such as the ancient harbours of  St Ives, Penzance, Padstow and Tintagel. In between them miles of stunning scenery and the option to walk into the regions best loved attractions including The Eden Project and Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Michaels Mount, Tintagel Castle and Lands End itself.

This is the landscape where the moors meet the ocean, a climax of natural beauty, drama and legend that inspired our great poets and writers, from Thomas Hardy to Rosamunde Pilcher, Daphne Du Maurier to Samuel Coleridge and as you walk through the locations and places they wrote about you will find your own freedom and inspiration enjoying the best walking climate and most varied and inspiring hiking trails available in the UK.  All this is easily accessible for our American visitors in only a few hours of travel by using our regional airports or direct fast trains from London.  

UK Walking Holidays with Encounter Walking

Encounter Walking Holidays is the largest and most experienced walking holiday company in the South West of England, the only company covering every one of the regions routes, coastal and inland. Based just off the South West Coast Path in mid Cornwall you can be sure we know our footpaths and trails better than anyone !

We organise walking holidays, short breaks, accommodation and luggage transfers along all 630 miles of the world famous South West Coastal Path and also have the largest selection of inland routes where you can walk coast to coast on hiking trails such as The Two Moors Way linking two of our mighty coastlines with the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor, two of the wildest most unspoilt walking areas left in England.

We help individual walkers, couples and groups of friends discover the area, using our expertise to find the best itinerary for each and every holiday. Its your walk....your way and with your luggage moved on every day you are free to spend your time encountering this fascinating region with nothing more complicated than your two feet

American and Canadian Walkers you are Welcome here !

Encounter Walking take more overseas walkers than any other operator with many coming back to walk more routes year after year .. here’s why !

Overseas Planning and Support Service - We understand that not knowing the region you often need extra help to get your walk organised the way you want it. Work with a company that actively encourages American and Canadian walkers to the area  and one there with you in support from your first enquiry to your last step.  All our overseas walkers receive

Planning  Help from their own personal walking advisor working with you by email or phone to find the right route for you,  to make sure you get to see what you want,  stay where you choose and get the experience you dreamt of from your walking in the South West.

Individual  Support  help and Advice for all your questions about  travel in the region, information on booking transport here, on what to see,  what to bring and what to expect on a walking holiday in the South West. We  also  include  comprehensive  factsheets  for those new to travel in the UK covering all the information you need to know, from local customs and festivals to more practical help with things like money, mobile phones, tipping  and safety.   

Maps and Guidebooks for the trails, the latest editions and highest scale options,  along with a personal day by day walking information itinerary – all delivered by airmail to the States straight after booking for your advance planning.

Easy Payment Options for American and Canadian customers   to make it as simple as possible to pay securely for your holiday - We accept overseas  Bank Transfers, Credit Cards, Paypal, Euro and Dollar Currency Cheques.

Reassurance  that you are not only booking with the region experts but also a company that actively welcomes and then strives to look after its transatlantic visitors needs from your  first enquiry to final walking step.

Now find your Walking Route Options and Price Quotes

Visit our interactive Walking map of South West England to work out where our walks are and which areas of outstanding natural beauty they pass through

Or Read a brief overview of some of our recommended routes – the distances, grades and highlights and start to narrow down your choice

Still Not Sure Where to Start ?

Make use our expertise – it costs nothing to ask !    

Email us now at info@encounterwalkingholidays.com and tell us

  • when you were thinking of visiting 
  • what kind of walking  trail would suit you and your fitness
  • and what you would like to see and experience  on your ideal walking holiday

One of our walking advisors will come back with some route suggestions and links to more information to get your walking ideas underway.


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