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Route: Mevagissey to Looe Name: Lone K - Norway Walked on: 03rd September 2019

Just a few words to tell you that we now arrived safely in Norway. We have had a perfect trip with lovely hikings in a beautiful landscape. The hikingtours matched us just perfect!

Thank you and maybe we will come back in the future????

Route: SW path - Padstow to St Ives Name: Cathy Walked on: 22nd August 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"It was harder than we anticipated so we took the bus for some of the way most days. The views were amazing and the paths reasonably well marked"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The book was good and the personalised notes provided by Encounter were excellent esp for buses"

Luggage transfers

"Shout out to these guys. Every day without fail our luggage showed up in the correct spot intact"

Accommodation

"Ship Inn at Padstow was wonderful as was Primtose House in St Ives, great service"

Overall experience

"Fantastic experience. So well organised by Encounter and such a great way to see CW. I'm sure the luggage handlers at airports could learn some lessons from South West luggage, they were great"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St. Ives Circle via Penzance Name: Ellen Berman Walked on: 18th August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Considering mine was a last-minute booking, the staff was great about making the trip work"

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Your Walking Routes

"All really lovely and the difficulty about what I expected. I would make a couple of adjustments to the St Michael's way notes."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Everything was well done, but as it turns out, largely unnecessary because of Google maps. "

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"The places comfortable and clean and owners friendly and helpful. "

Overall experience

"Fantastic trip! "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Route: Two Moors Way Name: Sarah and Chris Brook Walked on: 14th August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Amazing personal advice and planning from the team at Encounter Walking! "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Look at the maps in detail, some of the gradients can be a little cheeked than you may have planned"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"A little more specificity in areas would be greatly appreciated "

Luggage transfers

"Always arrived before 2 tired walkers, was a welcome sight "

Accommodation

Overall experience

"What an amazing company, covered all of our needs perfectly "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lyme Regis to Poole Name: Christa Walked on: 11th August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Answering quickly, explaining the routes very well, helpful concerning the accommodations"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use"

Your Walking Routes

"Be prepared that there very steep ascents and descents but the views are worth the. Choose the ridgeway from West Bexington to Abbotsbury to avoid awful walking on the pebbles at Chesil Beach"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very clear, you can‘t go wrong"

Luggage transfers

"Perfect"

Accommodation

"Very clean, lovely rooms, nice hosts"

Overall experience

"A wonderful holiday, enjoyed every minute"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Judith Hayward Walked on: 06th August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Excellent on the whole - one didn’t offer breakfast until 9.00am"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Carl Walked on: 03rd August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Really prompt and attentive service with great personalised care & advice given. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very clear and easy to use. Also good on providing details for each day. "

Your Walking Routes

"Two distinct sections. First along Exmoor coast is wild with dramatic scenery. Last around the Taw Estuary can be tiring, with long stretches on tarmac, but beautiful views across wetlands."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent. Guide book is fantastic & I really appreciated the Encounter suggestions."

Luggage transfers

"Perfect - worked really well. "

Accommodation

"Generally great, esp. wonderful at Smugglers' Rest, Mortehoe. Mixed at Wayfarers' Inn, Instow."

Overall experience

"Truly a relaxing, refreshing and inspiring holiday. Can't wait to go on another stretch!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: 100 Mile Challenge Name: Gary Walked on: 02nd August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Always very helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Well set up."

Your Walking Routes

"ALWAYS pay very close attention to the written walking notes and maps to stay on course."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Generally very helpful, and essential for the Smugglers Way."

Luggage transfers

"Always on time."

Accommodation

"All lodgings were clean and comfortable. Very friendly hosts."

Overall experience

"A walking holiday that I will always remember with pleasure."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Looe - Salcombe Name: Peter Haskell Walked on: 29th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Seamless"

Accommodation

"Some places could consider earlier breakfast, 09:00 is potentially too late if walking a long way"

Overall experience

"No issues, all smooth from booking to walking"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Cornwall Coast trail Name: Elisabeth Walked on: 29th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very well organised, quick replies, everything worked out as planned."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Well structured"

Your Walking Routes

"Get the alpine club app for walking paths. Although the coast path was in general well marked, it did help us in some occasions, or to choose some deviations of the path."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"all well illustrated"

Luggage transfers

"worked perfectly and is well worth it."

Accommodation

Overall experience

"Great holidays!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lizard Coast Path Name: JLE & Helene Walked on: 23rd July 2019

Thanks for a wonderful walk.  Great choice of accommodation‌, luggage transfer perfect, scenery breathtaking, etc.

An experience I'd like to share, though, as it might be useful to other walkers : On day five of our trip - from Cadgwith to Porthallow, we found it was easy to get lost - as indeed we did. After a place called Shag Rock, as the acorn path has been mingling for a while with the "coastal path",  if you miss the  place you are supposed to sway left you find yourself in Loggan Point... and realize too late that you should never have been there.

We tried to resume our itinerary, making our way through a stock of cows reluctant to let us through, looking for an acorn symbol that  seemed to have vanished. Found ourselves in the coutyard of a bad tempered holiday maker who grabbed us by the arm to show us the way out...

By then, and according to the map, we deemed to be in Rosenithon. Further up the road the acorn we had been looking for suddenly made an apperance, and we thought we were saved.

Not so. A place calle Porthoustock had yet a few tricks of its own, as the acorn played hide and seek along an unlikely path that finally left us on the road by the "Fat Apple Café". We were almost there.

The trick is not to get mixed up with the coastal path, and stick to the "acorn" at all costs - even if it  is sometimes malicious.
Thanks again,
 

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Paul Moghtader Walked on: 18th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Everyone responded promptly and was easy to deal with"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate and full of detailed information about the walk"

Your Walking Routes

"Very enjoyable walk that is easy to moderate. We did it with our children (12, 8 and 8) who had no trouble."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The maps and directions were mostly easy to follow, but a couple times they were not clear."

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"All the lodging booked for us were charming and clean."

Overall experience

"This was a great walk and a great value."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mineead to Westward Ho! (Coastal path) Name: Sandra Oosterveer Walked on: 17th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

"I found the difficulty level not always accurate. Sometimes when the trailblazer said 'easy route 'I found it difficult and vice versa. I believe it is very personal so don't bother too much. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The route is fairly easy to find. The trailblazer book however I found to be a must have"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"I was very afraid that I was not able to finish the walks. However, the landscape, the people you meet, the experience overall give you a flow with wings ;-) "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Newquay to Penzance Name: Njell Hoftun Walked on: 14th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Dogmaels to St Davids (Pembrokeshire Coast Path ) Name: Susan Wigmore Walked on: 11th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and the rest of the team are first-rate. I wouldn't book with anyone else."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Clear, easy to use and very informative."

Your Walking Routes

"We did this route 'in reverse' so ended up in St Davids. This meant a tougher start and walking against the Trailblazer guide but would highly recommend it nevertheless. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Worth breaking the route into manageable chunks and organising taxi transfers where needed."

Luggage transfers

"Brilliant. Wholly reliable."

Accommodation

"Worth doing own research to get what you what. Loved The Old Vicarage, Moylegrove."

Overall experience

"Absolutely stunning scenery, and a lunch spot with seals (Penfathach) and dolphins (Dinas Head) was icing on the cake. Don't miss Carreg Coetag Burial Chamber, Newport; it's very special. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: The Dartmoor Way Name: David Walked on: 10th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very informative"

Luggage transfers

"No problems at all"

Accommodation

"Basically fine, and very dog friendly. Just one pub only started breakfast at 0830."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives - Lizard Name: Dominique Walked on: 10th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very professionnal and usefull from the very beginning and all through"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Usefull to plan and organize our trip"

Your Walking Routes

"Wonderfull landscapes"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very complete and full of usefull tips!"

Luggage transfers

"Not any problem! What a pleasure to find our luggage in our roomat the arrival!"

Accommodation

"All perfect! Good welcome, comfort and friendly!"

Overall experience

"We just want to travel with you again and will certainly speak about you to our friends!!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path, St. Ives to Penzance Name: Torunn Bjøreid Walked on: 10th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"All goes really smoothly. All staff are helpful and dedicated. Our 3rd walk with Encounter."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very clear and informative"

Your Walking Routes

"Lovely walks. We had the relaxed alternative walk. Nothing too strenuous at any point. We had a couple of cattle encounters though... but no harm was done to anyone except some fear :)"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All perfect. Very good notes and instructions and tips for meals / lunches."

Luggage transfers

"Worked like a charm - as always"

Accommodation

"Couldn't have been better. All places clean, pretty and with good beds + breakfast. Lovely hosts"

Overall experience

"We are thrilled :) And we will come back for another section next year. Thank you!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Plymouth Name: Sue Walked on: 08th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"SWCP signposting can be confusing or inconsistent - do not rely on being able to navigate without reference to map"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent "

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

"Some absolute stand out accommodation and hospitality where dog was genuinely welcomed!"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St. Ives to Westward Ho Name: Eva and Kurt Walked on: 08th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"excellent service"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"very helpful"

Your Walking Routes

"Padstow to Hartland Quay is probably one of the most impressive section of the path"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very helpful"

Luggage transfers

"perfect from beginning to the end, absolutely no problem"

Accommodation

"Hartland Quay: an absolute must, Surf haven in Bude excellent"

Overall experience

"wonderful walking holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Penzence Name: James McNeill Walked on: 04th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow to St. Ives Name: Eva & Thomas Walked on: 04th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent! Always very helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

"We had day of rest in Newquay day 3, which was perfect for us!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary is very helpful and invaluable as well as the guidebook."

Luggage transfers

"Invaluable! And works excellent!"

Accommodation

"Always nice accommodation with nice hosts."

Overall experience

"This was our fourth walking holiday with Encounter Walking and we can highly recommend them! It works perfectly!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Padstow Name: Darren Walked on: 04th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter staff always helpful and friendly"

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Your Walking Routes

"Amazing scenery, perfect weather. God bless those little acorn posts. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Thorough and useful as ever"

Luggage transfers

"Worked like clockwork, including up and down on the sledge at Clovelly"

Accommodation

"Mostly good, couple excellent (Riverside at Boscastle, Old School Hotel at Port Isaac), couple O"

Overall experience

"Amazing experience, loved it. See you next year. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Porchurno Name: Vidar Walked on: 03rd July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Meirionydd & Snowdonia Coast Path Name: Anne Katrine Walked on: 03rd July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent as always!"

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Your Walking Routes

"This is a very varied walk with plenty of things to see and do. A rest day in Harlech is highly recommended."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"The B&Bs were excellent. "

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! - Padstow Name: Rentsch Sylvia und Kathrin Walked on: 02nd July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St. Ives - Porthleven Name: Ulrike Walked on: 01st July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Eine Unterkunft leider vor Reiseantritt abgebrannt, sofort neues Zimmer organisiert"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Unglaublich schön!!!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Die Hinweise bezüglich Schwierigkeit waren sehr zutreffend"

Luggage transfers

"War perfekt"

Accommodation

"Alles super bis auf eine Unterkunft in Pendeen."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

Route: Devon Coast to Coast Name: Philip Walked on: 01st July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

"Walk very interesting with varied terrain and some wonderful views and scenery. Signage generally good but sometimes more than enough and in other places, none where needed."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Transfers worked without any problems."

Accommodation

"Accommodation OK, some better than others"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW coast path Cornwal and St Michaels Way Name: Rosie and Tony Walked on: 01st July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Would have preferred to have hard copy information pack sent to an address in the UK. See email."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

 

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

 

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Two Moors Way - Wembury to Morchard Road Name: Stephen Walked on: 30th June 2019

I just wanted to say thank you  once again for the superb organisation of our walk this week from Wembury to Morchard Road. All went without a hitch apart from my navigation skills on a couple of occasions when I failed to pick up the Two Moors Way, following other footpath signs instead - but soon corrected. Most importantly my teenage son enjoyed the walk (it can difficult to get teenagers to admit they might enjoy anything that doesn't involve computer games and the internet!) and the fact that we now have completed the Two Moors Way having done the northern half two years ago - again thanks to you.

We will have to think what walking we might do next.

Route: Plymouth to Torcross via the South West Coast Path Name: Patrick Walked on: 29th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent, very helpful guidance at all stages"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

"Very beautiful walk. Difficult to plan because of all the estuary crossings sometimes with only infrequent ferries and occasionally no ferry - so it was great to have Encounter Walking's help."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The extra details were all very helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

"All accommodation was very good. The Cricket Inn in Beesands was exceptionally good."

Overall experience

"Excellent - it was a luxury to have all the planning and booking done by Encounter Walking"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: West Mendip Way Name: Ellen Walked on: 27th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Staff worked hard to meet our needs, which due to overseas flights were inflexible"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Quite informative"

Your Walking Routes

"The part of the West Mendip Way that we walked is varied, scenic, very well signed and easy to follow."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The maps and route description were good. However, the taxi services were uncooperative."

Luggage transfers

"Worked fine."

Accommodation

"Extremely nice. Hotel Webbington Best Western was a little too Best Westernized."

Overall experience

"Excellent time."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

On the second day my husband was having extreme foot pain so we attempted to hire a taxi from Shipham to Cheddar. None of the local services were helpful, and staff at the Penscot Inn explained to us that this is normal - the private taxis do not like to come at short notice for short trips. Eventually we found our way on foot to a 126 bus stop near Winscombe and took the bus to Cheddar. If our experience was typical, then it would be useful to include information about local buses - perhaps draw the bus route on the map in addition to or instead of information about taxis.

All's well that ends well, and we had a great time. Thanks for your help.

Route: Padstow to St Ives Name: Margit Walked on: 26th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful, while planning all our ideas were taken on"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"We especially loved the route from Holywell Bay to St Agnes"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary was extremely helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Perfect. No problem at all"

Accommodation

"All the places were well chosen. Breakfast at St Ives Harbour Hotel could be better organised"

Overall experience

"The weather being perfect we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Two Moors Way Name: John Walked on: 25th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"I had some good back and forth arranging the details of the itinerary."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"I modified the route by going from Withypool to Dunster via Exeford and Dunkery Beacon rather than to Lynemouth. That worked well."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The Cicerone guide book was helpful. I learned it's good to read the route notes closely."

Luggage transfers

"Worked well. I was glad I got a chance to speak to the chap directly and thank him."

Accommodation

"I did not opt for fancy accommodations so quality varied. All were quite acceptable."

Overall experience

"Booking the trip went smoothly even though I did not plan it far in advance. It was a very nice trip."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Claudia Walked on: 24th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Looe Name: Martina Walked on: 24th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"Everything was perfectly planned and arranged. The guidebook and map were very detailed and helpful, so was the description of how to find our accommodation. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Thatcher Bailey Walked on: 24th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"No one was on this lovely walk. Trail was not strenuous so it worked for the whole group. Lots of landscape variation."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Damon helped is find excellent places to stay."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth - Lizard Name: sam Walked on: 23rd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Dorset & south Devon Coast path Name: Philip from Chile Walked on: 23rd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Newquay to St Ives Name: William Walked on: 22nd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

"We walked Newquay to St. Ives. The views on the path between Perranporth and Portreath were impressive and beautiful."

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Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Bude Name: Rich Walked on: 22nd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mullion to Helford Name: Kirsty Walked on: 22nd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Great planning and booking experience. All made very easy."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very good - alot of good information."

Your Walking Routes

"Loved the variety in our route both in terms of environment and walking difficulty. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We realized how helpful the notes were once we were there."

Luggage transfers

"Seamless."

Accommodation

"Generally as expected from web sites. Some a little dated."

Overall experience

"Great holiday. Loved it and would do it again."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Tanja & Marcus Walked on: 21st June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"They did a real great job, especeally as we wanted to have seperate rooms."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow to Newquay Name: Adrian Walked on: 20th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"Absolutely stunning all three days. Trail was easy to navigate and offered incredible views. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very helpful. "

Luggage transfers

"Luggage transfers were easy and always on time. "

Accommodation

"All great except an uncomfortable bed in Harlingen Bay. "

Overall experience

"We will be back to do another section. We loved it. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Padstow & Saint's Way Name: Margaret Walked on: 19th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter Walking was very responsive to our requests. Accommodated our needs."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"The website was very helpful in selecting a route and trek that fit our needs."

Your Walking Routes

"Loved the route. The "severe" really was severe. A great challenge. The Saint's Way needs more confirmation sign posts. Growth over the signs and stiles made it difficult to follow."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Great maps and notes. Couldn't follow the Saint's Way without them."

Luggage transfers

"No problems"

Accommodation

"Most of the accommodation was excellent. A couple remote areas had limited selection,"

Overall experience

"Loved the trip. Would use Encounter Walking again."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Westward Ho to Padstow Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey Name: Vince Walked on: 19th June 2019

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"few locations rooms were small"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Porlock-Lymouth (Coleridge), then Combe Martin-Lynmouth-Porlock (SWCP) Name: Philippa Walked on: 19th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"helpful and efficient"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"useful guides to different itineries"

Your Walking Routes

"Porlock Wier- Lynmouth on Coleridge, stunning varied walking, good pub lunch at Brendon return walk along SWCP - lack of benches for picnics through Embelle and Culbone Woods!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very useful"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"2 nights basic but good value, one night excellent"

Overall experience

"Such stunning and varied scenery, plus great organisation by Encounter - a really good walking holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Coverack to Mevagissey Name: David Walked on: 19th June 2019

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Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"After the closure of the Five Pilchards pub in Porthallow the locals have opened the "Three Pilchards" in the village hall and serve food and drinks. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Worked perfectly. Our luggage was in our rooms when we arrived, which was most appreciated."

Accommodation

"The B&Bs and pubs we stayed in were all excellent, as was the breakfast."

Overall experience

"A great holiday, with only one day of inclement weather."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey Name: Meg Walked on: 18th June 2019

Hi All - thanks for your help in planning this walk.  A few notes about the route... In several areas it is very poorly marked and quite honestly, someone should go out with an arrow and set the markings right.  A good example is the turning on the Lanlivery to Fowey stretch.  Just beyond the Woodgate Wood.  You do warn walkers to be careful here but had you told us in the notes that the turning is at what appear to be someone's private driveway with a gate, we would not have missed it.  It's okay - we found our way, but were surprised that this sort of thing happens repeatedly.  We just feel that EWH's should do each walk every year with a Shaprie in hand to mark the trail a bit better.

AND, your ratings!  My walk was a first one and at 70 years, I was happy to see the "moderate to easy" rating.  It was very difficult in spots and had I not spent some time training for this, it would have been impossible.   My husband is EXTREMELY fit and he said he was having a hard time in various places.   We spoke with several people who have done this walk and we all agree that a rating of "moderate with some difficult stretches" would be more appropriate

Overall, very positive experience and would highly recommend your company .

Cannot get the I am not a robot link to click in so will be sure to monitor that feedback to get it to you when we have better internet service.

Route: Mendip Way Name: Ann Walked on: 18th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very comprehensive"

Your Walking Routes

"Some Mendip Way directional signs a little misleading and some missing but route notes kept us on track"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very good"

Luggage transfers

"Like clockwork"

Accommodation

"All good"

Overall experience

"Very enjoyable walk. Quite muddy in sections when there had been rain. Stinging nettles in places, advise not to wear shorts!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Plymouth Name: Phil Walked on: 17th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Excellent - bags always waiting for us on arrival"

Accommodation

"Very good again this year. Good to have (and enjoy) the upgrade options"

Overall experience

"Great. These walks are always dependent on fitness and weather but all the other stuff ran like clockwork "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP - Brixham to Kingston (next stop Plymouth) Name: Pat Kipps Walked on: 16th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter Walking tailored our holiday to our available dates and our accommodation preferences"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"On no account try and walk this coast path without proper walking footwear:-)"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary was excellent considering we were doing the route 'backwards'"

Luggage transfers

"The luggage delivery was late a couple of times, but this was due to accidents on the route"

Accommodation

"The accommodation was the best yet (our 3rd Encounter Walking holiday). "

Overall experience

"We were glad we had sun hats and waterproofs with us at all times - British weather! The scenery was stunning every day - some very steep climbs though"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP St Ives to Penzance and back along St Michaels Way to St Ives Name: G Walked on: 16th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"The section from St Ives to Gurnards Head was a challenge - mainly due to variability in climb / descent and the clamouring. Encounter warned us of this but we didn’t take quite enough notic"

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Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

A quick thank you for developing and supporting our recent walk.

I must compliment you & your team on your responsiveness and thoughtfulness of response prior to the walk.

You offered wise counsel which, I think, we partly ignored with regard to the intensity of some of the early sections and length of the walk. I wonder, in retrospect, whether we slightly overestimated our capability for five continuous days of this nature  although you did suggest a day off in mid walk (and we didn’t take up the option of course !!). The weather was very kind to us and that certainly made several parts of the trip easier.

The accommodation was fine if somewhat eccentric at times (Cape Cornwall Golf Club, Seaview House), but that all forms part of the journey.

Next time I will take less luggage (... & yes, you warned me about that too).

Route: Minehead to St Ives Name: Bev Goose Walked on: 15th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and his team were fabulous, bespoking it to our own needs but advising us accordingly "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Excellent path and sign posting"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent information in written form plus maps "

Luggage transfers

"Faultless "

Accommodation

"All genuinel excellent apartment from one one "

Overall experience

"Excellent "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: The Coleridge Way Name: Brookes Walked on: 15th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"All staff very helpful and knowledgeable "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"very hilly but beautiful country side. Best was the extension from Porlock Weir to Lynmouth"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All most useful. Only went wrong once at 59. Ended up on path to Advent Farm "

Luggage transfers

"Excellent service"

Accommodation

"Best value in B&Bs. Fantastic meal at Sundial House at Wheddon Cross."

Overall experience

"Best walk we have done"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to St Ives via Penance and St Michael's Way Name: Jürgen Walked on: 15th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"A thank for Damon and other staff for developing/supporting our walk"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"St Michaels Way the markers/signs were very poor and it seems some has been removed or vandalised so we asked local people or other walkers for the right way. The other routes were fine"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very useful"

Luggage transfers

"worked fine"

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Nether stowey to Lynmouth over 4 Days Name: Kathryn Walked on: 14th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful in making sure we got what we wanted"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Route overall very well marked got a little conflicted towards West Quantocks, way markers seemed to take you one way but route on OS map another either way end destination the same."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"supplied our own maps but the itinerary was fantastic."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent service"

Accommodation

"Would of liked a earlier breakfast time."

Overall experience

"First time doing anything like this. Now thinking about what to do next."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path West:Milford Haven-St Davids Name: Susan Walked on: 14th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Leider nicht in Deutsch"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Clovelly to Padstow Name: Simone Walked on: 14th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"All accomodations were great except the one in Tintagel."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Sennen to Fowey Name: Heather Walked on: 13th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Our queries were dealt with speedily & effectively with several options avsilable"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Would walk less kilometers next time to enable us to enjoy the places more"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very helpful & infirmative"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Enjoyed each place and the hosts were friendly & helpful"

Overall experience

"Grateful for the experience & efficiency which enabled a wonderful holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Sennen to Fowey Name: Heather Walked on: 13th June 2019

Hi Damon,

I got home to a busy week, but just wanted to say thanks so much for the organising you did for our walk in Cornwall.  It was efficient and included all the info we needed and everything went very smoothly.

We so loved all the variety of beautiful scenery and also meeting many people along the way, and enjoying the different hosts at our accommodation.   One of the things we were all convicted of was that we'd do a max of 10km a day if we did a similar  walk one day!!!   We didn't  want it to be a route march/ rushed, so we though we'd given ourselves plenty of time,  but we would've appreciated even more time to stop at places along the path, and also enjoy more time at some of the places we stopped at.  Guess one can't always fit in everything one would like!!!

For the most part the signs were great, but just wanted to say we struggled a bit around Porthoustock to Porthallow. Apparently some signs are missing, so you may just want to feed that back to the appropriate SWCP people, so they can check.

Just before Lizzard, one of our group fell (on flat ground!!) and broke her wrist , so we had some adventures as we coped, but we felt v blessed as people helped, and Carol was still able to go by taxi/bus to each overnight stop and meet us there.

I thought that your office was probably not too far from where I was at Epiphany House in Truro (fantastic accommodation in case you could use it sometime!) the week prior to our walk, but there was just no spare time on our program, so I'm sorry I couldn't meet you, but thank you again and many blessings as you continue to help people have wonderful experiences!!

Many blessings

Route: coleridge way Name: anais Walked on: 12th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"very easy and customized to your liking"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"beautiful route with magnificent views, even in the rain."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"very good holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Instow to Crackington Haven Name: Maggie Walked on: 12th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

 

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"No Comment"

Your Walking Routes

"Routes were fine"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Need to book at the The Inn Clovelly because tables not kept for residents"

Luggage transfers

"No problems"

Accommodation

"The Bush Inn at Morwenstow was excellent, others ok - breakfast options very basic"

Overall experience

"Really enjoyed the walk, shame about the English June weather"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP Minehead to Bude. Name: Chris Hart and Chris Franks. Walked on: 11th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Nothing was to much bother. Our own accommodation was included in our schedule without any trou"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very helpful in starting to plan the walk,distances,severity etc."

Your Walking Routes

"Generally route was easy to follow. No real issues 'Encountered '. Excuse the pun !"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Invaluable !"

Luggage transfers

"Amazing !.Ran like clockwork even though we had a break in transfers at the end of the first wee"

Accommodation

"Generally excellent with some quirky places. Heddon Mouth Hotel was incredible."

Overall experience

"What a very special experience this was. We are busy planning our next stage in September. Bude to Newquay. We are happy to do the relaxed schedule.....relaxed try telling that to our bodies !"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead - Woolacombe (four stages). Name: Mike & Rick Walked on: 10th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Efficient & helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Hardly used, so difficult to comment."

Your Walking Routes

"Take "challenging" option on Minehead - Porlock section."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Comprehensive."

Luggage transfers

"Efficient."

Accommodation

"Two brilliant and two "average" overnight stays. "

Overall experience

"Great walking."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

We both spent our youth in West Somerset and know the area covered by the Minehead - Woolacombe stages of the SWCP extremely well. We have walked the first two stages previously. We have also walked in many wonderful places around the world.

We were both agreed that these first four stages of the SWCP (going Westward) taken together rank among the the most scenically beautiful and dramatic walks we have done anywhere.

Anyone who is considering which stages to tackle should seriously consider this stretch. But they should be aware that they are in for some hard walking and should prepare accordingly.

Route: Exmouth to Lyme Regis Name: Avril Walked on: 10th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"Great walking country with wonderful views. Some very steep up and downs. A diversion to Beer from Sidmouth is poorly marked. There are yellow arrows which are fadin fast. Had tp ask local f"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Our accommodation and breakfast in Sidmouth and Lyme Regis were good"

Overall experience

" We should have upgraded our accommodation for every day"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path: Westward Ho!-Porthcurno Name: Robert Walked on: 09th June 2019

Dear Damon,

Many thanks for organising our recent walk Westward Ho! to Porthcurno 09th - 23rd June.

We did state a preference for pubs or hotels with baths and wherever possible you didn't let us down. Our accommodation was in the main very good, especially The Hartland Quay Hotel (cottage), the New Inn Hotel, Clovelly, and The Old School Hotel, Port Isaac, which were all excellent. Your efforts very much appreciated. Well done! Neil and I had a good twin room at the Portreath Arms Hotel that was spoilt by a very small cupboard size en-suite toilet and shower with an opaque sliding glass door that gave little privacy and left nothing to the imagination when one of us was on the toilet. We were unlucky as the en-suite twin room allocated to George and Ed was perfectly acceptable. Also the owners of the Portreath Arms Hotel were very friendly and helpful and gave an excellent breakfast.

We were greeted with a tray of tea and biscuits on arrival at both The Surf Haven Guest House, Bude, and ST Johns House, Pendeen, which was a very nice thing to do and although we prefer pubs/hotels both guest houses looked after us very well and we enjoyed our stay.

If all goes to plan I'll contact you in November or December with regard to the 2020 stage of our SWCP walk, commencing Porthcurno.

Until then, Many Thanks,

Robert

Route: St Ives to Penzance Name: Tobias Walked on: 09th June 2019

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"quick response time"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"only used initially "to get started""

Your Walking Routes

"Great path! Last bit from Mousehole to Penzance by bus."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Things were well described and completely covered, no surprises occured in practice."

Luggage transfers

"worked well in practice each day"

Accommodation

"Everything as to be expected based on itinerary and trailblazer"

Overall experience

"Great Holiday!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coastal Path - Westward Ho! To Padstow Name: Elizabeth Walked on: 08th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Plymouth Name: Christine Walked on: 08th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very efficient with quick responses to any questions"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"St Ives to Coverack particularly spectacular, but some sections scrambley and slippery when wet. Signposting inadequate in some sections, but if lost not difficult to find sea again"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Erosion means be prepared for short diversions not in book or notes "

Luggage transfers

"Totally reliable"

Accommodation

"Stayed in 16 places - some excellent, some average"

Overall experience

"Brilliant, well organised holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path, Newquay to Falmouth Name: kathy Walked on: 07th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"very detailed directions"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"we found suggested walking times & miles to be much greater - but then I do take a lot of pictures, enjoy the history & views just off the path - "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very detailed even to find b&b , & to other sites along the path, great food suggestions"

Luggage transfers

"at the b&b's they too said that the transfer company does a great job- Luggage Transfer S.W."

Accommodation

"all B&B hosts were most helpful, rooms very clean & large thick towels, food good & plentiful"

Overall experience

"very good reviews from other people on the trail for this company- extremely happy with our experience with Encounter. we recommend it to others on the trail"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path:Bude-Padstow Name: Susan Walked on: 06th June 2019

Dear Prue and Team

I‘d just like to Thankyou for an fantastic Holiday. All the Bed and Breakfasts were lovely, helpful and friendly. Our luggage was transferred without any problems. We had truly a great time. I‘ll recommend this Company without a doubt. I‘ll be Booking with you again.

Thankyou for all your hard work!

Best wishes

Susan

Route: St. David’s to St. Dogmaels Name: Grant Walked on: 06th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"be ready to bring sun cream or a raincoat, weather is unpredictable!!"

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Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"Beautiful walk, challenging and rewarding!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Bude to Padstow Name: Sue Walked on: 06th June 2019

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Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Croyde to Hartland Quay Name: Clive & Gillie Walked on: 05th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Braunton Name: Steve and Sue Walked on: 05th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"some of the steep sided valleys tougher than we expected"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"some notes a bit inconsistent"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

 

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: Chris and Karen Walked on: 04th June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Helpful and full of advice"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Go South to north. Gets better and better. Avoid the Milford Haven/Pembroke docks bits - long. Unless you like acrid smells and views of refineries....."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Though better if they have page breaks by day on the itinerary - print off day by day is easier"

Luggage transfers

"No issues. Worked fine"

Overall experience

"Excellent. Even the rain days. No such thing as bad wweather, just bad clothes"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Gorran Haven to Plymouth along the South West Coast Path Name: Patrick Walked on: 03rd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent, very helpful guidance at all stages"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

"All the South West Coast path is very beautiful. However the section around Plymouth industrial estate is rather boring but it is part of the official South West Coast Path route."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The extra information provided was very helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

"All accommodation was very good - the Llawnroc Hotel in Gorran Haven was exceptionally good"

Overall experience

"Excellent - it was a luxury to have all the planning and booking done for me"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - St Ives to Penzance Name: Bob Walked on: 02nd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Milford Haven to St Davids Name: Brian Walked on: 01st June 2019

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Port Isaac Name: Steve & Toni Walked on: 28th May 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent advise during the planning stages with alternative options given"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate and enables planning walk easily"

Your Walking Routes

"It's tough! Well worth every ache and pain though, beautiful, peaceful just perfect."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We referred to the notes and guidebooks every night. They wer extremely helpful."

Luggage transfers

"Worked like clockwork "

Accommodation

"Some better than others, however a shower and decent bed is all we needed for good nights sleep."

Overall experience

"We are just looking at when we can do the next stretch and we'll book again!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Padstow to Penzance Name: Catherine and Steven Walked on: 20th May 2019

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey Name: Carl & Steph Walked on: 20th May 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very useful to have recommendations for routes and accommodation."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Needed some map-reading skills, as the route is not always well marked across farmland. Some of the way markers have been removed or vandalised."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"These were extremely useful and informative. Thank you."

Luggage transfers

"All worked well."

Accommodation

"Tregolls Farm near Withiel was particulary good, with an excellent home-cooked evening meal."

Overall experience

"Very relaxed and peaceful holiday."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Route: South West Coastal Path Padstow to Newquay Name: Helen Walked on: 20th May 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon, Prue and other staff were helpful, friendly and nothing was a problem. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Very steep in some places"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Very posh and organised."

Accommodation

"Lovely, clean and comfortable. All hosts friendly and helpful. "

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coast to Coast (Ten Tor’s - Smugglers Way) Name: Chris & Martin Walked on: 20th May 2019

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Your Walking Routes

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Padstow to Penzance Name: Catherine Walked on: 19th May 2019

Good morning. Steve and I were very impressed with your organisation of this walking holiday. Our trip notes, B&Bs/Inns and luggage transfers were first class. We enjoyed our walk, meeting some lovely people (and their dogs) along the way. The scenery is spectacular and we were blessed with fantastic weather.

Also, special thanks to Bernie from our Crantock B&B for rescuing our forgotten shampoo. He and his wife were not well yet Bernie cooked the most wonderful breakfast. Speedy recovery to them both. Also, special thanks to Bernie from our Crantock B&B for rescuing our forgotten shampoo. He and his wife were not well yet Bernie cooked the most wonderful breakfast. Speedy recovery to them both.

Cheers

Catherine and Steven

Route: St Ives - Penzance - St Michaels Way Name: Michael & Graham Walked on: 17th May 2019

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"Great experience - and the May weather was unexpectedly amazing!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Tintagel to Porthcothan Name: Nick Walked on: 15th May 2019

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"Completely hassle free as always"

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"Easy to use and very informative"

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"Old School House in Port Isaac was excellent"

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"We'll be back for our next section of the South West Coast Path"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lyme Regis to Poole Name: David Walked on: 14th May 2019

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"NA"

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"Excellent throughout"

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow to St Ives Name: Sue Aldred Walked on: 14th May 2019

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"Brilliant. Everything was so easy and Prue was so helpful and informative."

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"Great. It was really easy to navigate and find the walk we wanted."

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"Amazing - just as anticipated. The description for each day was really accurately described."

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"Again brilliant. Itinerary was fantastic and suited us perfectly."

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"Ideal not to have to think or worry about luggage at any point."

Accommodation

"Every place we stayed was fantastic and different in its own way. Amazing hosts each night."

Overall experience

"Easily one of the best holidays we have ever had by far. Brilliant experience. We will be back next year for the next leg,!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Volker Walked on: 13th May 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path (St Ives to Falmouth) Name: Lynda and Tim Walked on: 12th May 2019

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"The staff were very responsive to our questions."

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"We loved the scenery, little towns on route and terrain of this walk."

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"Our luggage was always waiting for us at our destination. Top notch. "

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"Overall, we found the accommodations wonderful. "

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Looe SWCP Name: Peter Haskell Walked on: 11th May 2019

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"Very easy"

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"Didn’t really use it."

Your Walking Routes

"Good boots/kit needed, be prepared for tough terrain. The hills will get you down. Take plenty of water."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All very good and detailed"

Luggage transfers

"Very good. Bags taken to our room in some places - What a bonus!"

Accommodation

"Some a little poor, couldn’t get breakfast in one and needed to pay additionally."

Overall experience

"Fairly seamless holiday, no real complaints, well done all at Encounter."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Doug Walked on: 10th May 2019

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"I walked every day for 7 days. It wasn't a problem but there were 2 days of only 8 miles which left too much idle time. Probably my fault as i turned down 6 days walking to stay in Fowey"

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"Guide book good on info but lacks detail on route finding"

Luggage transfers

"Spot on"

Accommodation

"Mostly excellent but the noise of the plumbing overnight in the Fowey B&B kept waking me up"

Overall experience

"A really enjoyable holiday due to the scenic terrain and warm sunny weather. I am 72 and found the walking to be challenging enough to be interesting but not a chore."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Exmouth to Lyme Regis Name: Graham Walked on: 10th May 2019

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"Easy as ever"

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"Try to stop over in Beer not Seaton."

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"Not a hitch worked like clockwork"

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"Another brill trip well organised."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Bude Name: Ally Walked on: 10th May 2019

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Something that I really wanted to feed back on was the excellent vegan offerings at these restaurant and BnBs.

It was totally unexpected.

I really felt that the owners had gone above and beyond and really created some wonderful dishes for me.

The Locanda even had a whole plant based menu selection, Instow Barton created an exception vegan dish and everywhere was super accommodating.

(I had hoped to trim down and tone up a little on this active holiday.....hmm, I think I ate rather too well!)

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Nicholas Walked on: 09th May 2019

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"Some of the tracks are very narrow and quite close to the edge, so be careful!"

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"All good; some very good meals."

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Padstow Name: Steve and Carol Walked on: 09th May 2019

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"Our fourth Encounter holiday (another booked for September!)"

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"All VERY accurate particularly adder warning in Cornwall Coast Path book, one crossed path!"

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"Good, as described. "

Overall experience

"A perfectly organised holiday, 8 days of superb walking in dry weather."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Sally Foster Walked on: 09th May 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: West Mendip Way & Pilgrimage route to Glastonbury Name: Helena & Geoff Walked on: 08th May 2019

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"Damon and the team were excellent as ever"

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"The route was really quiet and peaceful - we only saw two other walkers on the Mendip Way and no one else at all on the Pilgrimage Way until we got to Glastonbury Tor. "

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"As usual the detailed itinerary and walking notes were excellent. "

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"All accommodation was good - we especially liked the Bath Arms at Cheddar "

Overall experience

"We thoroughly enjoyed this walk - a new area for us. Highlights were the walk from Crook Peak over Wavering Down, the views from Glastonbury Tor and exploring Wells"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow to St Ives Name: Andrew Walked on: 08th May 2019

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"Very easy and with plenty of advice"

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"Plenty of info"

Your Walking Routes

"As described except better"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent and faultless"

Luggage transfers

"Could not have been smoother!"

Accommodation

"Very good and those breakfasts!"

Overall experience

"Will do it again with this crowd and very soon! Thanks for organising a wonderful experience."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Widemouth Bay Name: Trina Walked on: 08th May 2019

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"Don't go for too many miles per day - there are so many detours, things to explore, places to see, people to meet....."

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"I really liked the A-Z maps for walkers!"

Luggage transfers

"Everything worked perfectly, luggage was always there for us. "

Accommodation

"All four accomodations were perfect. "

Overall experience

"Thanks for your help in putting this together. And thanks for booking almost perfect whether for us ;-) we will be back for another section without doubt. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Sharon Walked on: 08th May 2019

Hi All

Sorry for the delay in responding, just getting back to the real world!

We had a fabulous holiday, loved the walk and all the stops offs, the accommodation was all great, and no problems with any of the transfers. So no complaints from us!

In fact we enjoyed it all so much we would like to go back and do another section as soon as possible so will be in touch after the Bank Holiday!

Route: South West Path Padstow to St Agnes Name: Anne Walked on: 06th May 2019

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"enjoyed direct and quick responses from team"

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"this was a good route for us in our 70s."

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"we had some difficulty with finding best way to hotel and other locations, not enough detail"

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"Excellent, worked without a hitch"

Accommodation

"clean, simple, friendly"

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path: Falmouth - Plymouth Name: Anthony Walked on: 06th May 2019

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"We have booked several holidays with Encounter and really appreciate their flexibility"

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"We ask for the "relaxed" route and this is about right for a couple in our 70s"

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"We ask for "lovely old English pubs" where possible and this is exactly what we get"

Overall experience

"We really enjoyed our trip and appreciate the care and support from Encounter"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Jamie Walked on: 05th May 2019

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"Each accommodation was wonderful, but most of all we loved the Valient Soldier. "

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridege Way Name: JS Walked on: 01st May 2019

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"Appreciated the consistency of contact with one person during the planning of my trip"

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"Straightforward and informative - one of the reasons I approached this Company"

Your Walking Routes

"Really great diversity of landscapes; encountered few other people, which is what I desired"

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"Comprehensive and accurate. The most difficult challenge is to not get complacent - or arrogant"

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"Luggage appeared where it was supposed to be "

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"Very well organized trip; provided what I needed but was not overdone."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Whole South West Coast Path Minehead to Poole Name: Bruce and Karen Walked on: 29th April 2019

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"Some areas around the Lizard are not well marked so stick to paths close to the coast "

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Amroth to Milford Haven Name: Liz Walked on: 27th April 2019

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"A hotel in Tenby was not good. Other accommodation, particularly B&Bs which were outstanding. "

Overall experience

"Very well organised, excellent communication beforehand and good notes and resources. Would highly recommend Encounter."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - Marazion to Plymouth Name: Claire Walked on: 27th April 2019

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"Nous avons réservé très tard, néanmoins tout a été organisé selon nos souhaits"

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"Très détaillé. Aucun souci."

Luggage transfers

"Parfait"

Accommodation

"Conforme à nos attentes avec de belles surprises."

Overall experience

"Tout était très bien, comme demandé et annoncé (et le soleil en prime :-) !)"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path, St. Ives to Falmouth Name: Nancy Walked on: 15th April 2019

Hello,

We had a lovely walking holiday. It was well organized and we had no unpleasant surprises. Encounter did an excellent job and I would recommend your company to anyone. We have used one of your major competitors and you are by far superior.

The diversion at Coverack is over and the coastal path follows the original route. It is however newly opened and very rough. We may have been one of the first to use the trail. One could also take the alternate footpath into Coverack but it would be nowhere as exciting!

Thanks,

Nancy

Route: Westward Ho! to Padstow Name: Birte Walked on: 13th April 2019

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"Very scenic: great cliffs and coves, nice little towns. Fantastic views."

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"Nice Locations, enjoyed our stays very much"

Overall experience

"We had a great time! It was so well organized and we loved the walk. Thank you very much!!!!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way Name: Chris Walked on: 09th April 2019

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"friendly and comprehensive, but slower than we would have expected"

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"A delightful window into mid-Cornwall, between two appealing seaside towns. We took 2 days with a break at Lanivet, which worked well (couple aged 61/57, healthy but not super-fit). "

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"All were good, with some outstanding features in each."

Overall experience

"Enjoyed a welcome lunch break in the garden of the Crown Inn at Lanlivery on Day 2- recommended."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Dartmoor Name: Victoria Walked on: 06th April 2019

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"didn't really use it"

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"Generally very good"

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP Name: Stephen Walked on: 06th April 2019

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"We "

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Route: SWCP - Minehead to Poole Name: Jacqueline Walked on: 04th April 2019

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"Excellent service"

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"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

"Started in Minehead on 4/4/2019 and finished in Poole on 2/6/2019 - 55 walking days and 6 rest days"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent itinerary and notes - top rate. Books and maps were also top rate"

Luggage transfers

"What can I say but impeccable - always turned up"

Accommodation

"Overall - very good. "

Overall experience

"I literally got “lost” in walking the path almost meditative. Loved it. Beautiful. Stunning. Some parts were a little scary. Breathtaking "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Instow Name: Maggie Walked on: 02nd April 2019

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"We kept to the SWCP"

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"You certainly kept the best till last. Instow Barton was our favourite by far."

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coast Path Westward Ho! to Padstow Name: Stuart Walked on: 10th March 2019

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"very useful info on the route"

Your Walking Routes

"Print out the mud maps from the Trailblazeer guide and put then in plastic so you can read them in the rain."

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"Variable - some were really good, other less so (very small room, or not such great brekky)"

Overall experience

"Doing it in March was not a good idea: high winds stopped me walking on three of the seven days, but I knew I was taking a chance at that time of year."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Falmouth Name: Ellen Walked on: 16th October 2018

I (mostly) solo walked this over 14 days, with a couple of rest days in Penzance, finishing on 31 October.

From an organisation perspective, everything went like clockwork, and I appreciated all the maps and walking notes (not to mention the luggage transfer!). TIP: The digital version of the OS Map on my phone was wonderful, as it included GPS, which helped decide which path to take at times. I also used the Maps.Me app, with the Cornwall maps downloaded. Having GPS navigation that you can use offline is very handy in the back blocks of Cornwall where coverage is not great!

The accommodation was fine, even if my single room was small at times. Although I sometimes had a shared bathroom, I was invariably the only one using it this late in the season. On a couple of occasions, though, I was too tired/footsore to walk anywhere for dinner and went without. Next time on booking, I would pay more attention to how far away my B&B is from dinner (or take up the option to prearrange to have it cooked in-house). Also, I might pay more attention to which B&Bs provide a bath -- a nice bonus when it happened.

The section from St Ives to Mousehole is stunning, but even at the relaxed pace (5 days) I was desperately thankful for my scheduled rest days -- especially as I also walked an extra day on the moors. During the second half (Marazion to Falmouth), the daily distances were further and I made other arrangements for the 4th leg (Cadgwith to Porthallow) to give myself a break. I could probably have quite happily have called it a day once I reached Cadgwith, having rounded the Lizard. But I did have quite a sense of achievement arriving in Falmouth, even taking a few shortcuts (and buses) here and there.

I'm glad I scraped in before the end of October, because many of the services (including the vital Helford ferry) were about to close for the season. Although I had planned to take packed lunches, in the end I ate in many of the cafes along the path. So I definitely wouldn't walk after October.

Overall, it was a wonderful experience, albeit more taxing than I expected. It was not so much the difficulty of a single section, but all the days stacked together and accumulated fatigue. Encounter was awesome with tailoring my itinerary as per my direction, with days before and after, as well as the rest days in the middle. Next time, I would probably schedule some extra rest days or very short days to better meet my physical fitness/ability. But I completely loved the walk, even if people thought I was a bit mad walking on my own. I chatted with a lot of people along the way, while embracing the peace and beauty of the wild and rugged coast. I would love to do another section, or another walk somewhere else, in time -- either solo or with friends.

Thank you, Encounter Walking Holidays, for organising everything so all I needed to do was turn up.

Route: South West Coast Path - St Ives to Falmouth Name: Eileen Walked on: 16th October 2018

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"Damon and team are fabulous! We have used them before and will use them again!"

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"Helpful and informative."

Your Walking Routes

"Great routes - challenging and scenic."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"As others have mentioned, the signage isn't great. Encounters adds a supplement."

Luggage transfers

"Wonderful service!"

Accommodation

"Having a dog, we realize it is more difficult to find accommodation. Much appreciation!"

Overall experience

"We had a wonderful long distance walk ! Thank you."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path from St. Ives to Penzance Name: Rosalind Walked on: 13th October 2018

Danish FlagOur first family walk with our boys aged 12 and 14. Luckily the wild autumn storms cleared on the first morning giving us 5 glorious days walking the Cornish coast. Being off-season we had the track mostly to ourselves (except at Lands End and on the final day coming into Penzance,) which added to the beauty of the walk. The accommodation was all excellent, with champion breakfasts for hungry boys. The bag transfer service worked brilliantly. We were the only people in the pub in Porthcurno, but the walk to the next village for dinner was not going to happen with the kids in tow. Well planned, great notes to get us places and something we will definitely do again with the kids. Thank you for organising it.

Route: Coleridge Way - Williton to Lynmouth Name: Marion Walked on: 10th October 2018

UK FlagWalked with dog from Willington, via Luxborough, Porlock and Brendon Cross to Lynmouth. Incredible driving winds and rain on Friday 12th meant we curtailed the 13 mile walk to Porlock (the second part over Exmoor) as 'waterproofs' were in no way 'proofs' against this appalling weather. We were truly drenched through and through. The pub called 'The Rest and Be Thankful' in Wheddon Cross lived up to its name.....And it was great to have the taxi numbers. All accommodation and arrangements were great. And the walk is (would be!) spectacular. Thank you so much.

Route: Padstow to Perrenporth Name: Chip Walked on: 05th October 2018

USA FlagThis was a fantastic walking trip for my wife and I and a friend (in our 70s). The scenery was even more gorgeous than anticipated. The accommodations were all great, but our favorite was the Merrymoor Inn in Mawgan Porth. The luggage transfer went smoothly, and the trail descriptions and map were excellent. We only got slightly disoriented once, in Newquay. I highly recommend this trip!

Route: South West Coast Path - Brixham to Weymouth Name: Peter Walked on: 04th October 2018

UK FlagWell it wasn’t what we expected in general - that was my fault for not researching the path. There are better sections so we were told.

Sea Tang was a great start.

Brixham is nice but Torquay is not. Personal opinion, Paignton- oh dear oh dear. Exmouth -Lyme Regis - Beer- Abbotsbury excellent - Weymouth harbour and the beach are good but not a nice place on a Saturday evening.

The way markers and maps are not brilliant - thank you google maps- and we weren’t expecting the markers in the ground when we were inTorquay.

Going out fromTorquay towards the B and B we went down and up through an uninteresting area with little views to come up about 50 yds further up the road - there were a few of these on our route, not worth the effort.

We have not used your company before and this was our first walk along the route. Very efficient on all points, maybe a question mark on accommodation standard. For instance always finish the holiday on a high not a low.

The accommodation varied from brilliant to ok to well why here?

Our last stop in Weymouth for instance - I will send a different email - Beds /showers and pillows were questionable at some stops.

Storm Callum - stopped raining when we walked - Portland the weather at the Bill was dry warm with dramatic seas. The wind was very difficult the day before but no lashing rain. Good to receive the email warning.

Ferries Teignmouth was great -walked straight onboard -nice people -  the one to Exmouth was cancelled and by the sounds of it unreliable.

Luggage transfers - this was excellent -  the soya milk was lost in transit but the people were all very helpful. First class.

Route: South West Coast Path - Coverack to Charlestown Name: Christopher Cowan Walked on: 27th September 2018

UK FlagWell organised as usual. Instructions about each section of the walk and where to eat were excellent as was the OS map of our route. A lovely part of the SW Coast path and well signposted- we only got lost once which was around Caerhays castle where the signposting is poor. Accommodation in Coverack and Falmouth brilliant. B&B in Portloe tired but I guess there isn't much choice there. Luggage transfer excellent too. Well done Encounter Walking

Route: Mendip Way - Weston Super Mare to Frome Name: Chris, John, Jeanne and Ron Walked on: 24th September 2018

UK FlagWe all enjoyed this walk.

Just a few comments: Baggage transfer: No problems at all, our bags were at the B&Bs when we arrived.

Accommodation: All good, although breakfast was best at the Penscot, Shipham.

Day 1: Weston to Shipham: All our GPSs showed a mile further than on the guide. Highlight was the extensive views from Crook Peak.

Day 2: Shipham to Wells: Again a mile further on GPSs. Disappointed with Cheddar Gorge as we expected to see more stunning scenery, but the tree cover was dense. Went slightly wrong, but soon sorted. Saw slow worm, ponies and the feral goats. As time was getting on, we made a slight diversion near Wookey Hole. Arrived in Wells to see the Cathedral bathed in brilliant evening sunshine.

Day 3: Pilgrim Walk: Wells to Glastonbury Tor. Lovely views from the Tor. One section of the path from East Street farm was overgrown, but no other problems. Caught the bus back to Wells.

Day 4: Wells to Frome: We knew this would be a long day, so left Wells at 8.30am. A bit drizzly to start with, but weather improved as day progressed. A few navigational problems around Shepton Mallet. The only muddy section was in Asham Wood, but the boots had dried off by the time we arrived at The George in Frome at 5.30pm, giving time to soak in the bath before going downstairs for a meal. (Again, a mile further than expected)

An enjoyable walk and many thanks to the Encounter team. The only gripe is with GWR who for some reason changed the rail timetable from Frome to Gloucester. When tickets booked, there was a direct train, but we had to change at Bristol, and then the train went via Newport to Gloucester. As we had booked seats from Gloucester, we had to leave Frome 2 hours earlier than anticipated to get our connection. The George did provide us with bacon butties to take with us, as we had to leave before breakfast.

Route: South West Coast Path - Mevagissey to Looe Name: Thomas Walked on: 24th September 2018

USA FlagWe very much enjoyed the walk and your arrangements were splendid. Wonderful clifftop scenery and coastal harbours. Baggage transferred seamlessly, lodgings were excellent.  We would recommend you without reservation.

Weather sunny every day – almost too good because a few degrees cooler would have been a little more comfortable. However, if there had been three days of rain, we might have a different response.

Other feedback:

We brought trekking poles and they were useful, particularly on the strenuous portions of the walk.

Very difficult driving into Mevagissey because the streets were so narrow and crowded with pedestrians and the turns were so tight. We might have been better off just parking in the carpark and rolling our luggage to Buckingham House.

Only place we had any trouble with the trail was in Par, where we were walking on village streets after we skirted the China Clay factory. We did not see any trail marker or sign for the right turn onto the A3082 and – expecting a trail marker – we went wrong for about 1/4 mile. Better map reading on our part would probably have avoided the problem.

The final day was too ambitious, at least for walkers of our age and fitness. The seven or so miles from Fowey to Polperro (although strenuous) was fine but with a fairly leisurely stop at Lansallos Beach and then another stop for tea in Polperro, it was after 3 pm. We decided we were a little too tired and we would arrive in Looe too late to keep walking. However, it was easy enough to take a taxi and very helpful to have your listings .And extraordinarily nice to arrive at Commonwood Manor, where they took very good care of us.

Had excellent meals at Wreckers in Charlestown and Smuggler's Cott in Looe.

Thanks for all your assistance.

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Milford Haven to St Dogmaels Name: Sandy Walked on: 24th September 2018

USA FlagThank you and the walk was amazing!  The scenery is stunning and the walk was challenging and very very fun!  And everything went so smoothly....... Wales is certainly a hidden jewel.... thank you for your coordination.  I know you will send us a survey for us to complete too...

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path - St Davids to St Dogmaels Name: Mary Lou Walked on: 24th September 2018

Canadian FlagWhat a glorious walk. I was very lucky with the weather - splendid sunny skies, cool temperatures, perfect for walking. Only a sprinkling of rain on the very last kilometre!

The landscape is stunning. Massive rocky folds curve around secluded coves; broad, dramatic headlands jut into the sea. Almost every day I saw seals basking on rocky beaches, and on one unforgettable afternoon, dolphins cavorting in a cove!

If you're reasonably fit, the 'strenuous' grades are manageable. I took my time on the steepest inclines and descents, pausing every 50 steps or so to catch my breath and take in the views. Walking poles were very helpful. I was a bit apprehensive about the last day from Newport to St. Dogmael's after reading that these 26 kms were "the toughest section of the entire walk." It was strenuous, but not as bad as I expected - in fact, it was exhilarating.

At the impressive "Witch's Cauldron" I stopped for a break, enjoying the lone seal who was swimming languidly in the inner cove's turquoise water. I had planned on 9-10 hours of walking, but cruised into Poppit Sands after 7 hours.

Damon and crew were terrific: I appreciated their responsiveness and flexibility. Guidebook and map were excellent; route notes detailed and accurate. I typically get lost in a shoebox, and so a) was thankful that the trail is well marked and always by the coast; b) found that I had to read the route notes very carefully to get to the accommodation from the trail. When in doubt, I asked people for directions; they were all kind and helpful. As a solo walker, I always felt safe.

Accommodations varied from modest to luxurious; they were all clean and comfortable. Excellent food, in both the pubs and in some very fine restaurants. Recommendation:

If you fly into London, as I did, count on a long day of travel out to Wales, and DO book a train to Wales that leaves before noon in order to make connections. I took the 13:05 from Paddington, and it lost time along the way, with the result that I missed the connection at Cardiff for Haverfordwest and no later trains were available.

Luckily, an angel named Ruth helped me re-route (Cardiff to Swansea to Fishguard) and my taxi driver in Haverfordwest was able to meet me in Fishguard and drive me to the starting point of St. Davids.

All in all, a very satisfying and memorable walk.

Route: South West Coast Path - Marazion to Falmouth Name: Jack and Juanita Walked on: 24th September 2018

USA FlagWe walked from Penzance to Falmouth during the last week of September 2018 and enjoyed it immensely. We were extremely lucky with the weather - sunny and mild most days. We were often walking in short sleeves and shorts, and we only needed the rain jackets while walking around Falmouth on the last day.

We loved the range of scenery, from wild to cultivated, from clifftop to beach, and urban to rural. The transportation, luggage, and lodging accommodations all worked perfectly. So nice to find your luggage waiting at the end of the day, and wonderful to start the day with a full breakfast.

For details and photos of our trip, check out the blog I wrote for friends and family at: spruceknobtravel.wordpress.com We found most days to be well-balanced in terms of distance and difficulty. However, the two 15-mile days were less enjoyable (mainly at the end of the day). It may not look like much extra on paper, but when you have to walk extra miles to get to the inn, they add up. Detours and diversions also add to the day's fatigue, as do the number of ups and downs from cliff to cove and back. Also, depending on location, you may have to walk another mile or two round trip to get dinner at the end of the day. Be cautious when planning the trip. A shorter mileage means more time to stop and enjoy along the way. It was hard to know in advance how difficult the walking would be. We are newly retired and quite fit. In preparation, along with our normal activities we took weekly hikes. Being in Vermont, this typically meant three miles up a mountain and then three miles down! So the altitude changes on the coastal path were not alarming to us, but the long days did wear out our legs and feet. (We are glad to report no blisters!) Overall, we would have called the "moderate" parts easy, and the "strenuous" parts manageable.

It was very important to have both the guidebook and the map. But we were especially grateful to also have a good hiking app on the mobile phone, which saved us from taking the wrong trail many times. The coastal path is well-signed in some places and not in others. There were multiple times when it was easy to lose the trail or follow the wrong trail. They could use some simple blazes at key places! However, dangerous areas were always well-marked.

FYI, a particularly unwelcome diversion from the expected trail was at Gillan, where you have to go a long ways up and then a long ways down simply to avoid a short bit of eroded harbourside trail.

We look forward to more walking holidays in the future!

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path - Milford Haven to St Dogmaels Name: Sandy Walked on: 24th September 2018

Our route was from Milford Haven to St. Dogmaels at the end of September/Beginning of October. This is my first visit to Wales and I found the scenery of the country to be stunning, the people so warm and welcoming, and unbelievably we had amazing weather for ten days.

First the trip was impeccably organized.  We carried the maps, detailed itinerary and guide book with us daily and found all three informative and for us, and necessary.  My friend and I both like to look at maps and know where we are and so appreciated the materials.  We also wanted to make sure we saw the highlights so having the materials was helpful.   We also followed the advice of making reservations where noted which proved to be important.  Everyone we worked with at Encounter Walking was extremely helpful and responsive.  You asked about our date choice and warned us about the weather and lack of some transport services which was appreciated.  Lucky for us the weather was fantastic and we enjoyed having the path mainly to ourselves... The luggage transfer worked without any issues... and our only comment was we overpacked and would lighten our load the next time.  We took a rest day in St. Davids based on your recommendation and it was well needed and enjoyed... we ended up attending an evening Songs and lessons service at the Cathedral that evening, which was beautiful and so enjoyable in the stunning Cathedral.  HIghly recommend doing it... We also always did the suggested add-ons/detours and appreciated these options. Sometimes we both did them or just one of us but it gave us exacting instructions.

A shout out to the owner of the Hampton House B&B... my friend’s feet needed a rest and as we were off season there were not taxis available.  I hiked the entire route but the B&B owner drove my friend up to the hostel on the coast... cutting her walking time in half.  This was incredibly generous. 

Highlights of the trip included:

Obviously the seals and seal pups.... we loved watching them in the coves, one afternoon we encountered a mom teaching her pup how to swim.

The scenery became more dramatic and “untamed” each day as we went farther from Milford Haven.  We even appreciated the industrial look of Milford Haven as the refineries are a part of the economy of Wales. We also liked the direction we were walking as each day seemed to get progressively harder.  We felt prepared for it each day and a walk of 8 to 10 miles became easy!

Some of the hidden gems we ate at... Obviously the Griffin Inn was incredible... we followed your recommendation for reservations and were so glad that we did.. The Clock House bed and breakfast in Marloes had the best breakfast and coffee!  Also they packed a great lunch...... This was one of our favorite accommodations.   We also enjoyed the sunset bed and breakfast in Broad Haven - as we each had our own spacious room and the accommodation was lovely...  In Solva in the harbor is a great coffee shop/cafe called Thirty Five.  We did not get lunch from our accommodation but rather from this shop before heading out to walk.  They opened at 8am and we were there waiting at the door.  Highly recommend their lunch to go...  In Goodwick we recommend the Rose and Crown for dinner... modern version of a pub, excellent food! 

Fantastic last accommodation the Bethsaida B&B... the owner was great and it was such an unique lodging..... we were the only guests and she went out of her way to make sure we had everything we needed and again, this was also a great breakfast.  A great place to finish at! 

We can not thank you enough for this amazing trip..... your attention to detail and knowledge of the area is to be highly commended.  I am from the United States and my girlfriend from London...... and we both would highly recommend your company to walkers.. All of our questions and concerns were answered prior to departing and changes we asked for our itinerary were made where possible.  As my first walking tour vacation I am excited and look forward to doing another one!   THank you again....

Route: South West Coast Path - Marazion to Kennack Sands Name: Dennis Walked on: 23rd September 2018

South African FlagI am grateful to the team at Encounter who managed the whole schedule and logistics so professionally and yet with a personal friendly approach. Thank you Damon for all your advice and guidance, and assistance with further bookings and travel arrangements beyond the walk.

This was a most memorable "slack-packing" hike, made so much easier and enjoyable having confidence that the best accommodation to our liking was all arranged ahead of us and we were sure to find our luggage waiting for us in our rooms. The rooms were mostly very comfortable with the exception of the size of some of the rooms that did not leave much space to move around in. All of them laid on excellent breakfast preparing us for the day's walk.

The recommended restaurants and pubs for our evening meals were always good. The cool Ale at the end of the day was well earned and particularly refreshing!

The coastal path is well laid out and mostly very clear signage. We seldom lost the path, but the Trailblazer guide book and the OS maps were very helpful in keeping us on the straight or helping us find the correct path when we erred.

The weather? Wow!! is that also arranged by Encounter? Because it was awesome. The previous week having been wet and stormy, we had the perfect one. This meant the views and scenery were spectacular, and there was always a cool breeze to keep the temperature at a steady 20 dogs C.

Our gratitude to Encounter Walking. We will certainly recommend you, and look forward to the next time we book.

Route: South West Coast Path - Marazion to Kennack Sands Name: Tony Walked on: 23rd September 2018

South African FlagEncounterwalking's planning and arrangements were all first class. They were able to tailor our requirements to allow for our age and level of fitness. Baggage transfers were always on time and a taxi was waiting for us at the end of our holiday. Accommodation was good especially Kota Restaurant in Porthleven and The Top House in Lizard Town. I would have no hesitation in recommending Encounterwalking to my friends in South Africa. Well done.

Route: Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey Name: Anne Walked on: 21st September 2018

Australian FlagWe are a healthy and relatively fit couple in our early 50’s with minimal walking experience. The Saints Way walk was exactly right for us. It was a taste of a walking holiday that we were able to fit into a schedule of travel and other destinations from Australia.

Padstow accommodation at Symply Padstow was a great starting point. We had a lovely room and wonderful hosts. We spent part of the day before our official walk ‘practising’ a quick walk along the Camel Trail from Padstow to Wadebridge. This is a popular trail for pushbike riding also.

We had a challenging first day walking from Padstow to Hustyns due to very inclement weather. We were lucky that the hotel was able to lend us a heater overnight to help dry out our clothing and especially our shoes.

The weather, thankfully, cleared up beautifully for the final two days of our walk. The Crown Inn at Lanlivery was a terrific place to spend the second night of our walk. The room was very comfortable and the food in the Pub was delicious.

We would recommend a detour on day three to Lostwithiel. This town is a little off the walking route and it extends the walk by about an hour, depending how long you spend in the town.

The immediate scenery coming into Fowey is gorgeous. It was such a beautiful place to finish our journey. Our lovely hosts and accommodation in the historic “Well House” were a fitting end to walking the ancient Saints Way.

We would highly recommend Encounter Walking Tours. The thorough planning, baggage transfers and the general support received from them was fantastic. They gave us the confidence to enjoy our three days of amazing experiences through the beautiful Cornish countryside. Please pass on our appreciation to all involved. (Especially Mike - the transfer driver from Padstow to Lanlivery).

Route: Coleridge Way - Nether Stowey to Lynmouth and South West Coast Path Name: John Walked on: 20th September 2018

Australian FlagWe enjoyed the walk enormously.  The combination of the Coleridge way and a few days back along the coast path to Minehead gave us a great view of Somerset and Devon.  We particularly enjoyed the woodlands.  The accomodation was generally good to excellent, and we had some great food.  Once again the advice from you guys and the arrangements were excellent.  I made a point of asking some of the accommodation providers what they thought of Encounter and they were all full of praise.

Route: South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Christine Walked on: 16th September 2018

South African FlagTo all the Encounters Walking Team,

My great thanks to you all for the planning of Garnets and my walking trip along the Cornish Coast. I just loved this experience in your beautiful country, and the Cornish Coastline is so spectacular !! And none of it is flat ! So, the walks were certainly a challenge, some more than others, but we quickly recovered with a beer/cider at our destinations.

The accommodation was really good, we liked some more than others, namely, Lerryn Hotel in Falmouth, Plume of Feathers in Portscatho, and Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown. But, all in all, the people running the accommodation venues were charming, the breakfasts were delicious and we were warm and comfortable. Our luggage was always waiting for us and the planning was excellent.

It was a real pleasure to briefly meet you, Damon , at the station in Plymouth, sorry we couldn’t spend longer chatting! You seemed concerned that the weather may have put us off, but we actually enjoyed the cool and we were lucky that we had little rain. The one day of torrential rain arrived at a good time for us, the walk from Fowey to Polperro. We took the day off, caught a taxi and had great fun playing backgammon and enjoying the happy vibe at The Blue Peter. Our legs appreciated the rest . We did get very mildly lost a couple of times along the way, but soon realised we were wrong and quickly recovered our route. Actually, we were usually the ones at fault for not reading the directions properly or missing the odd signpost, but it was never an issue.

If I were to do this trip again, I think I would like to take the odd day off, not because the walking was too difficult, but because the beautiful little coastal towns needed more time for us to explore. We have several friends in Cape Town who have been interested in our trip, and I will certainly recommend your company to them.

If you are ever in Cape Town, please look us up. We would love to show off our own beautiful city.

Best wishes to you all, and thank you for the experience.

Route: South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Garnet Walked on: 16th September 2018

South African FlagIt was nice to briefly meet you when Christine and I got our luggage at Plymouth station

Just to tell you,the walks you organised were great,and generally our accommodation and breakfasts were totally acceptable.The Plume and Rashleigh were really nice places to stay at-because they had baths??

A few points-the walk I found to be quite taxing,especially the longer days,but we were very lucky to have stormy and overcast days-it would be quite hard if hot—I feel the distances we were able to cope with,even if we missed the odd path or two??Our best meal,and cider/beer was in Polperro at the Blue Peter,lovely atmosphere on a very wet and squally day.

Certainly you are a business I will tell me friends about

Route: South West Coast Path - Hartland Quay to Padstow Name: Lauren and Tom Walked on: 15th September 2018

USA FlagThank you and we are happy to give you our feedback, because we had an absolutely amazing time. We can’t say enough great things about your service, our accommodations, the landscape, and all the incredibly friendly people we encountered. I personally especially loved the old Inns we stayed in - something about that history. But then even the B&B guest houses were cozy, charming and welcoming. We want to let you know that we had especially exceptional service at the Golden Lion Inn in Padstow our last night. One staff persona in particular, I her name was Natalie, went above and beyond to help us arrange a very early departure to catch an early flight out the next morning. 

Regarding the walk, we are very happy we made the decision to do the slightly more relaxed itinerary between Heartland and Padstow for two reasons - 1. There were lots of things to see which we might have missed if we had to spend more hours walking.

2. Because we ended up having 4 extra strenuous days of high winds. 2 of those were particularly testing with sustained 30-40 mile hour head wind and even higher gusts.  Was I thankful that one of those was our 5 mile day!

We only had one day where we got a bit disoriented on the trail and the guide book was not very helpful. Due to steady rain (and concerns about safety on the really steep sections), we chose to do the shortcut in the first 3 miles of the route from Port Isaac to Padstow.  This is a bypass through farmland rather than staying coastal.   We found the cut-off ok, but from there, we had trouble staying with the route. We got quite lost in the fields and finally decided to backtrack and get to the coastal path.  By chance we ran into our bypass so thankfully didn’t have to start back at the beginning. In this one instance, we didn’t have clear directions and we found the guide book lacking detail. But otherwise, for the main route, we found the guidebook incredibly detailed and helpful.

We absolutely would love to go back and do more of the path some day. Again, we were very very happy with your service.  Very responsive and professional. Thank you!

Route: Coleridge Way - Nether Stowey to Lynmouth Name: Virginia Walked on: 15th September 2018

Australian FlagWe enjoyed our 6 day walk immensely. The scenery was of constantly changing beauty and all the accommodation was excellent. We would have preferred however more quill direction especially around the half-way mark.

We settled into buying sandwiches and fruit at the beginning of each day and picnicked since we never seemed to pass by pubs or through villages when they were serving food. A served meal would also have held us up and we had the night meal to look forward to.

Woodadvent Farm was the highlight for accommodation but we had trouble finding it - an old one mile sign post to the farm led us to being surrounded by 5 gates with no quill.

Would definitely recommend the walk.

Route: South West Coast Path - Minehead to Barnstaple Name: Andy and Cathy Walked on: 13th September 2018

UK FlagWe were very pleased with the service provided by the team at Encounter Walking. All the administration prior to the holiday was handled with efficiency and simplicity. All the accommodation selected by Encounter was excellent as was the material/tips provided by them prior to the walk. The walk was strenuous, particularly the first four days but the views and experience made it all worthwhile. When we next walk part of the South West Coastal Path we will certainly use Encounter Walking.

Route: South West Coast Path - Minehead to Lynmouth Name: Sue Walked on: 12th September 2018

UK FlagGood morning

Apologies for the delay, but I would very much like to provide you with some feedback from our recent walking break, expertly organised by Encounter.

Minehead to Lynmouth

19th- 22nd September.

We had a lovely time.  Both my sister and I (and Smith, the dog) thoroughly enjoyed the walk.  Second day was definitely tougher than Day 1, but completely manageable.  We finished, happily tired but not completely exhausted. We opted to walk out to the Lighthouse at Foreland Point and around The Foreland headland.  The guidebook was right to provide a mild warning.  The path was a bit exposed but we found it to be stable and not quite as scary as we thought it might be. Overall, the itinerary, maps & information provided by Encounter were detailed (far more so than I expected!) and provided all the information we needed.

The accommodation recommended and booked for us met our needs exactly and was delightful.  Was exactly what I ordered!

Staff at the Top Ship, Porlock could not have been more helpful and welcoming – nothing too much trouble.  Extremely dog friendly too.  Their “home cooked” style menu was excellent, so that we ate in their restaurant both nights of our stay.  Good breakfast and pack lunch too.  Excellent value.

Accommodation for our final night, was a little more “up market”.  A different atmosphere from The Top Ship – but nonetheless very welcoming, very well appointed and we enjoyed a superb meal in their restaurant in the evening – more pricey, but was a real treat and perfectly met my request, which had been for a “special meal to celebrate my sister’s birthday”  .  

The taxi transfer back to Porlock was on time and our lady driver was very friendly and courteous.

All in all a perfect mini break.  I would have no hesitation in using Encounter again (and indeed hope to)– have already recommended you to some of my other walking buddies.

Thank you for all your help and assistance.

Route: South West Coast Path - Padstow to St Ives Name: Anne Esposito Walked on: 12th September 2018

USA FlagOur eight-day hike along the South West Coast Path from Padstow to St. Ives featured icons of Cornwall's rich geography, history, industry and the arts, an astounding portfolio we enjoyed on foot and in mostly good weather (but please don't forget your rain gear).

For the most part we found the path obvious and easy to follow, except in urban areas such as Newquay, where the way-finding Acorn markers were hard to find, and along the sand dunes between St. Agnes and Hayle, where the way-finding markers change from yellow Acorns on wooden poles to hard-to-see Acorns engraved in huge chunks of slate that have been set in the sand like tombstones.

The scenery was absolutely spectacular every step of the way, and far more heart-stopping than we had ever imagined in terms of hiking just feet from cliffs that dropped straight down into the roiling sea hundreds of feet below! Sometimes you just have to look straight ahead at the path and not at the scenery. It was a privilege to find ourselves on beaches and coves of white sand and azure water that were inaccessible except by the trail.

We met friendly walkers along the way, who were always willing to stop for a hello or a call for help (are we still on the right path?)

Our accommodations were easy to find and clean and comfortable with no problems checking in or out. All our hosts were knowledgeable about the path, walkers and our walking company.

Luggage arrived on one day and was picked up the next without a hitch. The breakfasts were fantastic and all we needed for a long day on the path, though we always stopped for tea in places where Encounter suggested we do so. Most places Encounter booked had pubs for dinner or were close to one.

Our weather was accommodating except for two days of rain at the end (prompting us to take a bus from Hayle to St. Ives) and during one day that we were extremely exposed (north of Wheal Coates) and the wind was blowing 35 knots. We consulted with the Coast Guard station above the path and chose to walk off the path and join it a mile or so later, where it was not as treacherous. We would advise rain gear in your day packs, a first aid kit (we had some blisters) and lots of layers, power bars and water, though because the weather was cooler (around 60-63F) we didn't drink that much.

Encounter's written itinerary was excellent, including taxi numbers (which we did use). Highlights of our trip aside from the scenery and walking through Poldark Country while they were filming (though we did not actually see any of the scenes or actors) included: the discovery that Cornwall has a thriving surf culture; our lucky arrival on the last day of the Gannel River Fern Pit ferry's operations (a big rowboat with a motor, captain in bare feet and sleeping dog at the boat's bow); seeing up close along the trail the lighthouse at Godrevy Point made famous by Virginia Woolf; and the huge hot tub -- more like a pond than a tub -- at the Bedruthan Steps Hotel in Mawgan Porth.

Thank you Encounter for a spectacular and memorable trip!

Route: Coleridge Way - Nether Stowey to Lynmouth Two Moors Way - Simonsbath to Lynmouth Name: Jane Walked on: 11th September 2018

UK FlagWhat an excellent walk! Beautiful varied scenery in such an unspoilt area. Sufficiently challenging to be tired and ready for our R&R at the end of each day. On the second day we didn't see anyone else all day!

Signposting is excellent, better than most and route description and notes helped if we were unsure. Diversions to see sights can add to distance and time so factor that in.

Accommodation along the way was friendly and welcoming, sometimes pointing out points of interest for the next day. Couldn't fault any of them and breakfasts without exception lovely. Notley Arms menu in the evening while superb fine dining, may not be quite what you would want at the end of a long walk, but we coped and the Black Rat Perry was a compensation.

We made use of community shops where we could to pick up food supplies to help support them.

We had a "rest day" in Porlock and caught the bus to Minehead and walked back along the Coast Path which is a good day walk option. We also did the last day of the Two Moors Way from Simonsbath to Lynmouth. It was very misty on the moor and the signposting to Exe Head is somewhat misleading. Best to take a compass bearing and walk to that. Also be aware that what is marked on the map as a fence line may be just the remains of an earth bank on the ground. Otherwise we enjoyed the last day especially the views on the different approach to Lynmouth.

Transport information to and from the walk's start and finish were very helpful and also the taxi numbers. Might be worth mentioning that buses from Lynmouth to Barnstaple are quite limited, but there are a few more options leaving from Lynton. However the funicular to take you up the steep hill doesn't start running until 10.00, so plan accordingly. If planning to use public transport back to Barnstaple it may be an option to stay in Lynton instead.

Overall we had a marvellous time and would recommend this walk to anyone. Also without hesitation would recommend Encounter to anyone considering a walking holiday in this part of England. Where to next??

Route: Lands End Coast Path Name: Colin Walked on: 11th September 2018

Canadian FlagGreat service. We much appreciated the efficiency in which you organized the walk without any of the worries booking B&Bs etc etc.

Route: South West Coast Path - Minehead to Bude Name: Bettina & Manfred / Germany Walked on: 11th September 2018

German FlagDuring the last years we booked several holidays through Encounter Walking and once again: everything was perfectly organized. The accomodation were very nice and the additional information given were very helpful. Damon & Team: thanks a lot ! To avoid a loooong walk on tarmac (Tarka Trail from Braunton) we hired a bicycle to cover the stretch from Braunton to Westward Ho! in one day. This gave us also some additional time to visit Barnstaple and enjoy a wonderful cream tea in Fremington. Your hint to use "Biketrail" was perfect, as they deliver and collect the bikes to/from different places. We will certainly come back !

Route: South West Coast Path St Ives to Penzance Name: Daniele Walked on: 10th September 2018

Canadian FlagWe had a wonderful time- hike went well but be aware that it is not flat walk ( multiple ups and down; total ascension was > 600 metres on 2 different days). It was great to receive info before the trip. So a BIG THANK YOU to Encounter Walking organizers!

Luggage: transfers were done without any problem.

Weather: 40 min of rain during the 4 days- with gorgeous sunshine and wonderful panorama. Not busy and very peaceful walk!

Directions on the ground: not always easy to follow- yes it can be frustrating but thankfully the directions in the book were excellent (maps were not difficult to read). Be prepared to walk a little bit longer distance than mentioned.

Accommodations: no issue- but we liked especially the one in Zennor (Tinner Arms).

Food: just one thing- not that much to eat properly at Porthcurno (supper) (however going to see a play at the outside Theatre was worth it). By the way, little cafe in Zennor served excellent soup.

Overall: a very pleasant walking trip!

Route: Coleridge Way - Porlock to Lynmouth Name: Bridget Walked on: 10th September 2018

UK FlagFirst I’d like to say a big thank you.

My planning, your help, your itineraries, documents and especially the customised map, the taxi service, luggage transfers and both places we stayed were just as described and there were no hiccoughs so we had a terrific holiday.

I know I can’t blame you for the mist,drizzle that we had the first day but actually I was really glad it wasn’t very hot.  We were very lucky to see some Exmoor wild ponies which more than I had expected.

Feedback on the routes

On the first day near Mansley Coombe (no 95) we ended up on the wrong hill as we followed the main path but actually we needed the other bridleway to the left to go to Dunkers Errish. It might be a good idea to clarify that in the write up.

On the second day at Oare (145). There is now a weather station beyond the small conifer plantation so your instructions should tell people to keep to the left of the conifers alongside the fence to get to a stile that takes you to the path described in 146.

The rest of your instructions were very clear and worked well for us.

Feedback on stopping places

Day 1

We had a lovely break at Webber’s Post (105) with convenient tree stumps and Day 2 we found some convenient rocks near Broomstreet Farm (142) with a lovely view We recommend the National trust cafe at watersmeet for excellent loos and coffees!

Overnight Stops

The Ship Inn was fine - adequate beds/breakfast but busy at supper time. Booking a table is advised.

The Millslade Country Hotel was superb. Very comfy rooms, delicious breakfasts, warm welcome and great homemade packed lunches.

Hope this helps - I will certainly recommend you to anyone/everyone.

Route: South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Salcombe Name: Ian Walked on: 10th September 2018

UK FlagBrilliant. once again, thank you so much for sorting out such excellent night stops and baggage transfers. I couldn’t find fault with any of them.

I probably could have done some slightly longer days as I was usually finished by 1 or 2 pm, but that was my fault.

The Erme nightmare was easy.. get up at 4..start walking at 4.37 with a ‘Paddington’ breakfast.(.marmalade sandwiches) provided by the farmer’s wife..pitch black..cloud on the deck..could just make out telegraph posts for idea of direction..made it interesting..but got to the Erme at 0615 (low tide 0724)..just light enough to see the causeway on the other side..waded across and away again at 0644 to the dodgy ferry at Bantham..but one wave at ten o’clock and he was there, and I was across and at the pub by 1013..to find my bag was already there!

Not quite so efficiently handled when Mrs G arrived to pick up and drop off (two hours late at the first rendezvous!) but good to walk with the dog..I reached the Exe yesterday (24th). Good weather other than last Saturday when I got soaked to my toes doing 17 miles..but the other days were lovely.

Once again..many many thanks..I would/will recommend you to anyone

Route: South West Coast Path - Newquay to St Ives Name: Sabine Walked on: 08th September 2018

German FlagMany thanks to Prue, Damon and all the encounter team for another outstanding organisation of our second swc part. We challenged them with an unpredictable 3-day-off and they helped us through by even saving money. Once more their walking informations, the trailblazer and the map helped a lot to plan the tour. Whilst offline app maps me helped for navigation and Komoot for tracking the tours. 13 days of great hiking landscapes and accommodations. First of all Lugger Inn/Portloe: staff, room, shower(!), place, diner(!!!). Also remarkable: Wintara B&B/Bottallack, Houselbay Hotel/Lizard, Lerryn/Falmouth and St. Bernards/Newquay. Most impressive part around Kynance Cove,  Bottallack to Porthcurno and around Gillian and Helford River. Several unattended sunburnts prouved: Hiking in september is a good choice.

Only remark in this area: the accommodations and pubs ruled by St. Austell Brewery where a bit disappointing. The places and rooms are perfect, but food (especially diners) quality is worth to look for alternatives.

We’re looking forward 2019 swc with encounter. Thank you ???? “

Route: South West Coast Path: Salcombe-Brixham Name: Hilary and Emily Walked on: 07th September 2018

USA flagOnce again Damon and the folks at Encounter came through with outstanding service! Our accommodations were lovely (especially the Bayards Cove Inn in Dartmouth) and all went very smoothly.

These three days of walking were listed as strenuous, and I would have to agree - some of the ups and downs were pretty long and very steep, but oh, are they worth it! The scenery was truly stunning. It seemed as though every time we came over a rise or around a corner a new breathtaking vista appeared. Some of the little picturesque coves with their rock pools were so lovely we hated to move on! But move on we did - the walks were quite demanding and on the two longer days we didn't have much time to squander on beachcombing and rest.

I would recommend walking poles for this stretch - we did the first two days without them and then bought some in Dartmouth for the last day, and we were very glad we did. Our weather started out a bit shaky on the first day with a short rain shower as soon as we set out on the Salcombe ferry, but it was soon over, and the rest of the way we were treated to sunny skies and very pleasant temperatures. It was almost hot!

We ended up in Brixham tired but happy, and celebrated with an excellent meal at Beamer's. Get the shellfish platter for two - it is heavenly!! We will definitely be back for the next phase of the path next year - thanks Damon and crew!!

Route: South West Coast Path from St Ives to Porthleven Name: Jacques Walked on: 07th September 2018

French FlagA short note to tell you that the organization was perfect. I had just to enjoy the walk without bothering with practical problems.

Regarding the B&B, they were all satisfying but those I appreciated the most were Zennor chapel guest house and Wellmore end cottage at Portheleven (room, food and welcoming).

Regarding the walk, not surprisingly the first part between St Ives and Mousehole was stunning; the part between Mousehole and Marazion not very exciting and then again I had a quite pleasant walk from Marazion to Poldu Cove. Your advice to stroll through the Loe pool was an excellent one.

I will probably do another stretch of the cornwall coast path next year.

Thank you for your help.

Route: South West Coast Path: Minehead-Padstow Name: John and Shelley Walked on: 07th September 2018

USA FlagFolks,

Just wanted you to know:  We finished Minehead to Padstow today.  We loved it...and we were delighted by your choices for accommodations.  Excellent...and all near or on the South West Coast Path.  All baggage transfer worked.  Thank you.

Route: Southwest Coast Path: Exmouth to Lulworth Cove Name: Joe and Sue Walked on: 06th September 2018

USA FlagMy wife and I (both mid-60's and experienced long distance walkers) hiked the Coast Path from Exmouth to Lulworth Cove in 10 days, with a rest day in Lyme Regis. We also opted for the circuit of the Isle of Portland. Afterwards, we transferred to Bovey Tracey and four days of walking the Dartmoor Way, which I will review elsewhere.

We couldn't have been more pleased with the pre-trip service provided by the Encounter team. I appreciated their ability to listen to our needs, to provide advice and alternative route options to consider, to offer accommodations at a variety of price points/comfort levels, and to do so promptly and efficiently. We will use them again and will recommend them to friends.

Some highlights...the daily routine of walking to a new destination, of experiencing incredible scenery, of navigating the trails, of finding a new pub upon arrival and sampling the local ales, the diversity of lodgings (small B&B's, small hotels, pubs, etc.), and meeting some tremendous B&B and hotel owners/staff.

We had no trouble navigating the route...the Trailblazer Guide was excellent and the on-ground trail signage made it difficult to get lost...and the OS maps only served as a little-needed backup for us.

Some comments/suggestions: We arrived in Exmouth a day early to help recover from jet lag, but found ourselves wanting to get out and walk. The suggested free day walk that Encounter provided in the notes -- the walk along the River Exe to Starcross and then the ferry back to Exmouth -- was a great way to stretch our legs. We shortened the suggested walk a bit by taking the #57 bus from Exmouth to Countess Wear roundabout, and accessed the trail just over the two bridges nearby. We cut out some of the less interesting bits near Exeter and had a great lunch at Turf Lock along the Exe canal.

After arriving at the Dukes Hotel in Sidmouth without a dinner reservation and having to wait until 8:45pm to eat, we thereafter called ahead to make dinner bookings at a pub or restaurant. This saved a lot of needless worry. Many restaurants in Lyme Regis are closed Monday and Tuesday, so plan accordingly. We loved the free day in Lyme Regis, and had a great tour of the old flour mill in town. Highly recommend!

While walking around the Isle of Portland, we left the path and climbed to the Portland Museum, which is a gem...lots of cultural, geological, and political history here. Lots of info about the quarrying of stone, which we found fascinating. In fact, we spent so much time there that instead of continuing on with the coast path, we caught the bus back down to Chiswell.

The Cove House Inn in Chiswell on Portland is not to be missed for dinner....enjoy a drink overlooking the sea and then feast on their delicious food. If you walked to Portland as we did, don't waste your time walking back across the causeway...take the bus to Ferrybridge, get off and rejoin the path. And do take the penny ferry across the river in Weymouth...saves 20 minutes and it's a fun boat ride.

Loved the West Bay Inn! Great location on the beach, friendly staff, large room, and delicious specials on the board. Some of the lodging choices have very small rooms, low ceilings and door clearances, and footboards on the beds...I'm 6'5" and had a little trouble at Peach's B&B in Abbotsbury and Tewkesbury Cottage in Lulworth. That said, I wouldn't have missed either of them...the owners' personalities and conversation made a little physical discomfort worth tolerating.

Route: Dartmoor Way: Bovey Tracey to Okehampton Name: Joe and Sue Walked on: 06th September 2018

USA FlagMy wife and I walked 10 days of the Southwest Coast Path and then transferred to Bovey Tracey for 4 days on the Dartmoor Way -- from Bovey Tracey to Okehampton. We are both experienced long distance walkers in our mid-60's.

We couldn't have been more pleased with the pre-trip service provided by the Encounter team. I appreciated their ability to listen to our needs, to provide advice and alternative route options to consider, to offer accommodations at a variety of price points/comfort levels, and to do so promptly and efficiently.

We were especially grateful for their suggestion that we reconsider the Two Moors walk, given our limited experience with navigating in low visibility conditions, and for suggesting this walk as an alternative. We will use them again and will recommend them to friends.

While a beautiful walk in many places, this segment of the Dartmoor Way is not a moors walk, and we were somewhat disappointed by not having more time on the moor. The High Tors Walk day gave us some flavor of the moors, but due to weather conditions, we were unable to take the higher walk option above Okehampton. So most of our walking was through rolling farmland, woods paths, trust property, etc. Some highlights...

The Southern High Tors Walk out of Bovey Tracey...a beautiful introduction to the moor, with great views, interesting tors and flora, and the amazing granite railway that was used to transport the quarried rock to the canal and then to the coast.

The notes provided by Encounter and the OS map made navigation relatively easy...but care is still required.

The wonderful little village of North Bovey and the warm and welcoming Ring of Bells Inn. Great food and drink...and we were upgraded to a huge room above the dining area. The Inn at Fingle Bridge for lunch...sitting at a table along the river with a beer watching the river flow past was perfection. The river walk after Fingle Bridge to the intersection with the Two Moors Way was one of the most delightful walks of the trip. Easy, but always under trees with the river close by on your right.

A not to be missed lunch stop at the Oxenham Arms pub in Zeal...a monastery before becoming an inn, this is where Dickens wrote much of his Pickwick Papers. We stopped in sopping wet after walking 3 hours in a downpour and were welcomed warmly. The coal fire dried us out, and we enjoyed the best pub lunch of the trip there.

Comments/Suggestions Unlike the coast path, where you practically could walk on auto-pilot most times, the Dartmoor Way requires ongoing attention to the trail notes and following the route carefully on the OS map. The Dartmoor Way is not a signed route...it is a route cobbled together from existing permissive paths, conservation trust lands, etc. The 1:50,000 map included in the Dartmoor Way guide is pretty much useless for on the ground navigation. Our routine each night before the next day's walk was to look at the 1:50,000 map to get a general sense of the route, read through the Dartmoor Way Guide trail description and any supplementary notes provided by Encounter, and then mark up the 1:25,000 AZ Dartmoor map using a highlighter pen. This helped us familiarize ourselves with the place names and route before we set off and made navigating on the ground much quicker and easier...particularly in the wet conditions we encountered at the end of the trip. It also reduced the number of arguments between us while on the trail. :) Take the waymarks that are mentioned in the Dartmoor Way guide with a grain of salt...I don't know when the guide was last updated, but stiles were often gates, gates were often stiles, fingerpost signs were missing, etc. The distances cited in the descriptions are also often incorrect. Here again, following along with the OS map was invaluable, even to paying attention to the field boundary walls and hedge markings to help determine position. Several times, we used our compass to help us determine the general direction of travel. For some reason, cardinal directions (N, S, E,W) are never used in either the guides or Encounter's notes...it would be helpful at times if they were.

There is a trail deviation on the High Tors walk that is worth mentioning. On the Templer Way, just before Lower Down (AZ Dartmoor Map, p. 50 B1), the trail no longer continues east before bearing south to the road; instead the trail now follows the green bridleway bearing southwest and then intersects the road. This means a longer road walk...extreme care should be exercised here, as the road is narrow with encroaching hedgerows and the speed of the traffic is fast. Walk single file facing traffic and be prepared for speeding vehicles.

Leaving Haytor, the Templer Way soon is no longer recognizable by the granite rails as it devolves into an overgrown, unmarked footpath in places. Shortly after Haytor village, we erroneously took a wide path to the left too soon and needed to backtrack down toward the road, where we followed a much narrower path that turned out to be the correct one. Our advice is to stay on the paths closest to the road, ignoring any path to the left...after the quarry (disused) the Templer Way signs will soon reappear, along with remnants of the granite rails.

The only place we ever had great difficulty was a segment of the Water to Moretonhamstead section just beyond Horsham (AZ Dartmoor map, p. 37, D3). After the cottages mentioned in the guidebook, p.6 first paragraph, we followed the concrete track uphill but could not find where we were to bear right "over the waymarked stile" or where to "follow the fence to another stile into woodland." After conferring with the map and then encountering a local woman who provided us excellent advice, we were able to get back on track. My advice for this section is: "Continue uphill on the concrete track until you reach a cattle grid. To your right, hidden among the trees, you will see a weathered sign reading "Path" and pointing diagonally across the field to your right and heading downhill. Follow that path across the field, pass through a gate and after about 20 meters, pass through another gate. Continue downhill and then through another gate into the woods, bearing downhill the entire way." Soon you will see the fingerpost sign "Lane to Foxworthy." This route is very clear on the AZ OS map, and we should have trusted it rather than the guide description.

Our greatest disappointment with the Bovey Tracey to Okehampton section of the Dartmoor Way was the amount of road walking involved in places. While the paved lanes were often quiet and restful, the hard surfaces were tough on the feet. But still...a great walk!

Route: South West Coast Path - Falmouth to Salcombe Name: Bill Walked on: 06th September 2018

USA FlagThank You so much for once again arranging a great SWCP itinerary, accommodations, and schedule. As in my previous two SWCP sections, your arrangements for the Falmouth to Salcombe section were nearly flawless.

Your day-to-day distances and scheduling were fine and your knowledge and expertise in negotiating the various ferry crossings (particularly the "double-whammy" day between Noss Mayo and Bantham) was invaluable. Even with walking the extra 2-1/2 mile "long way" to the Worswell Barton Farmhouse at Noss Mayo to shorten the distance to Bantham, I still had to rush all of the next day to get the last ferry across to Bantham. Without your guidance, I would have been literally "up-the-creek".

All of the accommodations were fine. Most were very, very welcoming and hospitable and all of the locations were interesting, some fascinating, nice and historic locations. (only one, the Honeycombe House in Mevagissey, had a private bathroom that was separate and down the hall from the bedroom which was inconvenient for me - otherwise, the Honeycombe House was a great place with a great locat