Discover challenging and dramatic walking trails shaped by the footsteps of traders, smugglers, saints and pirates. Cornish walking trails will reveal ancient tin mines, clifftop castles, timeless fishing villages and wild moors as you travel through a landscape of huge cliffs and hidden coves that goes back to the depths of time itself. In between the coastal drama, iconic harbours such as St Ives and Padstow give walkers access to some of the UK‘s best restaurants and coastal hotels. A county encircled by the wild Atlantic ocean, there is over 330 miles of spectacular world class coast path here taking you around the farthest corners of England - put simply it feels like walking on the edge of the world.
Stretching from coast to coast across the southwest of England, Devon is a richly diverse county with rugged shores and cliffs in the north, and classic Victorian seaside resorts in the south. In between you'll find tranquil green pastures, wooded gorges and the two dramatic wild moors in the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Choose Devon for its walking variety, and you'll find that the popular image of cream teas and thatched cottages is true - but that Devon is so much more once you explore it on two feet. Coast to coast routes like the Two Moors Way will offer a journey through it all from the wild northern shores that inspired the Romantic poets to the maritime ports of the south coast.
Free your soul and clear your mind! Walking on the wild moors of these National Parks is a wonderful antidote to modern living. England's last true wilderness, Dartmoor offers 365 square miles of virtually uninhabited freedom with high moors and twisted dramatic granite tors a land of myths, ghosts and legends. Exmoor, its smaller and more gentle neighour, is 250 Square miles of near perfect and unique beauty, with high uplands swathed in heather and steep, wooded gorges and rushing streams. See Dartmoor ponies and Exmoor stags in these wildlife rich areas, home to 30 species of mammals and over 240 types of bird. The moors offer a unique opportunity for more challenging walking where the only human sound you will hear is the rhythm of your own breath.
Avoid the crowds and discover “Secret Somerset” missed by so many rushing headlong for the far South West. The 'land of the summer people' was named in a time when this area could only be visited in the summer months as the sea receded. Today its a rich, fertile and 'for real' landscape crowned by the fine walking ridges of the Mendip and Quantock Hills both protected areas of outstanding natural beauty. Rising up over King Arthur‘s Vale of Avalon along with the magical Tor at Glastonbury, walkers will find hidden gorges, wooded combes and the best inland panoramas of the South West. Also boasting its own Jurassic Coast Path, providing a gateway into the wilds of Exmoor National Park, Somerset offers walking routes without the crowds for those who want to find..... what the rest miss.
Dorset has a comfortable old world “English” feel to it and its walking routes traverse a rather more green and agricultural land of thatched cottages, cream teas.... and fossils ! Walkers here will find the more gentle rolling farmland, pretty villages and chalk ridges beloved by Thomas Hardy that sweep down to end abruptly at the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Here, alongside the sea, those after more challenging routes can take a walking holiday through time itself amongst the dramatic chalk stacks, cliffs and arches of the Dorsetshire fossil coast. An area that can be very busy in high season but often suits walkers looking for more gentle and less exposed walking than the far west of the region.
Wales offers some of the best walking and outdoor activities to be had anywhere in the world. The 870-mile Welsh Coast Path was only fully opened in 2012 and is the world's first walk along the entire coast of a nation. The terrain is on an equally grand scale with towering cliffs, vast stretches of unspoilt golden sands, imposing castles, offshore islands and to the north there is the backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with its stunning mountains. Wales in general offers walkers great value for money compared to more popular areas like Cornwall with walking options to suit everyone, from those who want the cosmopolitan restaurants and facilities of towns like Tenby and St Davids, through to isolated and remote forests and coastal hills that sit on the very cusp of the Snowdonian Peaks. Bursting with confidence and pride in its “Welshness”, its Celtic history, language and culture there has never been a better time for walkers to enter Wales.
The South West Coast Path is the UK's longest National Trail and one of the top ten walking routes in the world. It snakes, dips and rises continuously on its way through a staggering 1014km (630 miles) of pristine coastline, 450 miles of which is through nationally protected areas. It's a challenge too; walking the entire South West Coast Path is the equivalent to scaling Mount Everest four times! From towering cliffs to hidden coves, ghostly tin mines to lush subtropical wooded creeks. One minute a dramatic rock theatre hewn out of the cliffs, the next a prehistoric fossilized forest or a 20thC Art Deco Island Hotel. What sets The South West Coast Path apart from other trails is that around almost every corner is yet another surprise as you retrace the footsteps and histories of the tin miners, fisherman, smugglers, wreckers and the customs men who chased them.
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Dear Ellie - We had a wonderful time and really embraced what the weather threw at us! It was an adventure that we will treasure for many years to come.
Thank you so much for arranging everything and it was a real pleasure to book with yourself and your colleagues at Encounter Walking Holidays.
Kind Regards, Ian and Lauren
Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes
Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes
Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path lived up to all our expectations. What a stunning route, very varied terrain, unspoilt, very few other people on it, felt very remote at times.
We used National Express coaches to Swansea - have "wrinkly" coach cards so it's very cheap travel. Travelodge for 1 night. Train to Kilgetty, this is a "request" stop only, then short walk - made slightly longer by route finding errors, not a good start! - in heavy drizzle to Amroth. Walked to the official start of the path to save time the next day. Had a pint in the Amroth Arms, they do Doom Bar!, and booked a table for the evening meal.
Started walking properly on Thursday 12th September, again in drizzle. Very windy at times too but what wonderful scenery. This is going to be good! Really pleased to have Choughs for company as we did every day except one. It was always a lovely moment to hear and see the Choughs for the first time each day. Towards the end of the route there were seals and their beautiful white pups in virtually every cove, could only hear them sometimes when the edge of the cliff was too dodgy to get too close.
Having never done any of the route before it was quite exciting starting out each morning wondering what we would see. We were never disappointed! Even the "industrial" sections were good. The Valero oil refinery is very well hidden although you can hear the "flare" for miles. There was an environmental protest there a couple of days after we passed with people chained to concrete blocks and tankers being directed across fields.
We were amused when passing the LPG refinery to see the "no fires or barbecues" signs as we passed under the huge pipelines. Had no trouble following the route once we started. There was a notice before The Gan crossing saying the bridge had been destroyed and it was only possible to wade at low spring tide. It's actually only the middle section gone, this is a shingle bank, so with a bit of stone rearranging we crossed with dry feet.
We were SO lucky with the weather, the heatwave was okay for us as it was also very windy. Only one very wet day from Trefin to Goodwick and it improved again after with some showers, forecast was always far worse than the actual weather luckily. As we travelled home again having completed the route the weather deteriorated seriously, Don't think we would have been able to do the last day safely as it was so windy.
As with the SWCP last year our accommodation providers all spoke very highly of you, you have a very good name, well done! Accommodation was, as last year, varied. We liked some more than others but they all provided what we required in the right place, you must have to do a lot of research.
The stand out ones were Jim Lowe at Manorbier, but unfortunately he is moving so that will be a great loss to you. The truly delightful Elizabeth and John (a Cornishman!) with their beautiful house and garden at Dale, Anchor Guest House at Broad Haven and their lovely Italian food and Cranog at Trefin.
We took no camera with us again, pictures in heads quite adequate. We did - again like last year - keep a daily diary which will jog our memories in the future.
Basically we had a wonderful holiday again, many thanks to you for organising it so efficiently again.
Best wishes, David & Anne
I keep meaning to write to say we had a great walking holiday with your company and everything was organised really well, thank you.
We stayed in 7 guest houses and hotels nearly all were very good but particularly wanted to say that 2 really stood out as excellent. Myrtles cottage in Porlock village and Yeodale hotel in Barnstable were outstanding.
We plan on doing the whole pathway in the next few years so hopefully we’ll start planning the next section in the spring.
Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No
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????
Dear Damon - Tom and I just returned home from our spectacular walking holiday around Land’s End. It was way more wonderful than we ever dreamed it would be, in that we were fit enough for the “strenuous” bits and navigated the tricky intersections with the OS map that we downloaded on our phones at your recommendation. We followed the plan except that the final day we walked to the Mount back from St Ives rather than the reverse, because it was raining on the planned for day. The OS map came in especially handy for that, as we made our way from The Queens Hotel in St Ives thru the streets and paths to find St Michael’s Way. Although the scenery wasn’t as dramatic as the coastal routes, we loved traversing the farmer’s fields and cow pies, and catching glimpses of the Mount as we got nearer. We don’t live near the country so it was a treat to enjoy the green hills and smells.
Another thing we did was take photos on our phones of our paper itinerary and guide book for easy access along the way.
Over the fortnight we loved meeting up at various points with the same walkers as we progressed along the route. No other Americans but Canadians, Germans and one Flemish woman with her dog Billie. She was camping along the way and we were so pleased that we were staying at the B&Bs and hotels you arranged for us. My favorite was the Gurnard Head Inn, but they were all great in special ways. It was fun to talk with Vivian, Tim, Shelley, Pauline and Pippa. My husband loved their Coca-cola breakfast room. We got upgraded at two places: the Old Success Inn, and the room that fronted on the sea, and at the Beachfield, where we got the penthouse suite. Three times we rode part way on the bus when it rained. And due to rain, we spent a morning touring the Telegraph Museum, which is excellent. Although disappointed that the Minnack had no production the night we were in Porthcurno, that afternoon we happened on a full dress-rehearsal for Orpheo; this was perfect because I doubt that we would have had the energy to attend an evening performance and hike on the next day.
I could go on, but just wanted to tell you what a grand trip it was when it so fresh in my mind. We had many opportunities along the way to recommend Encounter Walking to others we talked to.
Many Thank Yous to you and your team!
First of all the information, route and preparation by Encounter were, as always spot on. We have a couple of suggestions and feedback on 2 of the B&Bs which we stayed at.
General route feedback and suggestion
1. The walk from Charlestown to Parr Sands was fairly dismal. If those walking were not absolutely set on completing every inch of the specified route and it was feasible from a practical perspective it may be worth adding an optional extra of the bus from Charlestown to Par and then walking on that day to Polkerris staying overnight there meaning a slightly shorter day to Polperro.
2. The signage into Charlestown seemed to indicate that we needed to take the diversion still and we ended up travelling inland on the road. Having done that we still weren't sure we had followed the correct path!
1. Buckingham House B&B at Mevagissy was very pleasant and we were thrilled to find they did a laundry service. The info said 24 hours but they took our bag of laundry that morning and it was back in our room at the end of the day clean, dry and neatly folded. It may be worth including that info if other walkers are having a day off there for the Lost Gardens.
2. The Royal Inn at Par Sands has a new manager. Whilst the rooms are very spacious the food was the worst of the whole trip. Rather than the menu that had been in use (and was still in the room info folders) these had been changed and we suspect involved the removal of an actual chef with the equivalent of brought in and reheated "Break Brothers" type food. The breakfast although freshly cooked wasn’t a lot better. It may be something worth checking out?
Thank you once again for your excellent service and I have recommended Encounter to several other people who are interested in this type of walking and who have expressed an interest in the area you cover.
Our walking holiday was very much a success. Our hotels and B and Bs were always clean and the hosts welcoming. As far as our dinners, the White House, Valiant Soldier and the Bath Hotel were the standouts.
Overall, the walking was more steep than we expected (we had last walked in the Cotswolds four years ago) but we managed quite well. I should note that there was a stretch of the route above Deddy Combe on the way to Oare that involved a very narrow path above a steep drop. We were happy to be past it. Having the OS maps downloaded to my phone was very helpful since I could use the GPS function to ensure we stayed on the right path.
I am back and all went well. It was a walk of two halves - the first 2 and a bit days were very flat and the rest zero flat almost.
A few specific comments - The accomodation was all very good ; hard to separate any one location out but Surf Haven was a great room with a great view.
Going backwards on day one was slightly odd but worked without any issue and it was a gentle walk.
A couple of minor direction issues -
- coming out of Bideford the path goes uphill after some houses and then right with a very hidden sign and not over a concreate area as the book suggests.
- Beyond Clovelly I went the wrong way at one point in the woods but picked the path back up again fairly soon and later at what I think was East Titchberry cliff the path rather disappears and there is a broken sign post (it was very wet and poor visabilty at the point as well). It also broke the charger on my phone due to the wet. I intend to avoid walking all day in the rain in the future -
It rained on the day from Clovelly to Hartland Quay ; and it rained a lot and was windy had low visabilty. This was not a good day but I got the the hotel by lunchtime. The guide rather gives up after Hartland Point when the going gets rather hard. Clovelly itself was also a little odd ; almost too tourist like I think.
I actually liked the flat walk on the railway track it was sunny and easy.
The day from Appledore to Clovelly was the longest given the walk round the dunes at the start (although Appledore was very nice and Westward Ho appeared less so).
The Hartland Quay to Bude day was very good for the views and not quite as infamously hard as I had expected - although not easy.
The next day I walked all the way to Boscastle as it looked like rain on the last day and caught the bus back to Crackington Haven ; If I had realised how long the 7 miles were I might not have done that but it was fantastic walking and views one of the best on the whole path I think.
This meant I used the last day to avoid the morning rain and then get the bus back to Boscastle and walk up to the Church that Thomas Hardy restored ; which was a nice change and also I was nearly there before when I did the across Cornwall walk so I was pleased to finally make it.
Oddest thing that happened ; I passed a middle aged man in a floppy hat on a remote part of the walk to Bude with a foldup bike ; a large video camera and two kitchin wall clocks (really it felt like Alice in Wonderland) ; there was no way you could cycle and I still have no explanation for it.
Many thanks as always - Ken.
We really enjoyed our recent walking holiday. Everything went very smoothly - accommodation was good and luggage transfers were efficient. The guidebook and notes sheets were extremely helpful. We really liked having the choice of accommodation were available. We will be booking to walk the next stage with you next year!
Hope this is helpful.
Company feedback - it would be nice to have the option to upgrade rooms when booking as we would have loved a bath sometimes and also a larger room - would have been happy to pay an upgrade.
Encounter Walking - Thanks Ann its fine look at differnt rooms when you ask for a quote just let us know and we can include rooms with baths and larger/seaview rooms as options to consider
we had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed our walk along the Jurassic Coast very much. We were lucky with the weather: 55 minutes of rain in ten days and a little bit of storm on our last day. We loved the views and managed every cliff despite their heights. It was a very good decision to split the long walk and to stay a night in Kimmeridge. All of our accommodations were really very, very good. We loved especially „The Albany“, Lyme Regis, „Cove House“, Lulworth, „Farmhouse“, Kimmeridge and „77 Portland“ in Fortuneswell. The 77 was really the most enjoyable stay ever. Only the hotel in Bournemouth, Best Western Royale, is not worth the money. I would delete this from your list.
Our luggage had been in place every day and it waited for us in our room.
Thank you for planning and managing our holiday so well; I have already recommend you to our friends.
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.
We walked this from 23rd - 30th July and it was superb - the weather was stunning, the views spectacular and the instructions faultless. The accommodation was of a consistently high standard throughout.
Your itinerary worked for us - although Megan at The Old Rectory did not need 2 weeks notice to provide us with an evening meal (although doubtless she would have preferred that!) as we forgot - but she provided a superb meal anyway.
We just followed your itinerary to the letter. There were no hiccups. Thank you - a superb holiday
Tim, Barbara and Deborah
Just a quick note to tell you that we loved every minute of our fabulous Dorset walk from Weymouth to Poole. So utterly spectacular!
We very much look forward to booking with you again, so please keep us on your email list for updates, specials, whatever!
Sarah and I had a great time doing the Two Moors Way. It was challenging but fun, and a great achievement to complete it. We were quite lucky with the weather; not much rain and comfortable walking temperature most days with only 1 or 2 days being very hot.
All the accommodation and luggage transfers worked smoothly. The accommodation was all good, a nice variety of pubs, hotels and a farm, but no complaints, they were all friendly and accommodating some of them especially so. We did get a packed lunch from all of them, some had a lot more content than others but they were all OK, but we were a bit fed up with cheese sandwiches and ham sandwiches by the end of the week - would have been nice if they'd had some other choices (to be fair, a couple offered egg mayonnaise too, but that's not something that travels well especially on warmer days!). And some of them had homemade brownies/cakes etc on their dinner/lunch menus, but only the farm put anything homemade in their pack lunch - the farm was definitely the best pack lunch of the week!
The walking instructions combined with the book and frequent referrals to ordnance survey maps on our mobiles kept us on track. I think it was just once where we got slightly lost. It was on day 1, on Dartmoor, we had to get to a cross and then look out for a "settlement" and bear left. But we didn't even notice a "settlement" and just instinctively followed the only prominent path not realising we were even at a decision point. So we had to back track there, but there was still no other path that we could make out (or a settlement) so we just headed up a hill in the generally correct direction until a path became apparent.
Thanks for all you arrangements, organisation and support. It made for a great adventurous and challenging holiday.
Thank you again for planning our holidays to all of you. It was again a great experience and we really enjoyed it. The scenery is impressive. we didn't expect it. The B&Bs were good, somewhat special in Marloes. But okay(old-fashioned!) and we loved it. The B&B in Broad Haven was very good with a nice view to the sea. The Walking tour was okay, even if a bit between Broad Haven and Solva was not so easy. Luggage Transfer worked well.
All in all we were very pleased! Thank you so much, also for the additional material, which was helpful..
Hi Damon & Dean.
Thanks for the opportunity for some feedback.
Just want to say we enjoyed the walk tremendously.
Information from Encounter was spot on and thorough, bags picked up and dropped off as per itinerary.
We had to cancel our first one taxi trip and varied the drop off for the 2nd - Sue from Excel taxis (based in Corfe Castle from memory) was excellent and she even took us on a scenic route.
Accommodation was perfect - from the welcoming West Bay pub to really lovely B&Bs ie Cove House, Abbey House and No98 - were we felt quite spoilt.
Only had one small issue that we were able to rectify - the Poole accom Cafe Guest House 34 was already locked up when we arrived to check in at around 4.30pm - Fortunately the nice lady in the e-cigarettte shop next door knew the code and was able to let us in after checking our credentials! So we didn't have to use the after hours contact numbers, which we later found out where already thoughtfully provided by Encounter in the itinarary. A friend of the owner (who was overseas) was on deck in the morning for breakfast - so all good.
Thankyou again and we are already planning our next walk!
I can not believe how quickly the nearly three weeks went and how varied each day was. Walking day after day is so calming and focusing giving an appreciation of the wonder and beauty of creation all around you through all the senses. Thank you for planning my whole route for the 630 miles over the last four years. There have been no major problems or hitches - all has gone smoothly. Your detailed itinerary of what to look out for and where to get refreshments has been ideal for someone like me who doesn't like the planning phase of a holiday and whose spatial and navigational reasoning is not the best. Thanks you for your efficiency and attention to detail. I have stayed in such a variety of places over the four years with so much character and have met some very interesting people it has been amazing. And that is before you start on the wildlife and scenery. So thanks again.
All four years have been excellent and I cannot express my thanks enough to you for setting the walk up for me enough.
We've been back a while, I just wanted to send you some quick feedback on our walk. It was a lovely experience, we really enjoyed it and plan on continuing the walk next year. The highlight for me was Hartland Quay, which was pretty remote but very lovely. Port Isaac was also a favourite (the really nice hotel certainly helped). The start around Barnstaple was a bit rough (although the Old Rectory was a marvelous accommodation), we do prefer the more remote walks, but interesting nonetheless. I still love the trailblazer guidebook...
We learned a couple of things, among them that launderettes are infinitely preferable to sink washing and that walks over 20 km are much harder (even the easy ones) than the short and strenuous ones. Next year, we will go back to some rest days...
Thank you very much for such a meticulously organised walk - everything went well and I keep recommending your services!
Regards and have a lovely summer,
I just wanted to thank you for helping to organise another fantastic trip for me - this time with my husband to celebrate his retirement - from St Dogmael's to St David's.
The level of care and detail that you put into producing itineraries is extraordinary; there wasn't a moment when we felt a base hadn't been covered, and we appreciate how much you tailor trips and accommodation to customers' requirements.
The only slight hitch was due to the reception team at Lys Meddyg, Newport being a bit disorganised and not having a table for us for our first night until 8.45 pm (late for hungry walkers!) It was a Saturday and they were busy and I had the impression that they'd simply taken bookings from drop-in diners and pushed residents to the back of the queue. It might be an idea to advise walkers to phone ahead to book a table rather than leave it until checking-in, especially at weekends. This advice worked well in other places we stayed. Nevertheless, the food there was superb, and they even managed to squeeze us in earlier, so hats off to them for doing their best to rectify matters.
Special mention must go to Alison at Carrot Cabs. She picked us up bang on time at St David's and went out of her way to help us get to Stumble Head on the two days we started walking there from our accommodation in Fishguard.
I whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone we speak to about our walking holidays, and would have no hesitation in using you again.
So a big, big thank you to you and the rest of the team! All best wishes,Sue
thanks for your e-mail. First, and most importantly, we truly enjoyed our vacations and everything worked out perfectly, including the weather (we only had a single day with rain). Also many thanks for chosing such nice accomodations on our rest days in St. Ives and Penzanze, both of them were lovely.
As regarding the route, the first part from Newquay to St. Ives was slightly less spectacular than the part that followed, however, seeing the (slow) change of scenery is what makes this hike so interesting. Very briefly, our thoughts about the accomodations and the route:
Thanks again for the perfect planning, we had a most memorable time. Next year we will probably do something different, but we would certainly love to continue the path in the near future.
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.
My daughter Judith and I recently completed the final leg of the South West Coast Path (booked through yourselves) and we just want to thank you very much for all of the help which you have given us over the last six years.
We have thoroughly enjoyed every stage of the Path and the final leg through Dorset was absolutely beautiful.
Your arrangements were (as always) meticulous and the accommodations which you chose were (without exception) excellent.
We have really appreciated everything that you have done for us and would particularly like to thank Damon for his constant helpfulness and being able to deal with every query that we have thrown at him!
It has been a wonderful experience and one which we will never forget.
Now...time to start planning our next adventure!
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.
Dear Damon - Now we are back home - (after the finishing of our Pembrokeshire-Walking we added 3 days in Dublin) .
We want to thank you for a very good organization - the description of the way was very useful and the B&B’s for 20 Days were very nice.
We enjoyed our walking so much - especially of the good weather (not common for Wales?) - the friendly people, the nice little towns we visited - and the walking way very good groomed.
We will recommend you to all of our friends and perhaps next year we ask you for an other Walking-Tour. With our best regards Annette and Henning
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.
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).
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!!
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.
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,
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!
Hello Damon and team! Wanted to write longer review and feel free to edit or copy for website
I loved this experience so much. To be able to do the entire walk was a dream and I am so thankful that we decided to do the pace we did. I feel that 8-10 miles most days is a perfect comfortable pace that allowed us to not only sleep in but to really just stop wherever we wanted. I thought that following a coastline for so long might be repetitive but it really wasn’t. Every section was so different and waking up each day was so exciting. My level of fitness was not great but I think most people really can do this walk as long as they are honest about what they can really do each day. In north America we calculate the distance totally and not just where the bird flies and so I think some people would be surprised that the incline and elevation is not calculated.
I have to say that a big warning for day 2 Porlock to Lynmouth is needed. I still think that was the hardest day of the whole walk. I will be honest, on that day I was really thinking “what have I gotten myself into?!”. Overall I think the first two weeks of the walk and the last two were the hardest with Cornwall for the most part being very pleasant. I think the hardest part of Cornwall for me mentally was the st Ives and the few days after. Scrambling the rocks and having to decide where to put each foot was really zapping my energy. I loved the mining area (especially after getting into poldark). If I had to pick my favorite section it was north Cornwall.
I would encourage no matter what fitness level to get hiking poles. They were absolute lifesaver for me. The bag service was impeccable with zero problems the whole way.
The B&B were all great appearance wise . The difference between some of them was the host themselves. The ones who have been doing it for so long seem to be burned out and almost despise the guests for being there in general. Maybe we picked up on this more since we work in hospitality and hotels. We are so pleased to have done this walk and will recommend it to anyone who will listen.
Thank you so much for all you have done
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.
Catherine and Steven