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Route: Padstow to St Ives Name: Robert and Laura Walked on: 14th October 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"No surprises and some helpful tips in the material received prior, esp the need for a map case - it rained."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Didn't really use it"

Your Walking Routes

"After the first day, we only used the Coastal path book, the ordinance survey maps were surplus to requirements, but nice to have. 2 nights in Padstow was a good start as it gave us a chance to pick up a few supplies that we had forgotten, e.g. a knee brace from the pharmacy and an extra pair of walking trousers. The route is great. Usually open path and lovely of cliffs and beaches. Nice mix of shorter days and longer ones. We are both 70, one with a slightly dodgy knee, so very manageable."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Everything that was required. However, we did sometimes get lost leaving town. Suggest asking the way when checking out."

Luggage transfers

"Perfect"

Accommodation

"All good. Some were eccentric - the B&B in Hayle, but v welcoming and would stay again. The ones with baths were a treat."

Overall experience

"A very enjoyable trip. It was autumn, so some rain. Perfect walking temperature. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mendip Way Name: Cathy Walked on: 8th October 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Good communication and very detailed itinerary"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Good length and well marked route"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very detailed and upto date notes and itinerary. Didn't have the guidebooks"

Luggage transfers

"Very smooth"

Accommodation

"First night's accomodation in Weston wasn't great (have provided seperate feedback) but second two nights were excellent."

Overall experience

"Very smooth booking process and well organised trip with detailed itinerary and lots of good advice and recommendations - thank you."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Bude - Padstow Name: Gabriele Foerster Walked on: 3rd October 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"The team was very helpful, all my questions were answered promptly. Since I had booked in 2020 before the pandemic started everything had to be postponed and I had to choose a different route, but that wasn't a problem at all."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Didn't use the website much, but I think it contains a lot of helpful information."

Your Walking Routes

"I walked from Bude to Pastow in 7 days with a restday in Tintagel. Since I am a slow walker, taking lots of pictures, I preferred rather short distances and also had a rest day in Tintagel. This is said to be one of the harder parts of the Cornish Coast Path, but with enough time it is manageable. That way I had time to explore the places and visit some museums (highly recommend the Bude Heritage Center and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle and of course Tintagel Castle). The wheather was a nice mix of wind, rain and sun, but the rain made the path quite slippery in places, so walking poles are very helpful. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"I really love the Trailblazer Guide Books, the are full of information and special hints . "

Luggage transfers

"Worked perfect."

Accommodation

"Very good, my favourites were the Links Side Tea House in Bude and the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle - very good restaurant"

Overall experience

"Already planning my next walk :-)"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP Weymouth to Poole Name: Tricia & Allan Butcher Walked on: 22nd September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Really appreciated the extra help given with planning the walk, following Allan's heart attack earlier in the year."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Website was in the planning of our holiday"

Your Walking Routes

"Route around Lulworth Cove, can be walked at any time (even at high tide), but is not waymarked, best to take a path on the other side of the cove up a small gulley."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Excellent as always"

Accommodation

"Varied between good and excellent - Hotel du Vin in Poole was a wonderful place to stay at the end of the walk."

Overall experience

"Excellent"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Penzance Name: Hans Hedman Walked on: 21st September 2021

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

Overall experience

"We had a wonderful time. Encounter delivered above and beyond our expectations. Everything went really well. Even the weather was good :-)"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lyme Regis to Weymouth Name: Judy Woollett Walked on: 20th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Good"

Your Walking Routes

"Good although quite a few detours on this route due to cliff falls."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent"

Luggage transfers

"Good"

Accommodation

"All good except the small hotel in Weymouth"

Overall experience

"Loved it"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Sibyl Ruth Walked on: 17th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"As I'd not booked a self-guided walking holiday before I appreciated the detailed help and information which was provided."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"I didn't really use the site much after a quick preliminary browse - as it was then all about getting our own individual trip sorted."

Your Walking Routes

"Our compass was useful! Even though the ascents aren't steep, the ground is uneven so I was glad I opted for my heavier walking boots."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All these were very clear. (The sole error occurred when our instructions told us to turn left - rather than right - to get to our overnight accommodation in Williton.)"

Luggage transfers

"On one day the luggage transfer person showed up at 9am when we were still eating our breakfast. But apart from that everything went smoothly."

Accommodation

"Staying in old pubs, coaching inns etc was one of the most enjoyable features of the holiday."

Overall experience

"The Coleridge Way is a wonderful and varied trail. It was gloriously green and peaceful. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys walking and exploring the countryside. NB. We did the walk at the 'relaxed pace'. This might not work for everyone, but it does mean you can take plenty of time to do optional diversions, enjoy the views etc!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coast Path - Marazion to Falmouth Name: Paul Walked on: 13th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"An easy and very helpful process, with lots of tips making for a great service. As usual, everything ran like clockwork."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Highlight - the Gillan Creek and Helford River stretch between Porthallow and Helford. We were lucky to catch low tide and wade across Gillan Creek. Tip 1- pack some water shoes if you have them, as makes the low tide crossing at Gillan Creek easier. Tip 2 - approaching Coverack, follow the signs for the Sculpture Gardens/Park, to avoid a steep, rocky decent into Porthbeer Cove. By chance we had a local resident pass us on route and took their advice. We subsequently spoke to several locals, who seem to regard the official path unnecessarily dangerous. Ironically, travelling East to West, there is official SW Path signage giving you 2 options. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"As always, very helpful, especially some useful detail regarding bus routes as our itinerary partly used our bus passes!!"

Luggage transfers

"Worked well. We also had a couple of taxi transfers built into the schedule, and turned out that the taxi service doubled up with luggage transfer duties as well. Lizard Cars - excellent service. "

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Patricia Bleasby Walked on: 13th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Planning was meticulous and queries were always answered quickly"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"lots of information, easy to follow and most questions answered in FAQs. It also shone through with enthusiasm!"

Your Walking Routes

"the daily notes were very useful, particularly features to look out for and any potential pitfalls that might be encountered. The descriptions of locations of overnight stays were reassuringly accurate and it was nice to be tailor made to my holiday"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"the maps are excellent and with the numbers relating to the route instructions it was easy to tie the two together. The notes would refer to a lane which could mean a bridleway, footpath or a narrow road, I found this disconcerting but the Coleridge Way signs were usually present to offer reassurance. The walking notes though were generally very good"

Luggage transfers

"Always good. Not only was bag there on arrival but in my room too. A real bonus at the end of a tiring day!"

Accommodation

"Two stand out, the Notley Arms and the Rock House both for the friendly welcome and the food, outstanding in both cases. All accommodation was clean and perfectly suitable."

Overall experience

"I loved the walk. It offered everything - heathland, woodland, glorious rolling countryside, rivers, the coast and Exmoor. You can't ask for more!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Penzance (5 days) Name: Rhiannon Morris Walked on: 13th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Vey well organised. Given ample information and able to accommodate our desire to walk the Penzance to Falmouth route in the 'wrong' direction. Very personalised service and all important info sent on in a timely fashion. During the walk itself, everything went very smoothly with no hiccups at all"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate and decide on what walk would suit you best - after initial enquires, we had a very personalised service which was great."

Your Walking Routes

"Great coastline walks, some sections quite challenging and you need a certian level of fitness and agility to manage but some breathtaking views and very peaceful. We were looking forward to this walk and we were not disappointed in any regard"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Great provision of useful maps and information."

Luggage transfers

"No issues at all. Luggage pick up was arranged when we disembarked from the Night Riviera sleeper train at 8.15am at Falmouth station so we could set off walking early on day 1. Superb"

Accommodation

"High quality accommodation for each night, some with the best sea views I have ever had. The hotels at Coverack and by the Lizard were spectacular"

Overall experience

"Just brilliant all round. Already planning our trip for 2022..."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coast Path Minehead to Combe Martin Name: Linda D Walked on: 13th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Staff extremely knowledgeable and helpful with all aspects of the route."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"We chose to have a rest day at each location which gave us time to relax and prepare for next section. Section 1 - Minehead to Porlock Weir - sometimes not sure if on correct path as signage confusing. Took wrong path into Porlock and then signage misleading as had a notice to say 'no entry to coastal path' which was actually for cars. This meant we walked quite a long way to get back on the path to Porlock Weir. Stayed at Porlock Weir Hotel and had room overlooking harbour - fabulous. Section 2 - Porlock Weir to Lynmouth -Beautiful ancient woodland but walk very tough as lots of gradients. Started at 9.30am and arrived at accommodation at 6pm. Exhausted. Section 3 - Lynmouth to Heddon Valley - Perfect distance for us and stunning views. We initially booked to complete section Lynmouth to Combe Martin in 1 day but having looked at distance and terrain talked to Encounter Holidays who recommended a stop at Heddon Valley. If you want to have time to take in the views then recommend a stop at Heddon Valley. Section 4 - Heddon Valley to Combe Martin - Beautiful walk and stunning views. Chose to stay at Lion House B&B in Combe Martin which was 1 mile inland from coastal path but as this was our final destination did not matter and highly recommend."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Guide books and maps very good"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

"Porlock Weir Hotel fabulous. Rising Sun Lynmouth very good but restaurant was closed. Hunters Inn Heddon Valley excellent. Lion House B&B excellent."

Overall experience

"This is our 1st experience of walking a coastal path with luggage transfers and we thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to walk some more sections next year."

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: Spencer Walked on: 11th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Overall very easy, and very well done. The only issue at all was that we had ideally wanted to walk on the southern part, and it took a while to be told that it wasnt possible with a dog - i thought that would have been a common question"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use"

Your Walking Routes

"Largely enjoyable. The early part is tougher, but the scenery is magnificent - the walk from Saunton Sands to Braunton was flat, but a long way and fairly uninspiring. Instow to Appledore was a beautiful stretch too"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"OS map wasnt used: the guidebook was very very useful, and interesting. Note, if you have a dog, ignore the "dont go on the beach before end September" when you are in Croyde otherwise you add a good 1.5 miles to your walk and it is badly signposted"

Luggage transfers

"Always there when we arrived"

Accommodation

"Variable - from fantastic (Porlock) to not great at all (Westward Ho!), but overall pretty good, and without exception friendly/helpful staff"

Overall experience

"We had a great week - helped by really good weather - and will definitely be looking to do more walks of this type in the future. In this case the only real disappointment was that the route finished in Westward Ho! - not somewhere I would suggest anyone finishes"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Ann & Bernie Gibbons plus 4 friends Walked on: 11th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Everything booked and confirmed very efficiently, even though we changed our arrangements a couple of times and added some complications! Very well done"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Comprehensive website with plenty of info"

Your Walking Routes

"Really great views and varied countryside. This walk was better than anticipated. Some climbs but nothing too daunting."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All excellent"

Luggage transfers

"Spot on every time!"

Accommodation

"All good. There were some covid restrictions, such as mask wearing, but this did not hamper our enjoyment of the holiday. All the meals were good, no complaints whatsoever."

Overall experience

"A very enjoyable experience"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Sidmouth to West Bay Name: deb Walked on: 10th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very responsive, individualized attention, from choosing the walk to booking accommodations, especially with Covid in the background. We are from the US and were waiting for UK quarantine to be lifted (it was) and EWH gave us until the absolute last second to complete our payment which was greatly appreciated."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Really descriptive, very helpful information about what to expect along the route. Pay attention to the walking grades listed, they're extremely accurate!"

Your Walking Routes

"Absolutely stunning scenery, so worth the dramatic ups & downs. For the vast majority of the trip, clearly marked paths, easy to locate the acorn signage. Just one snag. Walking out of Lyme Regis and getting up Stonebarrow Lane outside Charmouth to regain the Path due to the cliff diversions in the area was frustrating, confusing and added significantly to an already long day. That journey might be made a little more clear, and there's way too much road walking. Take a cab straight to the top of Stonebarrow Ln from Lyme Regis! You won't miss a thing. Definitely strenuous out of the gate in Sidmouth! The SWCP distances given are accurate, so adding in "ordinary walking" for a little sightseeing in the towns we stopped in definitely made each of these days more in the range of 12+ miles. Just something to keep in mind. I wish we'd built in a rest day on Day 2 to enjoy the beach in Beer for a day."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary was extremely detailed, the guidebook was invaluable, the level of detail kept us on course, do not skip. "

Luggage transfers

"All went very smoothly, one tiny blip quickly remedied after one call to the team and zero inconvenience to us."

Accommodation

"Lovely places, we were given choice of accommodation, options to upgrade, which we did in each town. Hearty breakfasts set us off on the right foot each day. Staff were familiar with walkers and we never worried about leaving our bags and walking out the door each day. Tired at the end of each day, it was easy to stay put and eat where we were staying. My vegetarian/pescatarian husband never had a problem with the meal choices. "

Overall experience

"Can't say enough about Damon & the Encounter Walking Team. we really felt like we were the only people they were looking after the whole trip and were well cared for. Thanks so much for making our first hiking holiday such a fantastic experience. You have a very beautiful country and we can't wait to see more of it!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Plymouth to Poole Name: Christine Taylor Walked on: 10th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"This was quite complicated because of re-booking due to COVID and the timing of ferries along the walk. Everything was faultless - brilliant service by Damon and team. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Didn't really use it as this was our third and last SWCP holiday, so clear about our requirements"

Your Walking Routes

"Brilliant and varied. First part long stretches with no habitation. Flat walking and unusual geology along Chesil Beach. Isle of Portland well worth the extra day. Weymouth - Poole hard. We found Lulworth Cove to Worth Maltravers the most difficult day of the whole 630 miles. Tip: Take the ferry from Plymouth to avoid 5 miles of industrial estates."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All good"

Luggage transfers

"Like magic"

Accommodation

"Overall high standard. Abbey House Abbotsbury particularly good."

Overall experience

"We have now walked from Minehead to Poole in three holidays organised by Encounter. A wonderful experience brilliantly organised"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: 2 Moors Way Name: Andy Davis Walked on: 6th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"First time used a Walking Holiday company, but with the risks of COVID cancelling things decided to. Great experience Encounter Walking on the booking! We also have a dog to add complications. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Didn't use"

Accommodation

"All good and varied "

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coastal Footpath - Minehead to Padstow Name: Stuart Malcolm Offord Walked on: 5th September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent response and support to our enquiry."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent and informative."

Your Walking Routes

"Route marking generally good outside major built up areas but poor in some towns. Some paths potentially dangerous - loose surface. In places paths were undergoing repair."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Good but some difficulty in finding eating places due to Covid; including the cancellation of a booking just as we arrived at our destination."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent. Our request for an additional transfer whilst on route was expedited very quickly and efficiently."

Accommodation

"Generally to a high standard and beyond our expectation at times. The risk of Covid was a particular concern to the owners at one overnight stop."

Overall experience

"Great experience but very challenging physically at times. Certainly more strenuous than the section between Padstow and Falmouth we walked previously. We look forward to walking further in the future."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Crackington Haven to Newquay Name: Maggie East Walked on: 1st September 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Did not use"

Your Walking Routes

"We stuck to the South West Coastal Path"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Fine"

Luggage transfers

"No problems"

Accommodation

"This was very varied. EG The stay at Treyarnon Youth Hostel could not provide us with any food and we had no warning of this"

Overall experience

"See above"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coverack to Fowey Name: Simone Suess Walked on: 29th August 2021

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

"Except one in Fowey, all Accommodations were great. "

Overall experience

"Encounter is the best ! We book already for 2022"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lizard Point to Mevagissey Name: S and K Walked on: 20th August 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"This is the second time we have used Encounter Walking Holidays and we were very happy with the service provided. Despite a long postponement due to Covid 19 we were eventually able to take our holiday as originally planned with very few amendments.."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Helpful website with useful information about the walks."

Your Walking Routes

"Fabulous week on the South West Coast Path."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary was great and the notes were very helpful. We had our own maps and guide books"

Luggage transfers

"The luggage always arrived at the right place at the right time. "

Accommodation

"Most of the accommodation was perfect for our needs and the owners were mainly helpful and friendly. I have coeliac disease and all of the accommodation booked were able to provide gluten free options for breakfast. The only disappointment was in Falmouth where breakfast was a tray in our room rather than a proper cooked breakfast."

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: Tim Ryder Walked on: 27th July 2021

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

Overall experience

"We had a great time, everything Encounter organised was perfect for us. Luggage transfers, accommodation, maps and other information were all top class. Thank you!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Cornish Coast Path - Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Richard Wombwell Walked on: 9th July 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"This walk was delayed from 2020 to 2021 which resulted in a number of changes. All of this was handled brilliantly. I really cannot fault the administration. Everything worked out exactly as planned."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"As far as I remember it was fine. Nearly all of our communication was by e-mail."

Your Walking Routes

"We managed to follow the route OK, but I did have the whole route pre-loaded into the GPS on my phone so, at any time, I could see exactly where we were on the OS map. I thought that the waymarking was poor compared with what I am used to in the Chilterns. I would strongly recommend using a GPS to keep on the track."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Superb, especially the Notes."

Luggage transfers

"Worked perfectly. No problems at all."

Accommodation

"Generally, a much higher standard than I expected. Everyone was very welcoming and we were well looked after."

Overall experience

"Very, very good!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way - Nether Stowey to Porlock 4 days Name: Stella Walked on: 5th July 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent service from everyone at Encounter throughout. Good communication with regard to the added complications of Covid causing postponements etc. Very personal service. All good! Can't fault!"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Fine as far as I can remember but after an initial general look at the website, everything was very individual and done via email."

Your Walking Routes

"Very varied and attractive landscapes/scenery, great views, literary associations. Very very quiet. But quite hard going in places (or was that just us being too old!). Walking surfaces could be challenging - loose stones/rocks, mud, meant you had to watch your footing a lot of the time and take your eye off the scenery. We would fully concur with the underlined warning at point 84 on the route notes. In spite of edging very carefully round the slippery bedrock as best I could I still took a tumble. Another problem we encountered was a fallen tree across the path between points 42 and 43 - we had to get onto hands and knees to crawl under it."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Generally very good. The Zigzag laminated walking maps are excellent. But we did have two incidences where we went seriously wrong having somehow failed to marry the map, route notes, and the signage. The first of these was around Point 22. We can't quite work out how in spite of having got to the layby by the A39 as indicated on the route notes, we ended up heading south round the eastern boundary of the deer park! The second instance was on Day 4 around points 96 and 97. We think the problem here may have been confusing signage. Sometimes the signs we needed were the quill sign but sometimes a blue square and this got confusing. As was also that there could be a red and a blue quills pointing different ways. We discovered the distinction was between walkers and horse riders. Perhaps some explanatory notes about Coleridge Way signage would be a helpful addition to the route notes? The daily notes were very helpful - good to have all the information for the day in one place. They reminded us about booking ahead for evening meals etc and checking if pubs for lunch would be open. We also made use of the taxi numbers! Would recommend booking well ahead for taxi return to car on last day."

Luggage transfers

"All fine."

Accommodation

"We were very happy with all the places we stayed. Everyone was very welcoming and helpful. The rooms at The Valiant Soldier were particularly spacious and well appointed (newly done I think). The rooms at The White House Williton were small but OK for one night and the staff were extremely helpful there so no complaints. Each place was very different which was nice. "

Overall experience

"Challenging but really very enjoyable. We'd like to go back and explore the area further in a more leisurely fashion. It was so quiet and the scenery so varied. We'd definitely recommend the area and the Coleridge Way gives you an excellent way of experiencing the varied landscapes and staying in some lovely villages. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mendip Way Name: Annie Singer and Steph Thomas Walked on: 1st July 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very straightforward process. The staff at Encounter Walking Holidays are very friendly, helpful and efficient."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate with very useful descriptions of possible walks to choose from."

Your Walking Routes

"The Mendip Way enables you to see superb panoramic views most days. Spending some time in Wells was a bonus."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent support which helped tremendously for our planning stage and during the walk"

Luggage transfers

"Very efficient and reliable"

Accommodation

"Very comfortable and clean accommodation with welcoming owners. Some even took our luggage to our rooms - so helpful after a long day's walk!"

Overall experience

"My first long distance walk apart from our local ones in Cornwall. I had such a brilliant experience that it has whetted my appetite to do one every year."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge way Name: Stephen Selley Walked on: 28th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Very varied and enjoyable route. We did average of 14 miles a day which typically meant 8 hours walking with short breaks."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We already had maps etc, but the itinerary notes were spot on and helped us plan ahead."

Luggage transfers

"Worked perfectly - thank you"

Accommodation

"Really good accommodation. Very welcoming. Enjoyed our overnight stops."

Overall experience

"Thank you once again. This is the third time I have walked with Encounter: highly recommended. "

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: Peter Ashworth Walked on: 28th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"covid caused the walk to be moved from last year. I had no direct contact with encounter walking but I know my friend I walked with found them friendly, efficient, and our preferences were catered for."

Your Walking Routes

"we really enjoyed the walking routs"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"notes and itinerary were excellent."

Luggage transfers

"all fine"

Accommodation

"we stayed in some lovely accommodation, and met some lovely owners and staff. "

Overall experience

"this was my first walking holiday, I'm sure it will not be my last"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lyme Regis - Poole SWCP Name: JL Thomas Walked on: 28th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Informative "

Your Walking Routes

"Sandbanks ferry is now open"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"All good, particular praise to 77 Fortuneswell, the people go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable, if 6 stars were available, they would have received it from me."

Overall experience

"An excellent, well organised week."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

Route: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Annette and Adrian Walked on: 27th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and the team have been really helpful, especially fitting us in at this busy time for B&Bs."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Found out loads of information before we started which helped us to understand what we were taking on. "

Your Walking Routes

"They are tough in places and sections , like walking into Combe Martin, are just a slog. However we really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next trip in September. I would give a warning about Hog-weed!! I was scratched by the 'strimmed' stalks of this plant, the sap is very toxic. It set off a really unpleasant allergic reaction requiring high dose steroids to treat it. ( Brilliant 111 service and Devon Doctors out of hours service at Barnstaple Hospital)"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Looking well thumbed and well read. Useful when the usually great signage fails - usually due to diversions due to land slips and not always great on NT land."

Luggage transfers

"No problems - always there when we arrived"

Accommodation

"Great. Lovely welcoming hosts who were helpful with lots of variation in breakfasts etc. We slept well!"

Overall experience

"Tiring and a challenge in places but amazing views, wildflowers, wildlife. Friendly, helpful people along the way. Encounter made this as easy as they could for us."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Sue Gearing Walked on: 21st June 2021

Overall experience

"It was a really enjoyable walk, and so well planned by Encounter. Their staff have been helpful whenever we connected them when planning. Arrangements worked perfectly and we were delighted with the accommodation chosen. The route was stunning, although maybe more hilly than we expected but we had great views. My friend and I would highly recommend Encounter. Thank you. It was such a wonderful way to emerge out of the dark days of Covid. Sue"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Lyme Regis to Chickerell Name: David Walked on: 21st June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Consider walking along the beach in some cases if you want to avoid hills."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Luggage always present on arrival"

Accommodation

Overall experience

"Chickerell is not on the usual route, but breakfast is not readily available. The suggested cafe is too far from the lodgings, and doesn't open till 10 o'clock. It may be that in normal times lodgings in Chickerell would include breakfast. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Wonwell Beach to Exmouth Name: Helen Singleton Walked on: 19th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and team were excellent in putting together our itinerary to adapt to our ideal walking day and accommodation requirements. It made it easy for us to just turn up and walk"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Informative with lots of relevant information including reviews from walkers"

Your Walking Routes

"We tailored our walking routes to try and do a maximum of 12 miles a day, which on strenuous sections was ideal. The number of ferries on this section added to the excitement and planning for each day. There is a reasonable amount of road walking in this section which can be dull and trainers rather than walking boots recommended for your feet. Watch the seagulls at Paignton. They like a sandwich! However the scenery on the tops of the coastal path at various points is stunning and well worth the effort of the hills. Good variety of walking with some longer and some shorter days."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes and maps are extremely helpful and the daily sheets with cafe stops and route changes most useful. There were a couple of potential diversions which no longer exist. If they are not marked on the path they have been dealt with so the notes can be ignored. Note the ferry from Shaldon to Teignmouth may leave earlier then advertised if the tide is out. We arrived at 5.45 thinking we were in time and the last ferry left at 5.15pm. The Torquay to Teignmouth route is strenuous and longer than advised. "

Luggage transfers

"Worked with no hitches - seamless and easy"

Accommodation

"Our accommodation was generally very good though one twin room was definitely not big enough for two people and two bags. The hotel was most accommodating though and found us each a room. Sea Tang Guest House in Brixham was most welcoming and lovely. Teignmouth hotel a little jaded and in need of a little tlc. We booked all our meals ahead which was helpful in Covid times"

Overall experience

"Another great section and achievement made easier with the organisation by Damon and his team, particularly in these challenging times. Thank you"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Jim Walked on: 17th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and the team were very helpful during the planning stage, providing alternative dates and routes that would work around difficulties in finding accommodation during and immediately after the G7 summit in St Ives. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Good information and the customer reviews were useful"

Your Walking Routes

"The route was challenging at times but longer routes interspersed with shorter ones made the walking manageable and the route provided stunning scenery, every day. The first day was the most challenging as 2 ferries were needed before the walk proper began and there were unexpected ferry delays/cancellations"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes, maps, guidebooks and itinary were all excellent"

Luggage transfers

"All excellent with no issues at all"

Accommodation

"Generally good and great choice to stay in Bistro Pierre for the last night. The dinner at our hotel in Looe was poor and overpriced we thought. We loved the accommodation in Portloe. "

Overall experience

"Massive thanks to Damon and the team for organising such a great week away, a much needed active holiday with good weather after months of lockdown!"

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: Holly & Peter Walked on: 17th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Damon and his team always provide excellent service. They do a great job finding accommodation that suits our needs. This year it was particularly tough for them - pandemic restricted bookings, uncertainty if some accommodation would even be operating...but they managed brilliantly."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"A great route - this stretch of the SW coast path is much easier walking than the previous stretch. Lots of flat cliff-top walking. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Great walking tips from Damon! Especially the Padstow-Porthcothan-Newquay stretch. (Porthcothan by bus so you can stay in Padstow 2 nites). And we split up the Portreth to St Ives stretch by stopping at Hayle, taking the bus to St Ives (2 nights in St Ives). Then the next day we took the delightful train journey back to Hayle to finish up the last few miles. That way we got to spend more time in St Ives, which was really nice. This way you bookend the walk with 2 nights in Padstow and 2 nights in St Ives - which was really just about a perfect walking holiday. Also - don't forget to pre-book dinners in Padstow and St Ives. Also - you must pre-book tickets to Barbara Hepworth Museum and Tate St Ives if you want to go. You need a time slot and need to book well in advance. "

Luggage transfers

"Never had an issue - luggage was always waiting for us on arrival. "

Accommodation

"A diverse range of types of accommodation - all clean with hot showers (and baths in some). A special shout out to the lady who runs the Portreath Arms Pub Hotel. What a fantastic, professional operation she runs. And the food surpassed my expectations. This week in June 2021 was heaving with tourists...and every place was fully booked and super busy. Some places had staffing/service issues (fair enough, all things considered). "

Overall experience

"Excellent - this is the third leg of the SW Coast Path we have booked with Encounter and we will definitely keep using them to organise our SW Coast Path walks. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Name: Marion Chatfield Walked on: 16th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Booked the holiday in 2020. Encounter walking holiday paid good attention to our requirements (we appreciated the input they allowed us where there were accommodation options) and also accommodated our request for a youth hostel in a fantastic coastal location one night - even though that would not be their typical accommodation. The booking took slightly longer than we'd have liked (from giving detailed list of night stops to confirming took around 3 weeks) but it was 18 nights to book and not all initial accommodation planned was available. They then had to cancel the arrangements due to Covid and rebook for 2021 - all via friendly emails. We had a hiccup with suspecting 2-3 weeks before we were due travel that the hostel would be unable to meet our booking due to Covid restrictions - but Encounter Walking holidays immediately followed this up, rebooked us into the B&B and ensured we had transport to the relevant point on the coastal path."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Fantastic scenery. 200 miles over 15 walking days, walking from Amroth to St Dogmaels. Lots of ups and downs - but no uphill went on for very long. Our days varied 9 miles to 18.8 miles - largely because of the availability of accommodation. We had a dry period - just a bit of drizzle on 2 days - being on the west coast this was very lucky."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Book of strip maps and guidebook of walking instructions were fine - though not always perfect (we were walking in 2021 and the book was dated 2019). Suggest a walker looks in advance at the length of days and whether a slight adjustment of the route to or from from the day before or day after helps to reduce the longer day - especially as our experience was that we walked slightly longer distance than the guide stated (and we got lucky with the tidal days and did not need to take a diversion). At Amroth we did the start of the path along the beach the night before starting the walk proper. Also depends on whether you are stickler for keeping to the official route. e.g. the day from Bosherton to Angle via the firing range was stated as 15 miles. but we did 18.8 miles (which was the longest day) to include the Angle peninsula coast path (and we had walked the coastal path from Broad Haven beach (near Bosherton not the main Broad Haven further on) to St Govan's chapel the day before - else it would have been even longer). A rest day in St Davids made a nice break (though it is a small place despite being a city)."

Luggage transfers

"This was excellent. Our bags were always at our accommodation before we arrived and the company kindly carried a separate medical bag for free. We didn't even have to write on our luggage labels where our next overnight stop was."

Accommodation

"On the whole this was very good - but as you might expect did vary - with some accommodations excelling (either the accommodation itself or some very attractive breakfasts) and some slightly less so. Until life is back to normal, HIGHLY recommend booking and confirming time for ALL dinners in advance of embarking on the walk. We hadn't booked in St David's (where we took a rest day) and it did turn out OK with a nice pizza restaurant which didn't take bookings and we didn't have to wait too long, and eating main meal the second day at lunch time instead of evening (offered 5:30 or 9pm at one place and another was fully booked and others were shut on a Monday night ). However, with hindsight it would have been better to book in advance."

Overall experience

"Very enjoyable walk and thankful to Encounter Walking holidays for doing a good job of organising under such difficult circumstances. Would recommend this path to the keen walker. For the more casual walker, if planning to do the entire distance, take a good look at the length of the longer days and bear in mind that it may be wet."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Torquay to Weymouth Name: Tricia & Allan Butcher Walked on: 15th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent as previously, especially helpful in the current Covid situation. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"The website was helpful in our initial planning of the walking holiday."

Your Walking Routes

"The route was perhaps more strenuous than anticipated, although did not cause us a problem. Views were stunning, the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach very varied experiences (shingle walking quite hard in places)."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All arrived well in time. Detailed and very helpful instructions , especially additional booking of evening meals, or information on local restaurants."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent as usual"

Accommodation

"Varied between good and comfortable, and excellent. All hosts very welcoming and friendly. Fantastic views from Heights Hotel, Portland, worth the rather steep climb at the end of a long day's walking."

Overall experience

"Excellent and very enjoyable holiday, especially in present circumstances with Covid . Met lovely, friendly and helpful people. Very interesting and varied landscape on this section, but being reasonably fit is advised."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Chris & Jane Walked on: 9th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Our walk was originally planned for 2020, but moved to 2021 due to Covid. We really appreciated Encounter's efforts in planning the walk twice. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"We were glad that we followed the suggestion of doing the first fairly boring 2 miles from Penzance to Marazion on the bus (instead of walking). We found the last 19 miles from Mawnan Smith to Falmouth a bit frustrating. We could see Falmouth, but never seemed to get any closer as we kept diverting up first Gillan Creak then the Helford river."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The information provided was very comprehensive. The detailled maps in the Cornwall Coast Path book were especially helpful when there was a choice of two paths in roughly the same direction."

Luggage transfers

"No issues"

Accommodation

"The breakfast at Wellmore Cottage was amazing. We also had a really good sea view from the top floor of Gallen Treath."

Overall experience

"A great walk. We found averaging nearly 11 miles a day for 5 days in a row quite tiring (we are not as fit as we used to be). The ups and downs were generally fairy short (not like parts of Dorset), but the height of steps and stiles was sometimes a challenge for someone with short legs."

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: Kevin Walked on: 8th June 2021

Hi Damon Just to say thanks for all the arrangements on this walk. Everything went as planned and I had a really good week of walking and the choice of hotels was excellent. Thanks again  Kevin

Route: Padstow to St Ives Name: Julia Bell Walked on: 8th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"The team were extremely helpful helping us plan our holiday at a difficult time."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Hardly used it."

Your Walking Routes

"The days were well planned in terms of distances. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The guide books were good and the OS map provided essential. "

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"All the places were clean and friendly. The double rooms were usually good the twin rooms were often very small with no aspect. "

Overall experience

"This is our second walk organised by Encounter Walking and it was just as successful. The SWCP is a fabulous route and Encounter Walking has helped us arrange suitable sections to enjoy. We look forward to going with them again."

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: Caroline Stein Walked on: 7th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"The right amount of walking each day"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use"

Your Walking Routes

"Very varied and beautiful "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very clear and informative"

Luggage transfers

"Perfect"

Accommodation

"Hotels were a little tired but the food was excellent "

Overall experience

"A memorable holiday. Thank you"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way and Coast Path to Braunton Name: John Walked on: 6th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent personalised service. Helped identify the best options for taking a dog "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Comprehensive, useful maps and route descriptions"

Your Walking Routes

"20-25km days with Hills. It took a bit more time than we thought, but well worth it "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Comprehensive maps and guides. All you could need. Having the OS maps App on the phone was a help "

Luggage transfers

"Very efficient "

Accommodation

"Especially enjoyed the dedicated B&B guest houses which had high quality accommodation and a personalised welcome. There was no need to stay at pubs as it was always possible to go there to eat "

Overall experience

"Excellent. Great Scenery. Learnt a lot about the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth. Very quiet on the Coleridge Way hardly saw a soul......"

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: Chris Geoghegan Walked on: 6th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent service from all at Encounter. All made very simple in spite of Covid."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Initial view good when reviewing the company but once decided all contact was by email and phone."

Your Walking Routes

"South west costal path - beautiful."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent, the itinerary deserves special mention in it's superb detail and accuracy of content."

Luggage transfers

"Can't fault it, it was where it should have been every evening."

Accommodation

"All as expected, Very good standard in all locations. "

Overall experience

"Excellent six days walking made all the more enjoyable by the service and support, from start to finish, provided by Damon and his team. Will certainly use again ."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Padstow Name: Philip Hogsflesh Walked on: 6th June 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter were very helpful and efficient, especially when two friends joined us on the hike. Encounter managed to get us all in the same accommodation except for one day."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Lots of helpful information."

Your Walking Routes

"We walked the 12 day 'fast route' and we consistently recorded between 10 to 15% extra distance than quoted in the notes. We used a Garmin 62s gps, this was confirmed by our friend who used a Samsung phone gps. There were also regular ascents over 1,000m especially between Boscastle and Padstow. So if you do this fast option make sure you are fit and you will have a great time!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Itinerary was very informative. It was very useful to have good directions to the accommodation and good advice on things like packed lunches and places to eat."

Luggage transfers

"Our luggage was always there when we arrived. You can't ask for more."

Accommodation

"Overall the accommodation was good with 3 places that were outstanding - The Old Vicarage (Barnstaple), Hartland Quay Hotel, Surf Haven Guest House (Bude). The dinner service at the New Inn (Hotel (Clovelly) was a little erratic due to inexperienced staff. We also had to complain about noise late in the evening which they sorted out promptly. We booked all our evening meals in advance which was essential. Covid restrictions and lack of staff mean that most restaurants are booked up weeks in advance. I would recommend booking well ahead of your walk."

Overall experience

"Overall an outstanding hike. The scenery is spectacular. Encounter did a great job with the organisation and advice."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Name: Sue Perutz Walked on: 3rd June 2021

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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way Name: Richard Gibbs Walked on: 26th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very good especially in these complicated times"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"A great walk. Distances ok...more moderate than easy in parts, but overall not too troublesome"

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: Isobel Walked on: 25th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter Walking have been superb in arranging and (due to Covid) rearranging our trip with great care and attention to detail. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Good general quality of accommodation (and breakfasts) with a couple of stand out choices too."

Overall experience

"Excellent!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way Name: Paul & Jacci Ramplin Walked on: 24th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Helpful staff and information. Any questions answered promptly"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use and understand with plenty of useful information to help with the planning."

Your Walking Routes

"Too much road walking for our liking. However, some lovely scenery and very easy walking"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent detailed and comprehensive pack. We were able to map the walk on GPS which helped with navigation."

Luggage transfers

"All went smoothly"

Accommodation

"On the whole great though would have preferred a cooked breakfast on the first day (only croissants offered). Stayed at the Hustyns on second night which was lovely because we could use spa facilities on a very wet day, early check-in and a free upgrade - all very welcome."

Overall experience

"Always find Encounter to be helpful, professional and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the experience of walking coast to coast and the route met our expectations - i.e. an easy hike well within our capabilities."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coast to coast, Two Moors Way (Wembury to Lynmouth) Name: Lynda Macdonald Walked on: 23rd May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent service. Very helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Lots of information and kept up to date during these difficult times."

Your Walking Routes

"Coast to coast - Two Moors Way. Absolutely fabulous. Definitely a great time of year to do it. Hedgerows were stunning with wild flowers, bluebells, ransom and foxgloves. Narrow pathways weren't too overgrown (this could be a problem later in the summer). "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We had our own GPS and maps as well as the official Two Moors guidebook. Apart from both moors where GPS and/or map and compass are essential, the route was well sign posted. "

Luggage transfers

"Superb. Absolutely no problems at all. Our luggage was collected about the same time as we started the days walk and was waiting for us by the time we reached our next accommodation."

Accommodation

"On the whole accommodation was very good. The hosts were friendly and very helpful. Always a good meal which was essential after a long walk."

Overall experience

"A fabulous walking holiday which exceeded our expectations. We did the entire coast to coast trail in 12 days which we felt was about right. We met other hikers en route who were doing it in 4 or 5 days, however they complained about painful feet and confessed it was more about getting in the miles rather than taking time to enjoy the walk."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP 630 miles Name: Paul Warren Walked on: 18th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"I advised Encounter at the outset how far I wanted to walk each day & they came up with an itinerary that worked. Walk was originally booked for April 15th 2020 & same date in 2021. Lockdown mean't I finally got underway on May 18th finishing 45 days later on July 2nd. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very good & kept up to date with the implications of COVID through Lockdown on my Walking holiday plans."

Your Walking Routes

"Mud men't a few challenging days at the outset but as the sun shone in June the Path was in good condition. In a few places it was overgrown but had mostly been strimmed back. Used all the Ferries & the only one I got caught out by was Helford River / shut down 2 hours low tide."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent. The Path is generally well sign posted particularly in remote areas. If in doubt there is usually somebody local around to ask in built up locations."

Luggage transfers

"46 days & no issues with transfers. Luggage always arrived before I did!"

Accommodation

"46 nights & there were only 3 places I would have changed. Best B&B where Evening Meal was provided were Brendon Arms Bude / Gallen -Treath Porthallow & Tremarne Mevagissey. Best stay where I ate out was Gloucester House / Rockfish Weymouth, Imperial / Beach House Woolacombe & Culloden / Pier House Westward Ho. Best room Red Lion Clovelly & Harbour Inn Porthleven. Best meal Lorna Doone Porlock, The Riverside Boscastle, Logan Rock Inn Treen & Mexico Inn Penzance."

Overall experience

"Brilliant & surpassed my expectations. Don't be put off by the distance & elevations. Take your time. You are rewarded all the way round."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Plymouth to Torquay Name: Steve and Toni Walked on: 17th May 2021

We are now home from a very wet trip and recovering from the buffeting the wind gave us. However even in those conditions we had a great time.

We found the Dartmouth to Brixham section quite tough, you think you are at Brixham and then find there is an additional three miles around the headland.A special thanks for your assistance getting us across the numerous rivers where we couldn't wade or the ferry wasn't working due to the wind. Couldn't have done it without you.

All the accommodation was great but need to call out the Cricket Inn, we arrived soaked, but got a fabulous welcome, the staff, rooms and food really were excellent. Looking forward to the next sector in September. Regards Steve & Toni

Route: Lyme Regis to Lulworth Cove Name: Janr Walked on: 17th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"I have used other companies in the past and found Encounter Walking the best in terms of communication, help with planning and excellent pre trip itinerary."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Good distances between stops. We battled the gales on the Isle of Portland but generally avoided the worst of the rain"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very detailed and helpful"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Varied and good. And a bath in every room which I like when walking"

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 Penzance Name: THERESE DONOVAN Walked on: 17th May 2021

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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: Hayle to Pendeen Name: Amelia Walked on: 1st October 2020

We had a really good time. It was a little windy but added a bit more interest to the walk. Cornwall at it bleakest but still beautiful. Accomo was very good and we had good breakfasts and meals out. Our hosts were very welcoming.

The distances were just right for us, as the wind slowed us up a bit and the terrain more demanding than previously but we were still able to arrive in our destinations in good time,early enough and importantly fit enough to enjoy a look around and our evening meal.

All in all another good do organised by you.

Route: Hartland Quay to Port Quin Name: Steve Leyshon Walked on: 30th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Ensure you take time to plan your daily routes taking in to account the continuous climbing and descending"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Found the maps, guidebooks and itinerary notes really useful and helped me appreciate the walk more fully"

Luggage transfers

"No hassles "

Accommodation

"The three hotels were all very good with the service in each personal and considerate"

Overall experience

"This was a challenging walk with weather conditions of heavy rain and strong winds. This added to the enjoyment and overall experience. The landscapes were inspiring and the whole walk rewarding both physically and mentally."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Falmouth Name: Andrew Collins Walked on: 28th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful with planning walk "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Gave good guidance on what to expect on different sections of wakj"

Your Walking Routes

"Expected better signage on walk - strayed from route a few times where it was not clear- path descending into Kynance seemed very precipitous and I had to take quite a long detour to arrive safely"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Generally very helpful. The directions to the overnight stops were a model of clarity"

Luggage transfers

"All luggage arrived ok"

Accommodation

"The Wellmore End and Old Vicarage B and Bs were particularly welcoming and comfortable with excellent breakfasts. Other accommodation ranged from adequate to good."

Overall experience

"In spite of changeable weather I really enjoyed the walk and would certainly consider using Encounter again"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mendip Way Name: Fiona Walked on: 27th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"I booked the walk in October 2019 and received good advice and support about the accommodation options. And then the pandemic arrived, and EWH did an excellent job of giving me up-to-date local information, and also booked meals for me along the route to ensure I wouldn't run into problems with restricted dining capacity."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to find things, and lots of details on each route."

Your Walking Routes

"i only walked from Weston-super-Mare to Wells as there was heavy rain during the days I should have walked from Wells to Frome. The sections I did walk were accessible and pretty-well signposted. I also walked from Wells to Glastonbury following the route recommended on the website, and that is also usable - though some of the stiles on the Monarch's Way are in poor condition and very wobbly, and East Street Farm on the eastern approach to the Tor will make you clamber over a farm gate."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes were detailed and accurate, and it was good to have the OS maps for extra reference, and for use during the walk to Glastonbury. The Itinerary was full of useful local information, with phone numbers, and care had clearly been taken to make it up to date for COVID-19 conditions."

Luggage transfers

"Trouble-free and always very prompt. I even managed to arrange a transfer for myself along with the luggage on a particularly rainy day."

Accommodation

"A nice range of different styles of accommodation, each one friendly and comfortable. If you are staying at the George Hotel in Frome, it is well worth paying a bit extra (and booking well in advance) in order to get the room with the 4-poster bed. Wonderful!"

Overall experience

"It was my first experience of a self-guilded walking holiday with luggage transfers, and it was everything I had hoped, both for the pleasure of the walks, and for how smoothly the arrangements worked out."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Michael Cannell Walked on: 26th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Dealt well with Covid-related changes of accommodation."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Replaced guidebook mislaid by fellow walker without charge"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"What we expected. Not much choice on the route."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Jay M Walked on: 17th September 2020

Amazing company. Too many good things to say so I'll just some up with this....you have to use these guys if you love to hike properly with experts, and love a proper British village in proper British terrain. Outstanding

Route: Two Moors Way Name: Peter Robinson Walked on: 14th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"One reason we chose encounter was that the quotation was better than the other one we received. Telephone calls were answered by friendly and helpful staff."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"When we walked from the Tarr Steps to Withypool, the Two Moors Way path is in conflict with a one way circular walk from the Steps. We missed the diversion sign (if there was one). To avoid walking in the opposite direction to other walkers, you need to walk up the western side of the river Barle and cross the footbridge as if on the circular walk. We obviously annoyed several walkers we met!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Of a good standard with friendly and hospitable hosts. We particularly enjoyed our stay at the Partridge Arms Farm."

Overall experience

"A great holiday in glorious weather."

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: Judith Walked on: 13th September 2020

Hi Damon - We have just returned from our walk from Padstow to St Ives and we wish to thank you for organising it. All went smoothly and we hope to conquer another section in the future. Being unfit 60+adults we did find the days over 10 miles (moderate or above) to be quite gruelling but the scenery was worth it. The accommodation was good to excellent. It proved worthwhile booking restaurants in advance, using trip advisor as a guide.

Route: south west coast path Name: Dr. Joachim Stengel Walked on: 13th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"excellent organisation and very helpful support on the way"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"clearly informative, motivating"

Your Walking Routes

"easy to find, sometimes longer than described, but maybe it was because of a detour "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"helpful, maybe something more detailed would be nice"

Luggage transfers

"excellent"

Accommodation

"Red Lion, Clovelly = very good Bossiney House, Tintagel = very goog and very friendly Old School Hotel, Port Isaac = extraorinary the "Art" Room Old Vicarage, St. Ives = very good and very friendly most accomodations are Dog-friendly"

Overall experience

"again and again at any time!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Two Moors Way Name: Steve W Walked on: 10th September 2020

Hi Damon and team at Encounters, We had a marvellous walk through Dartmoor and across Exmoor last week. Everything went well and the accommodation was excellent. We particularly enjoyed our nights stay at Partridge Arms Farm in Yeo Mill. We learned that 10 to 12 miles a day is our limit with a 15 Kg pack; the long first day ( 15 miles ) completely exhausted us although given the geography of mid-Devon it would have been difficult to do anything else.

We found a few places in mid Devon approaching Morchard Road and Witheridge where the path was blocked by electric cattle fences and in one case completely ploughed over. We confirmed this with other walkers who had found the same. The area around Pascoe House Hotel seemed particularly unwelcoming to two moors way walkers; some of the route posts had been torn down and thrown aside.  - Thanks Steve we will forward this info to the Two Moors Way Assocation who can take a look - EW  

Overall we enjoyed the walk enormously; Thank You!
 

Route: Minehead to Croyd Bay Name: Louise Kenna Walked on: 7th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"We were very grateful for your advise and did not need to use any of the 'taxi numbers for tired walkers', though we came close on the second day!"

Your Walking Routes

"The park in Ilfracomb is partly boared up so we took some time to find the Carlton Hotel!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Great resourses"

Luggage transfers

"very efficient"

Accommodation

"Everyone was so friebdly and helpful"

Overall experience

"We loved it!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Ray & Alison Walked on: 7th September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful with providing various accommodation options and due to Covid we were not sure our holiday would go ahead but we were kept up to date with regular emails"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very expansive with lots of walking holiday options and ease of use"

Your Walking Routes

"Pleased with the places we stayed, the walk from Portloe to Mevagissey was quite hard at times"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Directions to accommodation spot on. Occasionally there was no acorn SWC path sign in places where it would have been very helpful but we were using OS maps for the route so most times picked the right path!"

Luggage transfers

"Faultless"

Accommodation

"All the accommodation was great and were very friendly and helpful. Especially enjoyed our one night at Treverbyn House in Veryan, Dixi & John were very welcoming hosts and thank you for letting us have the homemade cookies which sustained us through the long walk to Mevagissey. Great hospitality & lovely room at Buckingham House, Mevagissey and at The Well House, Fowey, finally everyone provided delicious breakfasts "

Overall experience

"We were very lucky to have such lovely weather which made the trip even more enjoyable. Will definitely look to do another walking holiday "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Porlock to Instow Name: Simone + 3 Walked on: 5th September 2020

It was a fabulous week and we are grateful for such a relaxing holiday in this crazy times. The Imperial B&B in Woolacombe especially was a lot of fun, because of Roger ( ? ) the host , and his daughter . Also everybody in every hotel was really friendly with our dog and it was so easy going .Really sad to leave Cornwall and Devon. So , thats why we definitely book again for next year. Best regards and take care

Simone

Route: Plymouth to Torquay Name: Tricia & Allan Walked on: 3rd September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent, staff very helpful with suggestions and options"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very helpful, but we really appreciated being able to make the trip bespoke re mileage and accomodation"

Your Walking Routes

"The fitter you are the more enjoyment you will get, some climbs challenging, scenery amazing."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent"

Luggage transfers

"We could not do these walks without luggage transfer !! Just carrying a day sack makes the trip manageable. One small point - could luggage labels be laminated? One of ours disappeared in transfer early on."

Accommodation

"Accommodation was good to excellent, appreciate logistically no options in some places. All hosts welcoming and friendly."

Overall experience

"Very enjoyable in these strange times, so good to get back to normality on the SWCP !! Always interesting experiences, amazing scenery, and very friendly fellow travellers and locals. Looking forward to the next section or the path in 2021."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Dale to St. Dogmaels Name: John + Annette Walked on: 1st September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Considering the challenging times with Covid 19 all went smoothly. Our walk was cancelled in April 20 and rearranged for Sept. 20."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Lots of Information and easy to use."

Your Walking Routes

"Lots of cliff top walking. Quite challenging in places. But overall very enjoyable."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Route easy to follow. If you go wrong you will be in the sea or heading too far in land. The itinerary was just right for us about 5 hours walking each day."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent. Thanks to all the drivers."

Accommodation

"All very friendly. Not all provided shower gel and shampoo in room, but we always carry some so no problems. Special thanks to Paul at Cranog B&B, Trefin for the two lifts to Stumble Head. One to walk back to Trefin the next to continue to Fishguard. Lovely setting at the 'Old Vicarage', Molygrove. Large room very friendly but nowhere to eat within walking distance. Clock House at Marloe-very friendly good food."

Overall experience

"Don't think it could have been better, apart from Covid 19!!! 10 days walking we had one and half hours rain (IN WALES). Used Carrot's cabs, Fishguard to return to our car at Dale. Very good service. At Dale we parked our car at Dale Hill Farm, £5.00/night and walked back to Dale across the old air field."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Rachel Walked on: 1st September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent communication and responsiveness. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Would have liked to have stayed in Polperro rather than the less attractive Looe (bit of a dump!) but what was great was catching a little boat from Polperro into Looe harbour. Great way to arrive. Also, chose to miss out next section of walk and caught train from Looe to Liskeard and then bus to Bodmin moor to see stone circles, quoit etc. Great! "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Notes excellent"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"A bit mixed. Absolutely loved Lugger Hotel in Portloe. Hannafore Point Hotel in Looe a bit odd. Full of coach parties and rather shabby (lots of things didn't work - like the lift). Safe Harbour in Fowey had lovely room. "

Overall experience

"Very positive experience and would love to do it all again!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Gara Rock Name: Mary & Chris Walked on: 1st September 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Knowledgeable & relevant information; any queries addressed promptly & personally."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Geared to walkers"

Your Walking Routes

"Very grateful to Damon for his knowledgeable planning advice and personal efforts to enable us to happily hike the logistically challenging stretch between Wembury and Bentham: three estuary crossings managed in a day, despite limited ferry services, challenging tide timings and scarce accommodation. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Reliable"

Luggage transfers

"Not applicable "

Accommodation

"Varied & appropriate and we appreciate the choices offered at planning stage where possible. Location really close to the SW coast path was a clear priority. "

Overall experience

"We have used Encounter Walking Holidays to walk previous sections of the SW coast path, and as previously, they provide completely reliable local knowledge and are conscientious and personal in their approach to helping you plan & hike the walk the way you want to do it. Makes a walking holiday a 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 Name: Andrew Newsham Walked on: 30th August 2020

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

Overall experience

"My wife and I had two fantastic weeks hiking the South West Coast Path. We started from St Ives, headed west around Land's End and walked back east as far as Mevagissey. The trail is magnificent, beautiful, wild, challenging, rewarding. And I can't recommend Encounter Walking Holidays too highly. From our initial contact with the team, to their clear explanation of what was possible during the coronavirus crisis, the planning and then arranging the details of our holiday, and the support we received while we were in Cornwall, the service was faultless. I'm very impressed and will book with Encounter Walking again without hesitation."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Mevagissey Name: Andrew N Walked on: 28th August 2020

Hi Damon,

Much as I'd love to wax lyrical about two great weeks in Cornwall, I'll spare you! Suffice to say we had a really fantastic holiday. The South West Coast Path is very special, isn't it? We were blessed by the weather (basically two sunny weeks with no rain!) and the experience of those 11 days on the trail will live long in the memory.

Thanks to you and all your colleagues for putting it together for us...we couldn't be more grateful. Once again, many thanks.  Andrew

Route: Southwest coastal path Croyde to Ilfracombe Name: Amanda Li Walked on: 24th August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent service and very good at communicating during Covid."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Braunton to Ilfracombe in three days, well worth it, lovely scenery and not too arduous for a beginner."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All good but could have done with a little more detail in some parts of the walk, e.g. the part that goes through Saunton meant walking along a very busy road with no pavement for a while. Could have done with a heads up on that! As thought we were lost but apparently not."

Luggage transfers

"Worked like clockwork."

Accommodation

"Apart from having our accommodation changed at the last minute in Croyde (not the fault of Encounter) it was all very good."

Overall experience

"Very well organised and we enjoyed it greatly."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Wembury to Lynmouth Name: Madlin Müller Walked on: 23rd August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Perfect - Our original plan was to do this hike in May. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to Corona. As soon as the booking was possible again, they tried everything to make our hike possible. 10 Stars...."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"A good overview of the different walks, distance, duration, length. It helped us to make our decision for a route."

Your Walking Routes

"The route was well planned and was as described on the internet and in the travel guides. There were often good hiking trails that were suitable for all ages. Partly it went over farmland and meadows which were muddy due to rain. (Storm Francis)"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"With all the Maps, guidebooks and Information provided it is almost impossible to get lost. "

Luggage transfers

"Our luggage was always in the right place at the right time. "

Accommodation

"Good choice of accommodation. We felt very comfortable. In Withypool we were seated directly at the door for dinner. Unfortunately they didn't want to move us even on request because everything was "reserved". The table in the room by the window, was free the whole evening. The food was very oily. Apart from that a good choice of accommodations."

Overall experience

"A super planned vacation. A lot of details and information were provided. Highly recommended."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Croyde & Coleridge Way Name: K F Walked on: 22nd August 2020

Damon,yes it was another successful holiday thank you. Given the circumstances having a holiday at all was a relief.

The weather and covid did have an effect as it was harder to stop on the way each day without booking ahead. It was actually quite cold at times and one day was lost to rain but it improved towards the end. This lead to a lot of looking at clouds and pressing on rather than lingering. I missed the section over Dunkery Hill and changed the order slightly in the middle but did complete the coast path elements. The contrast of woods, coastal hills and beaches was refreshing.

The accommodation was all good with Porlock Weir and Croyde being my favourites. I stuck to the coast path rather than the Coleridge Way once I got to the coast. A couple of comments on the walking - Minehead to Porlock Weir was very hard work not only as the first hill is really steep but the wind that day was extreme and I could barely walk at all on the exposed sections (I did not take the "alternative Path"). The alternative path in the guide from Culbone Church to Sugarloaf Hill is now marked as the main route. Combe Martin to Woolacombe I found just as hard as the previous stage although the guide seemed to think it was much less so. At Woolacombe the route has changed and now goes over the main road and up the other side before coming down a valley (rather than just down the road) which neither my map or the guide showed. it is about an extra 1/2 mile and a slightly nicer end to the day. The last day was short but it was the sunniest so that was fine.

Thank you for all your help with organising everything.Coast Path North Devon and SomersetCoast Path North Devon and Somerset 

Route: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Julie Law Walked on: 17th August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Last minute decision to start the Path this year as all summer plans cancelled for our teenage son and we needed him entertained (stretched!) for at least a week! Encounter were fabulous in sorting this out with a very short timeframe."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"So comprehensive. We forwarded our itinerary to our parents who 'walked the path' with us thanks to the website and itinerary."

Your Walking Routes

"Walking routes were fine for 65 yr old, 51 yr old and 16 yr old - difficult in places and we did get some blisters even with good walking boots. The walk into Lynmouth was hard on day 2 as it seemed to take ages to get there but Encounter do say there are strenuous sections so we were warned! Storm Ellen (the day when 50 beach huts were blown into the sea!!) at Woolacombe was hairy and Morte Point didn't really help vertigo on the cliffs but we saw it as a great adventure! (We didnt venture right onto Morte Point as we have done on previous trips! "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Walking notes to B&B's very clear (but we do already know the area very well in any event). Maps and guidebooks very good."

Luggage transfers

"Our luggage was always in the right place at the right time. We would add that the taxi service which we used to get to our dinner reservations in Combe Martin (the same taxi that took us back to Minehead from Westward Ho!) was superb and Encounter should ensure they use him again."

Accommodation

"A particular stand out accommodation was Instow Barton and we will definitely be returning there. They would get a 6*! The Parks Guesthouse, Myrtle Cottage and The Lyn Valley Guest House were also superb and should get 5*. One pub was functional, the rooms ok and clean but sadly 2 were not up to standard but this may be down to Covid. We would say that the welcome we had at these 2 was not the best and the Combe Martin guest house has certainly seen better days and we think the owner probably needs a change of career! This was surprising as they get a very good write up in the guidebook. Because of 2 accommodation was not up to scratch we have had to give 4 * for this but get these 2 places sorted out and we would give the full 5*"

Overall experience

"This is the first time we have used Encounter and will definitely be using them for the remainder of the South West Coast Path. Thank you so much - we almost forgot we were under a global pandemic!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Exmoor One Centre Break Name: LS - London Walked on: 10th August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"We were fortunate to have good weather on 2 out of 3 days so could appreciate the sheer cliffs, the wildflowers, the beauty of Exmoor and the coastal paths and woodland. The walks are well signposted although the distances are wildly incorrect and unreliable, so be prepared for some weary chuckles as you think you are nearing the end of your long and strenous walks. Lunching in the shade of the Hoar Oak Tree or on a clifftop above the deep blue sea was lovely."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The terrain is deceptively difficult but take your time, take your lunch, and as above take your sense of humour (or your GPS) so you fully enjoy it all. The maps and guidebooks are helpful."

Accommodation

"The hotel was lovely as is the restaurant attached to it. However, do not use the guest fridge. Someone stole my water bottle (clearly not supplied by the hotel and as part of a pair) one morning, meaning I had to scramble to find enough water for the day's long walk in the heat. The hotel staff were not around for me to discuss with either. It goes without saying that guests using communal facilities ought to respect other guests' personal belongings, particularly during a pandemic, and it is a shame that I had to fork out to replace my own things."

Overall experience

"There are some great restaurants in Lynmouth to keep your tummy happy after a long day's walk."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: PLYMOUTH to EXMOUTH Name: PETER MISEVIC Walked on: 3rd August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter went out of their way to ensure our walking holiday could go ahead - alternative accommodation was provided where required and taxi transfers around the estuaries always arrived on time. Evening meals were pre -booked at all accommodations that served evening meals."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Watch the signage carefully as you leave the second small beach after Brixham - the most obvious path is NOT the Coastal path and will lead to a lengthy detour lost in a wood!!!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We stayed for 2 nights in Plymouth due to no accommodation at Noss Mayo - not a problem. We walked back to Plymouth on the first day. We had a taxi transfer to Wembury Beach so we could walk back to Plymouth. On the second day, the taxi took us back to Wembury to continue our walk."

Luggage transfers

"Very punctual - always let our accommodation know what time they were picking up the luggage."

Accommodation

"Very pleased with all our accommodation. If you arrive at the Royal Beacon Hotel in Exmouth on a hot evening as we did, make sure you get a room fan otherwise you will be sleeping in a Sauna!!"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Mike Walked on: 2nd August 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent contact even in Covid times completely by Email "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Excellent. Some hard days including Fowey to Looe where when reaching Polperro it felt like enough enough especially after an excellent lunch at The Blue Peter. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Generally good. Guide book maps not so clear especially in towns and villages where Coast Path signs were not so obvious among everything else. "

Luggage transfers

"Excellent, well organised. "

Accommodation

"A good range of B&B and Hotels. All very welcoming. ( All with good Covid precautions in place as well ) Most adjacent or close to the path which is a bonus. Second night the Excellent Treverbyn House was a trudge uphill from Portloo ad of course makes next day longer as well. "

Overall experience

"Great - want to do another one now "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: Carl Walked on: 1st August 2020

Dear Damon and colleagues,

Damon - such a pleasure to meet you in person and twice! Really great, after these years of corresponding.

First of all, thank you all SO much for making my walk this year possible. It really was the most wonderful break, especially after all the months of being restricted to staring more or less all the time at four walls.

Just viewing the sea, the open horizon and hearing the sound of the waves constantly in the background - all really did me a world of good. Very happy too to see lots of bird life. On one of my last days, I spent a fair bit of time with a young kestrel just meters away, sitting on a post. It was staring at me, as I was staring back! I also had the company of a trio of peregrine falcons overhead most of an afternoon. Such great memories to take back to the city.

I do realise and appreciate hugely how you had to organise everything twice, what with the necessary cancellation in the spring. I also understand that it must have been very challenging for your team as well as all the b&b’s, what with having to start up again after many months in lock-down and organise things quickly. Everything went really well and everyone was incredibly welcoming and helpful.

I hope the rest of the season goes smoothly for all of you and can provide your company with the necessary resources for the future. You are all doing an amazing job, providing a fantastic personal service.

Warmest regards, Carl

Route: Falmouth to Dartmouth Name: Alex Walked on: 31st July 2020

Helford Passage to Brixham.

Given how difficult it must have been to try and organise the walk so soon after “lockdown” - you did a fantastic job. As before, a good range of nighttime accommodation - and all the more so as I am aware how difficult it is to get accommodation for 'one night only' in August.

The baggage transfer again worked like a treat - and extra thanks to you for going the extra mile to get us, and out bags round all the Estuaries on the day between Wembury and Bantham….not made any easier by the first ferry man loosing his propeller on his way to the jetty! 

Thank you again - it made the whole thing a lot easier and much more relaxing knowing we were in safe hands.

Route: St Ives to Penzance Name: Bill McCreadie Walked on: 29th July 2020

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Could not have been better or more helpful"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Very attractive section of the path but allow plenty of time as it is difficult in parts and you need to allow time to take in the scenery."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All excellent"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Commercial Inn St Just Do not book room 11, a family room, it is not fit for purpose and should not be used for guests. It looks on to a wall, has no outlook, has a window that only opens a couple of inches, requires a mobile air conditioning unit to keep the temperature down plus, we had to leave the door on to the corridor open all night."

Overall experience

"Fantastic few days"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Porthallow - Lizard Name: Ian Walked on: 25th October 2019

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 

Route: Lizard to Falmouth Name: John Heyes Walked on: 18th October 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent planning and advice"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Pretty good but a couple of items such as restaurants no longer there out of date. The itinerary list could have been more compact and better presented. The recommended walking guide books however covered it all in much more detail and were excellent."

Luggage transfers

"Great and friendly service"

Accommodation

"B&B's were excellent with very friendly owners. The hotel in Falmouth was a little tired but the Housal Bay on the Lizard was excellent with great food and very helpful reception team"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Shell Bay to West Bay Name: Carol Jarvis Walked on: 17th October 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter holidays were very helpful during the planning process"

Your Walking Routes

"The route was very scenic, particularly between Swanage and Osmington. This section was also We walked from Shell Bay to West Bay. The section from Swanage to Osmington was particularly scenic but very strenuous. Although we don't consider ourselves slow walkers we took quite a lot longer than the average times mentioned in the notes. The Isle of Portland was interesting but scenically my least favourite day. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"In general the notes were good although I think they underestimated the walking time particularly for the strenuous and severe sections."

Luggage transfers

"This all worked very well."

Accommodation

"All the accommodation was satisfactory and most days very good."

Overall experience

"A tough but enjoyable 6 days walking."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Clovelly to Bude Name: Eric W Hutchins Walked on: 29th September 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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Coleridge Way Name: Christopher Lock Walked on: 29th September 2019

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"as ever very efficient"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Clear and easy to use"

Your Walking Routes

"we walked the Colleridge way. This was one of the best 4 day walks we have done. Great variety of scenery and good paths and easy route finding.. There were quite a lot of climbs but they were reasonably gradual and not too difficult.Thoroughly recommend this walk. We have not walked in Somerset before and will certainly return"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All spot on"

Luggage transfers

"faultless"

Accommodation

"All the booked accommodation was very good as were the breakfasts. The only exception to the breakfast was the Notley Arms where a very basic cold breakfast was included but you had to pay extra for hot food. We paid £4.00 each for a poor omelette. The place was great and the owner very pleasant   Thanks for tellins us Chris - breakfast is always included with our holidays so we will speak to the landlord to advise him and we have arranged to refund the £4 you paid. - Encounter Walking
 
The Sundial guest house was quite exceptional in every way and was the best of a lot of good accommodation"

Overall experience

"A great break in a lovely area and even the weather was kind"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Saints Way Name: Karen Marshall Walked on: 28th September 2019

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"Everything planned according to my requests and route chunked into manageable miles. Great choices of places to stay!"

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"No problems"

Your Walking Routes

"some hints of flooding in places we're borne out but diversions easy to work round. Route way marked well and easy to spot"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Use of the fold out and laminated map makes route finding so easy and it remained impervious to rain!!! Additional cards gave me all the historical information I also need to make the route and its significance in the landscape come to life."

Luggage transfers

"Efficient and no problems!"

Accommodation

"Excellent all overnight facilities comfortable and welcoming!"

Overall experience

"Lovely although we could have done with less rain!!!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Devon Coast Path Plymouth to Lyme Regis Name: Steve Moore Walked on: 28th September 2019

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"We enjoyed all of our inns & B&Bs and our hosts in some way and enjoyed the contrast between farms, elegant and humble homes, and inns. The detours up hills into towns after a long walk were noted, but understand that accoms in holiday towns are pricey along the waterfront. The Boutique B&B in Dartmouth was easy to miss: no sign. We had to ask locals. However Neil was cooperative in texting us the door code for a late arrival. The Stoneborough guesthouse in Budleigh Salterton was the best: cordial hosts, beautifully appointed home, conservatory for relaxing, largest bedroom. We were the only guests and felt pampered. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Great. "

Your Walking Routes

"Got lost briefly twice. 1. Out of Torquay, the road into and past the Imperial Hotel ends BANG at a wall overlooking the sea cliff. Had to ask some kids where the SWCP was !? You have to go back a short distance and turn up an unmarked (as far as I saw) stairway into woods to continue.
 
2. Same day at Hope's Nose: inviting signs lead you down toward the headland, whereas the Path crosses the road right there and leads away. The guidebook is clear though. Had high tide at Lookout Station out of Teignmouth so took the high tide route through the manor park up the hill there. We didn't see any Path signs through the park and just followed our noses. Markers would be helpful.
 
We were surprised with the detour around the Axe bridge construction in Sidmouth - did this project develop after your notes were written? By contrast to above, it's very well marked with temporary signs - "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes are excellent. Thought about getting the Ordnance map app but that's wifi-dependent for us with no cell service, so I discovered instead that Google Maps works pretty well from satellite, for example showing the country roads navigating to Holbeton from Mothecombe. Then the proprietors of the Ivy Barn in Holbeton sold us the map booklet of the South Devon Coast Path - I hadn't been aware that the OS maps come in book form - very handy, and thereafter we had all 3 sources of route info. We used buses and taxis quite a bit owing to our slow pace and later to a heel tendon injury. Taxi numbers in the notes were very helpful."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent, no problems."

Accommodation

"Comments as above"

Overall experience

"Terrific. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Torquay to Lyme Regis Name: Murray Lowe Walked on: 28th September 2019

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"Handled by leader Robert Bartlett. Result came across as faultless."

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"Used by me only for payment. Worked fine and i appreciated to ability to pay by credit card, with small early deposit."

Your Walking Routes

"First day Torquay to Shaldon was tough. A baptism of fire. No way to sensibly shorten it, however."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Full information although our leader had supplementary books and guides, some prepared from OS maps for our extra day to bring walking up to 7 days, Dawlish Warren- Exeter - Exmouth ."

Luggage transfers

"Faultless. Even a call from the operator on finding a SatMap charger in one of the hotel rooms after departure. It turned out not to be ours in fact."

Accommodation

"Distinctly variable. We had asked for the best available at each overnight, and that is probably what we got. It ranged from dimly lit rooms with a box built in the corner for a shower, to out and out luxury. And the cost difference was not so massive. It was interesting that whether the hotel delivered our bags to rooms before arrival was a reliable indicator of overall quality of stay."

Overall experience

"The only downside was room quality at some stopovers. This extended to no morning hot water in two cases, and truly pathetic energy-saving lighting in three. I will remember our very good fortune in missing the worst of the rain by happening to be in the hotel at such times. The fun and good humour in our group of six was the key joy."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow-St.Ives Name: Carlos Walked on: 28th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"very good support to choose the right walk and accomodations for us with the dog :-) Thank you Damon!!!"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"good overview "

Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"very good! no problems"

Accommodation

"very very good!!!! nice pubs only one B&B was a little bit "crazy", but for one night ok"

Overall experience

"very nice holiday!!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: West Mendip Way Name: Stephen, Kathy and Matthew Walked on: 25th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Good advice on tailoring the walk to suit us."

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"The walk descriptions on the website were very helpful in deciding between different options for our walk."

Your Walking Routes

"The West Mendip Way notes and maps were easy to follow. We particularly enjoyed the walk along the beach from Weston-Super-Mare, the church at Loxton, Crook Peak, Cheddar Gorge, and visiting Wells. The approach to the Webbington hotel is a bit difficult, because there is a short section of road between the bridge over the M5 and the hotel with no verge or footpath and fast traffic in both directions. There is no alternative to this section of road, but we found we could avoid the road at the start of the next day's walk by taking a public footpath into the woods below Crook Peak. This is reached via the lane leading to "The Lodge" from the northern end of the hotel carpark. Before reaching The Lodge, turn right up a side lane leading to two houses. At the top of this lane, enter the woods through the public footpath gate. The Winscombe Drove near Shute Shelve Farm was very muddy after autumn rain and a bit difficult to negotiate, with very deep tractor ruts. Glastonbury Tor was a satisfying finish to our walk, because we could see it in the distance from many points along the route. We found the Monarch's Way from Wells to Pennard Hill interesting but difficult to follow - we lost the way several times and had to backtrack. The notes on this section were very detailed, but hard to follow because some of the features mentioned were readily identified from the map or seen in the landscape, but others were not. The route from Pennard Hill to Glastonbury was much easier to follow, apart from one field where the public footpath between Castle Lane and Cottles Lane was blocked by head-high corn (this field has the air survey height 116 on the OS map)."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Comprehensive notes provided, with information on every aspect of the walk. Refreshment stops we particularly enjoyed were lunches at the Bleadon Farm Shop and Lenny's Cafe in Shipham, cider at the Queen Victoria Inn at Priddy, and dinner at the Wookey Hole Inn (we consider ourselves fortunate that the Wookey Hole Hotel restaurant was fully booked for dinner when we arrived, which prompted us to seek out the pub)."

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"All of the accommodation was good. Gordons in Cheddar was great, with a clean and spacious room, friendly and helpful hosts and a very nice breakfast. We also particularly enjoyed our two nights at the Ancient Gatehouse Hotel in Wells. Our room was in the gatehouse, reached by a stone spiral staircase, with a window looking directly across the Cathedral Green to the west front of the cathedral."

Overall experience

"We really enjoyed our walking holiday."

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: Sonia Walked on: 21st September 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: Minehead to Instow Barton Name: Holly Trant Walked on: 19th September 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"This is a breathtakingly beautiful 6-7 day walk. Only the last day (Woolacombe to Instow) is flat and (dare I say) a bit uninspiring. On the plus side, this stretch is flat, easy walking. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Not one problem. They mixed up our luggage with another couple on one day, but sorted it out before we arrived...so it all went without a hitch! "

Accommodation

"Porlock, Hunter's Inn and Instow accommodation exceeded our expectations. (The hosts at our accommodation in Porlock served us a delicious, gourmet evening meal.) Barnstable accommodation was just fine and looked to be the best on offer in the town at the time we were there. Three places were a bit too basic (Lynmouth, Coombe Martin and Woolacombe.) That said, all hosts were very friendly and professional and all accommodation was perfectly acceptable considering we were out of season and were only one night stays. All in all - a really mixed bag of accommodation - but we had no problems... clean towels, hot water and a hot meal every night. "

Overall experience

"A great start to our plan to do the entire SW Coast Path. Extremely well organised holiday. I will definitely use Encounter Walking Holidays for the next leg of our SW Coast Path adventure! "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mendip Way Name: Steven Walked on: 16th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent and timely responses from Damon and co. "

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Your Walking Routes

"Nice variety of terrain, from open fields, rolling hills, wooded areas and country lanes, the miles seemed to fly by. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The notes, maps, and detailed itinerary worked well. There were a few directions that were difficult to follow, especially in terms of locating a stile or gate on the opposite side of a field that's buried in a hedge. But everything worked out great. Google Maps identified the Mendip Way route and was helpful in a pinch, but it was more fun to navigate off the walking notes and maps. "

Luggage transfers

"No problems, worked out great. "

Accommodation

"Accommodations worked out nicely with friendly staff. Penscot in Shipham was great, as was The Shrubbery in Shepton Mallet and the George Hotel in Frome. "

Overall experience

"Wonderful experience. The scenery was beautiful, the weather could not have been better (I think we lucked out with a nice week bookended with two wet weeks), and the accuracy of the route maps and directions made for a fantastic trip. Will definitely recommend to others and consider coming back to do another route in the future. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Dartmoor Way Name: Breuer Mark Walked on: 16th September 2019

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"Very efficient"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Fine"

Your Walking Routes

"Lovely walk but a lot is on roads particularly on the lower part of Dartmoor - pity. Time on the moor itself is amazing - should be more of it."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Lots of conflicting advice with OS map, guidebook and Dartmoor Way signs so you will get lost as we did every day. Never very badly and rarely added more than 45 mins but the least clear of the many walks we have done around the country."
Encounter Walking - Thanks for this Mark and we agree its been in a poor state of Signage. However the good news is the Route is being fully resigned and new route notes produced by Christmas 2019 ready for next season.  We sit on the Steering Committee that is overseeing these improvements and are pleased to announce the Dartmoor Way with a new Southern Moor section will be relaunched by Dartmoor National Park and The Ramblers in May 2020

Luggage transfers

"Excellent - no fuss."

Accommodation

"We were in B&B’s for 5 nights - 2 were excellent (3 Crowns in Chagford, Elephant’s Nest in Mary Tavy), 2 were fine and 1 was very poor."
Encounter Walking -  Mark has advised on the poor accommodation which was an Inn in Okehampton which is now on the market.  We have another Inn option and a very good B&B there and are limiting bookings to those 2 at present.  - Thanks Mark for flagging it up

Overall experience

"Overall walk is fabulous. Spectacular views, good pubs, friendly people. Will definitely go back for both longer walks and day trips."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Bude to Padstow Name: Amanda and Pete Walked on: 16th September 2019

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"Always very helpful and swift response to any enquiries "

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Your Walking Routes

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Always excellent "

Luggage transfers

"Always work very well"

Accommodation

Overall experience

"Our third year of using Encounter and will be using them again for the last leg of the Cornish coastal path. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow - Penzance Name: Konrad Flück Walked on: 16th September 2019

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"Best service!"

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Your Walking Routes

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Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Always good to very good accommodation in very beautiful places. - We were often surprised by the following: In many B&B and hotels there is not enough space or a base to open the suitcase. Normally there would be enough space available, but it is full of private and/or for the guest useless things. In short: "Less would be more." - A very positive such example was the Regent Hotel in St Ives with a wonderful (hidden), simple and almost empty room (with bed of course ;-)). Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)"

Overall experience

"Superb!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mevagissey to Looe Name: Greg and Raelene Perkin Walked on: 12th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"A very professional , efficient and trustworthy organisation. When booking from the other side of the world this made a huge difference."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Full of information including the experiences provided in feedback from other walkers. This feedback enabled us to trim our walk to suit our age and ensured we were not totally exhausted at the end of each day but had the ability to explore each quaint and unique Cornish village"

Your Walking Routes

"Our walking route was fine but we made the mistake of starting our walk with only one day’s rest after landing in London after a 20+ hour flight from Australia. A lecturer in health sciences from Western Sydney University we met in Paris tut tutted this approach and advised that we should have allowed three to four days rest before undertaking such rigorous activity. This would explain why we were quite tired at the end of each day. The toughest leg of our hike was from Fowey to Polperro. The ferryman from Fowey to Polruan suggested that if we wanted to get to Polperro the best way was to catch a bus to Looe and walk back from there! This section of the hike was the toughest and at times somewhat fearful as we scrambled along a skinny path high along a seaside cliff in a strong gale. One benefit of travelling when we did was the abundance of blackberries. One disbenefit of walking in quite warm weather was the lack of any water supplies particularly between Fowey and Polperro. It is worth taking extra supplies on this section, if not for yourself but for other walkers who were clearly struggling with limited supplies."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"We had more than enough information to tackle our section of the SW Coast Path"

Luggage transfers

"Went without a hitch however we were informed that we had a 20kg limit per bag but at one stage the transfer company placed a tag on the back notifying that the bag limit was 25kg. In view of us taking a Mediterranean cruise after the hike that extra 10 kg would have made a wealth of difference.( if in fact it was available to us) It may be worth reviewing this situation and see how best to avoid confusing future walkers like happened to us."

Accommodation

"The B&Bs we stayed in were exactly what we had hoped for. Excellent hosts, accomodation and food. These establishments were Buckingham House in Mevagissey, Old Embassy House Fowey, House Polperro and Schooner Point West Looe. The Rashleigh Arms Hotel and T’ Gallants Annexe should be avoided at all costs.Their service was unprofessional, slovenly, rude and disinterested. We were charged for the dinner of four guests who stole our booked table and when we realised what had happened were denied a refund until it was made very clear by me that the problem would not go away simply because we were foreigners about to leave the country. You will not get a true picture of Cornish charm and hospitality if you ignore my warnings and frequent this establishment "

Overall experience

"An absolutely fabulous way to walk in the footsteps of my forebears and to experience a yet unspoiled Cornwall. The restaurants we ate at were full of character and included Number 5 Cafe and Restaurant in Mevagissey, Sams and Bufala in Fowey, The Kitchen in Polperro and Smugglers Cot in Looe. Great food , great characters and memorable experiences"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: newquay to landsend Name: anthony collins Walked on: 11th September 2019

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Your Walking Routes

"not for the inexperienced walker"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"all excellent"

Luggage transfers

"excellent"

Accommodation

"In general okay , Encounter where possible give higher quality accommodation .breakfast in Esplande poor otherwise okay . Fresh fruit not available "

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Full Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: David & Anne - Cornwall Walked on: 11th September 2019

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

Route: SW Coast Path, Porthleven to Porthallow Name: Anita OBrien Walked on: 10th September 2019

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"Very helpful and responsive communication with Damon "

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Your Walking Routes

"This short section of the SW Coast path is delightful, with grand scenery and varied walking. I also did this portion last September as part of a longer walk (Marazion to Falmouth) with a group of friends and wanted to share it this year with my husband and another couple because the walk is so beautiful. The second time was just as nice as the first, and by starting in Porthleven we were able to avoid the strenuous 4 miles at the end of the Marazion to Porthleven leg, which my friends and I had not liked last year. We were also able to take the time to walk out to St. Michael's Mount on our way to Porthleven, which was surprisingly interesting. We included a "rest day" in Cadgwith Cove, not because we needed a rest on what was essentially just three days of walking, but because Cadgwith is one of the most charming villages I had ever encountered and I wanted more time to take it all in (even though there's reputed to be "nothing to do" there). It didn't disappoint! In retrospect, we should have ended the walk in Coverack rather than Porthallow since one draws of the latter is the Five Pilchards pub, which closed in April. We found the route easy to follow. One piece of advice regarding the route into Coverack: there's a choice about 1 mile before you reach the town where you can follow the coastal path (marked "Coverack 1 1/4 miles") or the inland path (marked "Coverack Inn 1 mile"). I've now done both. The inland path is easy and takes you through a sculpture garden; the coastal path is rough up-and-down along poorly maintained rocky steps. We recommend doing the inland path, even though the final part of the coastal path, the last bit before you reach the town, is charming and leads right to the harbor."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Clear and helpful. Update for the notes: the seasonal cafe at Gunwalloe Church Cove is now run by the National Trust and is open April-October (and served the best pasties we had on the trip. Also, the Five Pilchards Pub in Porthallow is permanently closed. "

Luggage transfers

"Reliable and timely."

Accommodation

"Encounter gave us options for upgrading our accommodations but we chose the lower-priced ones on offer and were very satisfied with all of them. The Harbour Inn staff allowed us to park a car for free in their lot for five nights even though we stayed there only one night. The Old Inn in Mullion has an array of nooks and crannies to drink and eat in, and we managed to try most of them out. Friday night at the Cadgwith Cove Inn featured the Cadgwith singers, which was really fun. Every breakfast was delicious, and the evening meals were excellent--particularly at Cadgwith Cove Inn. Porthleven has an array of excellent restaurants to choose from (we went with Kota Kai)."

Overall experience

"Wonderful! And that full day in Cadgwith Cove was a special treat. "

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: Suzanne Walked on: 8th September 2019

Dear Damon 

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.

Kind Regards

Suzanne  

Route: Cornwall, St. Ives to Padstow Name: Susan Walked on: 8th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very detailed and accommodating to desires of our group! Though the bed size issue was confusing, we worked it our and were able to get what we wanted. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Helpful to begin planning the section we wanted to walk, which was by how strenuous it was."

Your Walking Routes

"Realize that there are some strenuous sections in the moderate parts. The walk was beautiful!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Make sure you ASK for the guide book that is oriented for the reverse direction, south to north, if you're walking that way, as we did. We were sent the north to south guide book and there were some places that were difficult to locate the trail and the hotel. We learned along the way that there does exist a reverse direction guide book but we were not offered that one. Not sure why."
Encounter Walking - There is a very basic SWCP Association reverse guide, its good  but it is just that, very basic no maps or other information and just around a paragraph per day of route text which is not really enough detail.  We think the trailblazer guidebook which is hugely detailed is well worth having instead - we can supply either but note there is no equivilent detailed guidebook for anyone walking the coast path "in reverse" which is one reason to stick with walking anti clockwise to be able to use all the major guidebooks. Our daily itinerary doccuments run either way so you don't miss out on having that information in the wrong order

Luggage transfers

"Excellent service; our luggage was always at the hotel when we arrived! Nice!"

Accommodation

"Hotels and B&B's were of excellent quality with very friendly staff! One was VERY tiny, even though we were the only ones staying there; and another was a bit rough but they said they were destroying the bldg in 2 weeks so it will no longer be on the list."

Overall experience

"We had a lovely walking experience on the Cornwall coast!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Helford to Plymouth Name: Laurence Lustgarten Walked on: 6th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Staff very helpful"

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Your Walking Routes

"A wonderful walk, some demanding days, well worth it. Could be tough in rain or high wind though, but that's the risk with Cornwall."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Route at times hard to follow in towns, guidebook not real useful"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent, no problems at all, seldom pick up before 10.00"

Accommodation

"Really 4 1/2., marred only by one disappointment and one decidedly average. Mostly excellent"

Overall experience

"Excellent holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

Route: Mendip Way Name: Michael O'Hagan Walked on: 6th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very well organised from our initial enquiry through to receipt of maps, walking notes and general guidance."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to use and informative."

Your Walking Routes

"Weston-super-Mare to Webbington Hotel - A lovely start to the walk with a stretch along the beach followed by beautiful scenery all the way to Webbington. Webbington to Shipham - Great day's walking with detours to Crook Peak and to Axbridge although we struggled to find the path linking to the Strawberry Trail (didn't seem to be any signs). Also missed turning off track over Winscombe Drove as the blue sign was missing on fingerpost. Shipham to Cheddar - Heavy rain led us to 'cheat' & catch the bus. Sorry to miss the walk along the gorge but enjoyed a visit to the caves instead and walk up Jacob's Ladder to viewing tower. Cheddar to Priddy - Good to be back on the path again after our unexpected 'rest' day.
 
No major problems, although a friendly farmer pointed us in the right direction crossing one of his fields. Finding our way across fields where there was usually no defined path was one of our biggest difficulties.
 
Priddy to Wells - Enjoyed the walk through spectacular scenery of Ebbor Gorge to Wookey which was quite deserted. Kind staff at Wookey Hole Inn allowed us in for a coffee before they officially opened.
 
Wells - Pleased we chose to stay in Wells for an extra night - gave us time to look round the Cathedral, Bishops Palace & Gardens and make a pilgrimage to our favourite veggie cafe, The Good Earth. Wells to Shepton Mallet - Another lovely walk arriving at Shepton Mallet in time to visit Kilver Court Gardens, spectacularly located beneath a railway viaduct, on a beautifully sunny day.
 
Shepton Mallet to Frome - Set off at 9.20 for our most challenging day's walking. Not helped by being confronted by a large herd of cows in a field near Waterlip. They ran down towards us at speed & effectively blocked our path. After backtracking some distance we followed the road up to Funtle Lane to reconnect to Mendip Way. After that incident very pleased to find Cranmore Tower teashop open for a restorative tea & cake before continuing. Section through woods alongside meandering stream in a mini 'gorge' was particularly lovely. Eventually reached our accommodation at 6.15. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Appreciated receiving these well in advance of our holiday as it gave us the opportunity to study them at home and check out parts of the route on Google Earth. However, as mentioned elsewhere in this review we did think the notes could have been clearer in places. Also we are evidently much slower walkers than most as we always took longer than the 'average' walking time in your notes, even allowing for breaks."

Luggage transfers

"Excellent - the luggage had always reached our destination before us!"

Accommodation

"Rather mixed & somewhat disappointing, with some exceptions. A sleepless night at The Royal Hotel in Weston-super-Mare where other guests partying went on into the early hours. Extremely disappointing start to the holiday. The Webbington Hotel, Loxton was a great improvement - beautiful location with lovely views (shame about the nearby motorway), clean & quiet room. A very good breakfast in the atmospheric restaurant next day. Penscot Inn at Shipham provided us with a cosy room, delicious evening meal and decent breakfast. A lovely clean, bright, spacious room at Gordons Hotel at Cheddar with the most welcoming host and a very good breakfast. Ebborways Farm at Priddy was the low point. We expected it to be basic (with shared facilities) but the room & bathroom fell far short of our expectations, both were cluttered with the owners possessions (ornaments etc) & unappealing and felt unclean. Breakfast was adequate. By contrast The White Hart at Wells was great, centrally located with a clean spacious room (Rm 8) which even had a glimpse of the Cathedral. They served the best breakfast including delicious homemade granola & fruit compote. Next came The Shrubbery at Shepton Mallet which had a very lacklustre feel to everything, the opposite of 'welcoming'. Disappointing evening meals with extremely long wait for food to be served. We were pleased to reach The George at Frome where a clean, nicely furnished room awaited us for our final 2 night stay with good breakfasts & friendly staff. "

Overall experience

"Overall it was a good experience with the chance to get well off the beaten track and see some wonderful scenery . We did find it quite challenging however, mainly because of the erratic signage & direction notes not always being crystal clear. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coastal Path Name: Paul Walked on: 6th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very good "

Your Walking Routes

"Very demanding so make sure you are reasonably fit!!!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Superb "

Luggage transfers

"Very good."

Accommodation

"Unfortunately Inston accommodation very basic. Landlord had only taken over a week ago."

Overall experience

"Weather was brilliant. The accommodation owners were very helpful throughout, luggage transfer worked like a dream. Will book again for next year. Great stuff. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South-West Coast & The Saints Way Name: Michelle and Ken Walked on: 5th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"This was our first walking holiday and the contact people at Encounter could not have been more helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"We did two days of walking on the SW Coast: Porthcurno to Mousehole & Fowey to Looe. In between we walked The Saints Way from Padstow to Fowey. The coast paths were well signposted and offered some stunning views. They were, at times, strenuous, but the staff at Encounter made sure we were prepared for that. The Saints Way offers a great variety of landscapes and terrain and was interesting and charming for that reason. It was, however, often poorly signposted. It did not seem that many people had walked the route over the season, so we couldn't follow any well-trodden paths, when the signage failed us. The instruction in the book and ordnance survey maps together made sure that we got to our destination each day, but there were a few moments of uncertainty. We had been warned about one particularly boggy path, and it was certainly that! Boots wet right through. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Fantastic. Detailed, interesting and trustworthy."

Luggage transfers

"Everything went without a hitch."

Accommodation

"All of our accommodation was comfortable and clean. The breakfasts were great and we enjoyed chatting with other holiday-makers at breakfast. The only thing lacking was somewhere to wash your clothes. Most small villages don't have a laundromat, so a washing service offered by B&Bs would be most welcome! I'm sure guests would be happy to pay extra for this service. Extra big thank-you to Tim and Paula at The Well House in Fowey, who offered to do our washing and supplied a drying rack for us. "

Overall experience

"It was fun and challenging and we'd love to do it again someday."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Two Moors Way Name: Lynda Bryan-Brown Walked on: 4th September 2019

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"i didn't use it"

Your Walking Routes

"the walking routes were helpful and clear."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The walking notes were very useful and helpful."

Luggage transfers

"very efficient and we met some nice people"

Accommodation

"The standard varied but overall it was very good and we enjoyed the variety of places. "

Overall experience

"We had a wonderful trip with mainly good weather. We appreciated all the help from your excellent staff and felt that the service was very friendly and personal. "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Mevagissey to Looe Name: Lone K - Norway Walked on: 3rd 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: Lands End Circle Name: Anne W Walked on: 3rd September 2019

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!

Route: Plymouth to Salcombe Name: Hilary Smith Walked on: 1st September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"As always planning and booking went flawlessly"

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Your Walking Routes

"The Plymouth end was not my favourite - just had to get through it, but the rest of the walk was great - particularly the Salcombe end - fantastic scenery!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All very helpful."

Luggage transfers

"No issues there!"

Accommodation

"Generally really good experience with accomodation"

Overall experience

"Always have a great experience booking with Encounter"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SWCP - Minehead to St Ives Name: Barb Walked on: 1st September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Easy and enjoyable thanks to the website and responses from Encounter."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"So good....I am already using it to plan the next leg!"

Your Walking Routes

"Really good. We did the C2C last year and always seemed to have quite a lot of tarmac at the beginning or end of each day. I found the coastal path much better underfoot."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"No problems, the path is really well signposted. We used the trailblazer book plus the notes."

Luggage transfers

"100% perfect, though I think sturdier labels would be better. Next time I will adapt/cover the labels as one was ripped on the first day’s move."

Accommodation

"These were great for the most part. There were 4 absolute standouts: Louanda on the Weir in Porlock Weir; Instow Barton B&B; Surf Haven Guest House in Bude and Port Gaverne Hotel. These were all lovely rooms, beautifully clean etc, but it was the personal service and welcoming attitude of the host that really distinguished them. We also happened to eat in-house at Louanda on the Weir and Port Gaverne and had two of the best meals of the month."

Overall experience

"Brilliant. Thank you so much to Encounter for all your help and advice. We wanted to take our time and enjoy the walk and perhaps have time for a swim at the end of some days. Encounter was really good at putting together an itinerary to suit. We took 28 days, including rest days in both Woolacombe and Padstow, plus another at the end inSt Ives."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Falmouth to Plymouth Name: DP Walked on: 31st August 2019

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!

B&B Feedback

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.

Route: Mevagissey to Looe Name: Lone Kuløy Walked on: 28th August 2019

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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: Coleridge Way Name: Frazier Scott Walked on: 28th August 2019

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.

 

 

Route: Barnstaple to Boscastle Name: Ken Walked on: 24th August 2019

 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.

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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: 6th August 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

"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: St Ives to Plymouth on the South West Coast Path Name: Jo Hansen Walked on: 4th August 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Encounter Walking are extremely professional, they replied quickly to any emails "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate and lots of useful information."

Your Walking Routes

"The walk was absolutely stunning, the villages along the way beautiful and the terrain was varied. I can’t stop telling people how it exceeded my expectations."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"All walking notes etc arrived so l could read them before l left. Excellent. Maps great."

Luggage transfers

"They were amazing. Very friendly the ones we met. A credit to the company."

Accommodation

"Great accomodation, great breakfasts and hosts friendly and happy to answer any questions. "

Overall experience

"A wonderful experience, the walk was amazing and will most definitely book another walking trip with them, thinking Coast to Coast or Plymouth to Poole in 2020."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Penzance Name: Ann Walked on: 4th August 2019

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

Route: Minehead to Westward Ho! Name: Carl Walked on: 3rd 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: 2nd 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: Lyme Regis to Poole Name: Christa Walked on: 29th July 2019

Hi Damon,

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.

Kind regards

Christa

Route: Coleridge Way/ South West Coast Path, Newer Stowey to Minehead Name: Kaisa and Bram Walked on: 27th July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"thanks again for the great service!"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"The combination of walking inland in Somerset and to continue on the coastpath is very nice. Somerset is absolutely beautiful and walking in Exmoor is a wonderful experience. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The first part of the Coleridge way is not very well marked. The signs are easy to overlook."

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"We highly recommend Woodadvent Farm and Locanda on the Weir (+ excellent restaurant)"

Overall experience

"The weather was great, friendly people, beautiful nature and we highly recommend the Indian restaurant in Williton, The Bengal Spice . "

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: St Davids to St Dogmaels Name: Tim, Barbara and Deborah Walked on: 23rd July 2019

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 

Route: Weymouth to Poole Name: Jonathan and Kathleen Walked on: 22nd July 2019

Dear EWH:

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! 

Route: Two Moors Way Name: Jon and Sarah Walked on: 20th July 2019

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.

R