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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"Pretty good but a couple of items such as restaurants no longer there out of date.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

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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: Christopher Lock Walked on: 29th September 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"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."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"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. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"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: 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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Very helpful and responsive communication with Damon "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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

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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.

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Everyone responded promptly and was easy to deal with"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Milford Haven to St Davids Name: Angelika Walked on: 17th July 2019

Dear Damon!

Thank you again for planning our holidays to all of you. It was again a great experience and we really enjoyed it. The scenery is impressive. we didn't expect it. The B&Bs were good, somewhat special in Marloes. But okay(old-fashioned!) and we loved it. The B&B in Broad Haven was very good with a nice view  to the sea. The Walking tour was okay, even if a bit between Broad Haven and Solva was not so easy. Luggage Transfer worked well.

All in all we were very pleased! Thank you so much, also for the additional material, which was helpful..

Best wishes,

Angelika

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Route: Lyme Regis to Poole Name: Alex + 1 Walked on: 17th July 2019

Hi Damon & Dean.

Thanks for the opportunity for some feedback.

Just want to say we enjoyed the walk tremendously.

Information from Encounter was spot on and thorough, bags picked up and dropped off as per itinerary.

We had to cancel our first one taxi trip and varied the drop off for the 2nd -  Sue from Excel taxis (based in Corfe Castle from memory)  was excellent and she even took us on a scenic route.

Accommodation was perfect - from the welcoming West Bay pub to really lovely B&Bs ie Cove House,  Abbey House and No98 - were we felt quite spoilt.

Only had one small issue that we were able to rectify - the Poole accom Cafe Guest House 34 was already locked up when we arrived to check in at around 4.30pm - Fortunately the nice lady in the e-cigarettte shop next door knew the code and was able to let us in after checking our credentials! So we didn't have to use the after hours contact numbers, which we later found out where already thoughtfully provided by Encounter in the itinarary. A friend of the owner (who was overseas) was on deck in the morning for breakfast - so all good.

Thankyou again and we are already planning our next walk!

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Full Coast Path over four years Name: Rowena Walked on: 14th July 2019

I can not believe how quickly the nearly three weeks went and how varied each day was. Walking day after day is so calming and focusing giving an appreciation of the wonder and beauty of creation all around you through all the senses. Thank you for planning my whole route for the 630 miles over the last four years. There have been no major problems or hitches - all has gone smoothly. Your detailed itinerary of what to look out for and where to get refreshments has been ideal for someone like me who doesn't like the planning phase of a holiday and whose spatial and navigational reasoning is not the best. Thanks you for your efficiency and attention to detail. I have stayed in such a variety of places over the four years with so much character and have met some very interesting people it has been amazing.  And that is before you start on the wildlife and scenery. So thanks again.

 All four years have been excellent  and I cannot express my thanks enough to you for setting the walk up for me enough.

Thanks

Shalom

Rowena

Route: Barnstaple to Padstow Name: Britta Walked on: 14th July 2019

Hi!

We've been back a while, I just wanted to send you some quick feedback on our walk. It was a lovely experience, we really enjoyed it and plan on continuing the walk next year. The highlight for me was Hartland Quay, which was pretty remote but very lovely. Port Isaac was also a favourite (the really nice hotel certainly helped). The start around Barnstaple was a bit rough (although the Old Rectory was a marvelous accommodation), we do prefer the more remote walks, but interesting nonetheless. I still love the trailblazer guidebook...

We learned a couple of things, among them that launderettes are infinitely preferable to sink washing and that walks over 20 km are much harder (even the easy ones) than the short and strenuous ones. Next year, we will go back to some rest days...

Thank you very much for such a meticulously organised walk - everything went well and I keep recommending your services!

Regards and have a lovely summer,

Britta

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Clear, easy to use and very informative."

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Brilliant. Wholly reliable."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Dogmaels to St Davids Name: Sue Walked on: 11th July 2019

Dear Damon,

I just wanted to thank you for helping to organise another fantastic trip for me - this time with my husband to celebrate his retirement - from St Dogmael's to St David's.

The level of care and detail that you put into producing itineraries is extraordinary; there wasn't a moment when we felt a base hadn't been covered, and we appreciate how much you tailor trips and accommodation to customers' requirements.

The only slight hitch was due to the reception team at Lys Meddyg, Newport being a bit disorganised and not having a table for us for our first night until 8.45 pm (late for hungry walkers!) It was a Saturday and they were busy and I had the impression that they'd simply taken bookings from drop-in diners and pushed residents to the back of the queue. It might be an idea to advise walkers to phone ahead to book a table rather than leave it until checking-in, especially at weekends. This advice worked well in other places we stayed. Nevertheless, the food there was superb, and they even managed to squeeze us in earlier, so hats off to them for doing their best to rectify matters.

Special mention must go to Alison at Carrot Cabs. She picked us up bang on time at St David's and went out of her way to help us get to Stumble Head on the two days we started walking there from our accommodation in Fishguard.

I whole-heartedly recommend you to anyone we speak to about our walking holidays, and would have no hesitation in using you again.

So a big, big thank you to you and the rest of the team!  All best wishes,Sue 

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

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"Very informative"

Luggage transfers

"No problems at all"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Usefull to plan and organize our trip"

Your Walking Routes

"Wonderfull landscapes"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very complete and full of usefull tips!"

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very clear and informative"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Worked like a charm - as always"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Penzance to Plymouth Name: Sue Walked on: 8th July 2019

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"Excellent"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent "

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St. Ives to Westward Ho Name: Eva and Kurt Walked on: 8th July 2019

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"excellent service"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"very helpful"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very helpful"

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"wonderful walking holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Newquay to Lizard Town Name: Ulrich Walked on: 8th July 2019

thanks for your e-mail.  First, and most importantly, we truly enjoyed our vacations and everything worked out perfectly, including the weather (we only had a single day with rain).  Also many thanks for chosing such nice accomodations on our rest days in St. Ives and Penzanze, both of them were lovely.

As regarding the route, the first part from Newquay to St. Ives was slightly less spectacular than the part that followed, however, seeing the (slow) change of scenery is what makes this hike so interesting.  Very briefly, our thoughts about the accomodations and the route:

Thanks again for the perfect planning, we had a most memorable time.  Next year we will probably do something different, but we would certainly love to continue the path in the near future. 
 

Route: St Ives to Penzence Name: James McNeill Walked on: 4th July 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Padstow to St. Ives Name: Eva & Thomas Walked on: 4th July 2019

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"Excellent! Always very helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Invaluable! And works excellent!"

Accommodation

"Always nice accommodation with nice hosts."

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! to Padstow Name: Darren Walked on: 4th July 2019

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"Encounter staff always helpful and friendly"

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Thorough and useful as ever"

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Porchurno Name: Vidar Walked on: 3rd July 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Meirionydd & Snowdonia Coast Path Name: Anne Katrine Walked on: 3rd July 2019

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"Excellent as always!"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

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Accommodation

"The B&Bs were excellent. "

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Westward Ho! - Padstow Name: Rentsch Sylvia und Kathrin Walked on: 2nd July 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St. Ives - Porthleven Name: Ulrike Walked on: 1st July 2019

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Unglaublich schön!!!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Die Hinweise bezüglich Schwierigkeit waren sehr zutreffend"

Luggage transfers

"War perfekt"

Accommodation

"Alles super bis auf eine Unterkunft in Pendeen."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

Route: Devon Coast to Coast Name: Philip Walked on: 1st July 2019

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Transfers worked without any problems."

Accommodation

"Accommodation OK, some better than others"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW coast path Cornwal and St Michaels Way Name: Rosie and Tony Walked on: 1st July 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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

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

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"Excellent, very helpful guidance at all stages"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The extra details were all very helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Sidmouth to Poole Name: Janet Walked on: 28th June 2019

My daughter Judith and I recently completed the final leg of the South West Coast Path (booked through yourselves) and we just want to thank you very much for all of the help which you have given us over the last six years.

We have thoroughly enjoyed every stage of the Path and the final leg through Dorset was absolutely beautiful.

Your arrangements were (as always) meticulous and the accommodations which you chose were (without exception) excellent. 

We have really appreciated everything that you have done for us and would particularly like to thank Damon for his constant helpfulness and being able to deal with every query that we have thrown at him!

It has been a wonderful experience and one which we will never forget.

Now...time to start planning our next adventure!

Kind Regards

Janet 

Belfast   

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Quite informative"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Worked fine."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Excellent time."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The itinerary was extremely helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Perfect. No problem at all"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? No

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

"Damon helped is find excellent places to stay."

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very good - alot of good information."

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Seamless."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Accommodation

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: Annette and Henning Walked on: 21st June 2019

Dear Damon -  Now we are back home - (after the finishing of our Pembrokeshire-Walking we added 3 days in Dublin) .

We want to thank you for a very good organization - the description of the way was very useful and the B&B’s for 20 Days were very nice.

We enjoyed our walking so much - especially of the good weather (not common for Wales?) - the friendly people, the nice little towns we visited - and the walking way very good groomed.

We will recommend you to all of our friends and perhaps next year we ask you for an other Walking-Tour.  With our best regards  Annette and Henning

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very helpful. "

Luggage transfers

"Luggage transfers were easy and always on time. "

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"No problems"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Accommodation

"few locations rooms were small"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"helpful and efficient"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"useful guides to different itineries"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very useful"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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"Excellent"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Very comprehensive"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very good"

Luggage transfers

"Like clockwork"

Accommodation

"All good"

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Your Walking Routes

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Luggage transfers

"Excellent - bags always waiting for us on arrival"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Excellent path and sign posting"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Excellent information in written form plus maps "

Luggage transfers

"Faultless "

Accommodation

"All genuinel excellent apartment from one one "

Overall experience

"Excellent "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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"All staff very helpful and knowledgeable "

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Excellent service"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Best walk we have done"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"very useful"

Luggage transfers

"worked fine"

Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Excellent service"

Accommodation

"Would of liked a earlier breakfast time."

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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"Leider nicht in Deutsch"

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Luggage transfers

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very helpful & infirmative"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Hi Damon,

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

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

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

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

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

Many blessings

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

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"very easy and customized to your liking"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

Overall experience

"very good holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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"No Comment"

Your Walking Routes

"Routes were fine"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"No problems"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

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

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Invaluable !"

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Efficient & helpful."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Hardly used, so difficult to comment."

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Comprehensive."

Luggage transfers

"Efficient."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Great walking."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? No

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

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

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

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

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

" We should have upgraded our accommodation for every day"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path: Westward Ho!-Porthcurno Name: Robert Walked on: 9th June 2019

Dear Damon,

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

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

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

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

Until then, Many Thanks,

Robert

Route: St Ives to Penzance Name: Tobias Walked on: 9th June 2019

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"quick response time"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"only used initially "to get started""

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"worked well in practice each day"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Great Holiday!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: SW Coastal Path - Westward Ho! To Padstow Name: Elizabeth Walked on: 8th June 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: St Ives to Plymouth Name: Christine Walked on: 8th June 2019

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"Very efficient with quick responses to any questions"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Totally reliable"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Brilliant, well organised holiday"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path, Newquay to Falmouth Name: kathy Walked on: 7th June 2019

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"very detailed directions"

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path:Bude-Padstow Name: Susan Walked on: 6th June 2019

Dear Prue and Team

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

Thankyou for all your hard work!

Best wishes

Susan

Route: St. David’s to St. Dogmaels Name: Grant Walked on: 6th June 2019

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

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Overall experience

"Beautiful walk, challenging and rewarding!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Bude to Padstow Name: Sue Walked on: 6th June 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Croyde to Hartland Quay Name: Clive & Gillie Walked on: 5th June 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Braunton Name: Steve and Sue Walked on: 5th June 2019

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Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"some notes a bit inconsistent"

Luggage transfers

Accommodation

 

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Pembrokeshire Coast Path Name: Chris and Karen Walked on: 4th June 2019

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"Helpful and full of advice"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"No issues. Worked fine"

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Gorran Haven to Plymouth along the South West Coast Path Name: Patrick Walked on: 3rd June 2019

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Excellent, very helpful guidance at all stages"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Excellent"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"The extra information provided was very helpful"

Luggage transfers

"Excellent"

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: South West Coast Path - St Ives to Penzance Name: Bob Walked on: 2nd June 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Minehead to Poole Name: CELENA V Walked on: 1st June 2019

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"Encounter team was so helpful in tailoring all that we needed "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Lots of great information "

Your Walking Routes

"Low ball your walks. You would be surprised how much terrain conditions and weather will slow you down. You will also want enough time to side track and see things along the way. The distance is not calculating incline and elevation so it will be longer then you think. "

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Lots of diversions but most are pretty well signmarked "

Luggage transfers

"100% perfect service for 90 days straight!"

Accommodation

"Such great unique stays"

Overall experience

"This was a trip of a lifetime for us. I am so proud of finishing it. The first two weeks and last two weeks of the walk were the most challenging terrain for me. My favorite part was north Cornwall (Harlyn to st Agnes) although it is beautiful , st Ives and surrounding area very challenging with rock scrambles. Make sure you underestimate when planning walking distances. Whatever you think you can comfortably do per day I would subtract 3 miles . Unbelievable experience "

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Full Coast Path Minehead to Poole Name: CV - Arizona Walked on: 1st June 2019

Hello Damon and team! Wanted to write longer review and feel free to edit or copy for website

I loved this experience so much. To be able to do the entire walk was a dream and I am so thankful that we decided to do the pace we did. I feel that 8-10 miles most days is a perfect comfortable pace that allowed us to not only sleep in but to really just stop wherever we wanted. I thought that following a coastline for so long might be repetitive but it really wasn’t. Every section was so different and waking up each day was so exciting. My level of fitness was not great but I think most people really can do this walk as long as they are honest about what they can really do each day. In north America we calculate the distance totally and not just where the bird flies and so I think some people would be surprised that the incline and elevation is not calculated. 

I have to say that a big warning for day 2 Porlock to Lynmouth is needed. I still think that was the hardest day of the whole walk. I will be honest, on that day I was really thinking “what have I gotten myself into?!”. Overall I think the first two weeks of the walk and the last two were the hardest with Cornwall for the most part being very pleasant. I think the hardest part of Cornwall for me mentally was the st Ives and the few days after. Scrambling the rocks and having to decide where to put each foot was really zapping my energy. I loved the mining area (especially after getting into poldark). If I had to pick my favorite section it was north Cornwall. 

I would encourage no matter what fitness level to get hiking poles. They were absolute lifesaver for me. The bag service was impeccable with zero problems the whole way.

The B&B were all great appearance wise . The difference between some of them was the host themselves. The ones who have been doing it for so long seem to be burned out and almost despise the guests for being there in general. Maybe we picked up on this more since we work in hospitality and hotels. We are so pleased to have done this walk and will recommend it to anyone who will listen.

Thank you so much for all you have done

 

Route: Milford Haven to St Davids Name: Brian Walked on: 1st June 2019

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Easy to navigate and enables planning walk easily"

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"Worked like clockwork "

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

"All worked well."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

"Very relaxed and peaceful holiday."

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

Your Walking Routes

"Very steep in some places"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

Luggage transfers

"Very posh and organised."

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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

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

Cheers

Catherine and Steven

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

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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"Completely hassle free as always"

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"Easy to use and very informative"

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Accommodation

"Old School House in Port Isaac was excellent"

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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"NA"

Accommodation

"Excellent throughout"

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

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

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

Your Walking Routes

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

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

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

Luggage transfers

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

Accommodation

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

Overall experience

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

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

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Accommodation

Overall experience

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

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

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"The staff were very responsive to our questions."

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