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The "100 Mile Challenge" Cornwall Walking Holiday

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Route: Cornwall - 100 Mile challenge Name: Craig and Lisa Dunn Walked on: 24th September 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Everybody I dealt with at Encounter was very helpful and went out of their way to make sure everything was organised for us well in advance of our actual walk. "

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Website is find...Provides all the information you might need. Only problem is that there is probably too many good walk choices, so you might have trouble deciding which one to do!"

Your Walking Routes

"Its an interesting walk the 100 mile challenge. It really is two walks in one, there are the two sections along the standard Cornwall coast walk which is everything you would expect this to be (eg sweeping views from the coastal pathway with your only company other walkers and tourists in the small towns) and then there is the two connecting walks, Smugglers and Saints Way, which are very different walks. These are much less remote walk routes, mostly down country roads, sometimes across farmers fields and some moorland as well. I wouldn't say they were unenjoyable sections just very different."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"For the Smugglers way, as this seems to be pretty much a made up walk, thank goodness for the very detailed walking notes from Encounter. Even then, an app like AllTrails also proved handy at clarifying exactly where you were as opposed to where you were supposed to be. Rest of the walking was easy to navigate and the guidebooks/maps were useful if not completely necessary. "

Luggage transfers

"All worked out fine. Got a little narky one day when we didn't have the bags ready by 9am on the dot, but we could only have breakfast at 8:30 that particular day so our schedule was a little off, but otherwise bags were always there when we arrived (and sometimes even in our room as well)"


"Accommodation was for the most part really good, and Encounter were great about sorting this out in advance for us, so every place was expecting us on arrival. "

Overall experience

"Had a great time, and it makes for a very easy and stress-free walking experience when your only challenge is to walk out the door of your hotel after a big breakfast and work out which way the walk starts. Lisa and I would certainly do it again this way!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: Ten Tors Challenge/100 mile Challenge Name: Ulrika Lentz Walked on: 2nd September 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Perfect organisation, as usual! Every part of the pesky planning process was taken off my hands and concluded to my specifications and wishes. Communication is also great, - friendly, professional and helpful. Many thanks for pointing out well in advance that my arrival day corresponded with the rail strike. I had ample time to change my travelling arrangements."

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"Attractive and informative. Sometimes I just like to come here to daydream and collect ideas for future hikes! :-)"

Your Walking Routes

"A challenging but very rewarding combination of hikes. The four sides of this rectangle offer a full Cornish experience. Remote Bodmin Moor, a stark beauty. One of the most stunning sections of the northern SWCP. The Saints Way was the weakest link, but not because it wasn't beautiful. The green hills and river valleys are lovely and a great, welcome contrast to the dusty, rocky coast, but it does follow long stretches of tarmac road. Finally, one of the most stunning sections of the southern SWCP. A nearly perfect experience, in my case greatly helped by the most glorious weather for 9.5 days out of 10!"

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"Very detailed and helpful notes. Maybe I wasn't looking in the right place, or the trees have grown, but I couldn't see the telecommunication tower guiding me towards the gate into Halvana Plantation. I had perfect visibility and a GPS (bought especially for Bodmin Moor!), so that bit was easy. The last few footpaths down to the river Fowey were pretty bad. It doesn't look like anyone has walked there in a very long time, and the growth was - what felt like - chest high! (This perception might have been influenced by having just navigated 14 miles and 5 tors ;-) FYI to receive your info pack I had to pay 9+ EUR, probably as a consequence of Brexit?!? As the pack only contained cards for the Saints Way, the luggage label and printed notes, that seemed a bit excessive. I don't know if these charges would be dropped if you didn't send this pack via airmail..."

Luggage transfers

"Worked perfectly. The one time (!) I didn't have my backpack ready, the driver turned up at 9am sharp!! He didn't take off, but waited until reception had contacted me, for which I am very grateful. I was relieved to know that he wouldn't leave without my bag!"


"Perfectly adequate for someone who doesn't have very high demands, so, most hikers! It's a pity that many single rooms feel like an afterthought of what to do with a tiny box room. Accommodation was usually in close proximity to the trail, had hot showers, comfy beds, the majority served good food, and the landlords and landladies were universally lovely and helpful."

Overall experience

"This was about as perfect as it gets!!"

Would you choose Encounter Walking Holidays for future holidays? Yes

Would you recommend Encounter Walking Holidays to others? Yes

Route: 100 mile challenge (including Ten Tors) - Seven days Name: Rob Harvey Walked on: 11th May 2023

Planning and booking for your walk with Encounter Walking Holidays

"Easy with good options and advice provided by the EWH team during planning stages of my trip"

Encounter Walking Holidays Website

"A ready source of useful advice to enable route selection and planning."

Your Walking Routes

"Smugglers Way not well signed with way markers. Looe Valley very wet from recent heavy rains. No markers on Bodmin Moor but plenty of high points to aid navigation unless the mist comes in. Watch out for the boggy areas in the low ground between Tors and swollen creeks. Make sure you are experienced and can read a map, understand ground/contours/features and use a compass. Coast path navigation is easy; just keep the big blue thing on your right (or left depending on direction of travel); can't go wrong. Plenty of ups and downs though. Some parts quite tough eg Boscastle to Port Isaac south of Tintagel. Saints Way from Padstow to Fowey (30 Miles) in one day is certainly achievable but allow yourself 8 hours of solid yomping, much of it cross-country."

Walking notes, maps, guidebooks and itinerary

"EWH provides 1:25.000 scale OS maps, which are very detailed and great if you're not walking far in a day. I bought my own 1:50,00 scale maps which are better for travelling distances without having to reset your map in your map-case after about 15 km. Didn't download digital maps to phone. No power needed, maps in case are waterproof and easier to navigate with compass. (equally great for batting away midges and nettles !!!) "

Luggage transfers

"Worked well each day although I got caught out with a 9am pick up once where breakfast only opened at 8am. Don't like having breakfast in dirty/sweaty walking gear (others shouldn't have to put up with me like this in public rooms) and prefer to change into route gear after breakfast before setting off."


"All good throughout although 8am breakfast (while the norm) is later than I wanted, particularly where accommodation is busier and service is slower. Elnor Guest house (BnB) in Liskeard was ideal for single travel and staff lovely. Jamaica Inn, Bolventor has become a bit 'Wetherspoons'. Wellington Inn, Boscastle historic and lovely (they have a piano). The Slipway Padstow, lovely (amazing food at the Mote restaurant). Old Custom House Padstow equally lovely. The Galleon Inn, Fowey was great and The Hannifore Point Hotel at Looe equally good."

Overall experience

"Thoroughly enjoyed my little 100 mile yomp North and South around Cornwall. Big thank you to everyone along the way and the EWH team who enabled the whole activity."

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."


"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: 100 mile Challenge Route - Looe to Fowey Name: Nico Walked on: 8th June 2018

Dutch FlagHello,

we had a wonderful walk in very nice weather. Walking over the Moor, along the coast and through the fields gave a nice change in scenery so we could enjoyed al the beauty of Cornwall in one walk. Most enjoyable was looking over Cornwall from the top of Brown Willy  and Helman Tor and the nice harbour villages as Looe, Boscastle and Port Isaac. All hotels, inns and B&B where very nice to stay, easy to find and close to the route, pubs and restaurants.
So thank you for organizing this perfectly.

I tracked all our walking using WikiLoc, so you can refer other walkers to the links so they can follow in our foot steps us using the WikiLoc app:

The Smugglers Way was easy to find using the OS Map and the OS Maps App on which I plotted the route you marked on the maps. We had wonderful weather all week so that makes navigating also very easy. We only had problem finding our way in a field next Halwill Barton, but using gps and the OS Maps App this was solved. And we could escape the bull protecting his girls and his field against us.

The flooded road between Withiel and Retire was no problem (see photo) thanks to the weather.

I will advise all friends who want to go walking in Cornwall to use your services and walk this route.



Route: Saints and Smugglers 100 Mile Challenge Name: Peter and EA Moore. Walked on: 5th September 2017

Canadian FlagExcellent planning, maps, notes and luggage transfer by Encounter. Most of the B&Bs were first-class, though one or two were a wee bit “tired”. After two days of great weather, the cool and rain set in, but did not diminish the walking at all. Under Damon’s advice we taxied around a long Bodmin Moor day due to very thick fog and rain - dangerous to continue under those conditions. The coast paths - Atlantic and Channel - were as challenging as Encountered warned us, but completely “do-able” and overall were in excellent condition. This was not a stroll in the woods, but a real challenge.

The Saints Way - Padstow to Fowey - was quite muddy and, as warned, flooded in two areas but not insurmountable. Two farmers obviously resented having National Trust paths cross their fields, as they sprayed liquid manure and left uncut crops in the way. Apart from those blips, it was a wonderful challenge which we thoroughly enjoyed. Hats off to Damon, Ellie and their team, all our B&B hosts (especially Jim and Shirley in Love and Rob and Dave in St. Neots), and Southwest Luggage Transfers for making this a fun and memorable 10 walking days. Would do it again in a heartbeat ,

Route: 100 Mile Challenge Name: I & S Walked on: 10th July 2017

United Kingom flagA challenge indeed! Very well organised by Encounter with great notes provided and all transfers and accommodation as anticipated. If you are considering doing this, we thought that the average daily distance in benign weather was fine for the first five days (but we wouldn't have wanted it to be any further!), but any extreme weather, as we had on one day, makes it a bit of a route march - we found ourselves walking from 9 til 4 minimum every day with few and only short stops and we don't consider ourselves slow walkers.

The length of the last two days (20 & 17 miles respectively with the spot on navigation required on an 'artificial' route) would have been more than was enjoyable for us , so with a poor weather forecast for the last day we adapted this to a one day circuit of Bodmin Moor, which made for a nice end to a good walk. We added in a rest day in Fowey which we were very glad to have done.

Route comments - SWCP Boscastle to Port Issac - strenuous first day but worth it - the path is quite loose and footing tricky at times, especially in the wind and rain . You spend much of your time looking down, not looking at the great views.

Saints Way - a nice contrast to SWCP . Route notes - After crossing the A39, a Saints Way sign is missing at the kink in the path halfway up the stretch towards the top of St Breoch Downs. You should bear right but a farmer told us many people end up going straight on until they realise that after a mile of downhill they have gone wrong and have to double back. The footpath outside Withiel is still badly flooded and impassable after a good period of dry weather. The diversion to Retire is no longer and perfectly good. Make that the route?

The second Saints Way day, Lanivet to Fowey was particularly scenic and enjoyable - our favourite. Overall we enjoyed ourselves tremendously. Service was excellent and people very friendly almost without exception. Thanks to all at Encounter for the great service too.

Route: The 100 mile challenge from Boscastle Name: Kate + 3 Walked on: 4th September 2015

Flag of the United KingdomThe walk was a wonderful week of fabulous views both inland and coastal, interesting history, old green lanes, good food and wine and sunshine all week!

Boscastle to Port Isaac – very hard walking! – great views but the last 6 miles were brutal!

We ate at the Mote(?) restaurant – excellent food – best meal of the week

Port Isaac to Padstow – lovely walking (more gentle up and down!) we swam in the sea at Polzeath – which was a highlight – fun ferry ride

Supper was at Rick’s fish and chip café – an experience – great puddings! (tartare sauce - £1.30!)

Padstow to Lanivet – (my favourite day!) – lovely day

Hotel – great place – very comfortable and very convivial host with after dinner drinks in the hotel bar with 3 other guests from Canada – very nice breakfast

Eat at the pub in the village – very friendly but quite slow – but they were very busy

Lanivet to Fowey – again lovely day

Ate in a very nice Italian restaurant just across from the hotel after a very welcome drink sitting looking over the harbour – pizzas were massive and delicous

Fowey to Looe – quite a hard day – more ups and downs – again lovely views

Ate at a basic pub in East Looe – couldn’t really find anywhere to eat - Looe was the place we liked the least

Looe to Jamaica Inn – long and hard day – quite boring – road walking – our least favourite day

Hotel was great – the rooms were the best of the whole week –

Jamaica Inn to Boscastle – again a lovely day walking

We had a great week – helped by all the sunshine – the transfers worked perfectly and we all very much enjoyed the Cornish countryside and coast – 100 miles is a long way – we didn’t seem to have time for a cream tea!

Thank you for all your help - a great week was had by us all

Route: Looe to Padstow over Bodmin Moor Name: Sarah Windler Walked on: 8th June 2015

Flag of SwitzerlandOur walking-tour started at Looe. We walked over the Bodmin Moor to Bodcastle and along the coast path down to Padstow. Highlights were the moor sections from Minions to Jamaica Inn passing Cheesewring Stone, Sharp Tor, Kilmar Tor and Trewortha Tor. From Jamaica Inn we walked to Brown Willy and Rough Tor and reached Bodcastle in a good time. For the walks over the moor we had marked the tors with crosses and drawn lines between them. In this way we could lay down our compass along the lines during the walk and determine the right directions. With the authority of the compass in the background we were more able to enjoy the amazing landscape of the Bodmin Moor. Back at home I am wondering about the different beauties of the coast and moor walks in South-West England. The Bodmin Moor has given me the same feeling as walking in our Swiss mountains. On the coast you walk along the sea, but in the moor you are going into the power of nature. If you are getting into something powerful, you have to be respectful towards the beauty, because it can be although deceptive and dangerous. Holding this in mind you will be rewarded with the peace of your heart, as in my case. Thanks to the people of Encounterwalking who made this precious experience possible.

Route: 100 Mile Challenge from Looe via Boscastle and Padstow Name: Ken Walked on: 5th September 2014

Flag of the United KingdomThe holiday was a success. The weather was mostly OK if rather cold at times. The last day however I did not manage as it was very wet and foggy and it is a holiday not a competition. The accommodation was all good (with the exception of the meal in Boscastle in the hotel in the evening). Probably the best was the old school in Port Issac.

I only got lost once although there were a couple of other points that might be of interest.

Day 1 - Where the insert is in the Smugglers way it was slightly confusing as it said go west (rather than left) and there is no sign. Then it says go left uphill and there are two turns left one straightaway and one later neither of which is correct. 

Day 2 - It might be worth mentioning to stay further left than the compass guidance (follow the dim sort of path with the fence visible on the left) as you set out onto the moor after Jamaica Inn if you follow the compass you end up in some very long reeds as I did briefly. 

Day 4 - Near the church before Padstow the path to the beach has been re-routed as it is crumpling away which is slightly confusing, The detour to the church is worthwhile at this point anyway. Also at low tide you can walk right round to Rock on the beach if you want to. 

Day 5 - I got lost trying to get out of Padstow - the sign has been put back up just before the campsite but appears to point to someones driveway or if not then to the path that leads to the bridge - finally I went into the campsite and round a field before coming back and going past reception and left (not into the field) and slightly up by what I think are some toilets and hence to the path. 

Day 5 - The part with the field and going across one too early is actually I think caused by the sign on the gate and the map being wrong and showing the diagonal rather then straightdown and then right (and the sign the other way points straight up . The actual way is fairly obvious however.

Day 6 - At some point when the path leaves the road into a wood (I need to check where) the OS Map shows a path on the left and on the right where the correct path is. However I did not see the left path and turned right off the actual path which I think is to someones wood shed - its only about 50m so not a big deal. (took the east route by the way)

This does not mean that I spent most of the time lost - only about 10 min in a field full of campers near Padstow. Very pleased with the mixed sea/countryside route , it was a shame about the last day but I think I will be back to look at more of the coast at some point. 

Thanks for all the arrangements.

Route: 100 mile Challenge from Padstow via Looe and Boscastle Name: Hans-Georg Walked on: 26th August 2014

Flag of Germanyone week at home today. Time to give you a personal feedback. Our time in Cornwall really was one of the best holidays in our life. We enjoyed the walk, allthough it was rather straneous, especially for my wife, but she enjoyed too. We loved the variety of the walk, the marvellous coast path on one hand, but also the moor, the fields, the woods and little villages and cottages on the other. This gave us very good impressions from all sides of Cornwall.

The organisation of the tour was perfect, the accomodations were very well chosen.

But above all, we met a lot of wonderful, friendly people and perfect hosts.

Thank you very much for your personal help in planning the tour and during the walk, this was very essential for the success of it. Next time, I am sure there will be one, we would immedately start the walk after the arrival and schedule some days of rest instead, also to stay longer at fantastic places like Fowey or Padstow.

I'm glad to have found the number one provider for invidual travelling in Cornwall, it was often confirmed during the walk. The last days in St. Ives were a good finish, Debbie and Carl were perfect hosts in Seaforth. But now it's all over and new dreams can begin. On the walk we met someone, who told us about the beauty of Southern Wales. Perhaps this is one....

Route: 100 mile challenge Name: Alex Degeling Walked on: 31st July 2014

Flag of the NetherlandsFirst of all many thanks for the excellent organisation (B&B's, luggage transfer, material). The accomodations were perfect with the exception of Jamaica Inn. That was okay but very commercialised and as a result not very client minded. At lesat that is what we felt. Except for one rainy day and some local showers the weather held quite good. Our first stage was the Smugglers' Way from Looe to Boscastle. Thanks to decent weather conditions crossing Bodmin Moor was not too difficult but I can understand that when foggy this bleak place can be very dangerous. The area around Davidstow is ugly and is best passed through quickly. Closing in on Boscastle the walk along the river Valency is beautiful. The second stage was the south west coast path between Boscastle and Padstow. The coastline is astounding. It being the most strenuous part of our walking trip it did not deter us from admiring the surroundings and the unexpected beauty of the small villages along the route. The third stage was the Saints' Way. Till Withiel there is not much to be seen or admired. Beyond Withiel the Way becomes more exciting. A visit to Lostwithiel is worth the detour. Especially when you return to the Way by the footpath along the railtrack (actually between two railtracks). Fowey is a nice little place with an excellent B&B (the Well House). Terrific breakfast and very nice owners (including Frank the Labrador, when he's awake that is). The last stage was the coast path from Fowey to Looe. Not as rough as the Atlantic coast but also very beautiful. All in all, this was a great experience. The variety is surroundings makes it a surprising and very enjoyable tour. Some stages were tough going but the whole route was doable. Minor issue: we think the booklet on the Smugglers' Way needs a complete new and updated version. Encounter Walking Note -  Sadly Frank Squibb the local creator of the Smugglers Way and the Guidebook passed away a couple of years ago - we are looking into options to keep his vision and work on that route going and the information from his guidebook up to date - so just ask for an update on this -

Route: 100 mile challenge from Looe Name: Kathrin - Switzerland Walked on: 12th July 2014

Flag of SwitzerlandThank you very much for the detailed notes and organising everything so perfectly well.

All our hosts were informed that we are coming and our luggage was always there when we arrived. Also were your notes regarding refreshment facilities very helpful.

We are very happy to let you know that we made the 100 Mile Challenge Our girls are almost fitter than we are, so we made all sections right in the time you indicated on your notes. The weather was wonderful, almost no rain, just two or three hours in total during our 10 days walking holiday which is probably hardly surpassable.

The only thing that we would think about next time when we will be planning walking holidays is taking a day or two off during the walk for example at a "beach" town (e.g. Padstow), so that the kids could go swimming and we could relax and read a book or so.All in all the 100 Mile challenge was a success and we enjoyed it very much.

Route: 100 Mile Challenge from Liskeard Name: Ralf Bienas, Karin Stein Walked on: 7th June 2014

Flag of GermanyTwo German people (Ralf 51, Karin 47) decided to walk around Cornwall. The routes of "encounterwalking" were very interesting for us. The consultation and booking at "encounterwalking" was very good and uncomplicated. Our round trip started in Liskeard, along the smugglers way to Boscastle. We walked along the north coast. Then on the Saints Way back down to the south coast of Cornwall to Fowey, Looe and then back to Liskeard. We have taken the middle price group with the accommodations. The guest houses or hotels were very good. We met on our way very lovely people. It was a wonderful holiday. We thank the employees of "encounterwalking". Everything was great.

Route: Bodmin Moor. The Hundred Mile Challenge Name: John (UK) Walked on: 17th September 2012

Flag of the United KingdomThe walk along the north coast was undoubtedly the best couple of days due to excellent weather and stunning scenery...... All the accommodation was up to standard but we rated the food at the Riverside at Boscastle as the best and well worth sampling........ The information was all OK with nothing to add all very comprehensive including directions to Willowbrook for those, like us, who don’t read ahead!..... Couple of points to add (1) Paths generally good but getting overgrown in places but this is to be expected at the end of the growing season and we hope they’ll be cut back over the winter. (2) The path from Sowden’s bridge to Tremadart Wood needs attention- they are many fallen trees/branches across the row, it’s very muddy and badly overgrown. (3) For a number of reasons, weather, time, cumulative wear and tear, we decided to stop at Dobwalls and get a taxi to Jamaica Inn. The walk from Looe to Dobwalls was not spectacular and was messy so we think we would have enjoyed doing the moorland walk from Dobwalls to Jamaica Inn more....... We all really enjoyed the holiday and appreciated the care you took in planning it for us. We’re now thinking about next year but probably in another area.