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Congratulations Ellie and Mick on finishing the Coleridge Way

March 29th 2016

Completed 28th March Nether Stowey to Lynmouth


Storm Katie 27th March - No Issues on the Coast Path

March 29th 2016

Storm Katie passed through Easter Weekend 2016 without any significant damage reported to the walking routes.


Coleridge Way Walking Breaks - New Extension !

August 25th 2014

Coleridge Way Web - New Extended Route Opened June 2014


The Coleridge Way Walk in Somerset  has now been officially extended by around 16 miles as far as Lynmouth and we have been up and walked the route which runs down the remote Brendon valley and is a superb addition to the walk which is now around 50 miles in total.  We are currently updating our webpages with the new information and maps but already have walkers out on the new part of the route and the feedback is excellent.

So for the rest of this year you can walk the Coleridge Way as currently shown  on the website pages as far as Porlock OR add on the additional walk to finish at Lynmouth - just ask for more details



Deer Herd Quantock Hills near Exmoor National Park - Coleridge Way Walk  Porlock Area Coleridge Way meeting the South West Coast Path Exmoor


Storm Damage 2nd January

January 4th 2014

Very High Spring Tides combined with fierce storms have battered both the South West Coast Path and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path at the start of January 2014  - visit our Twitter Page  @EncounterWalk for photos and updates as the process of identifying any damaged sections gets underway in the next few weeks.  We will keep updating via Twitter on any diversions / repairs as we get news of them. https://twitter.com/EncounterWalk


For those planning to visit from overseas to walk during 2014 please note that these winter storms do come every year and in an ever changing coastal environment there is always some movement and damage of the path during winter storms  and landslides.  We keep in close contact with those maintaining the path to bring this information to all our walkers. In general issues are resolved / rerouted before the walking season proper starts in March but in any event we provide detailed information to our walkers on any diversions still in place when you are walking.














South West Coast Path Repairs - Winning the battle

September 25th 2013

Great to see that Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset Councils, despite the economic climate, have been proactive in providing financial support to repair the damage suffered on the South West Coast Path during the winter of 2012/2013.


This season got off to tricky start with over 30 landslides or diversions in place during February but the vast majority have been addressed by the Local Authorities and major funding bodies. The coast path is always prone to these issues as an ever changing and eroding coastal landscape - which is very much part of its appeal but the path suffered with over 10 years worth of slips and slides during last winter which created a major test for those organising on the route for this years walkers.  8 months on however and with the best weather for 6 years its been a great season on the path for walkers with unprecedented numbers enjoying the trail.


Not often we get to praise our local Councils but its great to see their recognition and support for the UK's longest (and best) National Trail.  The Coast Path is very much open for walkers and we are all looking forward to getting out again during 2014.


CLICK HERE for the full story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23683722


Latest Coast Path Diversions

September 25th 2013

Updated 18th Septmeber 2013

Virtual drought conditions in early 2012 followed by the wettest year on record has led to a number of winter cliff falls for walkers to be aware of. The South West Coast Path is continually reviewed and checked by an army of wardens from the local authority, Coast Path Team, National Trust and other major landowners and problems are located very quickly and the route revised to take account of any slips.


Those walking the route this season will find sections of the path more tricky and so please be vigilant and use common sense - stay well clear of the Cliff Edges particularly during the winter and avoid the bottom of cliff faces where you are at most risk of any movement.


For up to date information on all of the following closures visit


The News page at the South West Coast Path Association  - CLICK HERE


The News page at the South West Coast Path Team - CLICK HERE


Please report any problems or potential problems that you notice on the trail by clicking here this will go straight through to the Coast Path Team.


There are many small diversions of a few hundred metres for minor slips or path deterioration that you may not even notice and we are not listing as they will not affect your walk in any major way.


More significant diversions we are aware of that you should allow for in your daily mileage follow.  All walkers with Encounter Walking Holidays will as ever be fully briefed on significant diversions in their daily walking itinerary - for those not walking with us please note the following. 


In order from Minehead to Poole


Coast Path diversion near Crock Point Exmoor Section


West Cornwall: Porthchapel near Porthcurno Bridge Collapse


Inland diversion near Coverack The Lizard Section


Lengthy diversion between Looe and Portwrinkle South Cornwall


Coast Path Diversion due to Landslip, Thurlestone South Devon


Lengthy Inland Diversion near Start Point South Devon


Significant Diversion near Chapmans Pool Worth Matravers Area Dorset


The Coast Path Team and their partners are working to resolve these issues and have made great progress with the list since February but some of them will take time and money to reopen fully.  Please help with the ongoing repair work by supporting The Great South West Walk celebrations for the 40th birthday of the Coast Path and join in by walking a section to help us fund raise to maintain and improve the nationals best walking route for all walkers.



Encounter Walking Path Improvements Project

October 16th 2012


Encounter Walking working with the South West Coast Path Association


Click Here to read about the successful Great South West Walk Event and the work to improve access to the Coast Path at Lansallos near Fowey (South Cornwall)  sponsored by Encounter Walking Holidays in partnership with The National Trust and The South West Coast Path Team







Two Moors Way - Castle Drogo Wins Award

December 22nd 2010


Congratulations to the National Trust and in particular the staff at Castle Drogo just off the Two Moors Way long distance path.  They have just received the silver award for Large Attraction of the Year 2010 in a competition that covers all of the many visitor attractions in the West Country. 


The last castle to be built in England from a walkers perspective Castle Drogo occupies a superb position above the Teign Gorge Hunters Path which is part of the Coast to Coast Two Moors Way walk. Those walking the sections between Chagford and Drewsteignton at the end of the Dartmoor section of walking visit Castle Drogo on route towards the second moor at Exmoor.


Two Moors Way Walking Information

Castle Drogo Visiting Information


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