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Encounter Walking Holidays is a specialist in self-guided walking holidays to South West England and Wales. The company organises trips along some of the southwest's most spectacular long-distance walking routes including the South West Coast Path, the Two Moors Way, Saints Way, the Wales Coastal Path and the England Coastal Path. Founded and operated by a team of avid walkers, Encounters provides custom walking itineraries, walker-friendly accommodation, and all the necessary logistics and luggage transfers to ensure a seamless, hassle-free and enjoyable journey.

Good to know

  • All deposits and payments protected by ABTOT bonding scheme.
  • Locally-based South West & Wales walking experts
  • Walker-friendly itineraries and accommodation

Key information

Destinations Europe, The United Kingdom, England, Wales
Activity Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour

Encounter Walking Holidays Reviews

What people are saying about Encounter Walking Holidays

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Ian & Lauren
21/07/2021

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.

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Carole, Indiana
05/11/2019

Wonderful service! Really helpful for my first time planning something like this from across the pond. Encounter was very patient with me in the booking process answering my multitude of questions and very accommodating while I tweaked my plans. From the directions for the hikes to the bus locations and taxi numbers, this service made the hike worry free and flexible. We planned each day individually from the info supplied to accommodate the weather or just how we felt after each days walk. The Wales Coastal Path was so beautiful and so worth the walk! We even got to know the luggage transfer guy (taxi service) who was very helpful and personable. The accommodations were great! So charming! Each one had something special to offer. Thoroughly enjoyed our stays! I would highly recommend Encounter particularly for those not familiar with the coastal walk!

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Christina & John, UK
06/08/2019

We have just completed the whole of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path in 14 days, with just a day and a half of rain. We started at Amroth on 4th May and walked into St Dogmaels on 17th May in glorious sunshine. Although we hadn't particularly looked at the tide times and when the ranges were open, we were able to do both the estuary crossings at low tide and walk the entire ranges. Impressed by the range of spring flowers and birds and seeing the seals frolicking in a small cove on our wettest and windiest day. Very uplifting. The B&Bs varied along the route, from pubs to a couple who tried so hard to try our wet clothes on the wet day. People, we met on the route were very friendly, and many were knowledgeable about the area. The map and Trailblazer guide were excellent, as well as the hints and information in the pack which was provided.

We were impressed from the start by Encounter, as our first tentative enquiry was responded to, within 36 hours, including a possible itinerary, even though we hadn't any exact dates at that time. Will definitely recommend to anyone else walking in this part of the world. Thank you all very much.

Encounter Walking Holidays tours

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path South

Self-guided walking holiday

5 days From £400 Customisable
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path North

Self-guided walking holiday

4 days From £320 Customisable
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 days From £340 Customisable Editor's Pick
Destinations South West Coast Path, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, Devon
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Classic Cornwall Short Break

Self-guided walking holiday

2 days From £170 Customisable
Destinations South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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The Smugglers Way

Self-guided walking holiday

2 days From £170 Customisable
Destinations South West Coast Path, Cornwall
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Self-guided walking holiday

12 days From £1,020 Customisable
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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Pembrokeshire Coastal Path West

Self-guided walking holiday

5 days From £400 Customisable
Destinations Pembrokeshire
Activity Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks
Tour Type Custom itinerary, Self-guided tour
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What's included

All trips with Encounter Walking Holidays include the following services. Get in touch to find out more.

Accommodation

All nights in carefully selected B&Bs and small hotels. All accommodation is specifically chosen as walker-friendly, situated close to the paths, proprietors with local knowledge and happy to assist with local logistics. All accommodation can be adjusted to suit your budget.

Ground transfers

Door to Door luggage transfers and transfers to and from the trail if required.

Breakfast

Full English breakfast included at all accommodations.

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