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Easily my favourite place in the UK to walk, although as it's my home patch I may be biased.

England’s southwestern peninsular of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire has the mildest climate and a varied coastline, which explains why it’s the UK’s most popular holiday area.

Across the southwest walkers will find some serious wild moorland areas and a few cities, but generally the landscape comprises rolling farmland that’s never far from the sea.

Expect crowds at holiday times but the positive side of the area’s popularity is a huge choice of accommodation that means inn-to-inn walks are an easy option. Organised self-guided walks are commonplace, with several specialist operators to choose from.

Walking in the UK

An essential guide to planning a walking holiday in the UK

I’ve been walking the coasts, fells and fens of the UK for decades, revisiting the popular spots and seeking out hidden gems in my role as a travel journalist and TV researcher. For a group of small islands, we are truly spoiled for choice in the UK when it comes to walking holidays. There are the obvious – and often busy – walking hotspots, but also myriad quieter corners that even few native Brits are familiar with...read more

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South West Tours

South West

The South West Coast Path (all sections)

Self-guided walking holidays on the SWCP

4 daysFrom £340
South West

Classic Cornwall Short Break

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South West

The Smugglers Way

Self-guided walking holiday

2 daysFrom £170
South West, Cotswolds

The Cotswolds Way (Chipping Campden to Bath)

Explore the classic Cotswolds scenery

10 daysFrom £925
South West

Walk the Cornwall Coast

Self-guided walking holiday

6 daysFrom £789
South West

Devon & Cornwall Guided Walk

Guided walking holiday

6 daysFrom £1,559

South West Travel Companies

The United Kingdom

Encounter Walking Holidays

Self-guided walks in South West England & Wales
Europe

Walkers' Britain

Explore the UK & Europe with Walkers' Britain
England

Active England Tours

Biking, walking and paddling in the UK
South America, Europe

HF Holidays

UK walking holidays since 1913

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