On our guided Devon and Cornwall walking holiday, discover the UK’s longest and best loved National Trail and journey on foot through the stunning Dartmoor National Park. Escape the crowds with us to explore Devon’s moorlands and wild ponies, travelling down into Cornwall’s Poldark country, along mineral tramways, into historic ports and coastal villages, and along the South West Coast with its 630 miles of unbroken footpath. Be enchanted by the stories and history revealed within some of the finest landscapes and views in the world.
14 May 23 – 19 May 23
04 Jun 23 – 09 Jun 23
18 Jun 23 – 23 Jun 23
02 Jul 23 – 07 Jul 23
13 Aug 23 – 18 Aug 23
10 Sep 23 – 15 Sep 23
24 Sep 23 – 29 Sep 23
We pick guests up from Exeter St David’s station at 11am and travel to the North of Dartmoor National Park for lunch. Our walk takes us through the heart of Dartmoor, through both woodland and moorland, all set within the stunning National Park. We return in the evening to our hotel in Chagford.
Mileage: 6 miles
This walk up and around the stunning Hound and Hay Tor, spectacular granite Tors high up in Dartmoor National Park, offers incredible views across Dartmoor and all the way to the South Devon coast. We lunch in the pretty town of Bovey Tracey before exploring a beautiful woodland tracing the river Bovey. We finish the day in the village of Chagford, nestled on the moor.
Mileage: 5-7 miles
We transfer to Cornwall and walk along the Cornish coast from Goran Haven to Mevagissey, part of the National Trail – the South West Coast Path – that encompasses 630 miles of Devon and Cornwall’s coastline. We walk over cliffs, through fields and seaside villages and harbours. We visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan in the afternoon, which remained undiscovered for many years until the 1990’s. We stay in Padstow, or commonly known as Padstein (thanks to Rick Stein’s seafood influence). We stay overlooking the harbour in the idyllic Old Custom House.
Mileage: 5-8 miles
In the morning we walk along the coast into the jewel of Cornwall that is St Ives. Best known for its spectacular light, it has become a haven for painters over the last few hundred years, and is now home to the Tate St Ives gallery. The seaside town is truly magnificent. We lunch at one of the wonderful seafood cafes and have plenty of time to walk around the town and visit the Tate gallery before returning to Padstow in the evening.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
We take the ferry across the Camel Estuary and walk the coastal path towards Pentire Head for some of the most spectacular and dramatic North Coast Walking. In the afternoon we catch the ferry back over the estuary, walking on the south side of the Camel towards Stepper Point. In the evening we dine on fresh caught fish on our last night together in wonderful Cornwall!
Mileage: 4-9 miles
After a relaxed breakfast in your hotel we transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4 hours).
Bodmin Parkway Station, Cornwall
Join a group of like-minded people, looking for an active walking holiday exploring the Cornish coast, led by our team of exceptional guides. We know every turn in the path, every gate, trail, café and cove. Dine together some evenings, share the stories of the day and fully enjoy the magical experience of walking the Cornish coastal paths and through Dartmoor National Park. On our guided trips, all of our routes can be tailored for those wishing to walk less or further, just ask your guide and they will be able to extend or shorted the planned routes to suit you and your group.
We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations along the beautiful Cornish coast, with great access into towns and views over the harbours and ocean, and in Dartmoor village, Chagford, in the heart of the National Park. There is a wealth of great restaurants and gastro-pubs in each location and your hotels are the perfect place to rest your legs and relax during the evenings while on your tour.
Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”
Devon is an easy train journey from London, Bristol and the Midlands, taking you to the start of your walking trip, straight off on a leisurely afternoon walk to into the heard of Dartmoor. Exeter Station is a direct 2.5 hour train journey from London.
Devon is a large county in southwest England, with Cornwall to the West, and Dorset to the East, bordered in the North and South by the ocean. With two stunning wild coastlines and the Dartmoor mountains and hills in the centre, Devon is a must-see!
Cornwall is in the far west and southern tip of England, bordered by the famous English Channel and Celtic Sea. Known for its natural beauty, rugged coastline, idyllic coastal villages, beaches and walking and cycling trails, Cornwall is an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal playground.