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Walk the South West

Walking the South West - Moor to Sea

Walk the South West with one of our guided tours!

Our Cornwall walk winds around the sensational coast pass rugged cliffs, rippling sand dunes and golden beaches, with highlights including, the artistic haven of St Ives, the mysterious St Michaels Mount, the charm of Padstow, and the wonder of Penzance and Mousehole – this tour is a delight.

How about exploring the historic beauty of Devon’s wild, rugged moorland and craggy coast with hikes up to iconic stone circles and Tors, and walks through fairytale woodlands. 

Hike at your own pace away from the crowds and relish connecting back to nature, and exploring the magic that’s on your doorstep with an expert guide. Explore with friends, family, as a couple or join a group on one of magical South West Walks in Cornwall, Devon or both. The question is, do you prefer cream or jam on your scone first! 

UK Walking Tours Near London

At just under two hours from London, Devon is increasingly becoming the place to explore. It’s got it all – dramatic cliffs, beautiful coastlines, wild moors, ancient ruins and woodlands, amazing pubs and people – it’s diverse, wonderful and fit for discovery on foot! 

Then we have Cornwall, the jewel in England’s coastal crown, and at just four hours from London, this county has it all – sensational cliffs and beaches, and paths along estuaries and woodlands that criss-cross from the rugged north coast to the more gentle south coast. It is our very own English Caribbean! 

If you wish to explore as a group, we offer private guided tours for groups or families, that we can develop to suit your needs, allowing you to spend quality time with those close to you, while knowing we’ve got everything covered. 

Your Walking Adventure Starts Right Here!

Devon

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Devon & Cornwall Walking

6 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Devon Guided Walking

6 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Cornwall

beautiful cornish coast

Cornwall Self Guided Walking

6 Day Self-Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays
St Agnes Cornish Coast stunning footpath and tin mine

Cornwall Guided Walking

6 Day Guided - WEEKLY - Starting Sundays

Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

  • star rating  Fabulous, fun packed weekend with experienced guides. We swam in beautiful locations and were fed well and thoroughly looked after. Swimming ability was not an issue as there were always... read more

    Jo M
    9/25/2021

    star rating  We had a fantastic 3 day weekend in South Devon. The guides were very friendly, helpful and informative. They took us to lots of unique and different locations and we... read more

    EBlow
    9/11/2021

    star rating  Amazing trip. Super well organized and fantastic guides and driver. So much fun. The sites were good, swimming was not too difficult, the water was chilly so definitely recommend... read more

    adelefrancesca
    8/31/2021
  • star rating  I chose the 3 day swimming trip in Devon and it was fabulous! Varied swims in rivers, the sea and an outdoor lido and no pressure to do longer swims... read more

    katesH6367IS
    8/26/2021

    star rating  Great guides who made our trip really enjoyable. There was no pressure to swim beyond your ability and we had time to chill. I really liked the variety of locations... read more

    I3906NEjop
    8/26/2021

    star rating  My short midweek break was a delightful experience throughout with beautiful swimming and excellent organisation. The team were efficient yet relaxed and friendly, helpful and accommodating. The group was possibly... read more

    jodY76RO
    8/25/2021
  • star rating  The variety was great - from coasts to rivers to lidos. However what elevated this to a fantastic few days was our guides. They were professional, fun, and paid such... read more

    Kath S
    8/24/2021

    star rating  Devon Swim Tour. A fantastic experience, wonderful variety of swims. A fun bunch of people to swim with and great itinerary. The whole experience superbly executed by... read more

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    8/24/2021

    star rating  This is our 3rd time traveling with Active England and we wouldn’t travel thru England any other way. They are incredibly thoughtful to work with. They made the stressful planning... read more

    rhondagreenberg
    8/13/2021
  • star rating  The swimming weekend in Devon was a joy from start to finish. Locations, local knowledge, and the expertise and good humour of the guides made it an experience I... read more

    mimmmihe
    8/12/2021

    star rating  I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 day swim trip with fabulous guides and friendly fellow swimmers, amazing locations and varied, highly enjoyable swims in clear waters. The guides were super friendly... read more

    Bea_Sti7
    8/10/2021

    star rating  Fabulous swim locations, expert guidance, congenial company, comfortable hotel - all put together with thorough planning and lots of smiles

    155jennier
    8/09/2021
  • star rating  Brilliant 3 day swimming trip to South Devon. Excellent organisation, value for money and leadership by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun guides. There was a good range of swimming... read more

    lindarW9525KU
    8/09/2021

    star rating  A fantastic weekend of swims led by enthusiastic, experienced and friendly guides. The two leaders and our driver could not have done more to make the weekend a memorable and... read more

    Elaine K
    8/09/2021

    star rating  We took the 4 days swimming tour in Cornwall. It was a great experience with plenty of opportunities to swim in this beautiful part of England. The tour was very... read more

    Mariaswimm
    8/05/2021
  • star rating  We had the most wonderful short break on Dartmoor, swimming and walking, our guides were enthusiastic and very well informed on local knowledge.

    sallypope1954
    7/22/2021

    star rating  We had the most fantastic 4-day Devon swim tour with Active England - everything was perfectly organised making everything so easy for us, the swims were beautiful, varied and... read more

    bronwynf503
    7/21/2021

    star rating  My 6-day cycling trip in Kent was wonderful. This was my 4th trip with Active England (2 in the Cotswolds, 1 in the Cotswolds/Devon/Cornwall - a custom made trip -... read more

    LH1957
    1/16/2020

Visit Iconic Places on our Cornwall and Devon tours

With a number of places to visit including the famous seaside town of St Ives, the foodie haven of Padstow, and the trendy Penzance on the county’s Western tip, a visit to Cornwall is not to be missed!

Or how about exploring Devon, with its iconic Haytor and Houndtor on Dartmoor, Bellever Forest, charming village of Chagford and beautiful Mothecombe Beach.

Whichever county you chooses, our guests are always charmed by England’s South West! Simply put, it has something for everyone.

Explore the Magic on Foot

Explore the highlights of 630 unbroken miles of the South West Coast Path along beaches, over cliffs, crossing to incredible islands and staying in gorgeous seaside towns and villages.

Be enchanted by the stories and history revealed within some of the finest coastal landscapes and views in the world, from smugglers coves and 19th century coast guard patrol routes, to Poldark locations and the Pirates of Penzance.

We also offer National Trails including the Cotswold Way, as well as the classic Coast to Coast walk from the Lakes to the North Sea. 

Top things you need to know before visiting the south west

Why go on a guided holiday?

Our guides are the beating heart of our tours and can make all the difference to the enjoyment of your walking holiday – so we make sure to choose them VERY carefully! They are driven, knowledgeable, know how to have A LOT of fun and importantly will take you on the ‘road less travelled’ across Devon and Cornwall. They are local to the South West and know the best spots for making your walking tour truly different and truly magical!

Where is Devon and Cornwall?

Cornwall is in the far South West 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!

Devon is Cornwall’s wild neighbour, with craggy coasts and ancient moors! It has inspired authors and painters from afar and is home to an incredible natural landscape that needs to be discovered! 

What is the best way to get to Cornwall and Devonl?

The best way into Cornwall is by train, from London Paddington direct to Bodmin Parkway in four hours, with good connections across the country. From the station we’ll take you down by the sea at Padstow in 15 minutes. You can drive if you prefer, using parking at Bodmin Parkway. 

Devon is slightly closer – it’s a quick and easy direct 2 hour journey to Exeter St Davids or Tiverton Parkway! 

Why go on a self-guided walking holiday?

With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveller or groups of travellers; those who wish to walk at their own pace and speed. With Ride With GPS and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Walk at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is always on standby.

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