Walk the South West

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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! 

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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. 

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Devon & Cornwall Walking

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.
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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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