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Overview

Walking Holidays
8 Nights
  • Prices from: £1195 per person
  • Transport: Car required. Rental car included (optional)
  • Availability: Any start date year-round
  • Best time to go: April - October

Highlights

The bridge and ford at the picturesque hamlet of Malmsmead in the Doone Valley directly on the border between Somerset and Devon
County Gate, Brendon & Malmsmead Hill
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Travel through the scenic Doone Valley, heading west along the East Lyn River to the small village of Brendon. This challenging walk provides wonderful variety as you ascend Malmsmead Hill, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views across the hilly moorland of Exmoor National Park.

Lizard Peninsula
Lizard Point
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This is a satisfying circular walk that joins the South West Coast Path and explores the spectacular Lizard Peninsula. This route follows an undulating coast and provides wonderful views, particularly at Kynance Cove and the central Lizard Point.

Woody Bay Exmoor
Hunter's Inn & Woody Bay
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This walk offers views of some of the most dramatic cliffs in England – you might even be able to spot Wales on a clear day! It starts and ends near the delightful Hunter’s Inn, where you may wish to enjoy a well-earned beverage at the end of your walk.

Coastal walking by Sennen Cove
Land’s End & Sennen Cove
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Starting in the small village of Sennen, this straightforward walk will lead you to the southernmost point in England. This walk features a beautiful coastline, with plenty of historical sites to visit along the way. Continuing on from Land’s End, you can also reach the gorgeous Nanjizal beach.

Puffin on Lundy Island
Lundy Island
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Travel 12 miles off the coast of Devon, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel, to visit the unspoilt Lundy Island. This island that is tiny in population is mighty in wildlife. It is even named after a famous puffin!

St Michael's Mount in Cornwall
St Michael’s Mount
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Explore this tidal island steeped in legend and visit the medieval church and castle that sit proudly at the pinnacle of the island. The island can be reached on foot or via a short boat trip and boasts spectacular views of Mount’s Bay and the Lizard.

Drive & Hike Through Captivating South-West England

This delightful multi-centre walking holiday is based in two of England’s most beautiful counties. Explore world-famous beaches and picture-postcard villages in Devon and Cornwall, and enjoy the freedom to discover these areas on foot and by car.

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Devon: Devon is home to some of the most spectacular coastlines in the UK, making it a fantastic base for a holiday packed with stunning walking opportunities. There is an abundance of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the region, making it a haven for wildlife.

This itinerary is based in North Devon, where you will find dramatic cliffs and consistent scenic views. There is a perfect mix of riverside, moorland and steep coastline trails to suit your level and style of walking.

Cornwall: Your travels continue as you head towards the ‘Cornish Riviera, where you will explore England’s charming south west corner. There are endless beaches to explore on foot, as you set off on trails that abound with wondrous headland.

Another highlight is the charming and quaint villages and fishing harbours that are scattered throughout Cornwall. Visit bustling St Ives or Padstow, or the more quaint and quiet villages of Port Isaac or St Mawes. Don’t miss out on the chance to try a number of Cornish delicacies that range from cream teas to pasties and ice cream.

Itinerary

This is a multi-centre walking holiday which requires the use of a car. If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are able to offer this holiday without a rental car.

We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights or other destinations.

We will provide you with a variety of walking routes and sightseeing suggestions which means you are free to walk as much, or as little, as you please.

 

Walking Terrain

Devon: Windswept moorlands, spectacular cliff paths, and broad sandy beaches.

Cornwall: Remote and rugged cliff paths and long sandy beaches. Some steep headlands.

Day 1: Arrive in Devon
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Make your way to Devon today where your multi-centre walking holiday will begin. This beautiful region is full of endless opportunities for adventure.
Overnight – North Devon

Days 2 - 4: Walking in Devon
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Porlock in North Devon

Walking recommendations include:

  • Easy: Hunter’s Inn & Woody Bay (4.5 miles / 7.2 km / 275m ascent / 2 hours)
  • Moderate: Hurlstone & Selworthy Beacon (6.5 miles / 10.1 km / 350m ascent / 3.5 hours)
  • Challenging: County Gate, Brendon & Malmsmead Hill (9 miles / 14.5 km / 420m ascent / 5 hours)

Sightseeing recommendations include:

  • Lundy Island
  • Chapel of St Nicholas
  • The ancient town of Barnstaple

Overnight – North Devon

Day 5: Devon to Cornwall
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Today you will make your way to Cornwall – a drive of approximately 120 miles. This region is filled with endless coastline to explore, interspersed with some of England’s most charming villages and towns.
Overnight – West Cornwall

Days 6 - 8: Walking in Cornwall
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Walking on the Cornish coast

Walking recommendations include:

  • Easy: Land’s End & Sennen Cove (3 miles / 4.75 km / 160m ascent / 2 hours)
  • Moderate: Zennor Head (5 miles / 8.5 km / 290m ascent / 3 hours)
  • Challenging: Challenging: Lizard Point (6.5 miles / 10.5 km / 365m ascent / 4 hours)

Sightseeing recommendations include:

  • St Michael’s Mount
  • Minack Theatre
  • Eden Project

Overnight – West Cornwall

Day 9: Depart Cornwall
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This is when your multi-centre walking holiday of Devon and Cornwall comes to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 8 nights including traditional English breakfast
  • 9 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • Comprehensive information pack with our list of exceptional walking routes, taking in the best of your surroundings
  • Road map with our recommended driving route
  • Guidebook: Walking in Cornwall (Cicerone)
  • Guidebook: Exmoor & Quantocks (Pathfinder)
  • Our sightseeing suggestions - the must-see sights in the region; traditional villages, natural wonders, impressive architecture and cultural landmarks
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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Standard Standard
Budget Budget

We know that after a busy day of exploring, an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.

Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.

Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.

Category
Accommodation type
Price per person
Premium
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £1945

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.

It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.

Standard
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £1315

A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your English experience.

Budget
3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £1195

A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.

A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
Please enquire

From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.

These are truly magical places and amongst the best England has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.

Car Hire

Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your walking holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.

If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Intermediate
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Fullsize
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

Make an enquiry

Devon & Cornwall

Need something more tailored?
Contact us via email:
enquiries@absoluteescapes.com

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