Follow the South West Coast Path between Minehead in Somerset and Croyde in North Devon, an untamed stretch of England’s coastline designated a ‘National Heritage Coast’. This guided eight-day walk takes us from the mellow hills and woodland of Exmoor National Park to the wild cliffs of North Devon including the charming twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, the Valley of Rocks, and the secluded idyll of Heddon’s Mouth.
Explore the unique landscape of Exmoor – much of which has remained largely unchanged since smugglers plied the lonely coastline and romantic poets strode out across the moors in search of their muse. All along this walk there are some fantastic views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast and Lundy Island. The first day’s walk takes you to Selworthy Beacon with spectacular views over the moor and on to Hurlstone Point overlooking the magnificent Porlock Bay. Your experienced guide will lead your group to Hollow Brook – one of the highest waterfalls in Britain, dropping 200 metres to the sea. It then leads you to the twin villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, connected via a water-powered cliff railway that’s been operating since 1890. There are more rewarding views after a steep climb to the highest point on the Coast Path at Great Hangman: 1043 feet above sea level. After many ups and downs, you’ll feel a great sense of achievement on reaching Croyde.
This group tour itinerary has been operated by HF Holidays – one of the UK’s largest activity holiday companies – who specialise in guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe.
Our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer leaders undergo a thorough assessment to lead you on your Guided Trail and will also be delighted to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Your trail leader will carry all the necessary maps and guides.
All walking days involve minibus or local transport between the walking route and your accommodation and this is included in your holiday price.
Packed lunches are provided each day and after a sociable evening meal, you can join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the accommodation’s guest facilities.
This wild stretch of coastline includes some fairly strenuous climbs up and down steep slopes and steps to reach beautiful coves. The daily distances are fairly consistent and some involve several hundred metres of ascent and descent, so don’t underestimate the time/effort required.
Accommodation for this holiday is at HF Holidays’ Holnicote House in the village of Selworthy, near Minehead. The bedrooms – all with their individual layout and character as befits a historic building – are located in the main house and adjoining cottages. In your room you’ll find a TV with digital radio, hair dryer, towels and tea and coffee making facilities.
The public rooms at Holnicote House retain the period charm of this Victorian house.
There’s a comfortable lounge with access to the extensive gardens, a dining room and licensed bar, open throughout your stay. You can also enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool (open in summer). The boot and drying room is available to store your boots and to dry wet outdoor clothing. Secure cycle storage is also available. WiFi is accessible in all public areas of the house.
This Guided Trail involves walking as a group on well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas. These may be rough and steep in sections and will require a good level of fitness. We want you to be confident that you can meet the demands of each walking day and get the most out of your holiday. Please be sure you can manage the mileage and ascent detailed in the daily itineraries. It is important for your own enjoyment, and that of your fellow guests that you can maintain the pace. The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
HF Holidays Grading: LEVEL 3 – Medium to Challenging
All holidays at HF Holiday’s Country Houses are full board, from evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. There’s a vegetarian option at all meals and we cater for gluten-free diets. There are plenty of opportunities to sample traditional ales and local specialities in the HF country house, as well as in the towns and villages.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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