Self Guided Walking Holidays
in the South of England
The United Kingdom is one of the greatest walking destinations in the world, with many routes criss-crossing the country from both east to west, as well as north to south. We at Walk the Trail appreciate that it may be difficult to know where to choose. Our specialist holiday planners are here to help you.
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The South of England is home to numerous walking routes, all with their own individual styles, terrains and landscapes. Depending on what you would like to see as you walk, this area of the country provides you with many choices;
If you wish to spend your days watching the boundary between the land and the sea, why not opt for walking a section of the South West Coast Path, at 630 miles this is one of the longest national trails in the UK, starting in Minehead this trail takes you around the coastline of the counties of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall before ending an epic journey in Poole in Dorset. Walk the Trail offer many differing options of where to wander, if you wish to incorporate your interest in art with your walk – a stop in St Ives is a must. If you fancy visit outstanding iconic monuments St Michaels Mount in Penzance must be on your to do list.
The rising popularity of many television series, such as Poldark may draw you to explore the rich Cornish mining heritage areas, or maybe you are a Doc Martin aficionado, then spending a day or two in Port Isaac (or Port Wenn to its many fans) will bring you face to face with familiar shops and places in the village.
The South of England is renowned for its maritime history; the historic ports of Falmouth and Plymouth await you. Perhaps you would prefer the wild and rugged isolation of the windswept high points inland walking amidst the gorse and heather, whilst stopping at old inns and pubs every night, then the Two Moors Way is the choice for you, this walk cuts across from the southern coastline village of Wembury in Devon across Dartmoor and ends in the North Devon town of Lynmouth on the edge of Exmoor with its Dark Sky status, perfect for the astronomers in your group.
If all this exertion sounds like hard work, the more genteel and serene walks of The Cotswold Way with its picture perfect thatched roofed, stone built villages and open farmland would be more your style, this walk takes you through towns built from the Roman invasion through the English Civil War to the historic city of Bath and its regeneration by the Georgians, almost a microcosm of the history of Southern England in all its splendour.
Of course if you prefer more ancient history, there is always the chance to explore the 95 miles of the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast stretching from Exmouth to Swanage, or the ancient track of the South Downs Way, which wends its way from Winchester across the gentle rolling hills of the South Downs down towards the Victorian seaside town of Eastbourne. Whichever route you decide to take, know that we at Walk the Trail are there to help you every step of the way.