Self Guided Walking Holidays
in Somerset and North Devon
Somerset and North Devon both have much to offer any walker wishing to experience a wonderful holiday to remember. Here at Walk the Trail we strive to make that a reality with the personal service our previous walkers have come to expect and appreciate.
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The Somerset and North Devon coastlines are amongst the most breath-taking in the country and are the perfect location to commence a walking holiday on the longest National Trail in Britain.
Somerset is a West Country destination of captivating yet huge contrasts. Predominantly a rural county, its popularity is hardly surprising considering the rich mixture of quiet pastoral landscapes, wild moors, stunning limestone gorges and the spectacular northern coastline. From Somerset you walk over the border and onward to the North Devon coast, which is a beautiful and contrasting county, with not only a nationally renowned coastline but two remote and beautiful and ancient National Parks, one in the north – Exmoor, with its partner Dartmoor on the southern coast.
If you prefer your walking day to be a little more isolated and windswept, why not try the Two Moors Way instead of the coast path? Walk across the unspoiled gorse and heather strewn landscape of the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor.
Alternatively, Walk the Trail offer you the chance to experience self-guided walking holidays on the South West Coast Path, starting at the bustling coastal town of Minehead, recognised as being the beginning of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path, heading onwards towards the border with North Devon. With amazing views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast you will first climb up to the high cliffs with extensive views inland over Exmoor National Park and cross deep valleys sheltering once flourishing harbours and fishing villages, interspersed with woodlands that restrict views to the sea. Pass through Porlock, an attractive village synonymous with the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and replete with quaint old thatched cottages and a good selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and places to stay.
The North Devon Coast has one of England's finest inspirational and tranquil landscapes, fringed by dramatic Atlantic coastal scenery, with majestic cliffs and long sandy beaches. An AONB, (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), there are significant belts of woodland, especially along the Clovelly coast and the combes that run to the coast throughout, giving you breath-taking photo opportunities of the waterfalls making their way to the sea. Unwind totally, as you walk amongst the same unspoilt valleys and moorlands that inspired Henry Williamson's Tarka the Otter and Richard Blackmore's romantic novel, Lorna Doone. Experience the windswept prominence of Hartland Quay as you begin your walk onward to the border with Cornwall