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Hike England's Coast Path Minehead Woolacombe

Double / Single

£625 / £966
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Tour Period

Start any day February to November

Tour Nights

6

Description of Twin/Double

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Twin
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  • Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
  • If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
  • If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
  • Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
  • If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.

Tour description

A six centre inn-to-inn, self-guided walking tour in the Exmoor National Park along the Somerset and Devon Coast Path from Minehead in Somerset to Woolacombe in Devon, England. 6 nights bed and breakfast, 5 days walking, luggage transfer between overnight accommodations, transfer from Woolacombe to Barnstaple on final walking day, guide book and maps.
This is a coast of contrasts; from the 1,000 foot sea cliffs at Countisbury Head to the broad curve of Porlock Beach and from the stark towers of the Valley of the Rocks to the spaghetti windings of the East Lyn valley. Here the open heathery moors of the Exmoor National Park tumble down to the sea in secret woodlands where the red deer hide. Here too the rose-embowered thatched cottages of Selworthy and Bossington epitomise the English village, clustered around the green or straggling higgledy-piggledy alongside the stream. You start at Minehead and follow the South West Coast Path westwards, with time to stop for a cream tea or explore one of the tiny isolated churches that are such a feature of the area. Culbone Church is reputed to be Englands smallest, while at Oare Church Lorna Doone was shot at her wedding by her uncle. From Combe Martin you continue along the coast to where the slender finger of Mortehoe stretches out into the Atlantic at Woolacombe. You then take a pre-booked taxi to Barnstaple for your final might.

You stop in country hotels and inns along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms, all with private facilities. B&B, luggage transfer between overnight accommodations and a taxi from Woolacombe to Barnstaple is included in the tour price.

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Sample schedule

If you have time before or after your self-guided walking tour choose from over 200 hotels in CENTRAL LONDON. The UK’ s number one destination for shopping breaks, theatre shows, the finest restaurants and top attractions - the capital has it all. Choose from our superb range of London Hotels. that will suit your budget and find the perfect short break destination for you; enjoy the plush comfort of a hotel with Theatreland on your doorstep, stay within a stone’s throw of the fab shopping of Oxford Street, or find a boutique hotel. Start with a rest day from your flight before your walking tour, and finish with the discovery of the sights and pageants.

START: Minehead is 25 miles NW of Taunton on the Somerset Coast.
FINISH: Barnstaple is on the north west Devon coast.

DAY ONE: At Minehead. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight, Minehead, Somerset, England.

 

walking in england, red deer on the somerset and Devon coast path in the Exmoor national park

 

DAY TWO: Walking from Minehead to Porlock. 9 miles (14km) and 1,200 feet of ascent. Up through the old town of Minehead you traverse along the gorse and heather moors looking out across the Bristol Channel. You then drop down to the famed thatched roof buildings of Selworthy and Bossington and finish in Porlock Town. Dinner can be taken at the nearby hotels or pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Porlock, Somerset, England.

 

somerset and Devon coast path Minehead on Exmoor national park

 

DAY THREE: Walking from Porlock to Lynmouth. 10 miles (16km) and 1,300 feet of ascent. Today you cross the boundary from Somerset into Devon, passing the isolated Culbone and Oare churches. You finish at the delightful village of Lynmouth almost in the sea. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Lynmouth, Devon, England.

 

somerset coast path on Exmoor at Selworthy. Self-guided independent walking in england, 6 night

 

DAY FOUR: Walking from Lynmouth to Heddon Valley. 10 miles (16km) and 500 feet of ascent. From Lynmouth you take the water powered cliff railway up to Lynton (easier than walking!) and then its along the Valley of the Rocks, with its cream tea cottages past Lee Abbey. You finish the day through the oak woods to arrive at the remote Heddon Valley. Dinner can be taken at any of the inn (not included in tour price). Overnight at Heddon Valley, Devon, England.

 

self-guided walking in england, 6 night somerset and Devon Minehead to Mortehoe england

 

DAY FIVE: Walking from Heddon Valley to Combe Martin. 10 miles (16km) and 2,000 feet of ascent. Although this is not a long walk, it has a lot of ups and downs. This section is often voted the prettiest in England. Little Trentishoe church beckons you from the valley and then it’s across Holdstone Down (on which space ships have been sighted!). Down to the hamlet of Combe Martin and then the accommodation is "just around the corner". Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby pubs or you can get fish & chips in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Combe Martin, Devon, England.

 

walking in england, stream and bridge near hunters inn on the somerset and Devon coast path in the Exmoor national park

 

DAY SIX: Walking from Combe Martin to Woolacombe. 13.5 miles (21.6km) and 1,600 feet of ascent. Through the typical English seaside town of Ilfracombe and out through the Torrs (hills) to descend to Lee Bay and then up onto the grassy cliffs which point out to the Atlantic ocean at Morte Point. Woolacombe's golden beach is just a few steps away now. You finish by winding your way through the little streets of Mortehoe to Woolacombe. A taxi will collect you and take you to Barnstaple (included in tour price). Dinner can be taken at the hotel or one of the nearby pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Barnstaple, Devon, England.

DAY SEVEN: Departure. The tour finishes from Barnstaple after breakfast.

Travel Description

RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to TAUNTON (NOT included in tour price): London Paddington and Taunton are the nearest rail stations. There is a train service every hour from London (Paddington). Presently the 10:15am arrives 12:45pm (change Bristol Temple Mead).

TRAVEL from TAUNTON to MINEHEAD (NOT included in tour price): There is a connecting bus service to Minehead where you may require a local taxi to your accommodation. Taxis are also available from the station.

RAIL TRAVEL from BARNSTAPLE to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The 10:10am train from Barnstaple arrives London 13:50pm (change Exeter St David).

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Grade

C

Grade Description

GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farm and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.

For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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Just want to let you know that grandson Tommy & I really enjoyed the hike and all of your scheduling and accommodations were excellent! We even had pretty good weather with some rain & cold & wind, but nothing severe. Your timing was good, too, as it snowed the night after we arrived in Fort William and all of the mountain tops were covered in snow!

All of the B&B`s were really nice and enjoyable - very friendly. It was a good introduction to Scotland for Tommy and another wonderful experience for me. The West Highland Way is a nice way to see that area and we met lots of friendly hikers from other places - even some from Scotland. Glasgow and Edinburgh are interesting & fun, but the walk was our most favorite part of the adventure. We hope to do more! Thanks for helping to make this a memorable experience

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