Hiking Tour Somerset Devon Minehead to Barnstaple
Double / Single
£721 / £1155
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Providing no further outbreaks of Coronavirus, I will be offering this tour to book from April 2022.
Description of Twin/Double
- 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.
A seven centre inn-to-inn, village-to-village self-guided walking tour along the Somerset and Devon Coast Path from Minehead to Barnstaple, England. Through Exmoor National Park and seaside villages of Porlock, Lynmouth, Lynton and Ilfracombe.
7 nights bed and breakfast in ensuite accommodation, 6 days walking, luggage transfer between accommodations and taxi from Woolacombe to Barnstaple, guide book, maps and walking notes.
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. 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 walking from 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. From Mortehoe you will be collected and taken to Barnstaple. Your final day is a choice of either catching a local bus from Barnstaple and walking more of the coast OR spend some time discovering the county town of Barnstaple.
START: Minehead is 25 miles NW of Taunton on the Somerset Coast.
FINISH: Barnstaple is about 50 miles west of Minehead.
DAY ONE: At Minehead. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby pubs in the town (not included in tour price). Overnight at Minehead, Somerset, England.
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. You depart from the pebble beach and arrive at Porlock Town. Dinner can be taken at any of the nearby pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Porlock, Somerset, England.
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 waters edge in the delightful village of Lynmouth. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Lynmouth, Devon, England.
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 and along a beautiful green carriage path to arrive at the remote Heddon Valley. Dinner is taken at the inn (not included in tour price). Overnight at Woody Bay, Devon, 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 out of the valley from the inn 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.
DAY SIX: Walking from Combe Martin to Woolacombe. 10 miles (16km) 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 finish at Woolacombe. A pre-booked taxi will collect you and take you to Barnstaple (included in tour price). Dinner can be taken at the hotel or bar meals are available in nearby pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Barnstaple, Devon, England.
DAY SEVEN: Walking from Woolacombe to Barnstaple. 10 miles (16km) and 1,600 feet of ascent.If you wish to continue walking the coast path, you can return to Woolacombe by the local bus or taxi (not included in the tour price). You then continue along the coast and catch a local bus from Braunton into Barnstaple (fare not included). Alternatively you can explore this delightful market town or hire a bike and follow the Tarka Trail to Bideford and back. Dinner can be taken at the hotel or bar meals are available in nearby pubs (not included in tour price). Overnight at Barnstaple, Devon, England.
DAY EIGHT: Departure. The tour finishes from Barnstaple after breakfast.
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: 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.