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Walking and Cycling Holidays in West Country

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 10 people
Destination: England  
Category: Hiking and walking outfitters
Season: January - December
Min Price: 220 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person
Max Price: 390 Pound Sterling (GBP) per person

Wessex contains plenty of diverse walking in the lush countryside of Dorset and the intriguing Somerset levels. The Blackdown Hills, on the border of these two counties with Devon, as well as East Devon make for some interesting walks and afford many wonderful views over the counties and the coastline. Below are some of the walks we cover.

Another alternative is the Parrett Way walk, which runs from the North Coast of Somerset to Lyme Regis following the River Parrett from sea to source, also consider the Leland Trail from King Alfred's Tower to Ham Hill near our base and the Liberty Trail, from Ham Hill to Lyme Regis. There is also the Macmillan Way and the Wessex Path as well as the South Coast Path.

Whatever your choice, there is something to suit everyone in this idyllic corner of rural England. We will book your accommodation in advance, whether it be for bed and breakfast or a three star country hotel and plan your routes for you.

Tell us what you would prefer and we will cater for it. We provide Ordnance Survey maps of the area and include leaflets containing information on the points of interest that you will come across during your travels.

Your heavy baggage will be transported between each stopover, on a daily basis if required, so that it will be waiting for you on arrival. We will meet you from either rail or coach station and if you arrive by car we can arrange for safe parking.

Walks we cover and assist with:

1. Liberty Trail
28 Miles of trail from Ham Hill in South Somerset to the Dorset Coast at Lyme Regis. This follows the route of some of the men who walked to Lyme Regis in 1685 to join the Monmouth Rebellion.

2. Monarchs Way
This is a long distance footpath from Worcester to Shoreham in East Sussex, which follows the route taken by Charles II after his defeat at Worcester. It enters Somerset at Chewton Mendip travels south to Wells and then South to Yeovil into Dorset at Charmouth then back to Crewkerne then East towards East Sussex.

3. Leland Trail
John Leland was the keeper of Henry VIII royal libraries, In 1533 he was commission to look out for Britain’s antiquities. This 28 mile trail follows his footsteps across the lowland landscapes of South Somerset.

4. The River Parrett Trail
This is a 50 mile hike exploring England’s fragile countryside across the wetlands of South Somerset. It takes you through orchards, woods, with beds and the haunts of birds and fishermen.

5. The Channel to Channel Walk
A 50 Miles walk from near Lyme Regis North to Bridgewater Bay. It leaves Seaton and follows the River Yarty through quiet country lanes and woodlands and continues through Taunton past the Quantock hills to Watchet on the North coast.

6. The Macmillan Way
From Boston in Lincolnshire South through Frome, Stourhead, then down the Dorset, Wiltshire border in to Somerset and on to Abbotsbury.

7. The Celtic Way
This connects ancient sites throughout Britain. It enters Somerset near Stourhead and runs to Glastonbury, where it forks to either the Somerset Levels and the Quantocks and on to Exmoor, or South into Dorset via Corton Denham.

You see much more from a bike! There's so much to explore, from the picturesque ham stone villages and historic market towns of the Somerset levels to the gentle hills and peaceful valleys of the countryside south of Yeovil in Dorset. Our routes are planned so that there are few steep hills to climb and with plenty of stops along the way to take in places of interest..

Our service to you is booking the accommodation in advance, so that you will not have to worry that you will find decent accommodation. We have researched the best accommodation on offer, based in village houses, Inns, watermills and farmhouses and as far as possible, all rooms are 'en suite'.

We will plan your routes for you and can cater for all ranges of experience, whether you wish to travel 60 miles a day or just 10. We will provide you with Ordnance Survey maps of the area and the route description. We will also give you leaflets explaining points of interest along the way and some of the accompanying history..

We provide cycles which are renewed each year and all the ancillary equipment is included in the price... For people who prefer to use their own cycles we give a 10% reduction on the price of your holiday or break. We will transport your heavy baggage to each stopover so that when you arrive everything will be waiting for you. We will meet you from either a local rail or bus station and, if you arrive by car, will arrange for free, safe parking.

Some of the routes that we have.

1. Somerset Levels. This is a cycle route that covers the edges of Dorset and on to the levels visiting Sherborne, Cadbury Hill, Castle Cary, Somerton, Langport, Ilminster, Ham Hill. Visit the Cider Farms and see how it is made, they also make Cider Brandy. Learn about all the old canals that serviced the Levels at Langport. This is a five day, four night ride in easy country. Cost: Low Season £235.00p High Season £280.00p

2. Three Counties Ride. Cycle through the Blackdown hills of Somerset into East Devon then down to Ottery St Mary. Then down to the coast visiting Beer a Devon fishing village then on to Lyme Regis and Bridport. This is a five day, four night ride in hilly country. Cost: Low Season £235.00p High Season £280.00p

3. Dorset Coast. Start off from Bridport, visit the swannery at Abbotsbury then on to Weymouth. Then on to the Frome valley and down to Lulworth Cove. Into the Isle of Purbeck and visit Corfe Castle, then down to Swanage. Finally visiting Dorchester. This is four day three night ride. Cost: Low Season £220.00p High Season £250.00p

4. Dorset Country Lanes. This is a six day ride though can be greatly extended and covers Sherborne, Cerne Abbas, Puddletown, Blandford Forum, Wimborne, Cranborne Chase, Shaftsbury, and finally Mere in Wiltshire. Cost: Low Season £325.00p High Season £365.00p

None of these rides will take you to the extreme, though there are some steep hills in Isle of Purbeck and around Shaftsbury.

There is a 10% discount if you bring your own bike.

We regret we cannot take groups of 10 or more for bed and breakfast as the accommodation we use are all rural. The idea is that you get ensconced in the countryside and relaxed!

We cater for week ends, long week ends and mid week breaks, also for longer holidays.

Price Includes:

- Breakfast
- Luggage transfer.

About This Supplier
Location: England
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2005
Client Request Served: 3

We supply everything for the Cyclist and Walker. Chris has been cycling and walking the area for the last 6 six years. He is an ex Royal Marine and believes in giving everyone personal attention whilst they are with his firm. We endeavor to make the holiday as stress free and enjoyable as possible. We try to offer a...

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