Walking Holidays South West England
Walking is one of the most popular past times in the UK and many people look for holiday parks with great walks nearby. This might be the whole purpose of the holiday or just that you want a park with some great walks in beautiful countryside, in our stunning national parks or by the coastline on our coastal paths.
Here we have collected some holiday parks that are near great walking routes. For the South west, this generally means parks on the South West Coastal Path, 630 miles of coastal path from Minehead to Poole and it is truly unique. The South West is also home to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor and is one of the most popular locations for walking holidays in the country.
So if you want to do a spot of walking or base your entire holiday on walking, here are some ideas of areas to visit and holiday parks by the walks that would make a great base, enjoy the fresh air and enjoy your holiday! The South West is also home to a huge selection of holiday parks so there is a large selection to suit everyone from families to couples. Ypu can also find some amazing deals for last minute and cheap caravan holidays in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset here.
Walking Holidays in Cornwall
Walking in Cornwall is a great way to explore the area, taking in the stunning scenery, rugged coastline, and abundant wildlife. Cornwall is a walker’s paradise, with a huge selection of trails to explore. Whether you are a casual stroller or an experienced hiker, Cornwall has something for everyone.
The South West Coastal Path is one of the world’s longest national trails, stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset and covers the entire Cornish Coastline from Bude to Torpoint. This path offers some of the most dramatic and beautiful coastal scenery in the UK. With the entire north and south coast as part of the path in Cornwall, you can explore a variety of different landscapes, from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs, Poldark country and the rolling south coast.
The Cornish Way is another long-distance route which is a cycle route but you can walk it from Bude to Lands End with two different routes to follow. This route offers more relaxed walking than the South West Coast Path, with plenty of stops for sightseeing. If you are looking for shorter walks, there are plenty of options in Cornwall. The Tintagel- Boscastle walk is a 6-mile route along the coast between the two villages, taking in some stunning views along the way. The Camel Trail is an 18-mile route which mostly follows a disused railway line and is great for families.
Below are some great holiday parks for Walking Holidays in Cornwall near to these fantastic walks, the pick of the bunch for us is Perran Sands, great park, great beach and great walks along the coastal path to some of North Cornwall’s very best beaches.
The South West Coast Path is a popular long-distance walking route, which stretches from Plymouth in the west to Seaton in the east. This coastal path walk will take you through gorgeous Victorian seaside resorts like Sidmouth and the whole of the English Riviera, Teignmouth and Shaldon, Dawlish Warren and Budleigh Salterton.
The coastal path is just one draw though for walkers in South Devon. The South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a great place to explore on foot, with plenty of routes and trails to follow. This area is popular with walkers, offering great views of the rolling countryside.
For those looking for something more challenging, Dartmoor National Park is a walkers paradise and the only National Park in the UK with wild camping on offer. We recommend that you start from the centre, there are many trails from Postbridge, Two Bridges and Dartmeet with plenty of Torrs to access. With lots of rocky tors and steep paths, there are plenty of opportunities to test your walking skills. South Devon has something for everyone, from hard core Ten Torrs to a gentle stroll down Sidmouth seafront. Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, there are plenty of options to choose from in South Devon.
Here are some holiday parks in South Devon that make great bases for walking holidays or just for family holidays with a lot of walking nearby. Our pick of the bunch is Devon Cliffs if you want to explore the coastal path and have all of the facilities on a big park that is family friendly. Harford Bridge is perfect for exploring Dartmoor and is located near Tavistock, a gorgeous Dartmoor town!
Walking Holidays in Devon
North Devon is an ideal destination for walking holidays, with its stunning coastline and picturesque countryside. From the amazing beaches of Woolacombe and Saunton, to the rolling hills of Exmoor National Park, North Devon has something for everyone. For those looking for an easy walk, the Tarka Trail offers miles of flat, off-road paths to explore. This route follows the course of the River Taw and passes through beautiful coastal villages, riverside meadows, and woodlands from Torrington to Braunton through Barnstaple.
On the more challenging side, Exmoor National Park is an excellent place to explore on foot. With its rugged hills, deep woodlands, and spectacular views, there are great places to visit including Doone Valley and Tarr Steps.
Popular routes include the Two Moors Way, Coleridge Way, and South West Coast Path. All of these offer the opportunity to discover hidden gems and some of the most breath-taking scenery in the South West. Whatever your interests, North Devon has something for everyone, we love the walks around baggy Point at Croyde and the Morte Point to Bull Point Lighthouse walk in Mortehoe.
Below are some great holiday parks for Walking Holidays in Devon:
Walking Holidays in Somerset
There are a variety of walks available in North Somerset, the area is full of stunning views and interesting wildlife, making it an ideal destination for a walking holiday. The area is home to a variety of walking routes, including the Cheddar Gorge National Nature Reserve, the Mendip Hills, and the South West Coast Path. The South West Coastal Path also runs through the entire north coast of Somerset, offering a breathtakingly scenic route along the shoreline and ends in the Exmoor National Park with fantastic views to South Wales along high cliff tops.
For those looking for something a little more challenging, the Somerset Way is a long distance walk spanning the entire county from Minehead to Bath and goes through Glastonbury and Wells. This 145-mile route takes in some of the Somersets most beautiful countryside with a few cider farms on the way and is a great way to explore North Somerset.
For those looking to explore more of the region, there are a variety of walking holidays available. These can include guided walks, which are a great way to explore the area with a knowledgeable local guide, or self-guided walks, where you can explore the area at your own pace. North Somerset is an ideal destination for walking holidays, there are flat and more challenging walks, especially around Exmoor like Dunkery Beacon. We hope you find a great base and there are holiday parks ideal for walking in Somerset listed below.
Walking Holidays in Dorset
From the rugged Jurassic Coastline to the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Dorset countryside, there is something for everyone in Dorset if you are looking for a walking holiday. The Jurassic Coast is part of the South West Coastal Path that takes in some of the best scenery Dorset has to offer. Beautiful beaches, quaint little villages and towns like Lyme Regis, Seatown and the fantastic beach at West Bay are dotted along the coastline. The area around Corfe Castle, Wareham and Swanage is really gorgeous and the walks there are not too challenging but enough to know that you have had a decent hike.
Inland, there are great places to visit with rural walks like Dorchester, Cerne Abbas and Sturminster Newton with beautiful rural walks around unspoilt Dorset countryside. When you get away from the main A roads in Dorset, it really is exceptionally quiet and peaceful with some fantastic countryside walks and gorgeous villages to visit. To the East, Christchurch, Bournemouth and Pool have beautiful coastal path walks and Wimborne Minster is worth a visit.
There are many holiday parks in Dorset, primarily on the coast with a few inland. The great selection varies from good sized holiday parks near great beaches and the coastal path to independent inland holiday parks that are perfect if you want a walking base for the Dorset countryside.