Coastal Trails

Walking holidays in France and UK along classic coastal trails

France and the UK have some of the most beautiful and varied coastlines in Europe. Our coastal trail walking holidays follow some wonderful trails along interesting and picturesque coastal scenery, where each day you'll enjoy a new experience.

In France, we have several independent walking holidays along the Mediterranean coast where dramatic mountains and cliffs plunge towards the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Our Coastal Provence walking holiday discovers the French Fjords of the amazing Calanques coast close to the pretty port of Cassis, whilst in the west of France our Pyrenees Coastal Trail follows the Catalan coast between France and Spain, rising into the Pyrenees mountains for amazing panoramic views. Following on from this stretch of coastline we have a walking holiday along the Spanish Costa Brava between Cadaques and Llafranc which discovers a varied and relatively quiet coastline with lots of wildlife and historic interest.

In England, we have two self-guided walking holidays along two superb sections of the South West Coastal path. The Dorset Jurassic Coast path along the south coast is one of the most varied and interesting in the whole of England and its natural wonders have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cornwall's dramatic northern coast is rugged and wild with beautiful inlets and bays sheltering traditional fishing villages. In Scotland, our independent walking holiday combines the best parts of the classic West Highland Way trail with a few days exploring Britain's last wilderness on the spectacular west coast of Scotland. We will be developing further coastal trail walking holidays in France and Europe, so please keep in touch and if there is somewhere in particular you would like us to create an independent walking tour, please share your ideas with us.

Coastal Trail Walking Holidays


Pyrenees Coastal Trail - France and Spain

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6 nights - £620/€680 - 5 1/2 days independent walking between guest houses

This self-guided walking holiday follows a classic coastal and mountain trail flirting with both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea as it moves south from Collioure in France to Cadaques in Spain. Accommodation in two and three star hotels in pretty fishing ports and villages.

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Costa Brava, Spain

grade moderate guided walking jura

6 nights - £595/€655 - 5 1/2 days independent walking between guest houses

Following on from our Pyrenees Coastal Trail, this self-guided walking holiday follows the beautiful Catalan coastal path in Spain passing through a variety of landscapes and historic sites as you alternate between hilly days with pretty rocky inlets and headlands, and easier days passing through bays with lots of wildlife interest.

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French Fjords: Calanques National Park - France

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4 or 5 nights - From £605/€660 - 3 or 4 days independent walking based in a guest house in Cassis.

This self guided French walking holiday explores the Calanques National Park where gleaming white limestone cliffs form a stark contrast with the deep blue sky and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. The Calanques coastline offers a unique landscape of beautiful fjords and dramatic cliffs, small ports and wonderful panoramic viewpoints. You'll stay in a delightful guest house in the pretty coastal resort of Cassis.

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Brittany's Emerald Coast - France

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6 nights - £710/€780, 5 days walking between guest houses

The Emerald coast is home to some of Brittany’s most impressive coastlines, with dramatic rocky headlands jutting into the sea, enclosing picturesque coves of beautiful golden sand. Each day’s walk changes character from the opulent villas of Dinard and the fabulous historic walled town of St Malo to the wild heathland and stunning 70m cliffs of the Frehel Peninsula.

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Brittany's Granite Coast

grade moderate guided walking jura

9 nights - £835/€920, 8 days walking between guest houses

The granite coast in Brittany is a dramatic shoreline where pink rocks contrast with vibrant turquoise seas and fine sandy beaches. The long distance coastal trail follows a former coastguard footpath, winding among bizarrely shaped rock formations interspersed with numerous creeks, sandy coves and wonderful coastal views. Elsewhere along this stretch of Brittany's coastline there are wild and remote cliffs and peninsulas, dramatic estuaries and pretty fishing villages.

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Dorset Jurassic Coastal Path & Ridgeway - England

grade moderate guided walking jura

5, 7 or 8 nights - From £490 (5 nights) - 4, 6 or 7 days independent walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday follows a stunning section of the South West Coastal Trail between Lyme Regis and Swanage in Dorset, with a possible extension to Corfe Castle. This spectacular coast is one of the most interesting and varied in England and has been designated a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Cornwall's Dramatic Northern Coast - England

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

5 or 6 nights - From £460 (5 nights) - 4 or 5 days independent walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday follows a dramatic and beautiful section of the South West Coastal Trail in the UK between Bude and Pastow in Cornwall, with a possible extension. The walking is varied and challenging with towering cliffs, prominent headlands and secluded bays and inlets harbouring well preserved small fishing ports and villages such as Port Isaac, Tintagel and Boscastle.

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Wonderfully Wild: North Pembrokeshire Coast - Wales

grade moderate guided walking jura

6 nights - £550 - 4 or 5 days independent walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday in west Wales explores the beautiful north Pembrokeshire coast with its volcanic headlands and glacial valleys between the town of Newport with its sandy beach to the lovely harbour village of Solva. It is a wild and rugged coastline with high cliffs and steep drops where the coast path hugs the edge of the cliffs to give wonderful viewpoints.The route follows the coastline which was designated a National Park in 1952 mainly because of its extraordinary variety of rock types and landforms; a unique coastal landscape that makes an ideal habitat for wildlife.


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Scotland - West Highlands Way & Wild West Coast - Scotland

grade moderate guided walking jura+

7 nights - £825 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days independent walking on West Highlands Way, 3 days exploring Scotland's rugged west coast with choice of walks

A great mix of multi-day trekking along the best parts of the West Highlands Way, one of the UK's premium trails and 3 day walks on the amazing west coast of Scotland including the remote Knoydart peninsula known as Britain's last wilderness and the rugged Isle of Skye

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