Self Guided Walking Holidays
Short Breaks of 5 days or less

Not every walking holiday has to be an epic distance or mileage every time.

If you don’t have the time to spend weeks walking the paths and trails we offer, why not try a short break instead?  Perhaps you are new to walking? Here is a perfect opportunity to see what the fuss is all about. Or maybe you would like to explore certain areas in greater detail? There are so many attractions and events that make the areas of Wales, Northern and Southern England popular, why not come and stay and try some of our short walking holiday breaks.


Official Path Distance 66.5 miles (107.0 km)

Walking from the picturesque harbour side in the renowned town of Padstow, through the landscape of Cornwalls’ great mining heritage, onto the artistic and cosmopolitan town of St Ives. A mixture of the old and new, with opportunities to sample both culinary and historical delights.


Official Path Distance 40.6 miles (65.3 km)

Begin your journey in the artistic hub of St Ives, home to the Tate and many numerous independent galleries. This dramatic walk explores many well-known landmarks including Lands End, The Minack Theatre and Marconi Telegraph Museum before reaching your end point in Penzance, home to the iconic St. Michael's Mount.


Official Path Distance 61.1 miles (98.3 km)

A chance to explore the outstanding diversity of Cornwalls coastline ; from the rugged cliff tops and pretty coves hiding the fishing villages on the stunning The Lizard peninsula, to walking through ancient woodland surrounding the Helford River before reaching your destination in the vibrant harbour town of Falmouth.


Official Path Distance 28.0 miles (45.1 km)

Only a few days to spare ? Well why not visit the English Riviera and walk this short journey between Brixham and Exmouth.
Leaving the bustling port of Brixham, follow the path along the Victorian promenades at Paignton and Torquay, moving up onto red sandstone Babbacombe with its Cliff railway...then through woodland and rolling fields passing Teignmouth and Starcross before ending your journey at Exmouth.


Official Path Distance 29.5 miles (47.5 km)

Begin your journey on the coast of East Devon before going back in time entering the renowned Jurassic Coast of Dorset on a lovely and rewarding journey with ever changing scenery and contrasts.
Walk along cliff tops above rocks dating back 250 million years, explore small coves and quaint fishing villages and perhaps find your own fossil !


Official Path Distance 30.0 miles (48.3 km)

A short walking holiday from the North Cornish coast to the South. It follows the probable route of early Christian travellers making their way from Ireland and Wales to Brittany and the European mainland. The route starts at the picturesque harbour in Padstow and heads south joining the Fowey River near Lostwithiel for a lovely waterside stretch that leads to Fowey.


Official Path Distance 68.5 miles (110.2 km)

A challenging but wild and beautiful journey along spectacular cliff tops with superb views, along glorious sandy beaches and through unspoilt Welsh countryside. Stay overnight in delightful seaside towns and old fishing villages. See the amazing blowhole at the Witches Cauldron, ancient Neolithic chambers and standing stones,and the cathedral in unique St Davids the 'smallest city' in the UK.


Official Path Distance 47.0 miles (75.6 km)

Arrive in the 'tiny' city of St Davids, explore the cathedral then rise the next day to start walking on this lovely journey over wonderful cliff tops and along secluded golden beaches; through Welsh woodlands to the pretty harbour at Solva. With amazing views over the islands of Ramsey, Skokholm and Skomer home to many kinds of seabirds such as Puffins, Kittiwakes and Guillemots, the trail continues along this beautiful coastline before arriving at the bustling port of Milford Haven.


Official Path Distance 65.0 miles (104.6 km)

Starting at the bustling coastal port of Milford Haven with much naval history still visible the trail moves through Pembroke, where the remains of the Norman invasion can be explored at Pembroke castle, mixed with views of the industrial present. Discover the quaint village of Angle,iconic picturesque Tenby; Manorbier Castle and Bosherston Lily ponds. Witness the abundant wildlife and seabirds, with the ever present sound of the waves crashing below, this is a journey with such variety it cannot fail to impress.

Our experts here at Walk the Trail have selected a few of the most popular short breaks in some of the most stunning locations for you to experience either inland or coastal walking in smaller sections. Whether you wish to see seashores, clifftops and beaches, or windswept isolated moors and heathland or perhaps a mixture of the two, we are sure to have something here to entice you to come to walk with us. Once you have sampled a taste of what a Walk the Trail holiday has to offer we are certain you will be looking to book another.

 All of our short break packages include maps, guidebooks, luggage transfers and our telephone helpline.

If we haven’t listed your favourite location, please contact us and we will see if we can put together a short break the memory of which will last forever.