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Dear Tim,

Even we’re already one month back to home, the pictures we collected during our vacations in Devon are still very present. We enjoyed our trip and all the B&B accommodations, with a particular mention to the Mayfield house in Westward Ho! And Sally’s wonderful breakfast. But also the home made rhubarb-ginger marmelade from the Brookfield house in Braunton and the home made honey in the Springfield house in Instow. And so lovely people in all places we visited. And our final stay in Hartland Quay was just an experience that will keep in mind.

About the walking tour, we would just like to mention that the tarka trail is probably much nicer and comfortable when cycling then for walking. Honestly this part was a little boring. Again all the gardens we visited were wonderful, of course the Rosemoor garden where we spent all the day, even the Taxi drives were quite expensive due to Sunday’s extra-charge. But as well Marewood Hill and Docton Mill gardens are both nice and quite places with pretty tea rooms. Also we enjoyed traveling by train that allows us to appreciate the green landscape. So we will definitively come back to make another part of the coast path, probably in the Land's End region.

Thank you so much for your recommendations and travel organisation.

Kind regards Martine
(August 2017 Braunton to Hartland Quay)

 


Dear Tim,

 

you'll find some photographs enclosed ; I hope you can use them otherwise please tell me.

 

All the accomodations were very nice and special so I find it difficult to create a ranking list because they all were very different so they are hard to compare. I liked the old posthouse at Stanton very much, especially the breakfast room was extremely nice (as you can see on the first photo). The most friendly one was the "One Silk Mill Lane" at Winchcombe because the hostess was so nice and the breakfast was the best of all we had.

Detmore House e.g. is very lordly so you feel like a noble yourself ;) The St. Anns at Painswick was very special (it was built in the 17.th century), the bath "room" was in the wardrobe!

So each of them was recommendable.

 

Concerning the walk on the Cotswold way we would recommend an additional map (Ordnance Survey) as there are some unclear forks.

And a (little) problem is the fact that there are no opportunities at Stanton and Birdlip to buy some food and especially something to drink for the walk the next day so this next day (you described it as a day for Sandwiches) one has to "fast" until one reaches the next bigger village or ask the host for a lunch packet. But we survived:)) And the Cotswolds are absolutely wonderful, a lovely landscape!!!

 

So thank you once again for organizing perfect holidays and all the best to you and to Nearwater Walking Holidays !

 

Kind regards

Martin and Bettina

(Chipping Campden to Kings Stanley - August 2107)

 


Dear Tim,
we have just finished our holidays and we are very satisfied  with our walking trip due to your good organisation. The accommodations were fine and  sometimes very originally and in old houses. Some houses are remarkable particular: The Detmore house(luxurious), the hill farm(very friendly welcome by Lucy and well organised accommodation and food) the Vine (old house , very originally,). The transport of our luggage was organised well and functioned well too. Many thanks for your commitment to our walking trip,
best regards
Richard Brandes
 

18th June 2017

 


Hi Tim,

 

We both thoroughly enjoyed our Cotswold Way walk.  Although in hindsight we should have gone for 12 days of walking to reduce the extra amount of  walking time, should have listened to Malcolm!!  The 4 days of walking 20+ kilometres was just a bridge too far, especially the walk from Cleeve Hill to Birdlip, that was the killer!! I would say 15 km per day or less would have made the journey less of a trudge and more enjoyable with time to view those parts found interesting especially the Northern part

 

On our first day of walking, after leaving the Folly on from Broadway, the clouds started to look rather black and ominous, the thunder started rolling and all of a sudden we were caught out in an amazing thunder/lightning & hailstone storm.  We got instantly soaked and had to walk the last 10km to Wood Stanway with squelching boots, which were supposed to be waterproof, NOT.  In situations like that one just has to keep going.  We were glad that we had called ahead to organise a hot meal, which was most welcome as was our host.  All part of our memories now.  From then onward we packed our wet wether trousers, which did come in handy our our 2nd to last day.  Luckily our host had a boot warmer, which worked a treat.

 

Most of the accommodation was great, really loved Chipping Campden and Painswick.  Glad we were able to stay at The Falcon, as it is such a gem of a hotel and the staff were most welcoming and the food fantastic.  The security at some of the older inns, especially on the bedroom doors weren’t as secure as we would have liked, but that sort of comes with the age and the territory. Unfortunately we weren’t allocated rooms above the Dog Inn, we were placed outside in what appeared to be the old stable area which had been converted into what seemed to be for rooms for the disabled.  All our hosts were very friendly and had very good knowledge of their surrounding district.

 

We made a few misjudgements along the way (mostly caused by missing where the Acorn sign was placed).  We found in Stroud that we had to navigate ourselves around as they were working on the Canal and some of the signage had been covered over by workmen.  When we finally got back on track, the walk to the Middleyard was made somewhat tiresome by having to walk the extra kilometres. The evening meal at the Fleece, assuaged all our tiredness and we were ready for the next day.

 

We loved the wooded areas and enjoyed being out in the open, crossing fields and walking along the public footpaths.  Malcolm & I enjoyed climbing William Tyndale’s Tower at North Nibley, as William Tyndale is one of his ancestors.  We found all the walkers to be very friendly, although we did tend to walk on our own most of the time.  The cyclists were also friendly and took care when passing in the narrow parts of the walk.

 

Milton House was great for our last night in Bath, highly recommend it.  The hosts were exceptional.

 

Thank you for organising our accommodation Tim and for your updates during our travel.  This was made even more pleasant by having our bags carried ahead.  Such a great way to see a beautiful part of the English countryside. 

 

We will post some photos on your facebook page.

  

Cheers Shannonn & Malcolm Tindal - (North Island New Zealand)
(The Cotswold Way - 10 night itinerary - August 2016)

 

 

I do not do face book but will include a few pictures with this note. Overall it was the best walk I have done. The accommodations were all good. In fact some were exceptional of note was the Porthperro. ONe of the best I have every stayed in. The owners were fantastic and the village i wonderful. My ONLY comment is that the difficulty of the walk can not be stressed enough. The first couple of days out of St Ives were brutal. I am glad we stopped short at the Tinner arms. Talked to a few folks who did the whole thing to St Ives and some were so beat up they stopped walking for days. All in all Tim. You choice of distances and accommodations were fantastic. Would recommend you to anyone doing the walk. Best Leslie Roy (Walked from St Ives to Plymouth - September 2016)

Hi Tim

 

We want to thank you very much for the planning and preparation you did for our walking holiday in Cornwall.

 

We had a great time (the weather was good after gale force winds on the day we left St Ives) and the walking each day turned out to be about the right amount. We swam at some of the beaches. Thank you also for the  accommodation and recommendations for places to eat -they were excellent

 

Kind regards

 

Nadia, Graeme and Alanne

(St Ives to Fowey - July 2017)

 


Dear Tim,

 

  We had a great week walking from Penzance to Falmouth. Everything worked very well. The B&B were varied, but all were very acceptable.  The scenery and wild flowers were wonderful, I'll post some pictures on your Facebook page. 

  Glynis &Rob Armstrong 
(Penzance to Falmouth - May 2016)


Tim

We are back home in Seattle, now, and I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for arranging our trip to Cornwall.  I particularly appreciate your making the last minute arrangements for our son, Andrew (who, if I hadn’t told you before is 46 years old - more on that in a minute.)  It was a glorious adventure.  The range of weather we enjoyed made the trip even more interesting and exciting.

On the leg around the tip of the Lizard, we made it almost to the lighthouse before we decided the wind was getting just too dangerous, so we headed in to Lizard itself, had lunch in the pub and got “Lizard Taxi” to take us to Cadgwith.  The accommodations were delightful from start to finish - we each had our favorite - and we fell in love with the pub life.  I can’t remember know which house it was, but one of our hosts was under the impression that “our son” meant someone considerably younger.

They thoughtfully provided a child’s bunk bed (Andrew is 6’2”) and stuffed animals.  He was fine with that, it just added to our appreciation of the warmth of our hosts.  Again, thank you for your help.  We loved every minute of it.

(Walked from Penzance to Falmouth - May 2015)

Hello Tim and Amelia, Thanks very much for a wonderful holiday.  We enjoyed it very much.

For your information, the little snafu at Portloe went fine.  The proprietor from Jago Cottage picked us up and took us to Broom Parc, which turned out to be quite satisfactory.  I would recommend it for future stays.  We didn't stay in the large house, but in the small 1-room summer cottage.

In addition, there were no places to eat in Portloe (everything was totally booked), and the proprietor from Broom Parc was kind enough to make us a light dinner.  In the future I might recommend that hungry hikers book restaurants ahead.Thanks to Amelia for the suggestion to have a meal at Nare's Hotel. We stopped there for cream tea, and they were kind enough to provide us a ride to Portloe when we requested a taxi.Also, Honeycombe House in Mevagissey was quite wonderful...the view was fantastic!

Overall, the walk was more strenuous than anticipated, but we managed it fine with a few select shortcuts (we skipped Dodman's Head and Nare's Head).

thanks again to you both!  Kind regards, Pat Tennis
(St Mawes to Charlestown 5 days September 2014 - first 2 nights stayed at our B&B in St Mawes)


Hi Tim,

just wanted to inform you that we all safely back in Switzerland. All of us enjoyed our hiking trip at the south west coast in Cornwall and it was a great experience for us. Thanks a lot for the organization.

Roman - Switzerland
(St Mawes to Plymouth walk, Aug 2012)

Hello Tim,

now back from a very sunny and warm Cornwall. Just a short note to say thanks for the trip, which we both enjoyed.
Super walking, we particularly enjoyed day three, Fowey to Looe and thanks for the B&Bs etc where we stayed, happy with all of them.
Also the pack of info you sent was very helpful, I liked the waterproof map of the path and the pack for the Saints Way was very informative.

Regards,Mike Lee
(Walked The Saints Way and then from Fowey to Plymouth - April 2015)


Dear Tim

We had a great trip weather was great for the last 5 days and really was not bad the first half. The lodgings were great. The Old School in Port Issac was nice since we are Doc Martin fans. The best place was Gurnard’s Head was well worth the longer first day. The Saint’s Way was a good for a different kind of scenery.

( Mr and Mrs Jackson Tintagel to Padstow, The Saints Way and then St Ives to Padstow May 2014 )

Dear Tim

 

Thank you for organising a wonderful walking holiday along the South West Coast Path for us. We came back two weeks ago and I still have all the pictures in my mind every day.

 

Walking from Bude to St. Ives we both enjoyed the landscape as well as the accomodation you booked for us.

 

We particularly liked the following places:

Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven

Bosayne House, Tintagel (very friendly)

Old School House, Port Isaac

Simply Padstow, Padstow,

Penlan, Porthcothan (Mary and Tim are such lovely people!)

Cliff House, Portreath (very friendly; we had a nice dinner at the )

Mad Hatter, Hayle (a bit noisy at the road, but how friendly was she!)

The Rookery, St. Ives (we had room no 5 and were overwhelmed with the view over the harbour. Also the location was just perfect, so close to the beach, the station and to town).

 

Also, we much appreciated your great tips for restaurants. We realised it's necessary to book at weekends, which we did for the second and third weekend. We ate particularly well at: The Old Schoolhouse, Port Isaac; Rick Stein's at Padstow; Bush Pepper in Newquay; Portreath Arms hotel (although it took a bit long); Porthminster Kitchen, St. Andrews Bistro and the Cellar Bistro in St. Ives.

Maybe in Porthcothan, the Berryfields is worth mentioning. Although not open in the evening, we had a lovely lunch there.

 

We were very happy with the luggage service: it worked perfectly an  it was so nice to have the luggage sometimes even waiting in the room when arriving after a long day of walking. Weatherwise we were very lucky too: 1h of rain during the two weeks - definitely less than we expected.

 

I'm glad we didn't plan for even longer walks. The average 18 kilometers usually kept us busy all day (with all the breaks and pictures) and were just right.

 

I'm sure this wasn't my last coast walk in the southwest of England.

 

Thanks again for organising everything to work so smoothely.

 

Kind regards

Sabine
(Bude to St ives July 2016)

 

Dear Tim,
we have just returned from our Cornwall holiday and want to say a big thank you for the great organisation. Everything went smoothly and it was fun to arrive at new places with our suitcases waiting for us. We were very lucky weatherwise with only two little showers during our walking week: while we were having our lunch safely inside anyway.

The walk was wonderful and we enjoyed the gorgeous countryside. Thanks again!

Kind regards
Benjamin & Jennifer Trimborn
August 2013 Padstow to St Ives


Dear Tim,

back in Austria we would like to thank you very much for the brilliant organization of our trip. The accommodations were all very nice, everything, including luggage transport, worked very well and we had a really good time on the path. Even the weather was mostly dry, sometimes even sunny. But also the stormy days were  nice for us since we found the waves in stormy conditions very exciting.

Thank you very much! We will recommend to our friends to contact you, when they are planning holidays in England.

Kind regards from Salzburg

Sylke and Hans
(Padstow to Penzance, Exmouth to Weymouth, Stonehenge and 3 days in London Sep 2013)

 

Hi Tim

 

We want to thank you very much for the planning and preparation you did for our walking holiday in Cornwall.

 

We had a great time (the weather was good after gale force winds on the day we left St Ives) and the walking each day turned out to be about the right amount. We swam at some of the beaches. Thank you also for the  accommodation and recommendations for places to eat -they were excellent

 

Kind regards

 

Nadia, Graeme and Alanne

(St Ives to Fowey - June 2017)





 

Tim

The walking trip was excellent. Couldn’t work out why the first day was only to be 10.5 kilometres. Now I know….rock. Forgot England was built on a rock (and why , unlike in Australia, the shopping centres don’t have underground carparks). Later on walked in the Yorkshire Dales…and again rock. Accommodation fine (well, read quaint for Pothcurno)   with the Dolphin really, really good. And your suggestion of the pub in Treen was spot on.

Again many thanks.

We are glad we chose Nearwater Walking Holidays

 

Max

(St Ives to Penzance August 2017) 

 


Dear Tim,

  

We had a wonderful stay in Cornwall.

Everything was perfect. The weather ,the lovely accommodations and the pick-up service.

 We enjoyed it very much.

 The recommendations for dinner in the local pubs were always very good.

 Thanks for the good organization of travel.

  

Kind regards

  

Lothar, Marietta and friends
(Marazion to Sennen Cove - June 2016)

 

Dear Mr Whitaker,

 

The holiday was superb. Walking in this beautiful landscape with good weather conditions and sometimes challenging paths without many travelers crossing our ways was a pleasure. The accomodations you had chosen were absolutely satisfying and comfortable.

Neat and clean houses waterfront with gentle and helpful personal plus a various selection for breakfast. The inns/restaurants also delighted us well. It was luxurious having the luggage transfered to the next station everyday. Everything was in order, we didn't have any problems regarding transportation or orientation.

 

In a nutshell, you did a great job and met our expectations. We would totally recommend your service. I attached two pictures of the Cornish scenery - feel free to post them on Facebook or your website if you like.

 

Thank you very much!

 

Kind regards,

 

Meiko Tobias - on behalf of the travel trio.
(St Ives to Mousehole - May 2016)

 

 

Dear Tim

 

Overall it was the best walk I have done.    

The accommodations were all good.  In fact some were exceptional of note was the Porthperro.   ONe of the best I have every stayed in.  The owners were fantastic and the village i wonderful.

My ONLY comment is that the difficulty of the walk can not be stressed enough.  The first couple of days out of St Ives were brutal.   I am glad we stopped short at the Tinner arms.  

Talked to a few folks who did the whole thing to St Ives and some were so  beat up they stopped walking for days.

 

All in all Tim.  You choice of distances and accommodations were fantastic.  Would recommend you to anyone doing the walk.

 

Best

Leslie Roy (St Ives to Plymouth - September 2016)

 

Dear Tim

 

First we want to thank you for organizing our walking holiday. Everything was more than ok even the weather was perfect for walking!

 

For us the walking distances matched very good. We had enough time to enjoy the views, the landscape and the sea. The accommodations also were very good; very friendly and obliging owners and staff.

Especially „the Dock Inn“ in Penzance. The Distance to the Ferry an also afterwards to the station is perfect.

 

All together: we spent a recreative holiday in Cornwall.

 

Kind regards

Lars and Rita

(Walked from St Ives to Penzance and then had a 3 day trip to The Isles of Scilly - May 2016)

 

Hello Tim,

We finished our holidays last friday in London.
Cornwall is wunderful. We had great days and one of the best weaks concerning the weather. Only sunshine, no rain, best walking conditions ! Thanks for your booking. All accommodations were perfect. If You speak with Lindsey+Simon from Blue Sky in St Ives, please do greetings from us ! Now we know, what " full english breakfast" means and how mairmite tasts!

We wish You good times and, if there is someone from our friends, who wants to do great holidays, we will recommend nearwater for booking !

Thanks for all, greets from Germany
Bertram & Manuela Glotzbach
(Walked from St Ives to Penzance - September 2015)


Dear Tim
 
We just wanted to say how perfect our walkingholidays were! Nice bed & breakfast, lovely people and a wunderfull landscape!
And every day our luggage was in the next bed &breakfast. Thank you for organize it!
I'll send you a few impressions from our great holidays.

Kind regards, Alice Hirschvogel (from Switzerland)
(Walked from St Ives to Penzance - Jun/Jul 2015)


Dear Tim,

I am back in Munich since a couple of days from my fantastic walking holiday. Everything was perfect. Transport from my Luggage - it worked very well. You organized all so well, that I could imagine, to book one day again such a journey - (Coast Path -Walking).  :-))

I enjoyed the whole holidays - including the Scilly Isles - very very much. People were so friendly - I had many nice talks. I felt all the time very well.

Thanks a lot!

Kind regards, Susan
(Trip to the Scilly Isles followed by Penzance to St Ives Walk - September 2014)


Dear Tim,

i wanted to say thank for this great organisation at our holidays. We had a wonderful walk, at a lovely coast.

The Blue sky inn in St Ives is a wonderful acomodation, nice room, nice people, the Pub in Pendeen watch was a litttle bit dirty, but rustic, i think a typical pub, and in porthcourno, i think it would be important to let the people know, that theys are not allowed to get into their rooms before 16.00 . we arrived at 15.00 and we had to wait until he opened the door. It was a nice room and the man, chris was really nice, and the atmosphere in there was very friendly- But if we had knwon that we are allowed to go in at 16.00, not earlier, we could have make the walk a little more slowly.

But i told, we had had great holidays. And i should say, that ACE Taxi was so in time, and they were so nice the drivers, my son was happy about it. I will put some pictures at facebook.

Thank you very much again! Regards from Germany!
Katrin and Jannik
(St Ives to Penzance August 2014)


Dear Tim,

not sure if you got my message yesterday when we left.
We simply wanted to tell you that all went perfect and everybody really enjoyed everything, hotels, walks foods and the fantastic weather.
I am sure sure that we will be back for another time and will pass on our experience to others and give them your contacts.
best personal regards from everybody

Carlo & the whole team
14th July 2013, 17 walkers from St Ives to Penzance

Dear Tim

Ruth and I had a wonderful an impressive time in England, walking along the River Thames. We did the Thames Path from Oxford to Henley in four days.

Our feedback:

accommodations: nice, clean and comfortable b&b, very friendly hosts, but to far away from the centre. We know there was high season, what would be helpful: bus information.

luggage transports: perfect

your information about the route, shops and restaurants: very helpful.

We really enjoyed this walk and we will never  fortget it. It was and will be always  a fantastic experience. Thank you!

Kind regards

Cornelia Schwarzenbach
(Oxford to Henley - July 2016)

 

Dear Tim

 

Thank you for organising a wonderful walking holiday along the South West Coast Path for us. We came back two weeks ago and I still have all the pictures in my mind every day.

 

Walking from Bude to St. Ives we both enjoyed the landscape as well as the accomodation you booked for us.

 

We particularly liked the following places:

Coombe Barton Inn, Crackington Haven

Bosayne House, Tintagel (very friendly)

Old School House, Port Isaac

Simply Padstow, Padstow,

Penlan, Porthcothan (Mary and Tim are such lovely people!)

Cliff House, Portreath (very friendly; we had a nice dinner at the )

Mad Hatter, Hayle (a bit noisy at the road, but how friendly was she!)

The Rookery, St. Ives (we had room no 5 and were overwhelmed with the view over the harbour. Also the location was just perfect, so close to the beach, the station and to town).

 

Also, we much appreciated your great tips for restaurants. We realised it's necessary to book at weekends, which we did for the second and third weekend. We ate particularly well at: The Old Schoolhouse, Port Isaac; Rick Stein's at Padstow; Bush Pepper in Newquay; Portreath Arms hotel (although it took a bit long); Porthminster Kitchen, St. Andrews Bistro and the Cellar Bistro in St. Ives.

Maybe in Porthcothan, the Berryfields is worth mentioning. Although not open in the evening, we had a lovely lunch there.

 

We were very happy with the luggage service: it worked perfectly an  it was so nice to have the luggage sometimes even waiting in the room when arriving after a long day of walking. Weatherwise we were very lucky too: 1h of rain during the two weeks - definitely less than we expected.

 

I'm glad we didn't plan for even longer walks. The average 18 kilometers usually kept us busy all day (with all the breaks and pictures) and were just right.

 

I'm sure this wasn't my last coast walk in the southwest of England.

 

Thanks again for organising everything to work so smoothely.

 

Kind regards

Sabin(Bude to St Ives - July 2016)

 

Dear Tim,

Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful holiday.  Marianne and I could not fault the accommodation, breakfasts, route planning and taxi service.  Everything worked out according to plan.  We had the most fantastic weather.  It only rained overnight at Looe and by 9 am the sun was already shining.  We will not hesitate to recommend your service to others who might tackle the path.

With best wishes, Jinny and Marianne Kucera
(Walked from Helford to Portwrinkle - September 2015)