The Macmillan Way West
West Country Walking Holiday
in South West England
from Castle Cary to Barnstaple
in 10 days
9 nights and 8 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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The Macmillan Way West
West Country  Walking Holiday in Somerset and Devon England
from Castle Cary to Barnstaple
via The Somerset Levels, The Quantock Hill and Exmoor.

This self-guided UK walking holiday in Devon and Somerset on the Macmillan Way West makes a varied and interesting walking holiday. The Macmillan Way West passes through some of Devon, Somerset and Exmoor’s most charming landscapes full of wildlife and stunning scenery. The Macmillan Way was set up as a tribute to Douglas Macmillan, the founder of Macmillan Cancer Relief, and has helped to raise large sums for this important charity. Our company would encourage any guest taking this walk with us to consider perhaps sponsorship from friends and/or workmates. Sponsorship forms are available from www.macmillanway.org.


 

 

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Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Suggested Tour Duration:
9 nights, 8 days walking
Total Distance:
103 miles/165 kms
Min/max daily distance:
10/17 miles
Average Daily distance:
13 miles
Grading:
Moderate/Easy
Features:
Quantock Hills
Exmoor
Williton
Dunster
Simonsbath
Barnstaple
This route connects with:
Coleridge Way
Two Moors Way
South West Coast Path
Tarka Trail

  The Macmillan Way West
West Country Walking Holiday
in Somerset and Devon, Southern England
from Castle Cary to Barnstaple
9 nights and 8 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Castle Cary
To start your UK walking holiday on the Macmillan Way West you make your own way to Castle Cary in Somerset. We can assist with coach or train transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of your self-guided walking holiday.

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Day 2: Castle Cary to Long Sutton   14 miles   easy    Upgrades Available   
Castle Cary is an interesting little market town well worth spending some time exploring. The trail keeps to the River Cary valley and heads towards Somerton, perhaps one of Somerset’s finest small market towns with a good selection of inns, shops and fine buildings. Then on to Long Sutton for the night.

Day 3: Long Sutton to North Petherton    15 miles   easy    Upgrades Available
Today the Macmillan Way crosses the Someset Levels. The trail follows the River Yeo to Langport and the River Parrett to the Westonzoyland Pumping Station, now a working museum. You cross the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, one of Somerset’s jewels, a haven for wildfowl

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Day 4: North Petherton to West Bagborough    11 miles   moderate   Upgrades Available   
Today you are walking in the Quantock Hills, an area 3 miles by 12 miles, rising no more than 1,200 feet, but with beautifully wooded coombes. Look out for ponies, red deer and buzzards. Visit the gardens at Fyne Court at Broomfield on the way to West Bagborough for your overnight.

Day 5: West Bagborough to Williton    10 miles   moderate
Today you continue walking in the Quantocks. On reaching Bicknoller the trail meets the Coleridge Way and crosses the West Somerset Railway before you arrive at Williton for the night.

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Day 6: Williton to Dunster    10 miles   moderate   Upgrades Available  
On leaving Williton the Bakelite Museum is worth a visit. You are walking through rolling hills and the fringes of the Exmoor National Park as you approach Dunster. Dunster is a picturesque little town dominated by Dunster Castle and the Yarn Market.

Day 7: Dunster to Simonsbath    17 miles   moderate
Heading out of Dunster the Macmillan Way West makes its way to Wootton Courtenay, where there is a 5 mile optional detour to Minehead, the start (or end) of the South West Coast Path. Out onto open moorland now at Dunkery Beacon, a highlight of any walk on Exmoor, giving fine views on a clear day to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. Down into the Barle Valley at Simonsbath for the night.

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Day 8: Simonsbath to Brayford    10 miles   moderate
Back up onto open moorland again today where you pass Exe Head, the source of the River Exe. Here the Macmillan Way West intersects with the Two Moors Way and the Tarka Trail. There are bronze age burrows to explore before the trail descends the western edge of Exmoor to Brayford area for the night.

Day 9: Brayford to Barnstaple    16 miles    easy   Upgrades Available   
The route follows the River Bray to West Buckland where the trail makes its way through a more rural scene of rolling farmland and small copses until you reach the River Taw, which you follow to Barnstaple. At Barnstaple the trail intersects with the South West Coast Path and the Tarka Trail.

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Day 10: Depart after breakfast
Depart after Breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring the Barnstaple area
We can transfer you to your car or station.

The Macmillan Way West
from Castle Cary to Barnstaple
10 Day Itinerary
8 days walking and 9 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Castle Cary
Day 2: Castle Cary to Long Sutton                  14 miles
Day 3: Long Sutton to North Petherton           15 miles
Day 4: North Petherton to West Bagborough   11 miles
Day 5: West Bagborough to Williton                10 miles
Day 6: Williton to Dunster                                10 miles
Day 7:  Dunster to Simonsbath                         17 miles
Day 8:  Simonsbath to Brayford                       10 miles
Day 9: Brayford to Barnstaple                          16 miles 
Day 10: Depart after breakfast

  

£765pp
dbl/twin

£936pp
single occ

£1,026pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £55 per person
depending on location

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Macmillian Way West
Castle Cary to Barnstaple

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Long Sutton
Devonshire Arms

double/twin
£29.00

Single
 £45.00

North Petherton
Walnut Tree Hotel

double/twin
£19.00

Single
 £45.00

West Bagborough
Rising Sun Inn

double/twin
£19.00

Single
 £45.00

Dunster
Lutterill Arms Hotel

double/twin
£68.00

Single
 £100.00

Yarn Market Hotel

£28.00

£20.00

Barnstaple
Imperial Hotel
Park Hotel
Royal & Fortesque Hotel

double/twin
£38.00
£27.38
£31.58

single
£49.00
£32.50
£46.24

What’s included
in your Macmillan Way West
walking holiday
in South West England on
Exmoor and The Somerset Levels

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • Guide book
  • OS 1:25,000 map

Optional Extras
for your Macmillan Way West
walking holiday
in South West England on
Exmoor and The Somerset Levels

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your Macmillan Way West
walking holiday
in South West England on
Exmoor and The Somerset Levels

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Telephone Lines are open 7 days a week.

UK +44 (0)1837 880075
or +44 (0)207 193 1252

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How to get there:

  • By Plane  to London, Exeter or Bristol where we can arrange transfer to the start of your walk
  • By Car to Castle Cary or Barnstaple where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to Castle Cary or Barnstaple

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