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Walking Holiday on the
Macmillan Way West
From Castle Cary, via the Somerset Levels, the Quantock Hills, and Exmoor
to Barnstaple

Walking holidays on Macmillan Way West 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.
Suggested Tour Duration:
9 nights, 8 days walking
Total Distance:
103 miles
Min/max daily distance:
10/17 miles
Average Daily distance:
13 miles
Grading:
easy/moderate
Features:
Exmoor
Quantock Hills
Exe Head
Dunster Castle
Walking holiday the Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
The Macmillan Way was set up as 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.
Online booking available Castle Cary on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset

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. In Castle Cary the Macmillan Way West connects with The Leland Trail.

Somerton on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset Day 2: Castle Cary to Long Sutton   14 miles   easy    
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    
Today the Macmillan Way crosses the Someset Levels. The trail follows the River Yeo to Langport and then links with the River Parrett Trail on 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.
Westonzoyland Pumping Staiton on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
Quantock Hills on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset Day 4: North Petherton to West Bagborough    11 miles   moderate    
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.
Steam train on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
Dunster Yarn Market on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset Day 6: Williton to Dunster    10 miles   moderate    
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.
Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
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 for the night.
Stags on Exmoor on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
Day 9: Brayford to Barnstaple    16 miles    easy    
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.
Barnstaple on self-guided walking holiday on Macmillan Way West in Devon and Somerset
Day 10: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday and spend some time in the area.
We can transfer you to your car or station.
This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.
The above distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

Other walks
in Devon
include:

SWCP NE Devon

SWCP NW Devon

SWCP SW Devon

SWCP South Devon


SWCP SE Devon

Two Moors Way

Tarka Trail North

Tarka Trail South

Macmillan Way West

Dartmoor Way

Dart Valley Trail

Exe Valley Way

Devonshire Hartland Way

Great Gardens of North Devon

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Macmillan Way West

  • 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
  • Macmillan Way guide book

Macmillan Way West 10 day itinerary:
8 day walking and 9 nights accommodation
£693pp
dbl/twin
£864pp
single occ
£954pp
solo traveller
Book Macmillan Way West walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the Macmillan Way West

  • 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
Optional Accommodation Upgrades
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability                  Supplement per person per night
Long Sutton Double/Twin Single
Devonshire Arms £19.00 £35.00
North Petherton Double/Twin Single
Walnut Tree Hotel £19.00 £45.00
West Bagborough Double/Twin Single
Rising Sun Inn £19.00 £45.00
Dunster Double/Twin Single
Lutterill Arms Hotel £68.00 £100.00
Yarn Market Hotel £28.00 £20.00
Barnstaple Double/Twin Single
Imperial Hotel £38.00 £49.00
Park Hotel £27.38 £32.50
Royal & Fortesque Hotel £31.58 £46.24
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How to get there
By Plane to Exeter, Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to Castle CAry or Barnstaple
By Car to Castle Cary or Barnstaple where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Castle Cary or Barnstaple
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