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Dorset and Devon’s Rolling Hills and Coast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

With its spectacular Jurassic Coast, rolling hills, beautiful beaches, historic houses and gardens, ancient castles and forts, idyllic villages and charming market towns, East Devon and Dorset is truly unique. Quiet country lanes and a network of footpaths make it an ideal destination for our solos guided walking holiday.

Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Five Days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Four Nights
  • Location: Dorset and Devon
What you get on a Secret Hills Break
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite four nights
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

Our hotel for exploring Dorset and East Devon – set in its own grounds, – the Royal Glen – welcoming visitors for over 100 years. A 2-minute walk from Sidmouth seafront,. The hotel is 5 minutes away form the beautiful Connaught Gardens and 10 minutes walk to the centre of Sidmouth. The hotel has a swimming pool, gym and bar and several lounges for your after walk comfort

Evening dinner

We eat in the hotels restaurant – three courses .Dress code is smart casual.


We have lunch at one of Dorset or East Devon’s  lovely country pubs or cafes.  Walking starts at 9.30 am, and we generally finish for that welcome cuppa at 4.30 pm. This will give you plenty of time to get ready for dinner.

Dependent on the walk route we may need to take a packed lunch.


We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels. 
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.


Sidmouth is 12 miles from junction 29 of the M5 south.

For your Sat Nav – EX10 8RW

Exeter is the best station see National Rail.

Buses from the station leave every 30 minutes from Sidmouth and the hotel is a five minute walk to the hotel.


This four night walking holiday commences on a Sunday afternoon with a two and a half hour walk, which enables you to meet your fellow guests and ourselves.Guided walking for solos and singles in Dorset and Devon

We then have three full days of walking, using transport to get us to the best walks. Four nights accommodation.

On the last day, Thursday, our walk finishes at 1pm.

Walk lengths are between 8 and 10 miles per full day.

Grades and Difficulty

Walk lengths vary but are generally between 8-10  miles per day. Generally six hours walking out in the countryside We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy the lovely scenery. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land?

Remember that some of our walking is on coast paths, so some steeper ascents and descents. Paths are well maintained and the terrain is generally good underfoot. We strongly recommend waterproof walking bots with good soles as some terrain can be stony.

Sample Walks

A selection of Walks- dependent on the ability of the group and of course the weather.

From Sidmouth to Weston, along the South West coast path to Beer. Sometimes swinging inland to take in the famous donkey sanctuary, and back to Sidmouth over Salcombe Hill.Solos and Singles Guided Walking in Dorset and East Devon

From Sidmouth – west over Peak Hill to Ladram Bay, then on to Otterton. A walk along the lovely River Otter, and on green lanes back over Mutters Moor, or simply retrace your steps on the coast path down to Sidmouth- with magnificent views.

From Lyme Regis – through the valley of the River Lim, and take in some of the Jurassic coast – where possible- erosion does tend to close some sections.

A country walk from the hotel to Sidbury, a lovely village – over Beacon Hill then back along the River Sid.

Exploring Branscombe and the surrounding hills and valley – the NT managed estate is ideal for a walk over green hills and fields and down to it’s famous smuggler’s beach.Solos and Singles Guided Walking in Dorset and East Devon

From Beer along the South West Coast path to Branscombe. Follow the coast path towards Weston, then swing towards the Sidmouth Donley Sanctuary. Then into Salcombe Regis and along the coast path back to Sidmouth.

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.


Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.


There are some cracking viewpoints where you can sample the very different landscapes that make the area outstanding.

Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset and East Devon are a collection of beautiful landscapes – each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell.

All year round and notice what a difference the seasons can make.

 Rolling downs, lovely villages, and of course the superb coast line make Dorset and East Devon  a walking paradise.

Sidmouth – our host town

‘A town caught still in a timeless charm’

That was the Sidmouth that captivated the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, and it will captivate you, too. Beautiful gardens and leisurely walks, Regency history and fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops…. it’s all here in this lovely seaside town that nestles beneath majestic red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Look through the Visit Sidmouth website to discover why so many ‘Select Sidmouth’ to relax and unwind through all the seasons of the year. You will discover, too, why so many return.

East Devon & Dorset Coast, World Heritage Site

The striking red cliffs around Sidmouth were formed in a baking desert some 240 million years ago during the Triassic period of geological time. Huge rivers flowed across a desert, rather like the Nile flowing through the Sahara today. But this all happened a very long time ago so how can you explore the World Heritage Site today?

The walk along the coast path to Branscombe and Beer. is superb. Here, younger rocks, the Upper Greensands and Chalk cap the cliffs and the combination has given rise to the spectacular Hooken Landslide. These younger rocks are the source of fine building stones that have been used in the construction of Exeter Cathedral



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S. Spier

Solo Traveller

Secret Hills offers a fine balance of hiking, seeing local sites, dining, and time to relax and socialize.
Many thanks for another great holiday!
Pete Sherman was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable.
Organisation – Excellent. All as promised.
The Royal Glen in Sidmouth was lovely: comfortable room, excellent food, very pleasant staff.

October 15, 2023

Jean Pollard

Solo Traveller

I had a great time and the holiday was exactly as I had hoped it would be….it was an excellent ‘first holiday on my own’. To have my day already planned for me was such a treat and to be able to walk good distances on consecutive days was spot on. Peter (walk leader) was an excellent companion/guide and it was good to meet the rest of our group. The whole 5 days were so well organised…all credit to you and your company. Later today, I will be looking to see where I can go next…with Secret Hills obviously!

October 6, 2023

Anne Gordon

Solo Traveller

Overall, I thought it was exceptionally well organised holiday. The walks were first rate; well-planned and a length that suited me – at the end of the day I felt I’d had a great day out, a good work out and was just starting to tire. Peter (walk leader) was excellent.
Congratulations on an excellent business model. I recommend it to all my walking buddies. Absolutely would book again.

July 14, 2023

Amanda Hubert

Solo Traveller

Thank you for another great holiday.

July 3, 2023

David Revuelta

Solo Traveller

Pete was a very good walk leader. Well organised holiday from start to finish.

June 29, 2023