Curtis-Beard Walking and Garden Holidays

We are a small company, founded in 1990, to organise interesting walking holidays of various lengths and standards.

My husband, Greg and I worked in Europe for many years both in a tour guiding capacity and as instructors for the Austrian ski school in Gargellen.

The company grew out of our enjoyment of walking, combined with the organizational and language skills which we have developed over the years. For several years now we have been adding interesting new angles to our programme. Apart from our place-to-place walks along different stretches of the Cornish coastline, we now offer a week based in Cornwall’s far west, with a varied selection of daily coastal walks plus fascinating sallies into the ancient Celtic interior.

Here you can enjoy some of the best coastal walking in Cornwall, based in a comfortable family-run hotel. Our daily walks take us to many spots the average tourist will not find, such as mysterious standing stones on misty moorlands, testimony to ancient Celtic times; but we also visit some better-known places, and have plenty of time to explore and enjoy them. We also offer the chance of a day trip to the fabulous Isles of Scilly.

Our programme also includes garden holidays, which combine easier walking with visits to a wonderful selection of gardens. Some of these holidays are organised on a 2-centre basis; another is a “stately home-stay”, with accommodation in a wonderful old historical house and a daily programme of interesting garden visits.

Thanks to the Gulf Stream Cornwall is blessed with an incredible number of superb gardens. From the beautiful towns of Falmouth and Fowey we explore a plethora of fabulous gardens – some well-known, others less so, but all stunning. We access most of the gardens gently: by a ramble along coasts and river banks, or a trip by boat along inland waterways.

We also feature “cushy” walks in mainland Europe, plus fascinating mountain walks on historical Alpine trading trails.

All our holidays are based on a small group size of 6-16, and all walks and garden trips are accompanied by the owners themselves. A luggage service operates on all our holidays, where relevant.

Wir sprechen Deutsch.

On parle francais.

Parliamo italiano.


We are now the proud recipients of one of Germany’s most prodigious travel prizes, the Sonntag Aktuell Touristik Preis. Five of these prizes are awarded yearly to those travel companies submitting the most innovative travel ideas.

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