Are you interested in a walking holiday but not 100% sure which walking holiday would best suit your abilities?
We’ve got great news for you! Our walking holidays range from easy to challenging and have been graded based on their level of difficulty, making it easy for you to choose your dream walking holiday.
Each walking holiday classified from easy through to challenging. The more boots you see, the more difficult the walking holiday:
|Easy to Moderate|
|Moderate to Challenging|
But that’s just a snapshot, let’s go through each category so you can understand what each grade means:
Easy Walking Holidays: Our easy walking holidays cover flat and undulating terrain (and usually not more than 12 miles a day). Paths and tracks are generally well defined and well maintained, and the navigation is usually straightforward which is perfect for non-compass masters. This Humshaugh to Gilsland walk covers the best bits of Hadrian’s Wall in an easy graded walk, perfect for all abilities!
Easy to Moderate Walking Holidays: Easy to moderate walking holidays cover an average of 15 miles a day or less on mostly rolling countryside and well-defined paths, with some sections in more hilly terrain. There may be some bigger climbs, up to 250m, but rest assured these will not be every day. If you’re looking for an easy to moderate walk, why not explore the South Downs Way on this 9 day Winchester to Eastbourne walk.
Moderate Walking Holidays: Those walking a moderate graded walking holiday will walk a maximum of 20 miles a day and typically cross more remote mountain and moorland terrain for more than one day, with climbs of up to 1000m. Whilst most of the route follows well-defined paths, there may be sections where the path is indistinct; so you need to be able to navigate with a map and compass for these walks. Want to brush up on your map reading skills? These resources from our friends at OS will work a treat. If a moderate walking holiday is what you’re looking for, this St David’s to St Dogmaels walk covers the more rugged and remote section of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.
Moderate to Challenging Walking Holidays: Walkers on moderate to challenging walking holidays will walk a maximum of 24 miles per day, with much of the route covering remote mountains and moorland, and there will be sections of rough or boggy ground and indistinct paths. Make sure to keep your feet dry and comfortable on your amazing walking holiday using this helpful guide to the right footwear for hiking. Reasonably fit walkers may be interested in our 8 day Milngavie to Fort William West Highland Way walking holiday.
Challenging Walking Holidays: Graded challenging, our most difficult walking holidays involve climbs of up to 1200m, with significant time spent in mountainous terrain. There will be some long days out walking so you will need fitness and stamina! You will need to be an experienced and fit walker, confident in the mountains in potentially poor weather. Again, map and compass competence are essential. If a challenging walking holiday is what you’re after, this 13 day St. Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay walk is excellent for an experienced walker who wants to explore the Coast to Coast route.
Now it’s time to choose your dream walking holiday. Once you’ve chosen the grade(s) that match your abilities, you can search and filter our holidays to get a tailored list of results. It’s that easy, but don’t worry, our team is always on hand and happy to help should you have questions regarding the difficulty of a walking holiday or any other queries. You can contact us here.
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We want you to experience, explore and enjoy the best of the great British outdoors. Our team is made up of keen walkers who have a mass of local and national knowledge, and a strong passion for getting outside, and we’ve brought together the best routes, the best accommodation, and the best mapping resources to make sure that you experience the best walking holiday.
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