Our grading system reflects the overall difficulty of your walking holiday. It takes into account the overall length of the route, how far you will walk each day, how much ascent and descent there is, what kind of terrain the route crosses, and how good the going is underfoot. We also consider how well the route is signposted and whether the route would present any navigational challenges.
These are our easiest walking holidays, covering 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.
Easy – Moderate
These 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 these will not be every day.
With a maximum of 20 miles a day these walking holidays 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.
Moderate – Challenging
With a maximum of 24 miles, much of the route will be over remote mountains and moorland, and there will be sections of rough or boggy ground and indistinct paths. Competence with a map and compass are essential.
Similar to the previous grading, but many days will 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.
One of our favourite routes
The Great Glen Way is the third longest walking route in Scotland. Follow the historic Caledonian Canal and traverse the forests above Loch Ness from Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, to the vibrant city of Inverness, the capital of the highlands. The gentle gradient marks it as a relatively easy walk for beginners to enjoy while the scenery makes it attractive regardless of your ability and fitness levels.
One of our favourite routes
This route follows the world-famous Roman Wall for its entire length: Traverse this path from one coast to another, from Wallsend, near Newcastle, to the Solway Firth beyond Carlisle, indulging yourself in the history of the region, as well as some great scenery too.
This was an excellent holiday and all the arrangements worked well. It was first rate, thanks.
Joe Nutman, UK
Coast to Coast
We are very impressed with your service and so were the proprietors of the accommodation we stopped in along the way.
David Bowe, UK
Northumberland Coast Path
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