Choose a Walking Holiday

April 11, 2016

Most people who take a ‘walking holiday’ are quite happy to base themselves in one place and either walk from the door or drive somewhere to walk from, returning later in the day. However to us that is a holiday which includes walking.

Heading off Hindscarth

What we suggest is that you choose a ‘proper’ walking holiday; move from place to place, enjoying walking in different landscapes and gaining the satisfaction of being on the move.

It is well worth doing plenty of research beforehand, or if you really are unsure where to start, simply contact people like ourselves who are pretty good at letting you know what type of break you will enjoy the most. Just let us know a bit about your walking experience and let us make some suggestions for you. E mail us (jonathan@where2walk.co.uk), phone (07824 304060) or simply fill in the contact form at the foot of every walking holiday page.

Lovely light on Robin Hood's Bay

We arrange holidays in the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors & the Lake District

Some things worth considering when choosing a walking break

  • Do you want to walk a fixed ‘trail’ or long distance path such as the Coast to Coast or Cleveland Way. A long distance path has the advantage of being well trodden, easier to follow and certainly leaves a real sense of achievement on completion. There is a goal. However it does not make the walk any easier, the miles are just as long and the way marking not always great (particularly in comparison to our European colleagues).  However by their very nature they do tend to pass through wonderful country as they have been designed by walkers for walkers. One thing, do not rigidly stick to the route, the best views/sights are often just round the corner.
NNAS overlooking Helvellyn
  • You may well want a Tailor Made walking break  which is ideal for those who do not know the area that they want to visit. Most of the itineraries we like to devise end up completing a large circle, stopping in 2 or 3 places. The advantage of these holidays is that we can use our knowledge of the area to direct you to the most interesting and often quieter parts of the countryside. The tailor made break really can be bespoken to fit your needs; distance per day, break days, flat or hilly – all can fit to what you want. The one thing you can be sure of is that it will be interesting and a challenge!
  • One thing we strongly advise anyone on a self guided walking break is to be able to understand and read a map. An ability to use a compass is preferable, particularly if you go up high, but reading a map is most important. A guide book will provide ideas and some background information but there is no substitute for using a map (or a good mapping gps)
Bolton Arms Redmire
  • Some walkers want to carry as little as possible on the walk – do you want someone else to move your bags to each place you are staying in and therefore you can carry a light day sack? Just ask and it will be done.
  • Consider taking the odd day off rather than marching from one place to another, if you are out for a week or more it certainly helps.
  • Who you are walking with is important, make sure they are of reasonably similar standard or else are you are prepared to walk at their pace?
  • It will rain at some stage – but it will not rain all the time. If you take that view with you on holiday then the weather will not be an issue. Walking in British weather (particularly outside winter) is not a problem if you accept that it will almost certainly be changeable – in fact differing weather conditions and therefore differing light are part of what makes walking in this country so good.
Malham Tarn
  • Where do you want to stay? Country Pub or Guest House is usually the main choice. As a friend once uttered  ‘ending in a pub after a day’s walking just seems right’. Youth hostels do offer a cheaper alternative and many now do breakfast but you may have to bunk in. However self catering is not really any good if you want to be on the move as they tend to only do week long stays, particularly in high summer.
The final tip is really to give us a call or drop us an e mail with your initial thoughts; we are experts, experienced walkers and genuinely will plan the best break to suit you.
 
Do all this and you will have a fantastic holiday.
 
Jonathan
Aysgarth Upper Falls
 
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