Choosing a Walking Holiday

February 18, 2017

Most people who want to walk on holiday stay in the same place for the week or weekend. They then strike out from a base (usually by car) and then do a series of day walks that they have researched via the web or guide book.

However increasing numbers of walkers are looking for something different. Leave the car at base, walk to different parts of the area, stay in different places, move across country taking in different scenes and enjoy that sense of satisfaction in completing a well laid out plan.

As an example one of our most popular tailor made walks starts in Keswick. 2 nights here gives the chance of either a climb up Skiddaw, a shorter walk over Walla Crag and Surprise View or a simple Derwentwater stroll. From Keswick head to Buttermere via a high or low route . A couple of days in Buttermere offers endless walking opportunities including the classic circuit of the lake and a visit to Haystacks, a mountain loved by Wainwright.

Keswick is a town, Buttermere barely a village before crossing Honister pass to your third port of call, Upper Borrowdale – all very different places to stay and adding to the enjoyment of the break . In Borrowdale the walking options are endless and include the possibility of climbing the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. Easier walks though are all around you and the pleasure comes from being in the heart of the mountains and staying in traditional Lakeland pubs. Back to Keswick via Catbells completes a popular week full of variety.

We arrange self guided walking breaks 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 this does not make it an easy choice, the miles can be long and the signposting is average (particularly noticeable if you have walked in Europe and America).  The trails do however pass through wonderful country, as they have been created by walkers for walkers. One word of advice, do not rigidly stick to the route, interest can be round any corner.
  • Alternatively choose a Tailor Made walking break  (as described by the Lakeland trip higher up the page) which can be best for those who have never visited an area before. Use out intimate knowledge of the area to create an itinerary best for you. We can organize the itinerary to send 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 main thing to remember if booking our self guided walking break is that you must be able to understand and use 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 traditional map an compass.
  • We can move your heavier bags from place to place. Some walkers want to carry as little as possible on the walk – if you want someone else to move your bags and carry a lighter day sack we will do this.
  • Consider taking the odd day off rather than marching from one place to another, if you are out for up to a week it helps.
  • Who you are walking with is important, make sure they are of reasonably similar standard.You must be prepared to walk at their pace.
  • It will rain at some stage – but it will not rain all the time. As long as you take that view with you on holiday then the weather will not be an issue. Differing weather conditions and therefore differing light are part of what makes walking in this country so good.
  • 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 share rooms with others. Self catering (cottage holidays) are 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.

Our final tip is to give us a call or send back the contact forms which will give us enough information to come up with a detailed itinerary for you to consider. Don’t like it and we will make another one.

Enjoy your walking



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