Self-guided walking offers maximum flexibility to our prospective walkers - not bound by specific departure dates, and being able to travel to the route the way they want. We try to make it as simple for you as possible, with bags of advice throughout the website and first-class telephone and email service.
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Self-guided – the way you want to walk…
On your own, with your partner, your family, or your friends… self-guided walking means that you can please yourselves and walk at your own pace. For newcomers to self-guiding we can offer (on some routes, supplements apply) an introductory guided day, normally with our local contact, to give you confidence. And our local contacts are always available to give advice while you are walking or to step in if you need assistance.
Walk when it suits you
Start on any day of the week. We suggest certain periods of the year as the best for each route, but if these don’t suit you, choose your own date. It’s worth checking when flights are available (not always daily) before choosing a start date (but please don’t book flights or any other transport arrangements until we have confirmed that your holiday is available).
Easy or more demanding?
We’re careful to describe the length and grade of each day’s walk so you can choose easily.
We supply you with a comprehensive Walkers’ Pack
The pack contains excellent route plans, descriptions, maps and background information – leaving you free to discover the region and enjoy walking at your own pace. GPS tracks are also provided for all our walking routes, for use on a smartphone app or GPS device.
We move your luggage for you
All you need is a day-pack for essentials, and your luggage will be moved on to your next hotel while you walk.
Our routes are designed by people who live locally
Their brief? To ensure the walking is varied and rewarding, with inspiring landscapes and plenty of cultural interest on the way. New routes are then rigorously tested by our staff and an experienced client ‘pioneer’ before being launched, so that any glitches are ironed out.
We have found small hotels, farms or pensions in which to stay
Usually it is the village rooms, or the farmhouse B&B that our customers have most enjoyed. This is the kind of authentic experience and real hospitality that’s hard to find on your own and almost impossible to plan.
Much accommodation is booked on a B&B basis, allowing you plenty of choice of local restaurants and menus. In small villages this isn’t always possible, so if there is just one place to eat, a table will be set aside for you.
Fly or go by train
Get yourself to the nearest airport or train station, and we’ll provide assistance for the final leg to your first accommodation. We can help with transfer advice and timetables, or pre-book one of our local taxis to minimize stress!
If you have more questions, see our FAQs here.