Single Centre Self-guided Holidays
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on a typical day?
ARRIVAL DAY: We generally recommend that you arrive in time to relax before your evening meal. If you arrive earlier in the day, and you have opted for hotel accommodation, you will find your room available from around 2pm (hotels vary slightly in this respect). If you do arrive before your room is ready the hotel will be pleased to store your luggage while you take a stroll around the area or relax in the lounge or garden. If you have opted for guesthouse accommodation and plan to arrive before 4pm you should check with the proprietor to make sure that there will be someone at home to greet you.
A TYPICAL WALKING DAY: The day begins with a leisurely breakfast, which is usually available from 8am (earlier at some hotels and guest houses). After breakfast, unless the day’s walk departs directly from the hotel, you will be picked up by car at 9.15am, and taken to the start of your day’s walk.
We will have planned the walking itinerary, and the afternoon rendez-vous time to allow for a relaxed pace of walking, a fifteen minute break during the morning and afternoon, a break of around forty minutes to eat a picnic lunch or visit a pub, plus plenty of time to admire views, take photographs, and explore villages. The afternoon rendez-vous point, where you will meet the driver for your return to the hotel or guest house, is likely to be a village with a pub or a tearoom where you can shelter if the weather has turned inclement. The itinerary will allow for a return to the hotel or guesthouse by around 5.00pm - 5.30pm, which allows plenty of time to change and relax before adjourning to the hotel dining room or venturing out from the guest house to find your evening meal.
Unless otherwise arranged, on the seven night tours there is a free day in the middle of the week to enable you to take a rest or pursue your own activities. When we send you your information pack prior to the tour it will include some suggestions for places to visit in the area. Most of the hotels and guest houses have information boards and the hotel reception staff or the guest house proprietors will be pleased to help you with information about public transport if needed.
DEPARTURE DAY: The tour finishes after breakfast on the final morning. If your travel arrangements mean that you need to depart early let us know, and we will ask the hotel or guesthouse to provide either a continental or ‘bag breakfast’ for you to eat in your room or take with you.
"Was it all just a dream? I'm back in my office this morning, telling everyone about my wonderful week in the Lake District and, frankly, wishing I were still there. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job planning and arranging this trip. The Lake District was more beautiful than I could have imagined - soft rain every morning brightening to sun peaking through the clouds, creating shadows of blue and gold on the hills, everywhere the white faced grey sheep behind miles of stone fences with their soot black lambs bleating and bouncing around, the dark grey slate of the buildings with their warm interiors and even warmer inhabitants."
Karen W, VA, USA