Single Centre Guided Holidays
For us at Footpath Holidays it is of paramount importance that you enjoy your walking holiday. To get the best from your holiday (and to be fair to your fellow guests) it is important that you select a tour with the appropriate activity level. Please note that what the British refer to as ‘walking’ is more commonly described as ‘hiking’ in North America.
On tours graded 'Easy' and 'Moderate' trail shoes may be worn, however, we recommend lightweight walking boots with a good cleated sole and ankle support. On tours graded 'Energetic' walking (hiking) boots with a strong cleated sole and good ankle support are essential. Non-specialist training shoes, sneakers or lightweight and unsupportive sandals would be unsuitable on any tour.
It should be borne in mind that it is possible to turn an ankle or slip on any surface, including seemingly innocuous pavements, steps and stiles, whilst rabbits and other animals dig holes indiscriminately and without warning!
Up to approximately 10 miles (16km) per day. Some gentle undulations, and occasional short, sharp ascents and descents, particularly on coast paths and in mountain areas. All on well-made paths, but some stretches may be uneven with tree roots and stones protruding from the path surface.
Up to approximately 12 miles (20km) per day. More frequent ascents and descents across undulating terrain. Some sharp ‘ups and downs’, particularly on coast paths and in mountain areas. Generally on well-made paths, but often uneven with tree roots and stones protruding from the path surface.
Up to approximately 14 miles (24km) per day. Prolonged ascents and descents, often quite steep, are a feature of these tours. Although the majority of time is spent on well-made mountain paths the surfaces are likely to be uneven. In places the route may ascend/descend over large blocks or boulders, and loose stones may lie on the path surface. There are likely to be some stretches away from made paths, across boulder fields, tussock grass and moorland.
Please ensure that your read the information relating to your chosen holiday and that your level of fitness and preparedness are sufficient for the grade. Should our leader consider that you are ill prepared, either in terms of physical fitness or footwear, to the extent that you may endanger either yourself, or the group as a whole, he or she has the discretion to exclude you from the walks.
If you have any questions regarding the type of terrain that may be encountered, mileages covered or suitable equipment please contact us. Our office is manned by experienced walkers (hikers) who will be happy to discuss any aspect of your holiday both before and after booking.
"What an incredible time we had! We arrived home last evening tired but happy."
Beth E, NH, USA