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It feels a bit like being on very well planned treasure hunt, when you follow the itinerary of a self guided walking holiday
The silly t-shirt would read “Hikers do it slowly”. Because that’s their passion. That and being prepared. However, the reality is that most hikers also have full time jobs, families and all the daily distractions of busy 21st century lives. As much as we would all love to have shelves full of OS Maps, guide books to accompany each one so that you can find fine food, comfy bed and copious culture along the way, no one has time to slowly peruse all the hiking options in the world anymore. There is, however, a world of walking experts out there who do all that for you, sending you a superbly detailed information package before setting you on your way. This will include daily itineraries, details of your accommodation for every night of your trip, proposed lunch and dinner spots, background information to places you will hike through, and maps.
Our Self guided walking Holidays
Meet and greet
When you arrive in your hiking holiday destination, a representative from the self guided walking holiday company will meet you at the train station or airport, guide you to your first night’s accommodation, and talk through all the details of each day with you. Then when you wake up the next day, it is like your hiking dream has come true. All you have to do is have a hearty breakfast, fill your water bottles, and hit the road.
Your invisible friendA self guided walking holiday has that perfect recipe of independence and support. You get up in the morning, start your hike all independent and free but with the knowledge that you have a guide nearby. This can be through the copious notes and itineraries they have devised for you, or at the other end of a phone. It’s like having an invisible friend hovering over you as you hike.
Our top Self guided walking Holiday
If you'd like to chat about Self guided walking or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Luggage transferSome walking holidays centre around one base, giving suggestions of different daily walks, but bringing you back to the same place every night. However, walking to a different hotel, homestay or hostel every night, with your bags transported for you from place to place, is a fantastic way to go. You don't have to stick religiously to the routes, of course, and most walking holiday providers will give you an OS map as well so that you can do your own thing.
Food and fun
An information pack with good tips for lunch spots along the way, local markets to fill up your backpack with snacks or souvenirs, or guiding you to a particularly good secret spot, is all part of the package. And when you get back to base after your day of hiking, and depending on the holiday that you have chosen, your dinner options will be waiting, the sauna steaming, pool glistening and your bed beckoning. Meaning that hikers on a self guided walking holiday can do it slowly, and even just a little bit smugly.
More about Self guided walking
The biggest joy of self guided walking holidays is that everything is organised for you.
Many people think that walking holidays are all about walking with a guide and with small groups of other walkers.
There are many things to complement self guided walking, activities such as wild swimming, swotting up on local history, bird watching and seeking out the best farm shops or markets.
You don’t need to be an ‘out on the hills every weekend’ sort of family to brave a walking holiday with your children.
From mountainous Italian vineyards to ancient Japanese trading routes – we lay out our top 10 self guided walking holidays.
You might think you know it all, but have a quick read below at some our self guided walking advice.
There are lots of stories about people behaving stupidly when out walking or mountaineering, and one of the first steps to ensuring you engage in responsible self guided walking is to do so in the hands of an expert tour operator.