Short break walking guide


We probably don’t take short breaks as often as we should and, if we do, many of us just plump for a city break. However, imagine swapping London for a few days hiking through dunes and coastal nature reserves in Suffolk. Or along ancient mule paths on the Lycian Way in Turkey instead of the busy streets of Istanbul. Nice is nice, but heading into the hills of Provence, enjoying a cookery class in the morning and a hike through olive groves in the afternoon is all possible of a weekend. Most short break walking holidays are tailor made and self guided, although some do offer the services of a local hiking expert, which makes for an even more relaxing get away. Stay in local guesthouses, be fed delicious local food, go hiking, have your bags transferred for you. Just walk. And to think – you might have just plumped for Paris.
Read more in our short break walking holidays guide.

Is a short break walking holiday for you?

Responsible Travel recommends

Go on a short break walking holiday if…

… you need just a quick foray into nature, or a romantic weekend away for wanderlusters.
… you are preparing for a long distance hiking holiday and need to flex those mountain muscles.
… you have a thing about Italy. There are bountiful belli breaks to be had.
… you want a small company break with a difference. Company getaway in a kasbah, hiking by day, hammam by night? Discuss that five year plan walking along the French Riviera? You get the picture.

Don’t go on a short break walking holiday if...

… you want five star accommodation. Locally owned guesthouses, who pack your picnic for you and collect you on the trail in their mountain battered 4x4 is more the scenario here.
… you aren’t flexible about plans if the weather doesn’t turn out good. Just invest in good rain gear instead.
… you are a strict timekeeper. Walking holidays are for taking your watch off and switching off.
… you like walking with a guided group. The majority of short break walking holidays are for independent walkers.
If you'd like to chat about walking holidays or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Rosy & team.
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Written by Catherine Mack
The Northern Way walking short break

The Northern Way walking short break

Walk along the stunning northern coast of Green Spain

From €375 4 Days ex flights
Mindful walking holiday in Wales

Mindful walking holiday in Wales

Guided winter walking weekend with a mindfulness coach

From £365 3 Days ex flights
Mont Blanc short break, guided tour

Mont Blanc short break, guided tour

Trekking South Part of the Tour du Mont-Blanc in 4 days

From €595 4 Days ex flights
Orkney winter walking holiday

Orkney winter walking holiday

5 day walking short break in Orkney

From £1230 5 days ex flights
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