70 Years

70 Years

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk), the original walking holiday specialists, are celebrating 70 years of delivering outstanding and highly rewarding walking holidays this year and to mark this milestone they are offering the chance to win a holiday for £70.

Over the next seven weeks (closing date 14 September 2017) any new booking made from across the range of RWH holiday brands will automatically be entered into a prize draw and one lucky winner will pay just £70 for their holiday. Please see the terms and conditions.

Having launched in an auspicious year which saw the Queen marry the Duke of Edinburgh, India and Pakistan gain independence and the staging of the first Edinburgh Festival, Ramblers Walking Holidays’ first brochure ‘Holidays Abroad in 1947’ introduced post war holidaymakers to the esprit de corps of organised overseas walking holidays. Ranging from Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle, to Tunis and across the Mediterranean and incorporating a diverse range of activities from canoeing and alpine climbing to sightseeing, the programme stretched over 2,500 miles and visited eight countries.

Now covering more than 60 countries over tens of thousands of miles and with three additional sister brands – Chapters Experience HolidaysAdagio and Load Off Your Back, the company continues to be a popular choice with UK holidaymakers and keen walkers alike.

Kathy Cook, Joint Managing Director commented: “The essence, which has made Ramblers Walking Holidays a success for over 70 years, hasn’t changed. Our passion to discover a world of experience, both off and beyond the trodden path, at home and abroad, remains paramount in our quest to deliver holidays that are truly memorable and equally great for your health, heart and soul. Committed to innovation, with a sense of adventure, we will continue to go to great lengths to develop and enrich our programme with new countries, landscapes and hand-picked experiences, as we have always done, ensuring the best for our clients with holidays that suit all levels of fitness and experience.”

Offering an historic glimpse into post war holidays, Ramblers Walking Holidays first brochure featured 16 holidays, costing from as little as £16 5/- and covering 6 grades with durations ranging from 14 to 24 days. With most tours requiring “No special equipment … apart from stout walking boots and a rucksack”, holidays included transport on trains, coaches, local buses and boats, a variety of accommodation ranging from camping and youth hostels to the occasional stay in a hotel. Meals sometimes involved food being pooled for camping or, in some circumstances, comprised post war rations, whilst guidelines were included covering ‘discipline and esprit de corps’! Comradeship was also flagged as an important quality – and, much as today there was also emphasis on offering holidays which were considered extremely good value for money.

With over 250 different holidays to choose from across Ramblers Walking Holidays and its sister brands, they still feature versions of their most popular early tours. For example, ‘Hiking in Andorra’, formerly ‘Camping in the Republic of Andorra’, a 21-day tour for £16 5/- with the camping and pooled rations (now replaced by hotel accommodation and full board), remains as popular today as it was in 1947.

Hiking in Andorra(6 Moderate or 6 & 8 Moderate and Challenging)

One of the Ramblers Walking Holidays original walkswhen they launched some 70 years ago,Hiking in Andorra is a perennial favourite, offering magnificent Pyreneanpeaks towering tosome3000m, lush green valleys strewn with wild flowers and remote mountain lakes.Combining quiet rambles through the Sorteny meadows and Val de Inches,with more strenuous hikes to the World Heritage listed ValMadriu,the pristine trails are lined by some of Europe’s rarest and most colourful mountain flora.Selected departures featuretwo leaders,meaning thatwalkers can choosefrom alevel 6 or 8 trail,ideal for those withdifferent fitness levels to holiday together.

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) offers a seven-night Hiking in Andorraholidayfrom £750pp including return flights, full board accommodationand all local transport.Departures 6 and 13 August 2017.

As per the original brochure, Ramblers Walking Holidays feature a continuum of walking grades which range from Leisurely to Moderate and Challenging to help clients choose the right holiday to suit their preferred walking pace, ability and/or fitness. With many holidays now featuring two leaders and two different grades of walking, clients of differing walking abilities can easily holiday together. Styles of holidays are also indicated using a simple icon system, including such categories as Pioneer for the more adventurous traveller, to Flora and Walking holidays; Birdwatching and Walking and Lifestyle, Culture and Natural History.

For further information or bookings, visit Ramblers Walking Holidays, 01707 331133.

Company Background:

Ramblers Walking Holidays is one of the holiday brands from RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), the experts in guided walking adventures. With over 70 years’ heritage, other brands within the group include the newly launched Chapters Experience Holidays – memorable experiential holidays around the world; Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace; Load Off Your Back – a self-guided UK walking programme and Cruise & Walk Holidays – cruise ship based walking holidays in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

For its walking holidays the company is the proud holder ofWhich? Recommended Provider status i.e.companies which are highly rated byWhich? Members and reach the exacting standards ofWhich? Researchers. 

Walking Grades:

Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, with categories ranging from Grade 1-3/Leisurely (usually two hours walking); to Grade 4-6/Moderate (a combination of full and half day walks); and Grade 7-9/Challenging (full day walks where stamina is key).

On some dates, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.

Special Interest

To help clients choose the type of walking holiday that will appeal to their interest, Ramblers Walking Holidays also uses symbols that depict the main interest on the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.

Company Mission

The company’s mission is to generate funds for walking charities by the provision of outstanding outdoor activity holidays worldwide.

With its not-for-profit philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trustwhich supports walking related and environmental projects in the UK. The company also funds Heart & Sole- an initiative managed by company staff, with the aim of reaching into the heart of the communities visited both in the UK and overseas.

RWH Travel also runs The Walking Partnership - an initiative which champions walking at the 'grass roots' level by providing funding and support to walking groups and clubs throughout the UK.

Ramblers Walking Holidays is the Walking Holiday Partner of the Ramblers, Britain’s walking charity which drove the recent Big Pathwatch project, and has been pioneering and championing walking and ‘rights of way’ for over 70 years across England, Scotland and Wales.

Customers travelling on all holidays operated by RWH Travel are fully protected via the company’s membership of ABTA (No V5094) and as holders of an ATOL licence

(No 990). RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.