With New Year the perfect time to take stock of one’s personal well-being, why not be resolute about the year ahead and commit to some ‘me time’ on one of walking holiday experts Ramblers Walking Holidays new healthy breaks? Reap the benefits of mindfulness, pilates, yoga and walking in relaxing and uplifting settings.
Pilates & Walking
Offering a refreshing escape to improved general fitness and wellbeing, Pilates & Walking in the Dales four night break combines walks in rolling Yorkshire countryside with daily late afternoon Pilates classes and rewarding relaxation sessions in the evening. Taking in a mixed landscape with hikes along heather moorland, the river Wharfe and across dramatic limestone pavements, highlights such as the natural rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, are well rewarded throughout with fresh country air, breath-taking vistas and an uplifting sense of good health.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) new Pilates & Walking in the Dales (Moderate Grade, 5) 4 night half board holidays starts from £490/person including half board accommodation, all Pilates classes with a qualified instructor (together with mats and blocks), leader and local transport to/from walks. Departures: 14 May 2018, 13 August 2018, 1 October 2018.
Following the success of Mindfulness in the Mountains, Mindfulness in Majorca offers the perfect escape to replenish one’s diminished energy on the sunny islands of Majorca. Take time out to live in the moment, reflect on life and develop some tried and tested coping strategies staying on the Spanish island’s unspoilt south west coast. Engage in mindful practices as part of a programme of coastal and inland walks and explore sun-kissed trails through fertile hills cultivated with olive, carob, fig groves and sweet smelling citrus orchards with a new awareness. With some walks in silence, other activities include gentle yoga and short mediation. Accommodation for the week is in a family run and typically Majorca n style hotel by the sea in San Telmo, an attractive and quiet settlement overlooking the uninhabited island o f Dragonera - another ideal spot for more peaceful contemplation.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) new Mindfulness in Majorca (moderate, grade 5) 7 night break starts £935/person and includes return flights, half board accommodation, local transport, mindfulness tour leader, meditation and yoga sessions. Departures 1 September 2018.
For more on Mindfulness in the Mountains, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/mindfulness-in-the-mountains
Combining a healthy hike from Bangor to the Conwy with a great cycle along the coastal path all the way to Chester, the North Wales Coast Path, with a Twist six night trip follows a continuous route from Deganwy to Chester. With the added excitement of a high performance RIB boat ride along the Menai Straits thrown in to blow away any cobwebs, other highlights include the fantastical 19th century Penrhyn Castle, Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve with its 120ft Aber Falls and an Iron Age hillfort affording impressive views from Sychnant Pass. With the walking culminating in the medieval walled World Heritage Site and town of Conwy, the trip then finishes with a 30 mile traffic-free sea-front cycle through classic north Wales seaside towns to neighbouring Cheshire.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) North Wales Coast Path, with a Twist(Moderate Grade, 5)6 nighthalf board holidays starts from £635/person including half board accommodation, bicycle & helmet hire together with a support vehicle and professional instructor, Rib Boat ride and all safety equipment, leader and all transport. Departures: 10 June 2018, 15 July 2018, 20 August 2018.
For another multi-activity option, see the Women’s Activity Week, https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/womens-activity-week.
High Altitude Challenge
Andorra has long been a favourite for Ramblers Walking Holidays, but the introduction of the new high altitude Grade 8 Andorra Mountain Trek takes it to new levels. Following the Coronallacs – literally the Crown of Lakes – the holiday is being tipped to become a new classic, rivalling Tour du Mont Blanc, The Haute Route and Alta Via I. In a constantly changing background, ranging from woodlands and alpine meadows to waterfalls, lakes and snowy peaks, challenge one’s fitness with an adrenalin-packed five day hike staying in remote mountain refuges. Enjoying staggering sunrises over the peak of Comapedrosa, uplifting views of the Incles Valley and walks along the steep slopes of Els Aspres path, each night hut down in a charmingly rustic retreat where stunning sunsets and clear mountain air are perfectly complemented with a glass of local wine and healthy helping of delicious Catalan food.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, , www.ramblersholidays.co.uk)Andorra Mountain Trek (Challenging Grade 8) starts from £1265/person including return flights, airport transfers, dormitory accommodation with breakfasts and dinners in the hotel/huts, six packed lunches, leader, local mountain guide and all transport costs locally.
In addition to the above, Ramblers Walking Holidays extensive portfolio of holidays, including many new additions for 2018, can be viewed on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk.
Ramblers Walking Holidays is a holiday brand from RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary of holiday operating this year, other brands within the group include Adagio Holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Cruise and Walk – Walking Holidays in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.
For its walking holidays the company is the proud holder of Which? Recommended Provider status – ie companies which are highly rated by Which? Members and reach the exacting standards of Which? Researchers.
*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 holidays, 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.
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, style or theme of the walks. Categories include: Pioneer; Continuous Walks; Flora & Walking Holidays; Bird Watching & Walking; Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History; Hutting; Rail & Walk; Sightseeing.
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 Trust which 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 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 & ATOL. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.