As Sheila Hancock takes to the Scottish mountains in her latest film, ‘Edie’ (released 25th May) – fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition to reach the peak of Suilven in Scotland - the original walking holidays experts, Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk), have a huge range of holidays to choose from for anyone wishing to embark on their own mountain adventure. What’s more, rather than being at the mercy of the scurrilous local lad Jonny, as Edie finds in the film, all the Ramblers Walking holidays are small group trips, expertly led and carefully planned, from their Women’s Activity Week in the Lakes, to wonderful continuous coastal or cross-country routes, to more ambitious hiking holidays encompassing some of the finest climbing around the world. Holidays are referenced with a variety of different walking grades depending on your ability, and some holidays even feature two walking grades so that you can choose the level to suit you.
For those looking for a bit of sisterly support: Women’s Activity Week
Staying in Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere - a tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes, Women’s activity week is a wonderful way to travel and set yourself some new challenges at the same time. Designed to get some of that refreshing Cumbrian air into your lungs, relax with other like-minded women and perhaps try out something new, the week takes advantage of the superb setting with a daily selection of hill and Nordic walks, a half day kayaking on Derwentwater and the optional promise of a bracing morning dip. Interspersed with yoga and pilates to restore and unwind, days hiking with some added circuit training or aerobics, are well rewarded with home cooked meals and superb freshly baked cakes.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk)
Women’s Activity Week 7 night holiday starts from £585/person including accommodation, meals except one dinner, activities and transport for activities.
Departures: 7 July, 11 August & 15 September 2018.
Or for more ambitious climbers: Pic de la Sierra (2912m) Hiking in Andorra
Grade 6 Moderate or Grade 6 & 8 Moderate/Challenging
Andorra is a peak-baggers dream destination. Pic de la Sierra is the third highest peak in the country and takes a route passing through the beautiful Vall Ransol, which has the best flower meadows in Andorra. From the summit, there are views of many of Andorra’s highest mountains, including the Pic del Comapedrosa and beyond the country’s borders into France and Catalonia. Featured as part of a photographically stunning one or two week holiday, enjoy quiet rambles through the Sorteny meadows and Val de Incles with some of Europe’s rarest and most colourful mountain flora, as well as with more strenuous hikes to the World Heritage listed Val Madriu. With a selection of the departures featuring two leaders, walkers can choose to take either a level 6 or 8 trail making it ideal for those with slightly different fitness levels to holiday together.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) Hiking in Andorra full board one-week holiday starts from £735/person including return flights, full board accommodation, two walks, two leaders, two grades on some departures and all local transport.
7 night departures: 3, 10, 17 & 24 June; 15, 22 & 29 July; 5 &12 August 2018
14 night departures: 3 &17 June; 15 & 29 July; 5 August 2018
Or follow ancient trails in Andalucia… Las Alpujarras (grade 7 challenging)
Clinging to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, the mountain region Las Alpujarras makes an ideal walking destination with a backdrop of rugged ranges including Spain’s highest – and often snow capped - mountain Mulhacen, traverse narrow stony trails and follow old mule paths through fertile terraced lands that were transformed by the Moors into a garden paradise of orchards, vines and olives over two centuries ago. Highlights include staying in Capileira - a tranquil whitewashed village with cobbled streets perched at some 1400m above the Poquiera Gorge, walks in and around the gorge, the ascent of Peña Bon above Trevelez, relaxing in some of the highest sunshine hours in Spain and tucking into the local jamon – prized for being some of the best in Spain.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; ramblersholidays.co.uk) Las Alpujarras starts from £1025/person including half board accommodation with dinner in local restaurants, flights, transfers, all local transport and services of a tour leader. Departures: 2 September, 7 October & 22 December 2018.
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Notes to Editors:
Ramblers Walking Holidays is the core brand for RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Having celebrated its 70th Anniversary of holiday operating in 2017, other brands within the group include Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays, small ship cruises with a dedicated shore walking excursion programme - in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In total, the company operates over 200 holidays across over 60 countries.
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 and friends who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
Holidays for Adagio are largely ungraded as they are more relaxed walks with the emphasis on culture, cuisine, history and sightseeing.
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 and social enterprise philosophy, the company contributes monies to the Ramblers Walking 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 and its ATOL licence where applicable. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.