With National Parks Week (22 – 29 July 2018) highlighting plenty of reasons to step out and explore the many secret coves, historic hillforts, ancient forests and tranquil stretches of beach that make up the UK’s 15 National Parks, why not do exactly that with original small group walking holiday experts, Ramblers Walking Holidays.
With an excellent selection of walking holidays, encompassing some of the country’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty within the National Parks, enjoy a choice of carefully graded ‘leisurely’, ‘moderate’ and more ‘challenging’ walks. Ranging from three night lakeside breaks on Buttermere to more adventureous ridge way hikes in the Lake District to blustery coastal ambles along the Pembrokeshire Coast, there are also a number of special interest holidays such as Mindfulness in the Mountains and Navigation & Hill Skills to help you on your way.
For more inspiration and ideas for exploring the National Parks, step out and try the below.
Enjoy Top Walks in the UK’s Oldest National Park
Best of the Peak District (Grade 5, Moderate)
Based in the 200 year old Willersley Castle Hotel, a grade II listed building designed by Sir Richard Arkwright, overlooking the River Derwent, explore the beauty of the Peak District with walks through steep sided limestone gorges, strips of broad leaved woodland lined banks and open grassland with views of dry stone walls and picturesque villages. With the opportunity to walk the High Peak Trail, an old railway line with impressive views, and ascend the rocky precipice of High Tor, just above the Derwent Gorge, there are also visits to the picturesque towns of Bakewell for the famous tart and Ashford-in-the-Water.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblershoidays.co.uk) The Best of the Peak District 2 or 5 night holiday starts from £200/person and £479/person respectively, including half board en suite accommodation, all transport to and from walks and the services of a dedicated tour leader. Departs 23 September 2018.
Stretch Yourself in the Yorkshire Dales
Pilates & Walking in the Dales (Moderate Grade, 5)
Taking in a mixed landscape with hikes along heather moorland, the river Wharfe and across dramatic limestone pavements, Pilates & Walking in the Dales combines walking in rolling Yorkshire countryside with daily late afternoon Pilates classes and rewarding relaxation sessions in the evening. 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) Pilates & Walking in the Dales 4 night half board break starts from £490/person including all Pilates classes and local transport to/from walks. Departs 1 October 2018.
Score a National Park hat-trick walking Wainwright’s Coast to Coast
Wainwright’s Coast to Coast (Grade 6, Moderate)
Hike across the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North Yorks Moors National Parks, from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood's Bay on the North Sea shore, covering a challenging 194 mile walk across the wilderness of northern England. Devised by author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright over 45 years ago (1973), take in one of Britain’s most famous walk. Starting with a spectacular walk along the red cliffs of St. Bees Head overlooking the Irish Sea, it then heads inland towards Ennerdale, the first of many tranquil lakes in the natural watery wonderland that is the Lake District National Park. Having experienced some of England’s best high level hikes, lake shore walks and stunning vistas, the trail continues into the stone walled valleys of Yorkshire Dales before crossing the heather-covered plateaux of North Yorkshire Moors and descending into the characterful small fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 17 night Wainwright’s Coast to Coast starts from £1979/person including accommodation in hotels and B&Bs, breakfasts and dinners each day, an experienced guide, transport between accommodation and daily walks and baggage transport between accommodations.
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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 2016, other brands within the group include Adagio holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays – in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In total, the company operates over 250 holidays across over 60 countries worldwide.
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.
Adagio holidays, due to their leisurely nature, are generally not allocated a walking grade.
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 (No V5094) and as holders of an ATOL licence (No 990). RWH Travel is also a member of IATA, AITO and ETOA.