As the clocks jump forward and early season flowers signal the onset of Spring across the UK, shake off winter, dust off your walking boots and enjoy the emerging warmer weather with Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk), the original small group guided walking holiday experts.
Featuring over 25 different walks across the UK, ranging from easy countryside tracks to more challenging continuous walks, the programme offers durations varying from bite sized weekend taster breaks of three days to longer holidays of up to 17 nights. With their experienced walking leaders, Ramblers Walking Holidays have the UK mapped out, offering the inside track to show off the best of Britain’s flora and fauna.
St Ives and the Cornish Coast (Various walking grades Moderate 4 and 5 and Challenging 7*)
South West Cornwall comes alive in spring when a wide variety of wild flowers, from violets, primroses and bluebells to pink thrift, sea holly and wild orchids raise their heads again. Staying in the impressive Treloyhan Manor Hotel, with the Cornish Coast Path at the edge of the property the holiday offers the best coastal and countryside walks in the South West, from Land’s End to the Lizard Peninsula by way of secret coves, sandy beaches and abandoned mining settlements as well as the sea-cliff perched Minack Theatre and picturesque, St Ives.
Departing 22 April, 3 June, 1 July, 19 August and 16 September seven-night costs from £625/person including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from walks. No single supplements for solo travellers, subject to availability.
For a taster join a two-night bite sized break on 3 June and 16 September from £200/person including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from walks.
Walking the Wye Valley (Moderate 5)
Straddling the Welsh and English border, the Wye Valley is one of the most unspoilt river valleys in Britain. In Spring the sweeping hills are adorned in bright yellow daffodils while ancient woods give way to blankets of bluebells. With the majestic Wye River passing through its heart, this is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Based in the 19th century Lindors Country House Hotel, days are spent exploring the Wye Valley Walk, the Offa’s Dyke Path and many of the surrounding trails that meander along the riverside gorges. Highlights include the superb viewing points of Symonds Yat Rock and Eagle’s Nest and a walk to the 800-year-old ruins of Tintern Abbey.
Departing on 23 April, 3 June, 15 July and 9 September a choice of bites sized two-night breaks start from £200/person or longer five- and seven-night holidays from £446/person including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from walks
Giant’s Causeway & The Nine Glens (Moderate 5)
As a result of intensive volcanic activity 60 million years ago, the basalt pillars of Northern Ireland’s dramatic Giant’s Causeway are one of geology’s mythological wonders, and a natural highlight for the week-long ‘free-range’ guided hike on no set paths in the remote Antrim countryside. In Spring this seemingly harsh environment flourishes with delicate blue spring squill, pink thrift, aromatic wild thyme, harebell, eyebright and ragwort. Throughout the week other literal highpoints include Dunluce Castle precariously perched on rocks above the sea, and Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge that was built hundreds of years ago, by local Salmon fishermen. Thick in tradition and hospitality, days end with good food washed down with an optional pint of stout or tot of whiskey.
Departing 13 May, 24 June, 12 August and 2 September seven-nights costs from £595/person including half board accommodation, a tour leader, airport transfers and transport to and from walks
Ramblers Walking Holidays is one of two new holiday brands from RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays), the experts in guided walking adventures. Celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year, with the launch of two new programmes, other brands within the group include the newly launched Chapters Experience Holidays – memorable experiential holidays around the world; Adagio Holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace; Load Off Your Back – a self-guided UK walking programme 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 preferredpace, 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).
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.
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 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 & ATOL.RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.