Prime Minister Theresa May is currently making the most of the Easter break to recharge her batteries on a walking holiday in Wales. According to her interview with Wales Online ‘Walking in Wales is an opportunity to get out and about and see scenery and clear your mind and your thinking… walking is about relaxing, getting exercise and fresh air’.
For anyone who feels inspired by her example, Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) the original experts in escorted walking holidays, have a great choice of breaks to Wales. From Ceredigion and the fabulous Pembrokeshire Coast, to walking the Wye Valley and from discovering Anglesey to enjoying the beauty of the Gower Peninsula, there’s plenty of inspiration. With all that walking to be enjoyed, you can even justify the odd Welsh cake or pint of Brains bitter at the end of the day.
Ceredigion & The Pembrokeshire Coast
Perfectly positioned for exploring Ceredigion and the more famous Pembrokeshire Coast Paths on the west coast, this five day holiday, based at the recently refurbished Cliff Hotel, takes in some of the best coastal trails. Walking through tiny whitewashed villages and along cut cliff paths with breath-taking sea views to sheltered coves, its not unusual to come across basking seals or see bottle-nosed dolphins breaking the surf. Incorporating sections of wood, moor and farmland, the walks also include the estuary path through the pretty town of Cardigan and St Dogmael’s beach, trails north towards the Irish Sea and hikes inland through the gently rolling pastoral Teifi Valley and heathland of the rocky Preseli Mountains. In addition to the outstanding natural beauty and wildlife, the remains of smugglers coves, Stone Age forts and early Christian communities dating from St David’s time give a fascinating insight into this area of Wales.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a five night Ceredigion & The Pembrokeshire Coast holiday from £405pp including five nights half board accommodation and transport to/from trailheads where necessary. Departures on 22 May, 19 June, 24 July and 18 September 2017.
Other great Welsh walking holidays from Ramblers Walking holidays include:
The Gower Peninsula – a four night half board holiday based on Oxwich Bay which explores Britain’s first designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an array of cultural highlights including the ruined fortified manor house of Oxwich castle, Pennard Church and Castle and King Arthur’s stone dating back to 2500BC. Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a four night Gower Peninsula holiday from £339/person including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from the walks. Departures on 1 May and 11 September 2017.
The Four Corners of Anglesey – a five night holiday along the Anglesey path, one of the best kept secrets of Wales’ largest Island, steeped in history, wildlife and natural beauty. Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a five night holiday from £559pp including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from the walks. Departures on 4 June, 2 July and 10 September 2017.
Walking the Wye Valley – a 5 or 7 night half board holiday through one of the most unspoilt river valleys in Britain. Straddling the Welsh and English border, the breath-taking scenery passes many famous sites including the monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey, Symonds Yat and Kilvert country. Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a five night holiday from £446pp including half board accommodation, a tour leader and transport to and from the walks. Departures on 23 April, 15 July and 9 September 2017.
This holiday is also available as a ‘Bitesize Break’ for those who might only have a few days to spare, or perhaps want to give an escorted walking holiday a trial run first. Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.ukoffer a two night Walking the Wye Valley Bitesize holiday from £200 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on a half board basis, one day’s full walking and local transport if required. Departures on 23 April, 3 June, 15 July and 9 September 2017.
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. 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 of Which? Recommended Provider status – i.e. 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 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.
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 (No V5094) and as holders of an ATOL licence
(No 990). RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.