By taking a few clever steps when you book annual holidays for 2017, you can manage an epic 18 day holiday by taking just 9 days leave. The combination of Easter taking place in the middle of April 2017 with the first May Bank Holiday means you can enjoy time out of the office from Good Friday on 14 April to the bank holiday on Monday 1 May.
What better opportunity to take on the challenge of one of country’s iconic walks, following in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright on the Coast to Coast Walk or enjoying the magnificent Offa’s Dyke Path with self guided walking experts Load Off Your Back (01707 386726, www.loadoffyourback.co.uk). Part of RWH Travel (home to Ramblers Walking Holidays), Load Off Your Back literally take the load off your back by booking your accommodation along the trail and transferring luggage from one overnight stop to the next.
Walk the Coast to Coast Path - A challenging walk across England in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright: 17 days walking/18 nights’ accommodation
Devised by author and illustrator Alfred Wainwright 40 years ago, the 200 mile Coast to Coast walk from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the North Sea shore has become one of Britain’s most famous walks and is described as ‘a delightful slice of British scenery, history and culture.’ Covering three of England’s great National Parks, it starts with a spectacular walk along the red cliffs of St. Bees Head overlooking the Irish Sea before heading 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. Described as ‘challenging’, the trail does have some fairly steep gradients, yet every mile is ‘walkable’ with no mountaineering or climbing skills necessary.
Load Off Your Back (01707 386726, www.loadoffyourback.co.uk) offers an 18 night Walk The Coast to Coast Path self guided walking holiday from £1095.00 per person including 18 nights B&B accommodation plus maps and luggage transfers along the way.
Walk Offa's Dyke Path A walk through an ancient fortified borderland in Wales:
16 days walking/17 nights’ accommodation
The 177 mile long Offa’s Dyke Path winds along the English-Welsh border from Prestatyn in the north of Wales to Chepstow in the south following a 1200 year old earthwork barrier built by Offa, the warlord King of Mercia, to protect his kingdom from his rivals in what is now Wales. Rich in legend and history and one of Britain’s longest paths, it covers a diverse terrain through villages and woodland, open panoramic meadow paths, canal tow-paths and old drovers’ roads with trails alongside the rivers Severn and Wye, through the beauty of the Vale of Clwyd, hills of Shropshire and over the Black Mountains.
Interspersed with wonderful viewpoints, market towns, remote villages, ancient castles and forts, the trail allows fascinating glimpses into the history, mythology and sheer beauty of this border country. The terrain of the Offa’s Dyke path differs considerably, however it is generally well signposted and maintained. Rarely flat, the trail crosses hills, forests and moors and therefore strenuous in parts.
Load Off Your Back (01707 386726, www.loadoffyourback.co.uk) offers a 17 night Walk Offa's Dyke Path self guided holiday from £1097.00 per person including 17 nights B&B accommodation plus maps and luggage transfers along the way.
In addition to the above walks, Load Off Your Back offer a selection of 19 self-guided walking holidays in England, Wales and Scotland with a choice of flexible durations ranging from 3 days to 20 days with lots of options for a shorter Easter and May Bank Holiday break. http://www.loadoffyourback.co.uk/
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Load Off Your Back (LOYB) is a self-guided walking holiday programme, and is part of RWH Travel (formerly known as Ramblers Worldwide Holidays).
Alongside LOYB, the company also offers two new brands: Ramblers Walking Holidays and Chapters Experience Holidays. Ramblers Walking Holidays encapsulate the essence of a Ramblers holiday: small group holidays, great destinations, brilliant walks and trusted Leaders, whilst Chapters Experience Holidays are experience-rich adventures from walking, cycling or sailing to painting, photography… or even mindfulness.
With over 70 years of heritage, other brands within the RWH Travel group include Adagio – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Cruise & Walk – 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 – ie companies which are highly rated by Which? Members and reach the exacting standards of Which? Researchers.
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 and as holders of an ATOL licence. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO and ETOA.