With New Year fast approaching, what better way to get into shape for 2017 than on a Ramblers Walking Holiday. Offering a range of superb guided walking adventures in destinations around the UK, Europe and worldwide, there is plenty to choose from, however experienced or intrepid you might be.
Take Inspiration from the Yorkshire Dales
For sheer breathtaking beauty and inspiration, Yorkshire’s South Dales take some beating and this four night break offers the chance to experience its highlights. Described by Rambler’s Walking Holidays’ Ambassador Julia Bradbury (television presenter and former President of the Ramblers Association) as “a hub for both the adventurous and creative alike’, the area has stimulated artists, writers and composers alike. Tolkien is reputed to have based Helm’s Deep on the huge rock amphitheatre of Malham Cove, which also formed the backdrop for scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Even Turner and Elgar were inspired.Moulded by the ice age, the region’s rolling hills, moorland, deep eroded limestone pavements, high escarpments, waterfalls and wild valleys make it a top attraction on the Pennine Way. Taking in many natural highlights on the way to Settle, such as Catrigg Force waterfall and Malham Cove, the route taken on this holiday is punctuated with dramatic panoramic views stretching as far as the Lancashire’s Forest of Bowland and famous Pen Y Ghent ‘Hill of the Winds’
Malham Cove & Ribblesdale 4 night break starts from £399/person including half board at the newly refurbished Falcon Manor as well as local travel to and from the trailheads. Ramblers Walking Holidays, 01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk
Develop a new devotion to walking…
Walking along a well-trodden path to atonement takes more than a certain amount of dedication and even taking on part of one of these ‘caminos’ can be an incredibly uplifting and rewarding achievement. Following the pilgrimage of Ignatius, a great knight whose religious atonement saw him journey 340 miles from his birthplace to Montserrat in Catalonia, the St Ignatius Way takes in the first 70 miles of this lesser trodden Spanish ‘camino’ from the Holy sanctuary in Loiola, through spectacular areas of the Basque countryside, to the medieval walled town of Laguardia in the Rioja-Alavesa region. Merging history with legend, the trail traverses ancient mountain paths through the meditative limestone landscapes of Aizkorri-Aratz National Park, oak forests and serene meadows, before navigating the heady Biozkonia Pass (1200m) and crossing into the lush Cantabrian Mountains. Culminating in the vineyards of Rioja-Alavesa, uplifting walks are well rewarded throughout with hearty Basque cuisine and delicious local wine.
St Ignatius Way week long journey starts from £1275 including flights, half board accommodation, local guide and baggage transfers. Ramblers Walking Holidays, 01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/st-ignatius-way
Take yourself to new heights…
Like the idea of taking up the challenge of one of the world’s longer high altitude walks but never been quite sure about the prospect of staying in mountain huts? For a gentle acclimatisation, why not try an alpine taster in the Austrian Stubai Alps where nights high in mountains huts are combined with more indulgent four-star hotel accommodation on the valley floor. With dramatic views of snow clad peaks on the Italian borders including Zuckerhütl, Wilder Pfaff and Wilder Freiger, the week follows the Gloatsteig walk on a panoramic trail around the Marchreisen Spitz and the Rotspitzl col, visiting two of the Stubai Valley’s oldest huts in this less frequented part of the valley. “Walking yourself in”, 3 nights of the 7 are spent in these remote outposts, all above 2000m, offering the wonderful feeling of truly being in the wild.
7 nights holiday costs from £1020 with 4 nights half board, 3 nights full board, flights and baggage transportation. Ramblers Walking Holidays, 01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk
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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.