If you’re thinking about a walking holiday, but would prefer to have a trial run first, Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk), the original small-group guided walking holiday experts, have introduced a brand new range of ‘Bitesize Breaks’ for summer 2017.
With a choice of destinations around the UK, ranging from St Ives & The Cornish Coast to the Lake District, and from the Wye Valley to Norfolk, these bite-size holidays are the perfect opportunity to test-drive a walking holiday or perhaps just take a short break to recharge your batteries.
Commenting, Kathy Cook Joint MD says ‘This range of holidays is ideal for clients who might be considering a first guided small-group walking holiday, but are not sure about committing to something of a longer duration. They cover a range of walking levels, from moderate to more challenging, and by being close to home they offer an easy way to experience a Ramblers Walking Holiday in a bitesize portion.’
The breaks include the following:
Explore the dramatic scenery and shores of the Cumbrian coast, together with the rolling wooded fells, tranquil tarns and lakeshores of the South Western Lake District. Accommodation is at Abbots Hall Hotel in Kent’s Bank, just next to Grange - over - Sands on the south Cumbria coast, an ideal location to explore the Southern Lake District fells around Coniston and Windermere.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.ukoffer a two night Southern Lakeland Bitesize holiday from £200 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on a half board basis, one full day’s walking and local transport if required. Departures on 20 August and 24 September 2017.
Walking the Wye Valley
Explore this beautiful part of the country – perhaps the most unspoilt river valley in Britain – where the Wye flows through breathtaking scenery rich in Welsh and English history alike. Accommodation is at the Lindors Country House Hotel in St Briavels, with a full day’s walking included through the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside.
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.
The Best of the Peak District
The limestone White Peak area of the southern Peak District is an ideal base for a holiday at this moderate walking grade. With beautiful limestone crags, valleys, streams and rivers, the walking offers panoramic views over fascinating countryside from the local high points. The holiday is based at The Willersley Castle Hotel in Cromford near Matlock Bath and includes one full day walking.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a two night Best of the Peak District Bitesize holiday from £195 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on a half board basis, one full day’s walking and local transport. Departures on 7 May, 16 July, 13 August, 24 September and 22 October 2017.
Norfolk can boast coast, country, fen and forest walking, so with the exception of mountains it offers a huge variety for most tastes! The walks here offer views over nature reserves, salt marshes and grazing meadows while walking along the shorelines of the Norfolk Coast Path. Accommodation is at the elegant Dunston Hall Hotel and the holiday includes one full day’s walking.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.uk) offer a two night Norfolk Rambling Bitesize holiday from £200 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on a half board basis, one full day’s walking and local transport. Departures on 14 August and 25 September 2017.
St Ives & the Cornish Coast
The coast and countryside around St Ives offers some of the best walking in the South West. The light and landscape of this corner of Cornwall continue to attract and inspire artists, with its beautifully rugged coastline, secret coves and long sandy beaches. St Ives itself is nestled between two big bays where you can watch the world go by and the Treloyhan Manor Hotel sits right on the Cornish Coast Path, offering wonderful walks right from the doorstep, taking in bays, beaches and dramatic cliff tops.
St Ives & The Cornish Coast Bitesize holiday from £200 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on a half board basis, one full day’s walking and local transport if required. Departures on 3 June and 16 September.
The seaside town of Sidmouth is the ideal base for exploring the Jurassic Coast shoreline, as well as the Exe and Axe Estuaries, the East Devon Way and many other circular walks. The sandstone cliffs, beautiful coastal paths and lush green pastures all offer a wonderful backdrop.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, ramblersholidays.co.ukoffer a two night Sidmouth Bitesize Walking Break from £185 per person. Price includes two nights accommodation on half board basis, one full day’s walking and local transport. Departures on 30 April, 4 June, 23 July and 3 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. 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.