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Easy Walking Holidays in the UK's National Forest

Relaxed self-guided walking holidays, for those that like to relax and enjoy the journey

Welcome to our easy walking holidays in the National Forest! Indulge in a gentle, self-guided walking holiday, with plenty of luxury touches along the way. Our low-mileage walking holidays allow you to savour the beauty of the English countryside, at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time to enjoy the journey and many sights along the way.

Suitable for beginners - easy walking holidays in lovely English countryside

The National Forest is the perfect destination for beginners or those seeking a gentle self-guided walking holiday, in lovely countryside. Whilst there are some hills along the way, the landscape generally offers easy walking. You might need to stop for 5 minutes to admire the view and get your breath back, but you won't need a head for heights.

An easy walking holiday doesn't mean boring. The National Forest landscape offers a rich variety of paths, through peaceful woodland and expansive parkland, alongside rivers and canals and through traditional meadows and fields. Most paths are well marked and you won't be walking over open moorland nor mountains, so no technical map reading skills are required.

We provide detailed turn-by-turn instructions, maps, and GPS files to make finding the way easy and stress-free. The region is dotted with small communities and towns, so you're never far from civilisation, should you take a wrong turn.

Leisurely walking – enjoy your walking holiday at your own pace

Our easy walking holidays are designed to be enjoyable and achievable, with plenty of time to explore, relax and savour the experience. Typically you will walk around 6 – 8 miles each day, often with the option of short cuts or additional diversions, depending on your energy levels. Travel slow and unwind as you listen to the birds, sit and admire the countryside, take in the sights, linger over lunch and discover the local way of life.

For an even more relaxing walking experience, enjoy a 2nd night in some locations. Use the rest day to do a shorter local walk, explore locally, try a new experience or simply unwind at a luxury spa. We understand that everyone has their own preferences when it comes to walking distance and specialise in creating bespoke walking holidays. Please let us know if you would like to walk further or less distance each day.

What can I expect on a gentle self-guided walking holiday?

A self-guided walking holiday gives you the independence to walk at your own pace, without having to keep up with, or wait for, a group.

We take care of all the details so you can appreciate your holiday. There's no need to design your own route - we provide detailed turn by turn instructions every day, as well as a map and GPS file to use in your own navigation app, if you use one. Your daily notes act like having a private guide with you, including tips on our favourite places to stop along the way and more information about the route and attractions.

We think fabulous accommodation is essential at the end of a day's walking, The price of your walking holiday includes lovely en-suite accommodation, on a bed and breakfast basis. From award winning bed and breakfasts, to luxurious country houses and spa hotels, each is carefully selected for comfort, service and location. There's always somewhere close by to enjoy a lovely meal. Plan ahead and you could even enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the area.

Concierge Service – local expertise and on-hand assistance

We live locally and are always on hand, should you need some extra advice or assistance. Our bespoke walking holidays can be tailored to your needs. Just let us know, if you'd like to walk further or less distance each day.

Daily luggage transfer ensures that you can travel light each day and focus on enjoying your walk.

Choose your easy self-guided walking holiday

Ready to experience the beauty of the National Forest at a gentle pace? Explore our selection of walking holidays and find your perfect holiday today. Alternatively, contact us with your requirements and let us recommend a walking holiday for you. We look forward to welcoming you soon!


Brilliant short break, Loved the route through the woods.


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