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How does a self guided walking holiday work?

Learn more about how our UK Self Guided Walking Holidays work

Self guided walking holidays are a great way to take in the nature and sights at your own pace. There's no waiting for a group and you're free to linger longer, when you wish. Our luxury backup support means that everything is taken care for you, from detailed daily route guides, to daily luggage transfer between hotels.

How may miles will I walk a day?

This is entirely up to you. Typically, our walking holiday guests will walk between 6 and 12 miles each day. We know that everyone is different and will be delighted to develop you a bespoke walking tour that takes into account your ability and preferences. We always suggest that guests underestimate their preferred daily mileage, rather than be overly optimistic. It's supposed to be a holiday and we encourage you to embrace slow travel and enjoy the journey. For those that are new to walking and looking for a beginner's walking holiday, we suggest that you start with a shorter break, or include a rest day in the middle of your holiday. More experienced walkers will love the challenge of the National Forest Way.

What is a self-guided walking tour?

A self guided walking tour means that you walk in your own private group, rather than as part of a larger guided group. We provide you with detailed walking notes, OS maps and GPS data, which you follow, at your own pace. We also share our expert knowledge with guests about the best places to eat along the way, as well what to see and do. Whilst we don't walk with you, we live locally and are always on hand, should you need some additional assistance along the way. Self-guided walking holidays are perfect for guests that enjoy being independent and want the freedom to choose their own start time every morning, or where to stop for lunch along the way. We offer a range of carefully developed walking tours, ranging from 2 to 10 nights.

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  • Taking your time to listen to the birds, as you idle along the banks of the River Trent, past the Anchor Church sandstone caves. 

  • A peaceful picnic watching the hidden oak noon column strike true noon. 

  • Exploring the wonderful gardens of Calke Abbey and Melbourne Hall along the way. 

  • A refreshing craft ale at the sunny beer garden near Calke. 

  • The artisan craftsmen at De Ferrers Courtyard at Staunton Harold. The unspoilt views.