Following ITV’s Britain’s Favourite Walks: Top 100, presented by well-known rambler Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba, the Lake District proved to be the nation’s favourite walking location taking half the coveted top 10 spots with challenging walks over Helvellyn at number one and Scafell Pike at number five, to more gentle rambles over Cat Bells and around Buttermere at four and seven respectively.
Covering these top locations from Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere, Ramblers Walking Holidays, the original walking holiday experts, who have been guiding walks around Britain for over 70 years, offer the perfect opportunity for all levels of walker to explore The Lakes in the reassuring company of an experienced tour leader.
With safety and enjoyment paramount to any walk, each is carefully graded from Challenging through to Moderate and Leisurely to ensure that there are holidays out in the hills to suit everyone.
A double whammy for experienced walkers, bag Helvellyn and Scafell Pike on a challenging Great Lakeland Ridge Walks (Challenging – Grade 8). Offering a high grade week of mountain walking along the Lake District’s panoramic high ridges, with a mix of 700 – 1000m ascents, some rock scrambling and 8 – 12 miles of trails each day. Take in expansive peak viewing hiking from the likes of the High Stile Ridge, Helvellyn and Striding Edge, Scarfell Pike, Bowfell, Crinkle Crags, Skiddaw, Haystacks, Brandreth and Fleetwith Pike.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133 , www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) Great Lakeland Ridge Walks 7-night holiday starts from £599/person including B&B accommodation, 6 dinners, 6 lunches, highest qualified guide and all necessary transport. Departing 26 May 2018, 28 July 2018.
For a more moderate challenge, enjoy one of the many walks from Hassness Country House (Moderate, Grades 4 & Challenging Grade 8) based on the shores of Buttermere with all encompassing lake and mountain views. With a mixture of rugged mountainsides, high summits, open ridges, lake and lakeside paths literally on the doorstep, enjoy gentle strolls around the valley floor and its lakes, Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater as well as more strenuous ridge hikes to the likes of Cat Bells fell, Britain’s 4th favourite walk.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 3 ,4, 5 or 7 night break starts from £230/person for two nights including accommodation and most meals. Departure from April to October 2018.
Or for a leisurely week of gentle trails, try Lakeland Explorer (Grade 3), which includes the 7th favourite - a circular walk around Buttermere, and combines half day walks beside Derwentwater, Rydal Water and Windermere with cultural outings to areas frequented by Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. Days are punctuated by traditional creams teas or a Cumbrian pint. In addition, a ride on Eskdale Railway (aka La’al Ratty) and a ferry across Windermere provide more opportunities to relaxingly drink in the view.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) Lakeland Explorer 7 night break starts from £659/person including accommodation, most meals, transport, entrance fees and one cream tea. Departure 29 September & 27 October 2018.
Ramblers Walking Holidays will be on Stand AA111 at Destinations Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia from 1 – 4 February where you can also book in to see Julia Bradbury in conversation at 12 noon on Thursday 1st and Saturday 3rd February at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival. Or alternatively visit, The Outdoor Guide Stand TA15 where Julia or one of her team will be on hand.
In addition to the above, Ramblers Walking Holidays have an extensive portfolio of holidays, both in the UK and abroad, which can be viewed on www.ramblerholidays.co.uk.
- Ends -
Ramblers Walking Holidays is a holiday brand from RWH Travel, the experts in guided walking adventures. Celebrating its 70th anniversary of holiday operations in 2017, sister brands within the group now include Adagio holidays – leisurely walking and cultural holidays at a gentle pace and Cruise & Walk – walking holidays in association with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Overall the company operates over 250 holidays in more than 60 countries.
*Each of the Ramblers Walking Holidays has been graded to help clients choose their preferred pace, 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).
On some holidays, there is the chance to experience more than one walking grade with two leaders. Perfect for couples and friends who prefer to walk at a different pace or have different walking abilities.
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, style or theme of 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 social enterprise 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 direct 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 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 its ATOL licence. RWH Travel is also a member of AITO.