Independent, unguided & self guided walking holidays



uk flagBalkan Holidays
London, UK

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Self-guided walking holidays in Bulgaria, based at a choice of two centres (Bankso or Borovets) that give access to two imposing mountain ranges, each with excellent trekking routes, accessible summits, lift access, alluring lakes and magnificent limestone landscapes.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | Bulgaria |


uk flagBath & West Country Walks
Somerset, UK

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Guided and self-guided walking holidays in South West England from April to October. Enjoy the Cotswolds, explore Exmoor, discover the Mendip hills and Bath. Visit Avebury, Bourton on the Water, or Stonehenge & Glastonbury. Also walking holidays in Austria in June and Cyprus in November. Hotel and inn accommodation with private facilities.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | seniors/silver surfers | weekends/short breaks | England | Wales | Austria | Cyprus |


uk flagBootlace Walking Holidays
Granada, Spain

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Spectacular mountain walks with experienced guides following ancient waterways and caminos, once silk routes of the Moors and drovers' paths. Vegetarian/vegan friendly, all-inclusive, bespoke plus self-guided holidays. Also accompanied treks with local guides in Morocco and special activity holidays such as herbalism, photography, yoga and walking.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | vegetarian/vegan | yoga | herb | photographic | Spain |


uk flagExplore five star Featured Site

based: UK

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Explorer logoSelf-guided walking holidays in Europe: France, Italy, Spain, Mallorca, Greece, Switzerland and Portugal. These independent walking trips are for all abilities and fitness levels and allow guests to walk at their own pace, they can depart on any day of the week making cheap flights and option too.

| walk/trek/hike | trekking peaks | unguided walking | winter walking | Europe |


uk flagEurocamp – Walking Holidays five star Featured Site

based: UK

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Eurocamp logoSelected Eurocamp parcs in areas of outstanding natural beauty in France, Austria and Switzerland, ideal bases for guided and unguided walking and hiking. Some offer their own bespoke graded walking routes for self-led walks, others offer guided walking tours.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | France | Switzerland | Austria |


uk flagGreat Little Breaks
Worcestershire, UK

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Independent rambling and self-led walking breaks from a range of hotels in England and Wales. Special short-stay packages targeted at hikers and offering walking maps, route guides and packed lunches for self-guided walkers.

| unguided walking | England | Wales |


uk flagHeadwater five star Featured Site

based: UK

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Headwater logoHotel-to-hotel and single-centre self-guided walking holidays in the UK, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Malta, Portugal,Switzerland, Italy, central Europe and the Caribbean. Treks for all levels from easy country rambles to challenging mountain hikes, some tours combining other activities such as gastronomy, wine or canoeing.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | winter walking | wintersports multi-activity | Europe | Caribbean |


Pension Hoffelner – Self Guided Walking Holidays
based: Dachstein, Austria

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Trails are at three levels: on the Ramsau plateau (1,200 m), alpine pasture (1,700 m) and the Dachstein Glacier (2,700 m). Higher areas are easily accessible through gondolas and cable cars. Luxury accommodation, stunning scenery and walks suitable for all abilities. Offering flexible dates and durations from June to October.

| unguided walking | winter walking | tailor made | groups | Austria |


Walking Holiday Ireland
Co Louth, Ireland

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Walking and hiking holidays in Ireland; self-guided trips with baggage transfer and guided walking tours to destinations which include: the Cooley Peninsula, the Mourne Mountains, Wicklow Way, Giant Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Kerry and Dingle. Also short and day-long landscape and wildlife photography courses in Ireland.

| walk/trek/hike | unguided walking | photographic | Ireland |





Gear for self-guided hikingThis section is for self-guided walking holidays and lists trips where a tour operator sets up walk itineraries and routes, organises accommodation, and provides maps and written walking guides or guidebooks for clients to follow – but does not provide any guiding service. Hikers walk independently at their own pace, they will follow the routes supplied but, within that, they are free to stop and start along the route as it suits – this is great if you want to spend time composing photos, studying the local wildlife, visiting tourist spots on the route, or if you just fancy taking a long lazy lunch or lots of coffee stops!


Point-to-point or centre based?
These tours may be point-to-point (hotel-to hotel, hut-to-hut), in which case additional services provided might include luggage transfer and a pick-up and/or drop-off service taking walkers to and from their accommodation on various stages of the walk. Alternatively it may be a centre based trip (be that hotel, B&B, hostel or self-catering) offering walkers the flexibility to choose routes day-by-day depending on how strenuous or otherwise they want it to be.


Graded self-guided walks
Most operators will grade their independent walks in some way, although there is no universal grading system for self-guided walking trips. Easier trips may be suitable for children, details should be on the tour itineraries.