A walking holiday gives you the chance to experience a destination in a meaningful way. timeoutdoors’ Travel Editor Tom Le Bas outlines the appeal.
There’s no better way of getting to know a region than by exploring it on foot. Proceeding at walking pace, one can appreciate the subtle details and rhythms of local life, the effect of the changing light on the landscape, the sights and sounds of the countryside. Travelling self-contained on your own two feet with no vehicle to worry about can be a liberating experience, and one that enables you to access some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet.
We have divided our walking holidays into two main categories: rambling and trekking, with more details available by clicking the links below:
Rambling holidays usually emphasise the leisurely approach and tend to be self-guided hotel to hotel walking with your luggage transported by road. The terrain will be relatively undemanding and stopping off for lunch in a picturesque village is often a great pleasure.
For people who want high mountain scenery and/or a more extended period of hiking, there are trekking holidays. Treks are physically demanding with some major ascents and descents to take into account but the rewards are fantastic. Most will involve camping and some long days.
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The ascent of Kilimanjaro is one of the world's great adventures, but lesser-known Tanzania destinations also have great appeal.
Dramatic trails high in the Andes and amazing Inca ruins make Peru an amazing trekking destination.
Nepal, home to the world's highest peaks and a fabulous network of mountain trails, offers a trekking experience like nowhere else.
A heady combination of culture and raw physical beauty, easily accessed from Europe.
If mountains are your thing, a walking holiday in Switzerland is hard to beat.
There are epic wilderness treks which can take weeks and get you way off the beaten track, but many stunning locations are also accessible to those who only have a day or two to explore. And it's all just a seven-hour flight from the UK.
Get to know the real France in all its bucolic beauty on a leisurely walking holiday.
A long coastline, an abundance of wildlife, ancient stone villages, charming rustic inns and lots of sunshine make for a fantastic walking holiday.
Experience the beauty of the British landscape, from the Scottish Highlands to the Southwest Coast Path, on a leisurely rambling holiday.
The Italian countryside offers endless possibilities for a richly rewarding walking holiday, from Alpine trails to the sparkling Mediterranean coast.
Stunning mountain trails, secret valleys and spectacular peaks abound in this surprising corner of Spain - let Tom Phillips guide you through some of the highlights.
Whether it's a stunning day hike or a 78km loop, Killarney features some of Ontario's most breathtaking walking routes.
Lake Superior is a wilderness mecca, offering developed hiking and backpacking trails which range from a couple of hours to week-long adventures.
Diverse Dalmatia is one of the best-kept secrets in Croatia and an area featuring some incredible hiking trails.
Wide-open spaces, towering cliffs, fairy-tale castles looming over picture-perfect towns: the Alentejo is an exciting destination for walkers looking to explore a corner of Europe way off the tourist trail.
These wild granite uplands offer exhilarating solitude amid magnificent scenery, and an encounter with an age-old way of life
Lush forested mountainsides, granite cliffs with spectacular views, royal palaces and a superb cliff-lined coastline: it's hard to think of a better location for exploring on foot.
Encompassing a series of awesome canyons in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, Ordesa offers some of the most spectacular hiking in Europe
Classic hill walking country extends across the Yorkshire Dales from Wharfedale north to Swaledale. Wild, rugged moorland and gentle green dales combine to create a mesmerising landscape loved by generations of walkers
With its windswept tops, green dales and stunning coastline, this corner of Yorkshire is one of the most rewarding places in the UK to explore on foot.
A gigantic dormant volcano and an extraordinary range of landscapes make this Atlantic island appealing to walkers of all abilities.
Classic Alpine scenery accessed on well-marked, well-maintained trails makes for a fabulous walking holiday.
Walking in the Peak District is not just about hills and moors - there are numerous beautiful, gentler rambles to be enjoyed at lower levels, too.
These wild craggy mountains offer an exhilarating hiking experience on a network of trails with some challenging sections.
These granite uplands are the largest area of untamed land in southern England, offering wonderful opportunities for walkers.
With a great network of footpaths, beautiful scenery and pretty villages, this corner of England is supremely well-suited to exploration on foot.
The high cliffs and grand views of this most beautiful stretch of English coastline makes for invigorating walking.
Some of the world's most amazing mountain scenery can be accessed via a web of mountain trails and mule tracks in the western Himalayas of India
Easily accessible from Europe, but another world in terms of culture and landscape, a trek in the High Atlas mountains is an exhilarating experience.
Few walking destinations can equal the majestic landscapes of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
With Hadrian's Wall threading its way across the sparsely populated Cheviot hills, and miles of unspoilt coastline, this northernmost corner of England is a great place for a hill walking holiday.
Steep, craggy hills, expanses of wild moorland and gentle green valleys make the Peak District one of the most appealing parts of England for a walking holiday.
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