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How It All Works

There are guided, group and independent options, inn-to-inn and single center. All introduce you to an interesting and unspoiled corner or the world. There are options for every fitness level too, from woodland rambles to challenging mountain and ridge walking and cycling for both the softies and the energetic.

Cycling

All cycling holidays are independent.

Independent tours allow you to follow any route you choose using our maps and detailed notes. We suggest routes using quiet country lanes, and go by the places we think are most interesting. There are route options for avoiding hills, and suggestions for detours and off-road explorations. All independent cycling tours are graded. See what the “bike” symbol means by clicking here, starting off with just enough exercise to work up an appetite for the next great meal, with longer route options if you’re feeling energetic.

“Independent” doesn’t mean unsupported, though. Our local staff greet you at the train station and take you by mini-van to the first hotel. You’ll attend a briefing session, where our reps will fit you out with your bike, tell you all about the things to see and do, and help you map out a route if you have a special side trip you’d like to make. During the briefing session, you’ll also have a chance to meet any other travelers who are booked on the tour. Although the tours are not intended as a group experience, we find that people often make friends on our independent tours enjoy the opportunity to meet others – but if you aren’t so inclined you’re free to travel at your own pace. There are rarely more than six or eight people on any independent cycling tour, so you can be as sociable, or otherwise, as you choose.

On independent tours, you move on between hotels every two days: we transport your luggage, so you don’t need to carry a lot in your panniers (provided). In-between days are an opportunity for exploring locally, with the help of our detailed maps and notes. You can cycle on the off days, or just opt for relaxation!

On independent tours our staff clean and carefully check every bike before it goes out, so we don’t expect many problems. If anything does go wrong, we’ll come out to your hotel and put it right. And our reps are only a phone call away if you have any problems! We also give you a puncture repair kit. Due hygiene and safety concerns, we do not provide cycling helmets. However, we strongly recommend that you bring your own cycling helmet.

Walking

All walking tours are either Guided or Independent.

We travel the “undiscovered” corners of each region on our walking tours. You’ll follow a linear or circular route staying at country inns or hotels following detailed route notes and maps. As long as you are reasonably active and in good health you will be able to find a walk to suit you. Our walking tours are not intended as an endurance contest, but rather a unique way to experience the countryside.Click here for more information on grading for walking tours.

On Guided walking tours, you walk in small groups, with like-minded, mostly professional, people. But no one is tied to a group itinerary, we do our best to find out about everyone’s special interests, and make sure that they have the opportunities to pursue them. Guided tours can be centre-based (you stay in a single hotel throughout, and take walks each day – sometimes getting to the best starting point by mini-van) or in those cases where the best walks can’t all be reached from a single centre, we offer Inn to Inn tours. While on an inn to inn walk, our guides provide transport and move the bags and look after your every need and act as walking guides along the carefully chosen routes. Tours are rated according to the grading system indicated in the trip panel.

Our Independent Walks let you discover the heart of your holiday region, in your own way and at your own pace. Independent does not mean unsupported, though. Our local staff greet you at the train station and take you by mini-van to the first hotel. You’ll attend a briefing session, where our reps will tell you all about the things to see and do, and help you map out a route if you have a special side trip you’d like to make. During the briefing session, you’ll also have a chance to meet any other travelers who are booked on the tour. Although the tours are not intended as a group experience, we find that people often make friends on our independent tours enjoy the opportunity to meet others – but if you aren’t so inclined you’re free to travel at your own pace. There are rarely more than six or eight people on any independent walking tour, so you can be as sociable, or otherwise, as you choose.

On independent tours, you move on between hotels every two days: we transport your luggage, so you don’t need to carry much more than your camera and a picnic lunch. In-between days are an opportunity for exploring locally, with the help of our detailed maps and notes. You can walk on the off days, or just opt for relaxation!

On independent tours it is nice to know that our staff is only a phone call away if you have any problems!



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