Off the Beaten Track Walking Holidays

A choice selection of Walking holidays through quieter parts of France and the UK

The majority of our walking holidays, whether they are guided or independent, take place in quiet, unspoilt destinations, untainted by the imprint of mass tourism and where a distinct local identity thrives. Walking in these off the beaten track places means quiet trails, independent guest houses and beautiful landscapes that have little changed over the years. High Point Holidays actively seek out these special, hidden areas which are ignored by other companies. Here, we have selected a few of our walking holidays which best epitomise this philosophy.

FRANCE

 

Beaujolais - Medieval village tour

grade moderate guided walking jura

7 nights - £720/€780 - 6 days walking between guest houses

5 nights - £580/€625 - 4 days walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday involves fairly gentle walking through vines and a collection of unspoilt historic villages built from a warm golden limestone set in panoramic rolling countrside. Historic chateaux, churches and country houses pepper the landscape. Gastronomic region and B&B's full of charm and character.

Jarnioux in golden stones area of Beaujolais in France destination for self guided or independent walking holiday

High Beaujolais Hills

moderate walking holiday France or walking grade walking tour France self guided

7 nights - £745/€805 - 6 days walking between guest houses

A circular walking trail through the quiet und undiscovered Beaujolais hills which sit above the famous vineyards. Secret valleys little changed for centuries with vibrant green pasture in a patchwork of fields, lead to sturdy summits and ridges some cloaked in forest, others offering panoramic trails. Great Beaujolais hospitality in guest houses full of charm and character.

Beaujolais hills independent walking holidays in France

Beaujolais Discovery

moderate walking holiday France

7 nights - From £855/€925, Multi-centre based, guided walking holiday

This moderate guided walking holiday explores not only the famous vineyards but also the little known regions of great beauty that lie beyond. Rolling hills and historic villages are in perfect harmony in this quiet French region where you'll have the paths all to yourselves.

Beaujolais guided walking holiday

Lyon's Beautiful Secluded Hills

moderate walking holiday France

5 nights - £610/€660, 7 nights - £780/€840: 4 or 6 days walking between guest houses

The Mont Lyonnais are a series of beautiful rolling hills rising to the west of Lyon, France’s second city. Less well-known than the neighbouring Beaujolais hills, this hidden country is a picturesque rural scene with a patchwork of lush grazing land, cherry orchards and forested tops. Choose between a self-guided 6-day traverse or a 4-day circular walking trail to discover these inviting, off the beaten track hills.

Beaujolais hills independent walking holidays in France

Beautiful Brionnais: Secret Hills of Burgundy

moderate walking holiday France+

7 nights - £780/€845 - 6 days walking between guest houses

A circular walking trail through the secret region of Brionnais in the Burgundy, France. A patchwork of fields in secluded valleys and ridges with vast panoramic views towards the Loire Valley or the hills of the Beaujolais. It also has fine architecture to rival some of the more popular parts of Burgundy. Delightful villages such as Semur-en-Brionnais decorated with lovely floral displays harbour remarkable churches, abbeys and chateaux.

clayette brionnais Burgundy French walking holidays

Quieter Side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze

moderate grade walking luxury guest houses

5 or 7 nights - £690/€745 or £825/€890 - 4 or 6 days independent walking between guest houses

On the edge of the Massif Central in France lies a beautiful undulating countryside of green pasture, forest and vines where pretty villages adorn the ridges and hilltops. The Correze is not as well known as the more frequented parts of Dordogne, but the villages have a varied character and charm, set in a countryside which changes with the geology. Your self guided walking holiday passes through the historic villages of Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge and Curement all of which are classed as some of the prettiest villages in France.

Turenne correze independent walking holiday France

Tranquil Auvergne Trail

moderate walking holiday France

7 nights - £715/€770 - 6 days walking between guest houses

Starting and finishing at Puy en Velay, the world heritage town, this independent walking holiday explores an upland plateau landscape in the southern Auvergne punctuated with intimate valleys and volcanic domes (sucs.) You'll stay in small historic properties often located in small forgotten hamlets built of sturdy stone and thatched houses.

walking holiday france auvergne trail

Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies

moderate walking holiday France or walking grade walking tour France self guided

7 nights - £695/€750 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

Les Baronnies is a secret and unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountain sides decorated in purple lavender flowers. Quiet walking trails through delightful and changing countryside bathe in a wonderful light.

baronnies in Provence south France self guided walks

 

Secret Provence: Baronnies Explorer

walking moderate baronnies Provence France or moderate challenging grade Baronnies France independent walking holiday

Between 4 and 14 nights - Ex. 7 nights £770/€830 - flexible multi-centre based walking holiday

Our Baronnies Explorer self-guided walking holiday discovers a remarkably beautiful and quiet area in northern Provence. You decide the number of nights and places you want to stay and we create a holiday tailored to your interests. Our walking guide includes a series of wonderful day walks of various lengths and difficulties spread across the Baronnies Regional Park.

baronnies in Provence south France self guided walks

 

Les Baronnies: Secret Provence

moderate walking holiday France

7 nights - From £980/€1060, two-centre based, guided walking holiday

This guided walking holiday explores a quiet unspoilt region where the Provence meet the Alps, which at the end of June is at a time when the lavender is in flower. Wonderful perched villages, beautiful landscapes bathed in an amazing light, great climate.

Baronnies Provence France guided walking holiday

Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley

moderate walking holiday France or walking grade walking tour France self guided

6 nights - £550/€595 - 6 days independent walking between hotel on 3 days, and 3 day walks

This self-guided walking holiday explores a beautiful part of the central Pyrenees mountains in France. Your walking tour takes you up onto the sides of the delightful and luminous Azun Valley where you’ll marvel at the wonderful panoramas and the well preserved mountain villages. Four of the days have both moderate and more challenging walking options to suit different abilities and as the week progresses you’ll enter the stunning high mountains of the Pyrenees National Park.

Pyrenees self guided walking holiday France

 

Grand Tour of Ubaye: Hidden Alps

grade challenging alpine trekking holiday

6, 8 or 9 nights, from £645/€695 - 6, 8 or 9 days walking between gites and refuges

The Grand Tour of the Ubaye is a circular walking trail through a hidden corner of the French Alps. This off the beaten track alpine trek takes you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes and traditional alpine hamlets. The tour can varied between 6 and 9 walking days.

ubaye alpine trek

 

Panoramic Vercors

walking grade walking tour France self guided

6 or 8 nights - From £825/€890, 5 or 7 days walking between guest houses

The Vercors is a magical place where gleaming rock faces meet wild and desolate plateaux. The main summits are to be found on a ridge running along its eastern edge, the centre piece being Mont Aiguille, an awesome rock tower cast off from the main cliffs. Your traverse will follow this edge from above and below in the most scenic part of the Vercors with amazing panoramic views of the alpine chain.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Tour of Mont Aiguille

moderate challenging grade Cantal France independent walking holiday

5 nights - £675/€730, 4 days walking - mix of day walks and walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday in the Vercors takes a short tour around the mythical mountain called Mont Aiguille, which provides some of the most cherished views in the Alps. This rock tower is central to a beautiful area in the French Alps made up of deep gorges and canyons, gigantic cliffs several hundred metres high and rocky plateaux. You'll also have the chance to summit the highest peak in the Vercors - Grand Veymont at 2341m.

cliffs of mont aiguille france

 

Great Britain

 

Wonders of Wessex Walk: Salisbury to Shaftesbury

moderate walking holiday France

7 nights - £565, 6 days walking between guest houses (also available in 5 & 6 night version)

This is a wonderful and unique tour from the historic cathedral city of Salisbury through quintessential English countryside of meadows and chalk downs to reach the Saxon hill top town of Shaftesbury. You'll pass through quaint villages and ancient sites steeped in history and legend, from tales of Alfred the Great and King Canute to the world famous Neolithic encampment at Stonehenge.

Gold Hill Shaftesbury Dorset self guided walking holiday in UK

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Full list of independent walking holidays and guided walking holidays in France