SELF-GUIDED / INDEPENDENT WALKING HOLIDAYS

Choose from our carefully developed range of unique independent walking holidays in quiet unspoilt regions of France, Great Britain and the odd destination further afield. Use the map to select your preferred French destination or use the links below to the right or just sroll down.

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Beaujolais & Burgundy, France

 

Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

5 nights - £610/€670 - 4 days walking between guest houses

Varied independent walking through secluded valleys and beautiful countryside in the famous French wine growing region (vintage Beaujolais crus.) This short break walking holiday will suit those who enjoy wine tasting visits, great local cuisine and relatively easy walks.

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Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 nights - £710/€775 - 5 days walking between guest houses

This walking holiday follows on from our Grand Crus wine trail & traverses a number of pretty valleys harbouring pretty chateaux and quaint villages. Your trail then traverses the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées), so-called due to the warm colour of the limestone in the medieval villages, set in a sumptuous landscape of interlocking hills. Daily wine tasting at your guest houses on vineyards.

beaujolais village in France on independent walks

Beaujolais - Medieval village tour

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £775/€850 - 6 days walking between guest houses

5 nights - £595/€655 - 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

Beautiful Beaujolais Trail (traverse)

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 nights - £760/€835 - 6 days self guided walk traversing the region

Varied independent walking traversing the best of the Beaujolais region from north to south through a range of beautiful landscapes: upland pasture and forests, open ridges, secluded valleys, sweeping countryside, historic villages and chateaux.

vintage Beaujolais self guided or independent walking holiday in France

Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

5 or 7 nights - from £720/€790 - 4 or 6 days self guided, two centre-based walking holiday

This self-guided walking holiday lets you discover two of the prettiest parts of the Beaujolais and Burgundy regions at your own rhythm, whilst indulging yourself at wonderful guest houses.  You’ll stay in two bases, one in an area known as the “Golden stones country” (pierres dorées), due to the warm colour of the limestone which make up a number of remarkable historic villages, the other in the southern Burgundy where you'll walk through Chardonnay vineyards and the Grand Crus of the northern Beaujolais.

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High Beaujolais Hills

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 nights - £760/€835 - 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

Lyon's Beautiful Secluded Hills

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain or walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

5 nights - £645/€710, 7 nights - £810/€890: 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

Burgundy: Chardonnay Wine Trail

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 nights - £890/€975 - 5 days walking between guest houses

This short break independent walking holiday traverses the southern Burgundy through the heart of the Chardonnay wine growing region. These dry and fruity wines have their most famous ambassadors in the Pouilly-Fuisse & Saint Veran labels. As well as the wines, this holiday explores a landscape full of historic treasures. Historic chateaux, villages, and romanesque churches are set in rolling countryside punctuated by a number of rocky outcrops. Great food in lovely guest houses.

chardonnay wine trail walking holiday in Burgundy France

Secret Burgundy - Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain+

6 nights - £815/€895 - 5 days walking between guest houses

The southern Burgundy is a French treasure of historic chateaux, villages, and romanesque churches set in rolling countryside carpeted with vines and forests. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity. Your independent walking holiday includes a visit of the historic town of Cluny. Great food in lovely guest houses.

Pierreclos in the southern Burgundy in France for this self guided or independent walking holiday

 

Medieval Burgundy - The Monk's Trail

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £875/€960 - 6 days walking between guest houses

5 nights - £695/€765 - 4 days walking between guest houses

A circular walking trail including the historic town of Tournus famous for its Romanesque Abbey. Your route follows in the footsteps of monks of medieval times crossing valleys and hills with meadows and Maconnais vines, between charming historic villages and hamlets such as Blanot and the fortified town of Brancion. The short break walking holiday takes a linear trail between Tournus and Cluny.

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Beautiful Brionnais: Secret Hills of Burgundy

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £860/€945 - 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.

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Brionnais Explorer

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £965/€1060 - 6 days centre-based walking staying in two guest houses

A centre-based self-guided walking holiday in the Brionnais staying in two beautiful guest houses. Discover the secret French region of Brionnais in the Burgundy at your own leisure. A patchwork of fields in a preserved landscape of secluded valleys and panoramic ridges, as well as delightful villages such as Semur-en-Brionnais harbouring remarkable churches, abbeys and chateaux.

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Massif Central, France

 

Tranquil Auvergne Trail

moderate walking holiday grade beaujolais wine trail

7 nights - £730/€800 - 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

Auvergne: Volcanoes, Lakes and Historic Villages

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 nights - £720/€790, single-centre based, 6 day walks (requiring a car)

Discover the contrasting volcanic regions of the northern Auvergne in central France. The Puy de Dome landscape varies from rugged peaks to open moorland and perfect volcanic cones. Dramatic waterfalls, varied lakes and pretty historic villages with fine roman churches all form part of this moderate week's self-guided walking.

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Tour of Ardeche: Rustic Trails

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France+

8 nights - £895/€980 - 7 days walking between guest houses

With its wild, rugged mountains and picturesque historic villages clinging to terraced hillsides the Ardeche makes an ideal location for an independent walking holiday if you're looking to get away from the beaten track. This walking tour is located in the heart of the Ardeche Regional Park & includes wonderful heather-clad mountains with great panoramic views; pretty chestnut forests; beautiful rivers where it's possible to bathe and sun parched, vine covered slopes.

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Summits of Auvergne: Tour of Sancy

challenging walking in auvergne france

5 or 6 nights - from £565/€620 - 4 or 5 days walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday explores the stunning Puy de Sancy mountains in northern Auvergne, including its summit, which at 1885m is the highest in France outside the Alps & Pyrenees. Your walking holiday takes the form of a circular tour, starting and finishing in the pretty spa town of Mont Dore, taking in the most spectacular trails with expansive breath-taking views. It will also explore many of the features that make up this beautiful landscape including beautiful volcanic and glacial lakes, mighty volcanic domes, dramatic rocky cliffs, secluded glacial valleys and amazing waterfalls.

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Cantal Mountains - The Rugged Heart of France

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights - £680/€750 - 6 days walking, single centre

This independent walking holiday explores the Cantal massif in the southern Auvergne which is the extinct remains of a huge volcano. Erosion has since created a series of rugged ridges, rocky peaks and green valleys of stunning beauty. Exciting self-guided walking in an untamed landscape with rich wildlife. Small B&B style guest houses in historic buildings. Warm welcome.

Independent or self guided walking holiday in Cantal, Auvergne in France

 

Eastern France

 

Jura Wine Trail

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 or 7 nights - from £735/€805 - 5 or 6 days walking between guest houses

Our self-guided walking holiday in the Jura is a linear trail which follows the vines south, allowing you to discover not only the unique Jura wines, which include the famous Vin de Paille and Vin Jaune, among the most prized wines in France, but also wonderful historic villages such as Baumes-les-Messieurs and Chateau Chalon. These villages are situated on hills which are home to a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour stunning waterfalls & dramatic cliffs.

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Alsace - Vineyards and Mountains

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 nights - £770/€845 - 5 days walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday explores the famous Alsace vineyards and the Vosges hills. As well as their vintage wines the area features some remarkable chateaux and pretty unspoilt villages, their cobbled alleyways lined with typical Alsace houses. The Vosges offer panoramic views over their rounded summits. Hotel accommodation.

Alsace vineyards and vosges independent walking holiday in eastern France

Provence & Mediterranean, France

 

Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies

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

7 nights - £760/€835 - 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 grade moderate to challenging holiday France

Between 4 and 14 nights - Ex. 7 nights £790/€880 - 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

 

Historic Hill-top Villages of Drome Provencale

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 nights - £785/€860 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

This unique self-guided walking holiday traverses the Drome Provencale from north to south, exploring varied and beautiful landscapes linked by several stunning historic perched villages. Starting in Crest in the Drome Valley, you’ll pass through scented lavender fields, secluded woods, vines of the Cote du Rhone and finally the olive groves of Nyons in the Baronnies.

walking holiday drome provence france

 

Cote du Rhone Wine Trail

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 nights - £840/€920 - 5 days independent walking between guest houses

9 nights - £1135/€1245 - 8 days independent walking between guest houses

Our Cotes du Rhone Wine Trails in Provence explores the eastern side of the Rhone Valley from the Baronnies Regional Park in the north, to the slopes of the impressive rock spires of Dentelles de Montmirail in the south, passing by the foothills of Mont Ventoux.

cotes du rhone wine trail vines provence

 

Pyrenees Coastal Trail: Collioure to Cadaques

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain+ or walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

6 nights - £635/€695 - 5 1/2 days independent walking between guest houses

This self-guided walking holiday follows a classic coastal and mountain trail flirting with both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean as it moves south from Collioure in France to Cadaques in Spain. Accommodation in two and three star hotels in fishing ports and villages.

Pyrenees coastal trail

French Fjords: Calanques National Park

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

4 or 5 nights - From £610/€670 - 3 or 4 days independent walking based in a guest house in Cassis.

This self guided French walking holiday explores the Calanques National Park where gleaming white limestone cliffs form a stark contrast with the deep blue sky and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea. The Calanques coastline offers a unique landscape of beautiful fjords and dramatic cliffs, small ports and wonderful panoramic viewpoints. You'll stay in a delightful guest house in the pretty coastal resort of Cassis.

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Luberon: Classic Provence

easy walking in bordeaux vines france+

6 nights - £995/€1095 - 5 days independent walking between hotels

This self guided French walking holiday in Luberon takes in some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence. Easy to moderate walking lets you discover a pretty landscape covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests where small hills provide generous vantage points. You'll explore the beautiful historic villages of Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Roussillon, each with their own special character.

gordes historic village luberon regional park

 

Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain or walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

12 nights - £1550/€1705 - 8 or 9 days independent walking between guest houses

This unique self-guided walking holiday undertakes a beautiful circuit around the hills, gorges and historic villages of the Luberon Regional Park in Provence. As well as visiting some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence such as Gordes, Lacoste, Bonnieux, Roussillon and St Saturnin les Apt, your walking trail takes you off the beaten track into the higher hills and through some less frequented, charming hamlets and villages. Choice of walks on most days.

tour of Luberon in Provence self guided walking holiday France

 

South West France

 

Delights of Historic Dordogne

easy walking in bordeaux vines france

7 nights - £995/€1095 - 6 days walking between guest houses

The Dordogne in central France is dominated by the magnificent Dordogne river and its stunning valley lined with historic delights. Our easy self guided walking holiday passes through one picturesque village after another, including La Roque Gageac, built into sandstone cliffs along with a troglodyte fort and Sarlat which is famous for its medieval architecture and lively street market. In addition, a large number of superb chateaux line the valley.

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Bordeaux Classic Wine Trail

easy walking in bordeaux vines france

7 nights - £995/€1095 - 5 days self guided walking between guest houses

Our self-guided Bordeaux wine trail traverses some of the most famous vineyards in the world. Discover a rolling countryside steeped in history, from its 2000 year old vines planted by the Romans to its wine chateaux and historic villages. Your walking holiday starts by exploring the famous St Emilion vineyards home to some of the most sought after Bordeaux wines.

bordeaux wine trail st emilion

Quieter Side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

5 or 7 nights - £695/€765 or £835//€920 - 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

Serene Lot Valley Trail

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights -£1010/€1110, 6 days walking between guest houses

Less well known than the Dordogne to the north, the Cele and Lot valleys will leave you captivated by their beauty. Our independent walking holiday begins in Figeac and travels downstream to Cahors, home of the Malbec vineyards. You'll follow quiet trails through unspoilt countryside with wonderful chateaux and historic villages.

Lot valley walking holiday in France

Tarn's Medieval Bastides

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £815/€895 - 6 days walking between guest houses

This self-guided walking holiday in Tarn explores a number of wonderful hill top villages, known as bastides, many classed as among the prettiest villages in France. As well as exploring beautiful villages such as Puycelsi, Penne, Castlenau, Bruniquel and Cordes-sur-Ciel you'll discover a picturesque landscape of rolling fields and vineyards with expansive views, sunny plateaux, ancient oak forests and deep rocky gorges. You'll stay in delightful chambre d'hote style guest houses.

cordes sur ciel walking break south France

Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £745/€820 - 6 day walks based at a single guest house

Hundreds of medieval villages known as Bastides are scattered throughout the Midi-Pyrenees.  From high on rocky hilltops, villages such as Puycelsi, Penne and Cordes have kept watch over the surrounding countryside for centuries.  Our centre based self-guided walking holiday in the Tarn and Aveyron will allow you to explore several of these villages as well as discover the valleys that cut through the countryside giving it a distinctive character of deep rocky gorges, steep wooded valleys and high sunny plateaux. 

self guided walking Tarn France

The Pyrenees, France

 

Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

6 nights - £570/€625 - 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.

Pyreens self guided walking holiday France

 

Cerdagne Explorer: Lakes, Mountains and Hot Springs

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

6 nights - £600/€660 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

The Cerdagne is a picturesque plateau, lying at 6000 ft up in the French Pyrenees. It is a delectable landscape scoured and shaped by Ice Age glaciers leaving behind deep ravines, rocky knolls and an array of beautiful mountain lakes, surrounded by imposing mountains. An enjoyable mixture of good walks, relaxing in natural hot pools and soaking up the sun in clear mountain air.

cerdagne self guided walking in pyrenees france

Traversing the Pyrenees National Park

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights - £540/€595 - 6 days independent walking between gites and mountain huts

This self-guided walking holiday is a wonderful traverse of the Western Pyrenees National Park. You’ll discover a series of must-see sites such as the highest waterfall in Europe at Gavarnie Cirque. The stunning high mountains of the Pyrenees are peppered with beautiful lakes, rich green forests and mountain pastures which you’ll discover with a light rucksack, as your bags are transported for you.

Pyreens self guided walking holiday France

French Alps

 

Tour of Queyras - An Alpine Secret

challenging walking in auvergne france

8 nights - £890/€980 - 7 days trekking between guest houses

Dramatic walking in an unspoilt, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate and good paths makes this an ideal alpine destination for the fit novice and experienced alpine walker alike. Luggage transported between guest houses. Rich alpine flora and fauna in this undiscovered corner of France.

queyras mountain alpine trekking holiday

 

Grand Tour of Ubaye: 3 Regions Tour

strenuous walking holiday in vercors

8 nights, from £830/€915 - 8 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.

ubaye alpine walking holiday France

 

Tour of Ubaye: Hidden Alps

strenuous walking holiday in vercors

6 nights - £550/€605 - 6 days walking between gites and refuges

Discover our wonderful tour of the Ubaye, a 6-day circular walking trail through a hidden and unspoilt corner of the French Alps with a small excursion into Italy. Starting in the Queyras, this off the beaten track itinerary takes you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, majestic mountain lakes and remote and traditional alpine hamlets including Maljessat in France and Chiaperra in Italy.

ubaye alpine trek

 

Marvels of Mercantour

challenging walking in auvergne france

5/6 nights - From £595/€660 - 5 days centre-based walking

Discover the Mercantour National Park and the superb landscapes of the "Vallée des Merveilles" whilst staying in three star accommodation in a wonderful setting. Five great walks to discover the best of this wild corner of France in the southern Alps.

independent walking holiday Mercantour France in French ALps

 

Alps to Med Trail

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

7 Nights - £815/€895 - 6 days independent walking between guest houses

Varied walking through a changing landscape from the Mercantour National Park in the Alps to the Mediterranean coast through beautiful perched alpine villages, with a rich historic and cultural heritage.

saorge independent walking from Mercantour alps to mediterranean coast

 

Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail

challenging walking in auvergne france

5 nights (extra night possible) - From £630/€695, 5 days walking between guest houses

Starting at Besse en Oisans, your spectacular traverse will follow one of the best sections of the Tour of the Ecrins. You’ll discover stunning panoramic views of glacier-clad mountains such as the Meije and the Barre des Ecrins. Your trail takes you past high alpine lakes, through stunning valleys and along beautiful balcony paths.

vercors alps alpine walking holiday France

 

Panoramic Vercors

strenuous walking holiday in vercors

6 or 8 nights - from £845/€930, 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 6 day 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

challenging walking in auvergne france

5 nights - £680/€745, 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

 

Queyras - Best Kept Secret in the Alps

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights - From £820/€900 - 6 days centre-based walking holiday staying in 2 or 3 locations

This centre-based independent walking holiday explores the Queyras, an unspoilt, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. A sunny climate, good paths and lots of easily accessible alpine summits makes this an ideal mountain walking destination.

Queyras

Trekking Tour of the Vanoise

challenging walking in auvergne france+

7 nights - £610/€670, 6 days trekking with back-pack between mountain huts

The tour of the Vanoise in the French Alps is a circular trek which allows you to be at close quarters with elegant high mountain peaks and stunning alpine glaciers. Designated a National Park, the Vanoise offers an ideal natural, unspoilt wilderness for walking and trekking holidays where soaring alpine peaks with pristine glaciers rise majestically above wild, remote valleys.

Alpine mountains in French Alps on self guided trekking holiday

Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva - Chamonix

challenging walking in auvergne france

6 nights - £540/€595 per person, 6 days self-guided walking between gites

This is the first stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. Your trail crosses the alpine meadows of the Abondance Valley before meandering along the foot hills of the Chablais mountains heading towards the ever-present profile of Mont Blanc.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Part 2: Chamonix - Briancon

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights -from £675/€740 per person, 6 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the second stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. You'll start your walking holiday in Chamonix and after passing by the foot of the immense Mont Blanc glaciers you’ll head through the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, before discovering the beautiful summits and glaciers of the Vanoise National Park.

Alpine mountains self guided alpine traverse GR5

Alpine Adventure Parts 3 & 4: Briancon - Nice

strenuous walking holiday in vercors

11 nights - from £945/€1040 per person, 6 days self-guided walking between hotels and gites

This is the final stage of a mythical walk which follows the GR 5 long-distance trail from the shores of Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean coast at Nice, following the entire length of the French Alps. From Briancon you’ll first traverse the beautiful Queyras regional park before moving onto the secret Alps of the Ubaye Valley. From there its onto the majestic and wild Mercantour National Park, with great wildlife before discovering the wonderful perched villages of the Provence in the Maritime Alps.

Alpine mountain walking self guided alpine traverse GR5

Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 1 Baronnies Regional Park

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights - £830/€910, first part of a long distance walking holiday across southern France

This self-guided walking holiday in France is the first leg of a unique trek through Alpine Provence from the Rhone Valley to the Med. Your independent walking trail will take you through some wonderful mountain scenery where the Alps meet Provence. The first part of this trail discovers the beautiful Baronnies Regional Park, far from the beaten trails.

trek through alpine provence baronnies walking holiday

Travels through Alpine Provence: Part 2 Haute Provence Geological Park

challenging walking in auvergne france

7 nights - £650/€715, second leg of a long distance walking trail across southern France

This self-guided walking holiday in France is the second part of a unique long distance trek which travels through Alpine Provence from Nyons near the Rhone Valley to Grasse in the foothills above Cannes. Your independent walking trail will take you through some wonderful mountains in the Geopark of Haute Provence between Sisteron and Digne les Bains.

trek through alpine provence baronnies walking holiday

Brittany & Normandy

 

Brittany's Emerald Coast

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 nights - £725/€795, 5 days walking between guest houses

The Emerald coast is home to some of Brittany’s most impressive coastlines, with dramatic rocky headlands jutting into the sea, enclosing picturesque coves of beautiful golden sand. Each day’s walk changes character from the opulent villas of Dinard and the fabulous historic walled town of St Malo to the wild heathland and stunning 70m cliffs of the Frehel Peninsula.

france coastal trail GR walking holiday

Brittany's Granite Coast

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

9 nights - £880/€990, 8 days walking between guest houses

The granite coast in Brittany is a dramatic section of coast where pink rocks contrast with vibrant turquoise seas and fine sandy beaches. The long distance coastal trail follows a former coastguard footpath, winding among bizarrely shaped rock formations interspersed with sandy coves and wonderful coastal views. Elsewhere along this coastline you'll discover wild and remote cliffs and peninsulas, dramatic estuaries and pretty fishing villages.

france coastal trail GR walking holiday

Spain

 

Costa Brava

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

6 nights - £615/€675 - 5 1/2 days independent walking between guest houses

Following on from our Pyrenees Coastal Trail, this self-guided walking holiday follows the beautiful Catalan coastal path in Spain. The trail along the Costa Brava passes through a variety of landscapes and historic sites as you alternate between hilly days with pretty rocky inlets and headlands, and easier days passing through bays with lots of wildlife interest.

Pyrenees coastal trail

Grazalema National Park

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain+

7 nights - £665/€730 - 5 days walking between lovely hotels

The Grazalema National Park in Andalucia is a great location for a self-guided walking holiday with spectacular limestone and dolomite crags that rise dramatically above beautiful gorges. Walk between beautiful villages with some great accommodation and on the final day visit the spectacular village of Ronda.

ubaye alpine trek

 

Alpujarras Valley Walk: Andalucian Ramble

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £670/€735 - 5 or 6 days walking between lovely hotels

Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada has beautiful landscapes and a rich flora, but it's perhaps best known for its traditional Moors villages; white box-shaped houses clustered among the hills. A choice of walks on most days allows walkers of different abilities to enjoy the Alpujarras area, where your holiday would not be complete without a day in the historic city of Granada and a trip to the amazing Alhambra palace.

alpujarras walking holiday trevelez village

 

Andalucian Explorer: The Best of Southern Spain

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain+

10 nights - £925/€1030 - 7 or 8 days walking between lovely hotels

Our 10-night walking holiday in Andalucia is designed to experience the two best national parks for walking in southern Spain. Start in the fabulous cliff-top town of Ronda and then walk through Grazalema National Park before taking the beautiful Ronda to Granada train journey. After spending a day in Granada, with a visit of the stunning Alhambra Palance, follow the Las Alpujarran valley in the Sierra Nevada.

best of analucia alhambra palace granada

 

Italy

 

Dolomites: Tyrolean Explorer

challenging walking in auvergne france

6 Nights - from £640/€705 - 5 or 6 days independent centre-based walking staying in comfortable hotels

The mountains of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps have their own unique form and character. Once you have been to the Dolomites then you’ll never confuse it with any other alpine destination, such are its wonderous and stunning landscapes. On this centre-based self-guided walking holiday you'll stay in two beautiful lake-side locations.

dolomites alpine walking holiday europe

Trekking Tour of Mont Viso

strenuous walking holiday in vercors

7 Nights - £475/€520 - 7 days independent walking between mountain huts

On this self-guided trek in the French and Italian Alps you’ll explore the spectacular and wild mountain scenery around Mont Viso, an imposing and relatively isolated peak rising to 3841m in the Piedmont, Italy. This trekking holiday is ideal for those who like relatively high altitude walking, in quiet and wild mountain landscapes, in a beautiful region of the Alps.

tour of mont visi hut to hut italian alps

Great Britain

 

Wonders of Wessex Walk: Salisbury to Shaftesbury

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

7 nights - £605, 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

In the Footsteps of Thomas Hardy: Heart of Hardy's Dorset

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

9 nights - £770, 8 days walking, 5 between guest houses and 3 circular day walks

Your independent walking holiday literally and literarily follows in Thomas Hardy’s footsteps. You take some of his favourite walks as well as the routes taken by many of the characters from his novels. You will discover the real life settings that inspired Hardy’s fictional Wessex, walking in the area of rolling hills between the Blackmore Vale and the Frome Valley at Dorchester. See Details

Hardys Cottage

Dorset Jurassic Coastal Path & Ridgeway

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain

5, 7 or 8 nights - From £520 (5 nights) - 4, 6 or 7 days walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday follows a stunning section of the South West Coastal Trail between Lyme Regis and Swanage in Dorset, with a possible extension to Corfe Castle. This spectacular coast is one of the most interesting and varied in the UK and has been designated a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Lulworth cove dorset coastal path walking holiday

Cornwall's Dramatic Northern Coast

challenging walking in auvergne france

5 or 6 nights - From £540 (5 nights) - 4 or 5 days walking between guest houses

This independent walking holiday follows a dramatic and beautiful section of the South West Coastal Trail between Bude and Pastow in Cornwall, with a possible extension. The walking is varied and challenging with towering cliffs, prominent headlands and secluded bays and inlets harbouring well preserved small fishing ports and villages such as Port Isaac, Tintagel and Boscastle.

harbour boscastle self guided walking holiday cornwall south west coastal path

West Mendip Explorer: Somerset Heights to Somerset Levels

moderate walking grade grazalema park spain+

7 nights - £635 - 6 days walking between guest houses (additional nights available)

This self guided walking holiday begins in the seaside town of Weston Super Mare following the Mendip Way, but detours from this path so that you can explore the best of this beautiful and varied landscape in north Somerset. This includes the gorges of Cheddar and Burrington, the beautiful medieval city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and moated Bishop's Palace as well as the iconic Glastonbury Tor which rises above the Somerset Levels.

Wells Cathedral

Wonderfully Wild: North Pembrokeshire Coast - Wales

walking grade moderate to challenging holiday France

6 nights - £550 - 4 or 5 days independent walking between guest houses

This self guided walking holiday in west Wales explores the beautiful north Pembrokeshire coast with its volcanic headlands and glacial valleys between the town of Newport with its sandy beach to the lovely harbour village of Solva. It is a wild and rugged coastline with high cliffs and steep drops where the coast path hugs the edge of the cliffs to give wonderful viewpoints.The route follows the coastline which was designated a National Park in 1952 mainly because of its extraordinary variety of rock types and landforms; a unique coastal landscape that makes an ideal habitat for wildlife.

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Scotland - Trossachs National Park, Oban & Islands

scotalnd walking holiday level 2

7 nights - £835 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking across Trossachs, 3 days exploring Oban and nearby islands with choice of walks

4 nights - £495 - 3 days walking across Trossachs

A unique holiday traversing the Trossachs National Park in Scotland, a land of beautiful lochs and glens, forests and tumbling rivers. The week long break continues with the choice of walks on nearby islands including Kerrera with its ruined chateau and wildlife, and Mull with its famous capital Tobamory. Visit an excellent local whisky distillery.

LISMORE view of mull trossachs walking holiday in Scotland

Scotland - West Highlands Way & Skye

scotland self guided walking holiday moderate+

7 nights - £825 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking on West Highlands Way, 3 days exploring Skye with choice of walks

A great mix of multi-day trekking along the best parts of the West Highlands Way, one of the UK's premium trails and day walks on the stunningly beautiful and rugged Isle of Skye

loch on isle of skye and west highland way self guided walking holiday

Scotland - West Highlands Way & Wild West Coast

moderate independent walking Scotland+

7 nights - £830 (includes trains and ferries) - 3 days walking on West Highlands Way, 3 days exploring Scotland's rugged west coast with choice of walks

A great mix of multi-day trekking along the best parts of the West Highlands Way, one of the UK's premium trails and day walks on the amazing west coast including the remote Knoydart peninsula known as Britain's last wilderness and the rugged Isle of Skye

knoydart on west coast of Scotland independent walking holiday

Lyon World Heritage City: All Year Round

grade easy Lyon

Tailor-made, flexible self-guided or independent walking holiday, staying in hotel of your choice in the heart of the world heritage city. Roman ampitheatres, medieval quarter, renaissance town. Gastronomic capital of France. Choice of walks and plenty of occasion to relax.

 

 

Lyon world heritage city - independent walking holiday in France

 

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