Our walking and trekking holidays are categorised according to 5 different grades. Below you'll find a brief description explaining what each grade represents in terms of walking times, distance and difficulty. The holiday grade relates to the average walk or trek during the week. Holidays may include walks that are slightly harder or easier than the grade. More specific information about the walks are provided with each holiday. When the walking grade falls between these classifications a holiday may be graded at an intermediate level between the grades, for example Moderate +.
Less than 5 hours walking per day at a gentle pace with less than 250m (820 feet) ascent/descent. Generally good paths on undulating terrain with gentle gradients. Average distances 10 to 15km
Example: Bordeaux Classic Wine Trail
Average walks of between 4-6 hours, with the odd longer day and less than 500m (1650 feet) ascent/descent. Generally, on good paths although there could be steeper sections with rough conditions underfoot. Distances average about 15 to 20km per day, although on some holidays they can be longer.
You should have experience of day walking and be in reasonable health.
Example: Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour
Average walks of between 4-7 hours, with up to 750m (2450 feet) ascent/descent in the day. The terrain is often more rugged (but not necessarily mountainous) with some rough paths, with longer and steeper ascents/descents. The distances are similar to the moderate grade but combined with the extra climbs they make for a more difficult week. These holidays can be in both hilly regions such as the Beaujolais in France or in higher mountains such as the Pyrenees.
You should have recent experience of day walking in upland terrain, be surefooted and have a reasonable level of fitness. Some holidays may require a good head for heights.
Example: Alps to Med Trail
Walks of between 5-8 hours, with average altitude gains of 750 to 1000m (3300 feet) per day, but with the odd more difficult or longer day. Rugged paths in mountainous areas such as the Alps with prolonged ascents/descents some of which can be steep. There could be sections of easy scrambling (using hands for stability and assistance), which are highlighted on the specific website holiday page. Factors such as the altitude at which you are walkin,g and backpacking can make some holidays relatively more difficult. In addition, local elements such as the weather conditions and snow on the ground can have an impact on the relative difficulty of the walk.
You should be a regular walker with mountain walking experience, with a good level of fitness and a good head for heights.
Walks of between 5-9 hours, with altitude gains averaging over 1000m (3300 feet) per day involving prolonged ascents/descents. Rugged paths in mountainous areas such as the Alps with prolonged ascents/descents some of which can be steep. There could be sections of easy scrambling (using hands for stability and assistance). These mountainous holidays often contain several difficult days one after the other and are sometimes made more strenuous by walking at altitude, backpacking or difficult mountainous terrain where route finding is problematic. In addition, local elements such as the weather conditions and snow on the ground can have an impact on the relative difficulty of the walks.
You should be a regular mountain walker, with a good level of experience and fitness with a good head for heights. Experience of walking in the Alps and in snowy conditions is preferable.
Example: Trekking Tour of Mont Viso
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