Our many years of experience providing walking holidays in the UK enables us to provide a superb walking holiday that will tick all the boxes for you.
We offer a superb service to our clients and provide you with prompt and courteous service, excellent communication and a wonderful holiday pack.
You may of course have lots of questions about your walking holiday, and we hope that the pointers below will help. Should you prefer, of course, you can always just email us or use the Chat Support box.
Here are some helpful hints about your holiday, and what it includes;
Bed & Breakfast accommodation, as close as possible to the path/trail you are walking. We hope to book a good selection of accommodations and you may stay in a Bed & Breakfast, a Guesthouse, maybe a Farmhouse, and sometimes a local Inn or a small Hotel. We always ask for en-suite or private facilities wherever possible. Your holiday price includes a full breakfast, luggage transfers between overnight stops (one bag per walker, max 15kg per bag), and transfers between the accommodation and path should your overnight stay be away from the trail. We supply your route planning in the form of a Holiday Pack that includes a Trail Guide (and map, where necessary), your itinerary, accommodation directions, and we shall also include some local interest leaflets or other similar items of interest when available.
In general your walking holiday details will be sent to you as a large packet through the post, and will include lots of information. This is sent out to you about 4 weeks before the start of your holiday and after you have paid your final balance. Please allow time for postage if you are overseas. We can also email a pdf version of your holiday if requested.
We supply one holiday pack per 2 walkers.
Should you have any special dietary requirements, then just add this to your booking form and we can advise the accommodation hosts on your behalf.
Your holiday booklet will advise where you can purchase packed lunches and evening meals, and make recommendations where appropriate.
If you are a Solo Walker walking on your own, we can help with your holiday arrangements. You will need to be aware that a Solo Walker Supplement will be payable.
Supplements cover the cost of single occupancy of a room, and the extra cost of moving bags for one person ( luggage companies have a 2 bag minimum policy). Also the cost of providing a guide book and map for one person rather than 2, and a holiday pack for one person rather than 2.
If you are a single walker, walking as part of a larger group and require your own room, then a Single Supplement will be payable. Single supplements cover the cost of the single occupancy room charges.
Bookings and cancellations - please read our Terms and Conditions for the full details.
In your holiday pack you will see advice for Preparing for your walking holiday. It is a great idea to start 'training' as soon as you can. If you are used to walking quite a few miles each day you will enjoy your holiday all the more.
Q. How long is a walking holiday with Great British Walks?
A. Short walking breaks start from 3 nights and many of our itineraries are 5 nights or more.
Q. What time of year are your walking holidays available?
A. Usually, our clients seem to prefer to take their walking holiday between March and October but you can start your holiday on any date you choose. Simply tell us the date you would like to arrive and you can be walking the following day after breakfast.
Q. Why should I book my holiday with Great British Walks, when I could arrange my own walking tour?
A. We are experienced and keen walkers ourselves and have walked all the walks we offer to our clients. We take great care when we select the accommodation, using tried and trusted B & B’s, guesthouses, small country hotels or Inns. We listen to what you want, and we encourage feedback from our clients - which we use to ensure you receive a warm welcome and clean, comfortable accommodation. We have an excellent working relationship with our accommodation providers and always request they look after you well. We also provide detailed instructions on how to find your accommodation at the end of your walking day. All this takes time, and your time is precious.
Q. Does Great British Walks provide maps and a guidebook to the trail?
A. Yes. We include the latest guidebook to the trail, map and route notes where necessary. On some of our self-guided walking holidays there are no guidebooks to the trail so we provide our own detailed route notes instead. You can also purchase extra guide books and maps if you like. We have them for sale in your 'My Account' section.
Q. Where can I get more detailed information about each walk?
A. Details of each walking holiday, including itinerary options and prices are available here on our web site. Use the menu bar to discover more about each walk.
Q. What do I need to carry with me on the walk each day?
A. All you need is a light rucksack. In this you should pack your lunch, water bottle, waterproofs, first-aid kit and any other personal items you might want during the day. We transport the rest of your luggage (one bag per person) between each overnight stop.
Q. What's included in the price?
A. Accommodation in double, twin, single or family rooms. Breakfast each day. The Great British Walks Pack containing day-to-day itineraries, an equipment checklist and a contact telephone number in case you need any assistance.
Maps and a guidebook describing the trail (one per 2 walkers).
Luggage transfer between overnight stops (one suitcase per person).
Q. Can I extend the duration of my walking holiday?
A. Yes. You can book as many extra nights (for Rest Days) as you wish. The cost of these extra nights are shown on the itinerary details.
Q. Where will I stay?
A. On a self-guided walking holiday, we make use of a wide variety of accommodation types, as each night is usually spent in a different location. These range from small B&B's and guesthouses to small country hotels or inns. All are very comfortable with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Most of the accommodation is en-suite with private bathrooms, but in some of the more remote areas where accommodation is limited, the rooms may not always have private facilities. We always try to book en-suite rooms where available, for you.
Q. Does Great British Walks arrange luggage transfer for walking holidays?
A. Yes, on all our walking holidays we transfer your luggage between overnight stays along the trail (one bag per person).
Q. What meals are provided?
A. A full cooked breakfast is provided each day. We don't provide packed lunches but they can be ordered from your accommodation the evening before, and there is often a shop, inn, café or restaurant along the route where you can purchase lunch. Evening meals are not included; they can be arranged by you at your accommodation each night or from a restaurant or Inn nearby. Your Walking Holiday Pack will contain suggestions for places to obtain evening meals.
Q. Can Great British Walks arrange catering for vegetarians or special diets?
A. Yes. Vegetarian meals are available on request. Please advise us when booking your holiday. We may be able to arrange catering for specific restricted diets, but please check with us first before booking.
Q. I'm travelling on my own, do you have walking holidays suitable for single people?
A. Yes we welcome single people. For people travelling on their own there is a Solo Walker supplement. This is to cover the extra costs described below.
Q. What is the Solo Walker supplement?
A. The Solo Walker supplement covers the extra costs of a single room or single occupancy of twin or double rooms; baggage transfers for one rather than two people and for providing a set of maps and a guidebook for one rather than two or more people.
Q. Can I bring my dog on a walking holiday with me?
A. Yes, it is sometimes possible to arrange this. Not all walks are suitable for dogs due to the amount of stiles, and certain times of the year may not be recommended because of calving, the presence of seal pups and ground nesting birds. Most of our accommodation providers who welcome dogs will most likely make a cleaning charge. This is generally about £8-£10 per night. They also usually state that one 'well behaved' dog per booking is allowed. Luggage transfer companies will charge to transfer a 'dog bag'. Prices will be advised - generally £8-£10 per bag per move. We charge a one off £25 administration fee to cover the time involved.
Q. How do I make a holiday booking with Great British Walks?
A. If you have already chosen which of our walking holidays you would like simply complete the online booking form. Follow the form through and pay your deposit.
Q. Can I book a bespoke holiday ?
A. Yes, you will need to send an enquiry form, and we shall get back to you with the cost of your proposed walk.
Q. What are your Terms and Conditions
A. Please see our Terms and Conditions page for full details.
Q. What is the amount of the deposit I need to pay to secure my walking holiday?
A. A deposit of £200 per person is required at the time of booking, and you will be asked for this to complete the online booking form.
Q. When do I pay my balance?
A. Your balance is required 8 weeks (56 days) before departure.
Q. How do I pay for my walking holiday?
A. You may pay for your holiday by any of the following methods: Debit card, credit card through your 'My Account' section on our web site, or you can contact us with your details if required. UK sterling cheque payable to 'Great British Walks Limited' Bank Transfer direct to our bank account in STERLING (GB pounds) - we can supply our details on request.
Q. Is my money safe?
A. Yes. Clients monies are paid into a Client Account and not utilised until your holiday has been taken.
Q. Can I extend my walking holiday by booking extra nights?
A. Yes. You can book as many extra nights (for Rest Days) as you wish.
Q. Do I need travel insurance?
A. We definitely recommend that you take out holiday insurance to cover cancellation, personal accident, illness and loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money.
Q. Can I change the dates or make amendments to my walking holiday after I have booked?
A. We will always try our best to assist you with any amendments to your booking. Up to 8 weeks before the start date of your walking holiday it is usually possible to change some details, although we will have to charge an administration fee of £50 per person to cover the work involved in cancelling and then re-booking your accommodation. Requests for changes made less than 56 days before the start of your tour will be treated as a cancellation of your original booking.
Q. What happens if I have to cancel my walking holiday?
A. If you have to cancel your holiday please inform us in writing. You can send it to us by mail, or email. The date from which we receive your cancellation is the date from which cancellation fees will be calculated. Our cancellation policy is fixed. Please do not ask us to change it.
Q. How should I prepare for my walking holiday?
A. To get the most enjoyment out of your walking holiday you should be in good health and with a reasonable level of fitness. You should be accustomed to walking the distances described in the walking holiday you have chosen. In the weeks leading up to your holiday the most pleasurable way to ensure this is to go for a few walks. You should also be satisfied that your footwear is comfortable. If you are going to buy new boots for your walking holiday make sure that you have worn them on several walks beforehand - nothing spoils a walking holiday more than sore feet!
Q. What do I need to bring on a walking holiday?
A. An equipment list is included in your Walking Holiday Pack.
Q. When will I receive my Walking Holiday Pack?
A. Once your balance is paid, your pack will be prepared, and then the Walking Holiday Packs are sent out approximately 4 weeks before the start of your holiday.
Don't forget you can contact us with any other questions you may have. We are always pleased to hear from you.
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