Nervous about Walking Alone? Don’t be!

By Mark Wright

Every once in a while the question of walking solo comes along. This time brought to the fore with the news that later this month, a great supporter of ours, Judith Cutler, will set off on her sixth solo walk.

Going Solo

Our view is this, many outdoor professionals would advise you against going out in the mountains or remote countryside on your own, their concern being a problem could occur and you could experience difficulty being on your own. Wise words of caution. However, many of our walkers, properly equipped and sufficiently experienced, confidently undertake our walking holidays alone and thoroughly enjoy the experience. We are always on the other end of a telephone, our accommodation providers have you in mind, and while our walks are never overcrowded, on the more popular routes, there’s usually someone passing by from time to time.

A great example of a really positive experience can be found in these incredibly encouraging words from Anne Thomason.

“I walked the West Highland Way as a solo traveller in late May/early June of 2017. Everything went well. Correspondence with Mickledore was quick, all accommodation charming and comfortable, and all information accurate. I’m hoping to walk Hadrian’s Wall or the Great Glen Way in the future and will use Mickledore for their excellent service!

If you are thinking of walking alone and are nervous about it, don’t be! There were plenty of friendly travellers to talk and walk with along the way. I found dinner companions on several of the nights, and when I wanted solitude, that was easy to find too! The West Highland Way is a delightful trip and I would consider doing it again someday! I especially loved a very fun night out at the Drovers inn with a group of walkers.”

So, as Anne says, if you are thinking of walking alone and are nervous about it, don’t be. Simply talk with us and between us we’ll pick out the best route for you based on your expectation and experience.

Client Feedback

Everything was well planned, and we think Mickledore is a partner you can trust in.

Cumbria Way, July 2019
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We appreciate the world-class planning and detail that goes into Mickledore holidays. You put together a seamless combination of two walks. All we needed to do was pack and walk. No worries with the excellent pre-trip package. The B&B’s were all top notch. Each one unique, friendly and spotless. The restaurant recommendations were excellent and welcome. We have and will continue to recommend Mickledore with enthusiasm and without reservation to our friends.

St Oswald’s Way, May 2019
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Your service is excellent throughout. The B&Bs you have booked for us have been of a very high standard. You met our requirements about where we wanted to stay (and where we didn’t) exactly. Luggage transfer arrangements were excellent.

Tour of the Lake District, May 2019
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