Grading System

The grade reflects the overall difficulty of the walk and takes into account the overall length of the route and how far you walk each day. It also includes how much ascent and descent there is, what kind of terrain the route crosses, and how good the going is underfoot. We also consider how well the route is signposted and whether the route presents any navigational challenges.

Easy These are our easiest walks, covering flat and undulating terrain (and usually not more than 12 miles a day). Paths and tracks are generally well defined and well maintained. Navigation is usually straightforward.
Easy – Moderate These holidays have an average of 15 miles a day or less on mostly rolling countryside and well defined paths, with some sections in more hilly terrain. There may be some bigger climbs, up to 250m, but not every day. For our self guided holidays we recommend you can navigate from a map.
Moderate With a maximum of 20 miles a day these holidays typically cross more remote mountain and moorland terrain for more than one day, with total climbing of up to 1000m. Whilst most of the route follows well defined paths, there may be sections where the path is indistinct, so you need to be able to navigate with a map and compass for these walks.
Moderate – Challenging With a maximum of 24 miles, much of the route will be over remote mountains and moorland, and there will be sections of rough or boggy ground and indistinct paths. Competence with a map and compass are essential.
Challenging Similar to four boots, but many days will involve total climbing of up to 1200m, with significant time spent in mountainous terrain. There will be some long days out, so you need stamina! You will need to be an experienced and fit walker, confident in the mountains in poor weather. Again, map and compass competence is essential.

 

Client Feedback

Would you use Mickledore again? Definitely, and would also recommend to anyone looking for a hiking holiday.

Cotswold Way, September 2017
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Please tell everyone at Mickledore ‘thank you’ for an incredible experience and vacation.

Would you use Mickledore again? Absolutely, this was one of our best vacations ever!

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, September 2017
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My husband and I, along with three friends, walked the West Highland Way in July and afterwards my husband and I walked the Cotswold Way by ourselves. Every place we stayed was clean and comfortable with friendly, helpful hosts. It was the same story for my husband and I on the Cotswold Way. We had no problems or complaints with any of the places we stayed.

We would like to thank you for organising these walking tours for us. They were both just excellent. We really appreciated the variety of places you chose for us to stay … from old to new and B&Bs to hotels, they were wonderful choices. Everyone made us feel welcome and were very helpful to us. Whenever we tell anyone about our trips, we make sure to tell them about Mickledore. We hope to use your services again sometime!

West Highland Way, June 2017
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