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

This was our second planned walk with Mickledore the first being the coast to coast. The Dales Way way was just as good. Everything ran as it should with no problems with accommodation or baggage transfer. The staff at Mickledore are polite friendly and knowledgeable, they give you great confidence that you are in safe hands. If you are planning a walking trip then don’t hesitate to use Mickledore they are professional and well on top of their game.

Dales Way, July 2021
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All your communication and guidance was top notch, especially with all the Covid cancellations, postponements, and alterations. Your behind-the-scenes hard work really paid off, as from the front-end, it all worked seamlessly

Cumbria Way, May 2021
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Our first long distance walk and we really felt we were well guided by your information and so well looked after I would most highly recommend you. We had every confidence you had chosen the best accommodations available and everyone was so friendly & welcoming.  We would have no hesitation in using Mickledore again most impressed with everything Thank you

Coast to Coast, May 2021
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