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 climbs 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 4 boots, but many days will involve climbs 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 are essential.

Client Feedback

Having used Mickledore in 2005 (Hadrian’s Wall) and been on worldwide treks with not having a shower for up to 14 days; I decided to go back to Mickledore for a walking holiday with luxury.  I have to say I was not disappointed, the Great Glen Way was wonderful, the variation in the walk from the high routes to the amble along the canal path and lochs was a time to savour.  The Eagle, Red Squirrel and the siting of a giant Scottish Wood Ants Nest brought unforgettable pleasure.  This was made even more pleasurable knowing that a Mickledore chosen B&B, bed and a shower was in store. Never once was I disappointed, with a restful sleep followed by a sumptuous breakfast which was always devoured, to refuel for the day’s surprises and views of the Scottish landscape. Thank you.

Great Glen Way, September 2016
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I had an absolutely amazing experience and look forward to future hikes through Mickledore. Your company did an amazing job of organizing and coordinating the trip. Overall you’ve done an amazing job vetting the B&B’s. All the hosts and hostesses were incredibly friendly, helpful and professional. Thank you so much for the service you provide. I spoke with another local couple who were doing your Hadrian’s Wall hike, and had done organized hikes using other companies, who said that Mickledore was by far the best service out there.

Cumbria Way, September 2016
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We had an outstanding trip. Mickledore did a great job with our accommodation and trip planning! Thank you for helping make it a great trip for myself and my children.

Hadrian’s Wall, August 2016
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