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

We had a ‘Brilliant’ holiday. Thank You.

West Highland Way, July 2016
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The holiday pack was perfect – detailed, clear, comforting! You had even put in bus timetables which I needed. Telephone and email responses were faultless! Helpful, supportive, prompt, friendly. I couldn’t ask for more. The quality of your service was really revealed when I fell ill. I can’t thank you enough.

Hadrian’s Wall, September 2016
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We are very impressed with your service and so were the proprietors of the accommodation we stopped in along the way.

Northumberland Coast Path, July 2016
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