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.|