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

All accommodations and helpful information, services, etc., were perfect for first-time visitors from the U.S. like us. We’ve not encountered such “walking holiday” tours before here in the States, even though we’ve hiked here at home fairly extensively, and we now understand what a pleasure it is to experience a travel service such as yours.

Great Glen Way, August 2019
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This was the first time we had booked anything like this having previously done everything ourselves. We had a very positive experience. Everything flowed like clockwork and it was so relaxing. Listening to other walkers and seeing what they had been given we realised choosing you was certainly getting it right first time! Sorry I can’t give improvement feedback – you got it right so just keep going! Very many thanks it was great.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, June 2019
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Everything was well planned, and we think Mickledore is a partner you can trust in.

Cumbria Way, July 2019
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