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

I think the detail in your organisation is so good. You clearly have input from walkers. The accommodation is not just good but well located. You have provided us with a first class service. I will be delighted if you can maintain the high standards set on our first two long distance walks with you.

Dales Way, May 2018
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All of my walking holidays with your agency were enjoyable: West Highland Way, Arran, Great Glen, St Cuthbert’s Way.

St Oswald’s Way, May 2018
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The South Downs Way was one of the best linear walks to date. Very scenic, spectacular views throughout and varied. All of our accommodation was of a good quality and as convenient to the route as possible (adding only 15 miles to the 100 mile trail). Once again, Mickledore excelled at organising a memorable holiday that passed all too quickly. Well done to all involved.

How likely is it that you would recommed Mickledore to a friend? Extremely likely – quality of service throughout, quality of B&B’s, faultless baggage service. Inspection of B&B’s by Mickledore a comfort to know (all B&B owners say you are the only company they deal with who do this).

South Downs Way, May 2018
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