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

We have used Mickledore often and keep coming back for many reasons – security, high quality accommodation, thorough preparation, great recommendations for eating, etc, individual attention, prompt and effective responses to questions, issues etc.

Vale of Lorton, May 2019
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We would like to compliment you on your service and your information. Everything went very well. There were no (negative) surprises on the way. Accommodations were perfect, your information about restaurants was good, the transportation of our luggage was perfect and we really enjoyed the walk.

Cotswold Way, August 2019
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Everything was laid out well. All of our needs were taken care of. The information on the Itinerary, especially with regard to meals, was exactly what we needed. The response once we had made our decision on which package was perfect. We got the response in enough time so that had we need to make any changes we could have. We felt confident that Mickledore would have assisted in any way to make our trip fit our needs. We will use Mickledore again.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, July 2019
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