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

My colleague and I had a wonderful time on the 4 day walk from Brampton to Corbridge. We feel the value provided by Mickledore for travellers who are not familiar with Northern England and the Hadrian’s Wall walk was very high. I am not sure we could have done all the arrangements on our own, even if we were familiar with the locale and merchants.

Hadrian’s Wall Walk, July 2017
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Brilliant again. We have recommended you to several people en route.

Arran Coastal Way, June 2017
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Friendly and professional, clear and concise. I still can’t find fault with you – and I am so pleased about that. You go from strength to strength. Please keep adding new walks but don’t be rushed into skimping. Your quality is outstanding and must be maintained. Keep doing what you are doing. You have got it right.

South Downs Way, July 2017
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