Self-guided Paths and Trails


Activiity Level

For us at Footpath Holidays it is of paramount importance that you enjoy your walking holiday. To get the best from your holiday it is important that you select a tour of the appropriate activity level. Please note that what the British refer to as ‘walking’ is more commonly described as ‘hiking’ in North America.

For each holiday we have indicated daily mileages, plus a grade, or combination of terrain grades (predominant grade first), corresponding to the terrain encountered.

If you need advice regarding the suitability of a route please contact us. Our office is manned by experienced walkers (hikers) who will be happy to discuss any aspect of your holiday both before and after booking.

Terrain grade 1: Virtually flat walking, with only negligible ascents and descents. All on good paths, with very few uneven surfaces.

Terrain grade 2: Some gentle undulations, and only very occasional short, sharp ascents and descents. All on well-made paths, but some stretches may be uneven with tree roots and stones protruding from the path surface.

Terrain grade 3: More frequent ascents and descents across undulating terrain. Some sharp ‘ups and downs’, particularly on coast paths and in mountain areas. Generally on well-made paths, but often uneven with tree roots and stones protruding from the path surface.

Terrain grade 4: Prolonged ascents and descents, often quite steep, are a feature of these tours. Although the majority of time is spent on well-made mountain paths the surfaces are likely to be uneven. In places the route may ascend/descend over large blocks or boulders, and loose stones may lie on the path surface. There are likely to be some stretches away from made paths, across boulder fields, tussock grass and moorland.


For terrain grades 1, 2, and 3 trail shoes may be worn, however, we recommend lightweight walking boots with a good cleated sole and ankle support. For terrain grade 4 walking (hiking) boots with a strong cleated sole and good ankle support are essential. Non-specialist training shoes, sneakers and sandals would be unsuitable on any tour.

It should be borne in mind that it is possible to turn an ankle or slip on any surface, including seemingly innocuous pavements, steps and stiles, whilst rabbits and other animals dig holes indiscriminately and without warning!



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Felicity R, Macclesfield, UK


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