Single Centre Self-guided Holidays


Activity 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.

These activity levels are not exhaustive and we are always happy to tailor the walks to match your requirements. If you do not want to walk further than, say, five miles a day, just let us know and we will come up with an itinerary that fits with your 'wish list'.


Up to approximately 10 miles (16km) per day. Some gentle undulations, and occasional short, sharp ascents and descents, particularly on coast paths and in mountain areas. All on well-made paths, but some stretches may be uneven with tree roots and stones protruding from the path surface.


Up to approximately 12 miles (20km) per day. 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.


Up to approximately 14 miles (24km) per day. 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.


On 'Easy' and 'Moderate' grade tours trail shoes may be worn, however, we recommend lightweight walking boots with a good cleated sole and ankle support. On 'Energetic' grade tours walking (hiking) boots with a strong cleated sole and good ankle support are essential. Non-specialist training shoes, sneakers or lightweight and unsupportive 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!

If you have any questions regarding the type of terrain that may be encountered, mileages covered or suitable equipment 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.



"Thank you for a fabulous week in Yorkshire! Ebor House could not have been better in any way and the walks you selected were great. We enjoyed the variety from high country to river valleys. They all were manageable for us; shorter when more climbing and longer when level. We were happily tired every evening! Finally, our driver was cheerfully willing to answer our endless questions about life in the Dales as he drove us. Thank you again."

Sue and John L, CO, USA

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