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Cover photo: Alpilles. Inside photo: Sancy

High Point Holidays Where the Experience is Everything

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We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our walking holidays which range from gentle strolls through beautiful vineyards to challenging mountain treks. There are walks to suit all tastes and abilities and most of our holidays can be tailored to match your requirements. So please don't hesitate to contact us to help us create that perfect holiday. Our cycling holidays can be viewed online. Also there are a handful of self-guided holidays not in the brochure, as well as a few guided trips which can be run for private groups. If you are part of a walking group, we can cater for larger numbers and have successfully arranged self guided and guided bespoke holidays in recent years. Holiday prices are on a separate ‘price list.’ Prices are shown in pounds & euros. The euro price will normally be a fixed price for our non-UK, European holidays, whilst we reserve the right to change sterling prices based on the exchange rate, as and when it is necessary. However, once you’ve booked and the price in pounds is agreed, unless indicated to you, then this price will be the price you pay on final payment. Our non-UK customers can also choose to pay in Euros to our French sister company Randonnées Outre-Manche. Also see our website for full details of prices, as with some holidays there are a variety of options for number of days, extra nights and with or without transfers. Please note we have guided holidays separate from the self guided, except where the holiday details are almost the same. Example prices for guided walking holidays are available on our website based on groups of 8. Contact us if you want a quote for your group size.

We have 10 brand new self-guided walking holidays for you this year. We’ve added Parts 4 & 5 of the wonderful 415km crossing of the Pyrenees. Pyrenees GR10: Part 4, Cauterets to Luchon is a wonderful high mountain traverse with thermal springs and Part 5, Luchon to Aulus crosses some of the wildest parts in the Couserons & Haute Ariege. We’ve added 2 new Alpine holidays. The Sensations of Verdon Gorge explores one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular canyons. Trekking Tour of Mont Thabor (between the Vanoise & Ecrins) is a circular trail with wild, beautiful scenery & high Alpine lakes. In Provence we have Grand Tour of Les Alpilles, a circuit through the historic villages of Les Alpilles and Highlights of Provence: Best of Les Alpilles & Luberon visiting must-see sights & beautiful off-the-beaten-track trails. We’ve added 2 walking holidays in Belgium. Belgium Beer Trail Parts 1 & 2, heads through the Ardennes in southern Wallonia, with tasting of some of their most renowned beers. In the UK, we’ve added the Great Stones Trail, a journey through Wiltshire’s prehistoric landscape visiting the greatest of England’s prehistoric sites, Avebury & Stonehenge. Plus Hadrians Wall Path, the 84 mile National Trail that follows the route of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast. We aim to provide a genuine opportunity for you to feel part of the local way of life. We are committed to bringing you a personal and flexible service to help you get the most out of your holiday. Our aim is to make your holiday the High Point of your year. Thanks Again to everyone of you that walked or cycled with us in 2019. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

William Armstrong - Partner

www.highpointholidays.co.uk


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The High Point Holidays’ Experience What you can expect on a High Point Holiday

Guided Walking Holidays About our guided walking holidays & listing

About Self Guided Walking Holidays How our self-guided walking holidays work

Choosing Your Walking Holiday Information to help you choose the holiday that’s right for you, including walking grades & holiday profiles

Holiday Diary 2020 Suggestions for when to walk and where, plus a selective list of festivals and events to tie in with your walking holidays

Holiday Maps Walking holiday destinations in Europe

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Regional Indexes:

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Beaujolais / Burgundy

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Provence & Mediterranean / Pyrenees

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The Alps

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South West France / North East France

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Massif Central / Brittany

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Belgium / Spain / Slovenia

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United Kingdom

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Walking Holidays in France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia & the United Kingdom

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Beaujolais (France)

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Burgundy (France)

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Provence & Mediterranean (France & Spain)

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Pyrenees (France)

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The Alps (France & Italy)

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South West France

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North East France

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Massif Central (France)

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Brittany (France)

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Belgium

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Spain

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Slovenia

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United Kingdom

Travel Options Options for travelling to and from your walking holidays

Essential Information & Booking Insurance, how to book and our booking form

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The High Point Holidays’ Experience Our

walking holidays have been designed to let you enjoy the best a region has to offer, avoiding, where possible, main tourist routes. We choose destinations where distinct local identity thrives, and in France, with its quite astonishing regional variety, you'll discover these differences in the culture, history & architecture as well as the wildlife, landscapes and food. We aim to make you feel part of the local way of life with our choice of small guest houses. We look for traditional guest houses in beautiful surroundings, where a personal, friendly service is guaranteed and where great authentic local food and drink is on offer.

Wonderful Regional Cuisine Our holidays are all about home cooked local specialities lovingly prepared with fresh regional produce, sometimes grown on the farm where you’re staying. Most evening meals are 4-course set menus taken in your guest house where you’ll get to try original and delicious dishes. Meals in the B&B’s are great experiences, where you share your table with your hosts and other travellers that may be staying in the guest house. You will enjoy a convivial evening with great food, washed down by the local wine.

Small Guest Houses, Big Welcome Our choice of guest houses is synonymous with High Point's philosophy. We use small independent guest houses (where available and appropriate for the size of your group), often set in magnificent surroundings, with their own unique character. Chosen for the friendliness of the hosts as well as their charm and quality. Whether it's showing you around their historic property, or a visit to their cellar to try the wine from their vineyard, they will take great pleasure in making your stay extra special and may provide you with some useful tips for your following day's activities. "We had excellent food and wine at all guest houses. We have really enjoyed every bottle of Beaujolais wine - red, rose or white - that we have been offered... your choice of guest houses enabled us to experience some of the local French way of life here. " J. Campbell, Australia "Enjoyed the variety of chambre d'hote we experienced and the friendliness of the people. Getting to know & taste the different Beaujolais wines and discovering their delicious white chardonnay." J. Stuart, UK

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"It is authentic: home-cooked food in generous amounts. A knowledgeable host who takes an interest in what you are doing each day. A relaxed, convivial environment. Very encouraging/supportive of my French! No pretensions or affectations." D. Fuller, UK

Loyalty Scheme We value each and every one of our customers but we like nothing more than customers coming back year after year because they enjoy the authentic and personalised High Point experience. That's why we reward returning customers for their loyalty. A Returning Customer qualifies for a 2.5% discount on their holiday and subsequent holidays; 5 trips qualifies for a one off 5% discount and 2.5% on subsequent holidays and 10 trips also qualifies for a one off 5% discount and 2.5% on subsequent holidays. This discount only applies to selected holidays Please see website for Terms and Conditions.


The High Point Holidays’ Experience Over 10 years from taking its first bookings, High Point Holidays has grown from small beginnings in the Beaujolais to cover walking holidays from Spain to the Jura.

However, we remain a true independent tour operator; not part of some large company using the name of a smaller one as a brand. The majority of our holidays are set up or created by us based on our principles, so we have full control on the walking notes that you are provided. Our philosophy is to put together walks that cover the best a region has to offer in all its variety. Hence, we don’t blindly cover all the main long distance trails. For example, on our walk on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, we miss out the busy tourist town of Weymouth to take a ridge walk along the ancient landscape of the Dorset ridgeway with its tremendous views and ancient earthworks.

Quality of Service Little has changed to High Point Holidays’ aims and principles. From the start, the philosophy of the company has been clear; to provide good quality, active holidays with a commitment to personal and flexible service whilst matching rewarding walking holidays with a unique and authentic local experience. We are at your total disposal, before, during and after your holiday, to ensure this is the case. We also occasionally use like-minded local partners to compliment our own representatives whether on our walking holidays in France, England or elsewhere. Value for money is nothing without quality of service. We seek to ensure customer satisfaction with our holiday arrangements.

Value for Money In creating our holidays we seek to match quality with value for money in order to create an experience that can be enjoyed on a modest budget. Many of the holidays are full board and all prices are based on 2 people sharing a room, unless otherwise stated; a single supplement being payable for single travellers or those not wishing to share a room. With the exception of local transfers, travel to the holiday destination is not included in the holiday package, allowing you to make your own arrangements and therefore benefit from any low cost flights or special deals offered by ferry companies. We aim to be clear and transparent as to what is included in the price of the holiday, see individual holidays or website for details.

If you have any specific comments or concerns relating to a holiday, then please don't hesitate to contact us. In order to ensure the continued improvement of our holidays, we kindly ask that you complete an evaluation form at the end of your holiday. "William went to so much trouble to plan this holiday for us and it worked well. We were amazed at the food and helpfulness of all our hosts." J. Baker, UK

“We have done other High Point walks and once again we were not disappointed! Excellent service - excellent walking notes and lots of extra information. Thanks again." Fraser & Anderson, UK “The notes were the best of any offered by many companies used over decades.” A. Wight, UK

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Guided Walking Holidays Group Sizes Our guided walking holidays are ideal for groups of friends who enjoy walking as well as more formal walking clubs that wish to explore further afield. Guided walking holidays are generally available for groups of between 4 and 24 people. The type of accommodation used and the price of the holiday will depend on the number in the group. We like to use smaller, more informal guest houses, where possible for our holidays, but this won’t be feasible with larger groups. The price of the holiday is dependent on the number of people in your party and prices on our website are given as a guide to probable costs. Please contact us if you would like further information or a price for your group.

Guides Our bilingual guides will make sure you make the most of your holiday through professional, informative & supportive leadership. As well as ensuring safe progression, the leader will bring to life the region, through their passion and knowledge on such subjects as history, geology, food and wine. We only use experienced guides that are resident in the country. The guide will pace the day so that there will be plenty of time to take photos, relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Flexibility Flexibility around local situations or circumstances by changing the itinerary where appropriate. For example if the weather was very wet and everyone agreed that they did not want to do the day's walk, the guide can provide transport to a location to look around an abbey or castle. Your guide can also help in terms of understanding the best routes for the group’s interests and abilities. Most of our guided walking holidays can be arranged to start on any day of week within the periods detailed, subject to availability.

Tailor-Made All our guided walking holidays are to some extent tailor-made to suit you and your group's requirements. The guided walking holidays are adapted to suit your group's abilities, interest and size. Although there are many guided walking holidays detailed in this brochure, if there are particular options or changes you are looking for, please contact us to discuss.

Destinations We have assembled a range of walks to suit all abilities & tastes from relatively gentle strolls through vine covered slopes of the Jura and the Beaujolais in France to more challenging mountain walks in the alpine heights of the Vanoise National Park. We also have a number of guided holiday destinations which are not covered by our brochure. These include the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert in Morocco and the Picos de Europa in Spain.

Travel Options Our guided walking holidays in France have pick ups from various airports or train stations such as Lyon for our Beaujolais & Burgundy holidays & Toulouse for our holiday in the Tarn. Pick up and transfers from other locations may be possible for some holidays, but may be subject to a supplement. For more details about practical flights for each guided walking holiday, please visit our web site or contact us for more information. We can also provide you with details of secure locations to park your car if you wish to drive.

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Guided Walking Holidays - Beaujolais & Burgundy Beaujolais Discovery explores a region known mostly for its wines. This quiet region has a lot to offer the walker looking for moderate days out and plenty of interest. Despite the relatively gentle nature of their slopes, the scale of the peaks and the depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts. This guided holiday explores the full range of Beaujolais landscapes from the high hills and ridges to the famous vine covered slopes. You’ll also get to discover the beautiful medieval villages in the southern Beaujolais as well as the grand crus in the north. Chateaux, pretty villages, wine tasting, and great panoramas are all on the week’s menu.

Includes: Airport and station transfers from Lyon, 7 nights' accommodation. All breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 6 evening meals in two or more beautiful guest houses. 6 guided walks. Also Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour see page 22: 7 nights, 6 days guided walking circuit moving between guest houses.

The Beaujolais area must be France's best kept secret walking area. It is not a place I had ever connected with walking but it has enchanted me with its high hills, vineyards, beautiful villages and friendly locals. William has captured all of this to perfection." A. Tutin, UK

The Beaujolais region is synonymous with good food and wine and on our Beaujolais Vintage Wine Trail you'll have the chance to sample both in abundance. From our gourmet lunches to the great 4 course meals served in our small traditional guest houses, your taste buds will be thoroughly spoilt. The wine produced in the region includes young light fruity reds, dry crisp whites & rosés, sparkling cremants and a range of more complex red wines. Our wine tasting visits, (as well as lunch and dinner) will allow you to sample the full range of wines on offer.

Includes: Transfers from Lyon. 7 nights accommodation with breakfast, 6 four-course evening meals and 6 gourmet picnic lunches with wine. 6 guided walks and wine tasting visits. All Prices for Guided Walking Holidays on our Website are based on a group size of 8. Please contact us for a quote for your group.

"We had a very enjoyable walking holiday in a very beautiful location with good wines, good food and good company. William was an excellent guide, good fun and nothing was too much trouble. Wine tasting caves very well chosen." R Crooks & V Powers, UK.

Best of Medieval Burgundy explores a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux such as those at Berzé and Brancion, historic churches and pretty medieval villages are set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted with Chardonnay vines, pasture and forests. A number of rocky outcrops punctuate the vineyards such as the celebrated “roche de Solutré” important for its pre-historic human activity. These landmarks provide exceptional viewing points to admire the surrounding countryside. The Burgundy region is well-known for its fine wine and gastronomic food, a reputation that is richly deserved. You will have plenty of opportunity to sample both during your walking holiday.

Includes: Transfers from Lyon, 7 nights' accommodation with breakfasts, 6 quality packed lunches with wine and 6 delicious evening meals with wine. Wine tasting, 6 days guided walking. Two-centre based.

“Thanks for another great walking holiday. I really enjoyed everything - the weather, the beautiful countryside, the autumnal colours and the pretty villages. A really good trip.“ C. Calow, UK.

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Guided Walking Holidays - Eastern France: The Jura Our Jura Discovery: Wine Trails and Medieval Villages holiday takes place in the western Jura where a series of dramatic valleys and gorges harbour medieval towns & villages, stunning waterfalls & lakes and a patchwork of vines. Our easy to moderate walks explore these “reculée” from above and below, allowing you to discover historic gems such as Baumes-les-Messieurs, as well as gaining some stunning views. During your week you’ll get to find out about the Jura’s unique wines, such as the famous Vin Jaune, one of the most prized wines in France. Another highlight is visiting the Hérisson valley which contains 7 amazing waterfalls in a 3km stretch.

Includes: Transfers from Lyon to Jura, transport during the week, 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 four-course evening meals, wine tasting visits, 6 guided walks. Two centre based.

"We had a super holiday, and you and Ann really worked hard to make it so enjoyable. We do hope that we shall meet again - you are surely at the top of the list for guiding us!" L & E Fielding, UK

- Provence Secret Provence: Les Baronnies explores a secret and unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountain sides decorated in purple lavender flowers; a region where wild Thyme, Lavender, herbs & pine produce a wonderfully scented landscape. Each corner has its own characteristics; rocky bluffs and cliffs define summit tops from which steep slopes marked by ravines descend into narrow gorges or wide fertile valleys covered in Lavender, fruit trees and olive groves. Oak forests, scrub and moorland add to the tapestry of vegetation covering the hills on this French walking holiday.

Includes: Transfer to and from Lyon and transport during the week. 7 night's full board accommodation with the exception of one evening meal. 6 guided walks. Two-centre based.

On our Classic Provence: Luberon Trails holiday you'll complete a number of delightful day walks across the region, discovering not only those "must-see" sights such as the beautiful perched village of Gordes or the dazzling rich ochre coloured cliffs at Rustrel. But also some less trodden trails taking you into hidden corners of the Luberon region. Based in two charming guest houses, where you'll experience the real Provence.

Includes: 7 nights full board accommodation. All breakfast and evening meals and lunches. Transfers to and from Lyon Airport and train stations or Avignon airport. 6 guided walking days.

- South West France: The Tarn Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn see page 51 "We certainly all had a brilliant time thanks to the magnificent efforts you made for us...The experiences you set up over and above the pleasure of the walks were beyond all expectations and I should like to reiterate my sincere thanks to you for everything." B. Wombwell, UK

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“We had a great time seeing parts of Provence we would never have known. Thank you for your company & for all the little details you put into making every day special.” A Gilliver, UK


Guided Walking Holidays - Massif Central Amazing Auvergne see page 53 Rugged Cantal Mountains see page 54 Both 7 nights, 2 centre-based day walks. Amazing Auvergne: "Wonderful holiday, your knowledge of the geography and geology of the area added to the interest of the walks which were both varied and interesting. I appreciated the opportunity to see such a wide area of the Auvergne and would have a hard time deciding which of the walks I liked best." Ricki Bull, UK

- The French Alps: The Queyras Discover the French Alps under its winter blanket by Snow Shoeing in the Queyras. Based in a wonderful 3-star hotel in Arvieux, our snow shoeing holiday will allow you to discover the most beautiful landscapes of the Queyras, as well as discovering a region full of unique traditions and architecture. Each day your guide will take you to a different valley in the Queyras Regional Park to discover the best this spectacular and relatively undiscovered Queyras Region has to offer. The Queyras is a landscape that offers far ranging panoramic views which are bathed in sunshine for 300 days a year.

Includes: 6 nights' full board accommodation. Transfer from local train station before & after holiday, transport during the week. 5 guided walks, provision of snow shoes, poles & security equipment. Centre-based. Queyras: The Best Kept Secret in the Alps see page 39. Transfers from Lyon, 7 nights' accommodation, full Board. (except lunches on day of arrival & departure), 6 guided walks. Two-centre based

Queyras: Best Kept Secret in the Alps: "Once again you came up trumps with arranging yet another wonderful walking week for our group. I continue to enthuse about High Point Holidays to friends and acquaintances." B. Wombwell, UK

- The Vercors Vercors: Jewel in the Alps: A magical destination, where gleaming vertical cliffs meet wild plateaux. Vercors is home to many natural wonders including extraordinary caves, underground glaciers, waterfalls and rock arches. The Grand Veymont reaches 2341 metres in height, but the centre piece is the Mont Aiguille, an awesome rock tower cast off from the main cliffs. Set amongst this are a number of remarkable alpine villages, including Pont-en -Royans in the Bourne Gorge where historic houses perch perilously on rocky outcrops suspended over the river.

Includes: Transfers from Lyon. 7 nights' accommodation. Full Board (with the exception of lunches on arrival and departure days). Guide for 6 guided walks

- The Vanoise Alpine Discovery: Vanoise National Park: Dramatic alpine landscapes, where glacier topped mountains overlook beautiful valleys carpeted with alpine flowers. Vanoise National Park is home to a great many alpine peaks over 3400m including a few that rise above the Vanoise glacier, the largest glacial plateau in western Europe. A variety of guided walks will allow us to flirt with some outstanding mountain scenery, including the sheer Aguille de Vanoise, the Grande Casse, and Mont Pourri.

Includes: Transfers from Lyon to the Vanoise, 7 nights' full board (except lunches on day of arrival & departure.) 6 guided walks. 2 small, high quality traditional alpine style guest houses in Pralognan and/or Champagny in the western Vanoise.

Also Trekking Tour of the Vanoise see page 47.

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Self-Guided Walking Holidays Independence and Flexibility On our independent walking holidays, you're just that…… independent. We will try to accommodate your group size, bearing in mind availability of accommodation. If you want to get up late, want to take a detour, it's all up to you……. as long as you can get yourselves to the next B&B. Some walking holidays have several days at the same accommodation, so then it's really is up to you if one day you decide you need a break from walking and want to explore the local village or town. We also endeavour to offer flexibility into the independent walking holidays with our walking notes providing you with choices, where available. For most of our self guided walking holidays, you can start your holiday on the day of your choosing, subject to availability of course.

Maps & Personalised Walking Notes We provide you with detailed local 1/25000 walking maps. You will also be provided with our detailed walking notes which as well as being regularly updated are personalised for each customer. The trail description itself is very detailed, to leave you in no doubt about where you need to go next. The walking notes provide information you won't find in a guidebook with local sights to see, some of which require a detour and it's up to you whether you make the effort to go. They contain all the essential information you'll need to ensure a relaxed and hassle-free holiday.

Luggage Transfers Whether you choose a Guided or Self-Guided Walking Holiday, with the exception of any backpacking treks in the Alps, we provide a luggage transfer service. This means that you only need to carry the most essential items with you in your day rucksack, safe in the knowledge that your luggage will be ready at your next over-night stop.

Tailor-Made Independent Walking Found an independent holiday you like the look of, but want to make it longer or shorter? No problem, let us know and we can adjust the beginning or end of your holiday and arrange another activity if you wish (such as a wine tasting course) or just allow you more time to explore the local town or village. There will be some suggestions on alternatives to tailor your holiday on our website. For larger groups we can, in some instances, create a holiday in a new area just for you. So don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help you.

“Was very impressed and grateful for so much information. Instructions were very good & easy to follow." J & T Fawle

“Thanks again for a great holiday – your walking notes are far and away the best we have ever had on our many such trips .” P & R Watson, UK

Self Catering Walking Holiday If you have a limited budget or are a group or family that would rather be in one location for the full length of your holiday, then you could consider self catering. On our website you will find a number of self catering options in different locations. We supply you with information about the area as well as suggested walks and then you can do as much or as little walking as you wish. “Every thing went very smoothly, and your walking notes were absolutely brilliant, by far the best of any we have encountered in the various walking holidays we have undertaken." H & J Campbell

Travel Options

“The walking grade was perfect - some days easy, some more challenging and I appreciated the optional ascents. The highlighted maps and walking notes were so helpful." J. Hulse, UK

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Most of our independent holidays start on any day of the week, subject to availability. Each holiday has different arrangements for getting to your first night’s accommodation before your walk starts. Transfers from the local train station or airport are often included in the holiday price, but NOT long distance travel. Please see the holiday pages for more details about what is included in the holiday price and the start dates.


Choosing Your Walking Holiday Walking Grades When choosing your walking holiday you need to consider whether the amount and difficulty of the walking is a good match to your abilities and experience. We grade all our walks from Easy to Strenuous based on the daily hours walked, the amount of ascent and descent, and the type of terrain. We then give a recommendation as to the walker's experience and fitness for each grade.

Easy

Challenging

Less than 5 hours walking per day at a gentle pace with less than 250m (820 feet) ascent/descent. Generally good paths on undulating terrain with gentle gradients. Average distances 10 – 15km Anybody in reasonable health should enjoy this grade of walking. No previous walking experience required.

Moderate Average walks of between 4-6 hours, with the odd longer day and less than 500m (1650 feet) ascent/descent. Generally on good paths although there could be steeper sections with rough conditions underfoot. Distances average about 15 - 20km per day, although on some holidays they can be longer. You should have experience of day walking and be in reasonable health.

Moderate to Challenging Average walks of between 4-7 hours, with up to 750m (2450 feet) ascent/descent in the day. The terrain is often more rugged (but not necessarily mountainous) with some rough paths, with longer and steeper ascents/descents. The distances are often similar to the moderate grade but combined with the extra climbs they make for a more difficult week. These holidays can be in both hilly regions such as the Beaujolais in France or in higher mountains such as the Pyrenees. You should have recent experience of day walking in upland terrain, be surefooted and have a reasonable level of fitness. Some holidays may require a good head for heights.

Walks of between 5-8 hours, with average altitude gains of 750 – 1000m (3300 feet) per day, but with the odd more difficult or longer day. Rugged paths in mountainous areas such as the Alps with prolonged ascents/descents some of which can be steep. There could be sections of easy scrambling (using hands for stability and assistance), which are highlighted on the specific website holiday page. Factors such as the altitude at which you are walking and backpacking can make some holidays relatively more difficult. In addition, local elements such as the weather conditions and snow on the ground can have an impact on the relative difficulty of the walk. You should be a regular walker with mountain walking experience, with a good level of fitness and a good head for heights.

Strenuous Walks of between 5-9 hours, with altitude gains averaging over 1000m (3300 feet) per day involving prolonged ascents/descents. Rugged paths in mountainous areas such as the Alps with prolonged ascents/descents some of which can be steep. There could be sections of easy scrambling (using hands for stability and assistance). These mountainous holidays often contain several difficult days one after the other and are sometimes made more strenuous by walking at altitude, backpacking or difficult mountainous terrain where route finding is problematic. In addition, local elements such as the weather conditions and snow on the ground can have an impact on the relative difficulty of the walks. You should be a regular mountain walker, with a good level of experience and fitness with a good head for heights. Experience of walking in the Alps and in snowy conditions is preferable.

Holiday Profile Guided Walking Holiday

As well as the Grade symbols above, on our holiday pages we use symbols to identify whether the holiday is self guided only or is also available as a guided holiday—see right.

Self-Guided or Independent Walking Holiday

A holiday can also be described as Linear or Centre based: Linear Trail: Walking between guest houses most days Centre-based: Staying in 1 to 3 guest houses with circular day walks sometimes with link walks between them.

Please note that on our website you’ll find much more information about the make up of each walking day as well as the region.

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Holiday Diary 2020 January

February

March

Thought the Alps in winter was all about skiing? Think again. If you’re a group of between 4 & 8 looking for some winter sun and wonderful landscapes, try snow shoeing in the Alps. We have guided holidays for novices as well as those looking for something more challenging. See page 9.

Why not jet off to southern Spain for warm winter sun. Walk in Andalucia in the beautiful Grazalema National Park & visit the extraordinary village of Ronda. Or walk in the Sierra Nevada and visit the treasures of the historic Alhambra Palace in Granada. See page 59.

The Calanques National Park in Provence is an ideal early spring break. Enjoy the stunning scenery & views where cliffs surround wonderful drowned valleys. March is a great month to choose, with only the first week coinciding with French school holidays. See page 33.

April

May

Spring truly gets under way in all but the higher altitudes. If you’re looking for warm weather, quiet trails and stunning medieval villages then why not take a look at either of our moderate walking holidays in the Alpilles and Luberon in Provence or the Tarn in south west France. Pages 28-30 & 51.

The height of spring is a great time to visit the stunning waterfalls and the dramatic gorges of the Jura or the panoramic landscapes of the beautiful Beaujolais region and taste their contrasting wines. The Burgundy is also an ideal destination at this time of year. See pages 21 - 27 & 52.

July

As summer arrives, so the mountainous regions of France shed their wintery coat, whilst at lower altitudes, it’s time to take advantage of the sunshine before it gets too hot. An ideal time to visit the Baronnies where, in this beautiful part of Provence, the lavender is coming into flower. See page 31.

June is also a great time to visit the Massif Central. The mountain pastures are coated in lush green grass and a stunning array of wild flowers. We have a variety of destinations from the mountains and volcanoes of the Sancy and Cantal ranges in the Auvergne to the immense plateaux of the Haute Loire and the wild and rugged ridges of the Ardeche. See pages 53 to 55.

August

September

October

Mid June until mid September is the season for walking in the high mountains of the Alps and Pyrenees. Each region has its own specific character. See our regional introductions on pages 15 & 16, as well individual holidays on pages 34 to 37 for the Pyrenees and pages 38 to 48 for the Alps.

September is a good time of year to visit wine regions, such as Burgundy and Beaujolais, if you are interested in the sites, sounds and smells of wine picking. Pages 21 to 27. 11–20 Sept: National Heritage Days in England. Discover a range of events & activities that bring local history to life.

A great time to visit the wine growing regions of France. Autumn colours turn the vineyards into a patchwork of oranges and reds. We have holidays in the Beaujolais, Burgundy, Jura, Cote du Rhone, Alsace, Bordeaux, Gaillac (Tarn) & Luberon wine regions.

June

November/December

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Beaujolais Nouveau: Over 120 related festivals in the Beaujolais region alone taking place around the third weekend in November, centred around Beaujeu & Villefranche. Fete des Lumieres. Lyon's International Light Festival sees the city awash with lights for 4 days in December.

The perfect time of year to visit the French Alps. In our walking holiday in the Queyras, you can reach summits of around 3000m for wonderful panoramic views. See page 39. Tour de France: Starts in Nice on 27th June and finishes in Paris on 19th July.


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Walking Holiday Destinations in Europe 66 64

UNITED KINGDOM

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BELGIUM

France see below

SLOVENIA 60

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ITALY (with French Alps)

SPAIN 59

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-BeaujolaisThe Beaujolais region is a series of elegant rolling hills. The scale of the peaks & depths of the valleys create a landscape of great panoramas and rich contrasts. In the south lay the mountains of the Mont Lyonnais, where vines are replaced by meadows and fruit trees. Far from the tourist trails, these hills form some of the most stunning countryside in the area, explored on Lyons’s Beautiful Secluded Hills. Further north is the “Golden Stones” region, so called due to the colour of the limestone used in its historic buildings. Here you’ll find some of the prettiest villages in France. Often referred to as the local Tuscany, it’s covered by our Medieval Village Tours and visited on our Chateaux & Medieval Villages wine trail as well as our Beautiful Beaujolais Trail, which is featured to the right. Beaujolais is of course most famous for its vibrant fruity red wines made from Gamay Noir grapes and divided into 12 appellations. The South has gentler hills where limestone produces younger and lighter wines, whilst to the north, granite slopes produce fuller bodied wines designated as 10 grand crus. You’ll get to sample these wines at your guest houses on our two Beaujolais wine trails which cross the area: In the south our Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages and in the north: Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus. Away from the vines, broad summits of the High Beaujolais are carpeted in woodland and between the woodland you get spectacular views over the vine covered slopes. This upland area with farms and hamlets little changed in centuries is explored with a circular trail High Beaujolais Hills.

Beautiful Beaujolais Trail This unique holiday explores the full range of Beaujolais landscapes by traversing from north to south over 6 varied day’s walking, taking in remote hills, secluded vinecovered valleys and pretty goldenstone villages - see page 22.

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Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour Beautiful Beaujolais Trail Lyon’s Beautiful Secluded Hills High Beaujolais Hills

21 21 22 22 23 23

5 6 5/7 7 5/7 7

Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging

Self Guided Self Guided Guided & Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

• April to October. • Transfers to and from Lyon Airport or train station included.

• Bag Transfers included. • Many Full Board offering great value for money - see holiday pages

-BurgundyBurgundy is a large area in central Eastern France renowned for its architectural treasures and its great food and wine. In the south, much of Burgundy’s architecture is influenced by the small town of Cluny. During the late Medieval period Cluny was home to the largest abbey in Europe, & its influence is evident in the churches and priories across the region. Cluny is central to 3 of our walking holidays. Secret Burgundy: Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages explores a varied landscape to the south of Cluny with rocky outcrops encircled by vines, pretty villages and higher rugged hills. To the north of Cluny is Medieval Burgundy: the Monk’s Trail, which passes through a gentler landscape peppered with historic villages and chateaux. This holiday also explores another architectural gem, Tournus Abbey. Keeping closer to the Saone Valley is the Chardonnay Wine Trail, which starts in the actual village of Chardonnay itself and follows the vineyards south through picturesque Burgundy countryside and historic villages such as Brancion, Cormatin, & Berzé with wonderful chateaux & churches. Our Medieval Burgundy Explorer covers all the above facets of Burgundy. We also have holidays in two other areas in the Burgundy, the Brionnais (see to the right) and the Cote d’Or. Some of the most famous wines in the world are now grown in the Cote d’Or. Our Classic Burgundy Trail heads south from historic Dijon and Beaune through varied rolling countryside, heading into areas rarely visited by other companies. Holiday

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Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered Medieval Burgundy: The Monk’s Trail Burgundy: Chardonnay Wine Trail Secret Burgundy: Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages Beautiful Brionnais: Secret Hills of Burgundy Brionnais Explorer Classic Burgundy Trail: Dijon to Buxy Medieval Burgundy Explorer

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5/7 5/7 6 6 7 7 7 7

Grade Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate + Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

Brionnais A beautiful, off-the-beaten-track part of Burgundy with vibrant green pastures & rolling hills, coupled with pretty villages and historic sites—see page 26. Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

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April to October.

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Bag Transfers included.

Transfers to and from Lyon Airport or train station included (except Classic Burgundy). Many Full Board offering value for money—see holiday pages


-Provence & MediterraneanThe Provence conjures up images of lavender fields, olive groves and pretty villages under clear blue skies. In addition to these evocative scenes, the Provence offers a wide variety of walking and holiday experiences. Along the Mediterranean Coast, discover 3 unique regions: Our Pyrenees Coastal Trail forges a way along the Catalan Coast between the mighty Pyrenees and the Med stopping overnight at pretty fishing villages, whilst our Costa Brava walk continues south into Spain around stunning headlands and through historic villages. Further east the Calanques National Park consists of spectacular white cliffs and narrow inlets reminiscent of the fjords of Norway. Les Baronnies is our little secret, which never fails to impress. A patchwork of lavender and thyme fields are framed by dramatic cliffs and ridges. You can choose between a circular tour or a centre-based holiday in this unspoilt and remote region with plenty of wildlife interest. South of Baronnies is the Luberon, a more well-known region. You can choose between a week-long, easy walk or a longer 12-night trail. Both walks pass between quintessential historic Luberon villages, such as Gordes, Bonnieux and Roussillon, with the longer trail getting well off the beaten track. Closer to the Rhone Valley is our Cote du Rhone Wine Trail which goes through some of the most famous wine regions of the area as well as circling the dramatic rock fins of Dentelles de Montmirail. Other dramatic rocky bluffs are to be found in the Alpilles close to Avignon and Arles where you’ll discover the landscapes and villages made famous by Van Gogh. Lastly the Drome Provencale is an area further north where you’ll literally walk into Provence as the vegetation changes before your eyes. Views of the Pre-Alps accompany your journey south, passing pretty villages and varied landscapes. Holiday Cotes du Rhone Wine Trail Les Alpilles: Van Gogh’s Provence Grand Tour of Les Alpilles Highlights of Provence: Best of Alpilles & Luberon Luberon: Classic Provence Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies Baronnies Explorer Pyrenees Coastal Trail: Collioure to Cadaques Costa Brava: Cadaques to Llafranc French Fjords: Calanques National Park Historic Hill-top Villages of Drome Provencale

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6/9 6 9 12 7 12 7 4 to 8 6 6 5 7

Grade Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate Easy + Moderate or Mod/Chall Moderate or Mod/Chall Moderate to Challenging Moderate + or Mod/Chall Moderate Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging

Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

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• Great out of season holidays: Most of our • • • •

Provence/Med holidays are available from March to June & September to October. Pyrenees Coastal Trail also available in February and November Bag Transfers included. Transfers from nearby cities included in many holidays Most include a large proportion of evening meals, representing good value for money

-PyreneesThe Pyrenees is a chain of mountains reaching over 3000m which stretch from the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean Sea between France and Spain. Our walking holidays cover the different range of landscapes found in this unique region. The GR10 is a wonderful and dramatic trek along the entire length of the Pyrenees covering over 400km of trail that are often strenuous. Luggage transfers and rooms for 2 are included where possible. The first section of the trail through the Basque country is much easier than the other sections and is a beautiful walk in its own right. Our Traverse of the Pyrenees National Park is also an easier option than the GR10 holidays and allows you to discover the must-see sights in the high French Pyrenees. The Azun is a luminous valley in the Western Pyrenees where our holiday follows balcony trails where you’ll marvel at wonderful panoramas and well preserved mountain villages. The Cerdagne, located in Eastern Pyrenees, is a plateau lying at 2000m which offers expansive views and enjoys a sunny climate where you can enjoy natural warm springs. Holiday GR10 Part 1, Hendaye - St Jean Pied de Port GR10 Part 2, St Jean Pied de Port - Etsaut GR10 Part 3, Etsaut - Cauterets GR10 Part 4, Cauterets - Luchon GR10 Part 5, Luchon - Aulus Traversing the Pyrenees National Park Cerdagne Explorer: Lakes, Mountains & Hot Springs Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley

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7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6

Moderate to Challenging+ Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous Challenging Challenging Moderate to Challenging Moderate to Challenging

Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

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• Bag transfers and rooms for 2 included where possible.

• Most holidays are half board offering value for money - see holiday pages.

• Cerdagne & Azun holidays have options on some days to change difficulty.

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-The AlpsThe Alps stretch across much of southern Europe forming a formidable barrier and creating a region of beautiful mountains and deep isolated valleys where local traditions and culture often remain strong. Each region has its own characteristics, meaning you can visit several parts of the Alps, often within the same country and feel like you’ve had a completely different walking and holiday experience. We have a range of walking holidays across the French and Italian Alps ranging from moderate walks to strenuous treks.

The High Alps in France are made up of the main mountain chains such as the Mont Blanc Massif. We have chosen several of the most beautiful regions, some of which are little known outside of France. Our destinations are, in the main, concentrated in the sunnier and drier southern half of the French Alps. We have two walking holidays in each of the Queyras and Ubaye regions, plus others in the Ecrins and the Mercantour in southern France. Among these holidays we have 2 centrebased holidays in the Queyras & Mercantour, classic circular tours in the Queyras & Ubaye & a linear trail in the Maritime Alps called Alps to Med Trail. All these holidays include bag transfers.

The Pre-Alps is a band which lies on the western side of the Alps in France where limestone has been uplifted and eroded by to create ridges and plateaux often towering above deep Alpine valleys. We have walking holidays crossing Alpine Provence in southern France through the Baronnies National Park and the Hautes Alpes Geological Reserve. In addition we have 2 holidays in the stunning Vercors Park dominated by the spectacular rock tower, Mont Aiguille. Plus the Verdon Gorge, one of the largest & most spectacular in Europe.

In the High Alps we also have

three trekking tours staying mainly in high mountain huts, located in the Vanoise National Park and around Mont Thabor in France and the isoAlpine Adventures lated peak of Mont Viso in Italy. There are no Trips can be done with or without luggage bag transfers possible on these treks meantransfer ing that you have to Options of adding extra nights at end of carry all your own gear. They are classic walking holiday for each section hut-to-hut treks where the pleasure Part 3 & 4 one night where you'll need to comes from remaincarry overnight gear ing high in the mounTaxi transfers & cable car journeys included tains for the whole time.

In the French Alps the ultimate trek is the GR5 going from Lake Geneva to Nice (or Menton for a longer finish) making its way south through the Alpine chain via the Mont Blanc, the Vanoise National Park, the Queyras and the Mercantour National Park. Our Alpine Adventure trek is made up of 4 parts and transfers help to avoid some of the less interesting sections.

As well as our tour of Mont Viso we also have two other walking holidays in the Italian Alps. One is a centre-based trip in the stunning Dolomites region where jagged peaks soar above pretty alpine pastures. The other is a trail across the Piedmont in Val Maira where the preserved villages and culture make it feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

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Travels Through Alpine Provence: Part 1, Baronnies Regional Park Part 2, Haute Provence Geological Reserve Tour of Queyras: An Alpine Secret Queyras: Best Kept Secret in the Alps Tour of the Ubaye: Hidden Alps Grand Tour of the Ubaye: 3 Regions Tour Panoramic Vercors Tour of Mont Aiguille Alps to Med Trail Marvels of Mercantour Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva to Chamonix Part 2: Chamonix to Briancon Part 3: Briancon to Roya Part 4: Roya to Nice Alternative Part 4: Roya to Menton Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail Sensations of Verdon Gorge Trekking Tour of Mont Thabor Trekking Tour of the Vanoise Trekking Tour of Mont Viso Dolomites: Tyrolean Explorer Italy’s Piedmont: Val Maira

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7 6 8 7 6 8 8 5 7 5

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Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Guided & Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

43 43 44 44 45 45 46 46 47 47 48 48

6 7 7 5 9 5 6 5-7 7 7 6 5

Challenging Challenging Strenuous Strenuous Strenuous Challenging Challenging Challenging + Challenging + Strenuous Challenging Mod to Chall/Challenging

Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Guided & Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

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• Luggage transfer available on all treks •

and walks apart from three hut-to-hut trekking tours on pages 46 & 47. Private rooms for 2 are also possible on most holidays, again with the exception of our two hut-to-hut trekking tours . Most trips are available from mid June until mid September due to weather conditions and accommodation. The exceptions are Travels through Alpine Provence, Vercors region, Verdon Gorge, Alps to Med trail and Italian Piedmont which are available earlier and later. All trips are Half Board or Full Board.

• • There are two centre-based holidays, one in the Queyras on page 39 and the other in the Dolomites on page 48.


-South West FranceSouth West France is synonymous with great food and wine, encompassing such classic produce as Bordeaux wine, fois gras and truffles. Our walking holidays in the region cover the Dordogne and Lot Valley, the Tarn and Aveyron, and Bordeaux. Our Delights of Historic Dordogne holiday follows the Dordogne valley which is lined with historic villages and chateaux. Our Easy walk passes through one picturesque village after another, including La Roque Gageac, built into sandstone cliffs along with a troglodyte fort, and Sarlat, which is famous for its medieval architecture and lively street market. Further north, in a less well-known part of Dordogne is our Villages of Correze walk which passes through pretty countryside and the historic villages of Turenne, Collonges-la-Rouge and Curemont. South of Dordogne are the Lot and Cele Valleys which are the locations of our Serene Lot Valley trail. The walk follows quiet paths between Figeac and Cahors through unspoilt countryside with wonderful chateaux and historic villages. The Bordeaux wine region is one of the most famous in the world. Our Bordeaux Wine Trail walking holiday traverses some of the most famous vineyards. Discover a rolling countryside steeped in history, from its 2000 year old vines planted by the Romans, to its wine chateaux and historic villages. Your walking trail starts by exploring the famous St Emilion vineyards home to some of the most sought after Bordeaux wines Further south, about 1 hour from Toulouse lies the Tarn where we have two walking holidays. Our Tarn’s Medieval Bastides holiday explores a number of wonderful hill top villages, known as bastides, many classed as among the prettiest villages in France. As well as exploring beautiful villages such as Puycelsi, Penne, Castlenau, Bruniquel and Cordes-surCiel you'll discover a picturesque landscape of rolling fields and vineyards with expansive views. Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn is a centre-based break which allows you to discover a wider area including the Aveyron, with walks accessed by private car. Holiday Delights of Historic Dordogne Quieter Side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze Serene Lot Valley Trail Bordeaux Classic Wine Trail Tarn’s Medieval Bastides Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn

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7 5 7 7 7 7

Grade Easy Moderate Moderate Easy Moderate Moderate

Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided & Guided

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• Holidays are available from April to • •

October. Tarn holidays are not available in July and August. Luggage transfer included in all holidays. Ideal time to see wild flowers is in mid -May.

-North East FranceNorth East France harbours two distinct regions lying to the north of the Alps: Jura & Alsace. Both regions have lots of character with unique landscapes, architecture and wines. Our self-guided Jura Wine Trail is a linear walk which follows the vines south, allowing you to discover not only the unique Jura wines, which include the famous Vin de Paille and Vin Jaune, among the most prized wines in France, but also wonderful historic villages such as Baumes-lesMessieurs and Chateau Chalon. These villages are situated on hills which are home to a series of dramatic valleys and gorges which harbour stunning waterfalls & dramatic cliffs. Our Alsace Vineyards and Mountains holiday explores the famous Alsace vineyards and the Vosges hills. As well as their vintage wines, the area features some remarkable chateaux and pretty unspoilt villages, such as Eguisheim and Kaysersberg, their cobbled alleyways lined with typical timber-framed Alsace houses. The Vosges offers panoramic views over their rounded summits. Holiday Jura Wine Trail Alsace: Vineyards & Mountains

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6/8 6

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General Information Wine tasting visits possible most days on both holidays

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-Massif CentralThe heart of southern France is made up of one vast upland region the size of Scotland, known as the Massif Central. It is separated from the Alps by the Rhone Valley and contains a variety of landscapes resulting from its varied geology. A large proportion of this upland region has been designated as regional and national parks. The Auvergne lies in the west of the Massif Central and contains dramatic volcanic peaks dominating open plateaux and secluded valleys. In the Northern Auvergne we have 2 self-guided holidays, one is a centre-based trip - Amazing Auvergne - which explores a wide area including rugged peaks such as Puy de Sancy, the perfectly preserved volcanic cones of the Chain des Puys, lakes, waterfalls, historic villages and much more. We also have a circular trail which explores the Puy de Sancy mountain and surrounding area in more detail: Summit of Auvergne - Tour of Sancy. Further south lies the Cantal Massif, which is the extinct remains of a huge volcano. Erosion has since created a series of rugged ridges, rocky peaks and green valleys of stunning beauty. Our centre-based holiday which is called Cantal Mountains, the Rugged Heart of France offers exciting walking in an untamed landscape with rich wildlife. A different walking experience, but still within Auvergne, can be experienced on our Tranquil Auvergne Trail in the Haute Loire. Starting & finishing at Puy en Velay, the world heritage town, this walking tour explores an upland plateau landscape in the southern Auvergne punctuated with intimate valleys and volcanic domes. Further south we have two more holidays in 2 rugged & sometimes wild parts of France. Our Tour of Ardeche-Rustic Trails takes a loop through the Ardeche Regional Park & includes wonderful heather-clad mountains with great panoramic views; pretty chestnut forests; beautiful rivers, where it's possible to bathe, and sun parched, vine covered slopes. Finally, our holiday in the Cevennes travels south through a mixture of limestone plateaux and amazing gorges such as the Tarn to reach Provence. This is an old drovers trail and a pilgrimage route away from the crowds. Holiday

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Amazing Auvergne: Volcanoes, Lakes & Historic Villages Summit of Auvergne: Tour of Sancy Cantal Mountains: The Rugged Heart of France Tranquil Auvergne Trail Tour of Ardeche: Rustic Trails Cevennes to Provence: St Guilhem’s Trail

53 53 54 54 55 55

7 6 7 7 8 9

Moderate to Challenging Challenging Challenging Moderate Moderate to Challenging + Moderate to Challenging +

Self Guided & Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

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• Our Tranquil Auvergne Trail and Tour • •

of Ardeche are unique trails created by us. Our Cantal Mountains and Amazing Auvergne holidays are centre-based. St Guilhem’s Trail is a lot less frequented than the St James’ Way.

-BrittanyThe Brittany peninsular in North West France is a region defined not only by its geography but by its people, traditions & their ancient Celtic heritage. The Emerald Coast has some of Brittany’s most impressive coastline, with rocky headlands jutting into the sea, backed by a landscape of gorse and heather, with numerous small beaches and villages, and several fascinating historical towns such as St Malo. The highlight in terms of dramatic scenery is the headland at Cap Frehel, with its dramatic cliffs. The Granite Coast is a beautiful coastline where pink granite blocks contrast with turquoise seas and fine sandy beaches. The GR34 or sentier de douaniers, a former coastguard footpath, winds among fantastically shaped rocks interspersed with countless rock pools, sandy coves and stunning views. Further west the Coast of Legends stretches from Roscoff to Brest, passing the western-most tip of France, several beautiful estuaries and numerous coves bordered by rocky headlands. This holiday is split into 2 sections of relatively easy walking.

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Brittany’s Emerald Coast Brittany’s Granite Coast Brittany’s Coast of Legends Part 1, Roscoff to Aber Wrac’h Brittany’s Coast of Legends Part 2, Aber Wrac’h to Brest

56 56 57 57

6 9 7 7/9

Grade Moderate Moderate Moderate Moderate

Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

General Information The Emerald Coast and Granite Coast holidays include transfers to cherry pick the best sections.


-BelgiumFor 2020 we are introducing the first two parts of the Belgium Trappist Beer Trail, a walk through the Ardennes in southern Wallonia. The walk starts at the famous Trappist abbey of Chimay and ambles through picturesque undulating countryside with numerous pretty villages lining the meandering valleys. You’ll also discover wonderful forests, strange rock formations and plenty of wildlife interest, as well as the unique town of Dinant in the Meuse Valley. Holiday Belgium’s Trappist Beer Trail, Part 1 Belgium’s Trappist Beer Trail, Part 2

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6 6

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Transfers included at the start and end of the holidays.

-SpainSpain has some of Europe’s wildest mountain & coastal areas. Our chosen destinations are in Andalucia in southern Spain in the Grazalema National Park and Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada. We also have 2 self-guided walking holidays on the Catalan coast, bordering the Pyrenees and in Costa Brava which are detailed in our Provence and Med section on page 32. Andalucia is a large autonomous region of southern Spain which includes much of Spain's southern Mediterranean Coast and the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its beautiful architecture. Our Alpujarras Valley Walk lies within the Sierra Nevada National Park in central Andalucia and is a beautiful destination for a warm weather walking holiday in Spring or Autumn. It is designed to give you a taster of the region. The choice of walks on most days allow walkers of different abilities to enjoy the area. A visit to this part of Andalucia in Spain would not be complete without a trip to the amazing Alhambra palace in Granada. The Grazalema National Park is a stunning location for a self-guided walking holiday with spectacular limestone and dolomite crags that rise dramatically above beautiful gorges, the most spectacular being the Garganta Verde, 'Green Throat'. Grazalema was the first Spanish National Park in Andalucia & it has an exceptionally rich wildlife with Europe's largest population of Griffon Vultures as well as an extraordinary array of plant life. Holiday Andalucia: Grazalema National Park Alpujarras Valley Walk: Andalucian Ramble

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7 7

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A 10-day combined holiday is also available on our web site.

-SloveniaSlovenia is a mainly mountainous country with a small dispersed population, rich biodiversity & plenty of traditions. The limestone mountains are made up of peaks, gorges, plateaux, cliffs and caves. We have two self-guided holidays in this brochure. Our Slovenian Explorer is a multicentre based trip which makes its way from the mountains to the sea via such classic sights as Bled, the Julian Alps and the historic towns of Piran and Idrija. This holiday requires a car. Our second holiday is a linear trail through the Triglav National Park. There are also 3 circular walks to discover more, such as the Karavanke mountains, Julian & Lake Bohinj, as well as the local way of life. Holiday Slovenian Explorer: Mountains to Med Triglav National Park: Bled to Bohinj

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7 7

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Moderate + Moderate to Challenging +

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General Information Slovenian Explorer requires a car. Triglav-transfers at start and end


-United KingdomOur Walking holidays in the UK are in the main, centred around the South West of England. One of the most well-known long distance trails in the region is the South West Coast Path (SWCP) which at 630 miles long is the longest National Trail in England. Starting at Minehead in Somerset it runs along the coastline of Exmoor and North Devon into Cornwall. It follows the entire coastline of Cornwall, continues into the south coast of Devon and follows the Dorset coastline to Poole Harbour. We have 3 beautiful and very different sections of the coast path to offer our customers. Our newest is South Cornwall Coast: Historic Ports & Fishing Villages which covers the last section of the Cornwall coast path from Falmouth to Plymouth. There are numerous small bays, picturesque fishing villages, headlands and beautiful estuaries along this stretch to the historic port of Plymouth.

North of the SWCP is a much shorter longdistance trail The Mendip Way from the coast in Somerset at Weston Super Mare to Frome via The Mendip Hills. The route goes via Cheddar, with England's largest gorge, and Wells, England's smallest City. The limestone Mendip plateau is punctuated by spectacular gorges and on its hilltops are numerous ancient monuments. Our West Mendip Explorer: Somerset Heights to Somerset Levels is aimed at sharing with people the range of landscapes across this region taking in the ever present Glastonbury Tor rising above the Somerset Levels and the highest point of the Mendips at Beacon Batch.

We also cover the landscape around the Dorset/Wiltshire border, a land of rolling grass downland. Our flexible centre-based Hart of the Cranborne Chase takes in a central band of the ancient kings' hunting ground from Shaftesbury in the North East of the Chase to Cranborne in the South East; an area of chalk escarpments, ancient burial grounds, woodland and picturesque villages.

Alpine Adventures Cornwall's Dramatic Northern Trips can beCoast done with or without luggage takes in a rugged section of the coast-transfer line between Bude and Padstow that has been shaped by the full force of the extra nights at end of Options of adding Atlantic resulting in dramatic cliffs with walking holiday for each section numerous hills and valleys to cross. In the North of England, Hadrian’s Wall Path Dorset's Jurassic Part Coastal is anight where 3 &Path 4 one you'll need to is a 84 mile National Trail that follows the stunning section of trail from Lyme Regis carry overnight gear with interesting geology and wonderful route of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast. scenery along the Taxi Jurassic Coast World The trail included follows close by the wall, through transfers & cable car journeys Heritage Site. Our route also follows the rolling fields and rugged moorland. in price South Dorset Ridgeway along a section of of holiday In Scotland, we have a walking holiday West ancient landscape with an option to continue inland to Corfe Castle. Highland Way & Skye which, as its name suggests, combines the best of the West In Wales, we also have a Wonderfully Highlands Way with the amazing Isle of Skye. Wild: North Pembrokeshire Coast selfScotland’s famous long distance route has guided walking holiday over rugged cliffs, passed sandy beaches with views of rocky stunning mountain views and southern Skye islands and rare wildlife. has rugged coastal scenery. Holiday

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West Mendip Explorer: Somerset Heights to Somerset Levels The Mendip Way Cornwall’s Dramatic Northern Coast South Cornwall Coast: Historic Ports & Fishing Villages Wonders of Wessex Walk Hart of the Cranborne Chase The Great Stones Trail: Avebury & Stonehenge Hadrian’s Wall Path In Thomas Hardy’s Footsteps: Heart of Hardy’s Dorset Dorset’s Jurassic Coastal Path & Ridgeway Wonderfully Wild: North Pembrokeshire’s Coast West Highland Way & Skye

A recent addition is The Great Stone’s Trail, a journey through Wiltshire’s beautiful rolling chalk downland and chalk valleys. The trail journeys through the prehistoric landscape from Coate Water near Swindon to the medieval city of Salisbury taking in the greatest of England’s prehistoric sites, Avebury and Stonehenge, as well as the hill forts of Barbury Castle and Old Sarum.

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Our Wonders of Wessex holiday takes a route from the medieval city of Salisbury to the Saxon hill-top town of Shaftesbury via Stonehenge and a multitude of sites of interest including Wardour Castle and Wilton House. The area known as Wessex was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. However, Thomas Hardy is regarded as being largely responsible for the popular modern use of the term “Wessex” to describe the south-west region of England (with the exception of Cornwall). On In Thomas Hardy's Footsteps: Hardy's Heart of Dorset you can literarily & literally follow in his footsteps, exploring the landscape in which Hardy lived in and created his characters.

Type Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided Self Guided

General Information All the holidays have options to alter the length of the holiday. This can be extra rest days to explore a town or city, an additional walk in a specific area or to shorten or lengthen your route.


Beaujolais Wine Trail: Grand Crus Sample the famous wines & hospitality of the region as you traverse the secret hills of the northern Beaujolais, home to the wine growers of the 10 Grand Crus. Your walk snakes its way along secluded valleys & panoramic ridges, far from main tourist trails.

Highlights Daily wine tasting of some of the finest wines: Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Julienas, Chirouble, Brouilly Great hospitality with wonderful cuisine at guest houses located on vineyards Historic chateaux, like the 17th century Chateau de la Roche, and pretty villages, such as Fuissé, Julié & Beaujeu, its historic capital Can be combined with the Chateaux & Medieval Villages trail and/or Chardonnay Wine Trail

"4 days walking through beautiful countryside and 5 nights of splendid eating and wine-tasting with friendly and charming hosts. " R. Thompson, USA

Wine pick up service (if required). Transfer to and from Lyon

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/4 days walking Distances: 14-18km per day Ascent: 180-550m per day Day 1

When: April to October Accomm: Charming B&B’s mainly on vineyards Basis: Full Board (except one lunch & evening meal)

Day 2

Arrival: Transfer Visiting the pretty historic from Lyon to villages of Chasselas, Fuissé Leynes & Julié on route to Vauxrenard 18km +550m

Linear Trail

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Passing through famous vineyards of Chenas and Moulin a Vent with wine tasting to reach Fleurie. Evening meal in restaurant in village. Options to vary length of walks

Climb to Chapelle de la Madone & along a ridge to Chiroubles for wine tasting at B&B. Options to vary length of walks

Passing through pretty hamlets to Beaujeu, capital of the region. Options to vary length of walks

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

15km +200m

14km +370m

15km +180m

Beaujolais Wine Trail: Chateaux & Medieval Villages This trail in the southern Beaujolais region traverses pretty valleys descending from the higher hills to cross wonderful villages of the ‘Golden Stones’ country. Opportunities to sample the wines at your guest houses as well as at producers along the way.

Highlights Traversing the ‘Golden Stones’ country Daily wine tasting opportunities: Brouilly, Beaujolais Blanc, Beaujolais Village & Rose Panoramic views and pretty historic villages, such as Oingt, Thiezé, Jarnioux, Bagnols & Chatillon Plenty of choices of routes to lengthen or shorten your days Holiday can be shortened to your requirements or added as continuation to the Grand Crus Trail Opportunity to visit vineyard for wine tasting course

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 14-20km per day Ascent: 280-550m per day

"We enjoyed ... seeing the countryside, the wine picking and seeing French villages and village life/ locals and having fun with the language." B & M Wallis, UK

When: April to October Accomm: Small Guest houses, some on vineyards Basis: Full Board Day 4

Day 5

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Transfer to Beaujeu from Lyon

Climb up Mont Brouilly with 360 degree views. Descend to St Lager and continue to guest house.

Pass Chateau de la Chaize to reach St Etienne la Varenne for great views. Choice of routes to reach Vaux en Beaujolais

Options of routes with glorious views to reach Averlys for wine tasting

Golden Stones region with Jarnioux and 13th century chateau, onto Theize to reach Oingt

Trails to Bagnols and Charnay. Descend to Chatillon d’Azergues.

16km +280m

18km +550m

18/20km +450m

17.5km +400m

17km +300m

Beaujolais, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 6

Day 7 Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

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Beaujolais Medieval Village Tour This unique walking holiday passes through some of the prettiest villages in France, often found perched on hilly promontories and ridges. Wherever you look, you’ll find fortified remains, chateaux and ancient churches adorning the vine-covered slopes.

Highlights Visiting 15 Beautiful historic villages built from a warm golden limestone Chateaux of Bagnols, Jarnioux and Chatillon d’Azergues Beautiful rolling landscape reminiscent of Tuscany Great hospitality with local wine and food Circular Trail available as Guided or Independent holiday

"Overwhelmed by the level of hospitality received. We have walked with other companies in France but this was by far the best. A thoroughly enjoyable experience." S Adkins, UK

5 night version available

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Self Guided or Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 13-20km per day Ascent: 200-420m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Moiré

A ridge walk with great views before descending to Theize and onto Cogny 16km +400m

Linear Trail

When: April to October Accomm: Welcoming B&B’s & small guest houses Basis: Full Board

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Through vines to village of Jarnioux and its chateau before climbing to the village of Pommiers

Climb to the villages of Marcy and Charnay before descending to Chatillon d’Azergues

Walk to Bagnols with its chateau, then to Bois d’Oingt before traversing the forest of Flachere to guest house on farm

From St Verand and along a ridge to descend to Ternand, crossing Azergues valley to Letra

Climb to the village of Ste Paule. A balcony trail (GR76) reaches Oingt before descending to Moire

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

15.5km +360m

14/17km +200m

20km +340m

13km +360m

18km +420m

Beautiful Beaujolais Trail Explore the variety of landscapes of this region. Starting in the High Beaujolais Hills you’ll descend across the famous Beaujolais vineyards, before crossing deep valleys & ridges to cross the Golden Stones area with its pretty villages and delightful scenery.

Highlights Experience the full variety of Beaujolais landscapes Wine tasting at a variety of vineyards across the Beaujolais region Golden Stones region with their golden limestone chateaux and villages The wonderful ridges with panoramic views in the High Beaujolais Some options of walks on a couple of the days "It was perfect, just what we wanted; beautiful scenery, amazing hosts, perfect French cuisine and solid walking." V. Gould, UK

Variety of small & welcoming guest houses

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 13-22km per day Ascent: 280-700m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small B&B style guest houses Basis: Full Board Day 5

Day 6

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Ouroux

Gentle climb to Croix Rochefort for panoramic views. Wine tasting at guest house in Chiroubles

Descend through vines and pretty villages to reach Beaujeu

Day of upland ridges and great views. Descend to villages of Perreon and Vaux en Beaujolais

Ridge walk to higher hills. Choice of trails onto village of Cogny

Visit some of the prettiest villages in the region: Jarnoiux, Theize & Oignt. B&B at Moire

Traverse vinecovered slopes via Bagnols & Charnay to Chatillon d’Azergues

16/21km +450m

16km +280m

22km +700m

19/23km +600m

19km +400m

13/21km +300m

Beaujolais, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 7

Day 8 Transfer to Lyon after breakfast


Lyon’s Beautiful Secluded Hills Gentle walking through a picturesque rural scene of lush grassland, cherry orchards and forested hill tops. Follow pretty valleys and ridges from the Beaujolais to the edge of the Cotes du Rhone vines along wonderful local footpaths as well as the GR7.

Highlights Far reaching panoramic views including to the Alps Guest houses with great hospitality and character Quiet and undiscovered trails in a lush rural landscape a short distance from Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France

"The accommodation was a highlight - the owners at each of the chambre d'hotes were absolutely delightful and made us very welcome." Fraser & Anderson, UK

Options: choices of walks on some of the days. Extra nights at Riverie 4 Day circular trail also available (5 nights). Same until end of Day 4 then route to Courzieu & transfer to guest house

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-22km per day Ascent: 350-640m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small country hotels & guest houses Basis: Full Board

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Sain Bel

Chance to summit Mont Popey above the Turdine Valley to descend to St Forgeux

Spend most of the day above 700m in rural tranquillity with great views. B&B: granite farm in Villecheneve

Along the GR7 to reach hill-top village of Montrottier. Traverse slopes of Mont Pothu to descend to Brullioles

On the GR7 pass through Brevenne Valley and climb to the small village of Yzeron

Walk to historic site of Rochefort and onto St Martin en Haut to climb to almost 1000m and to hill-top village of Riverie

Today is a tour from Riverie with views to Mont Pilat

17km +600m

12/16km +500/630m

17km +380m

15km +640m

22km +610m

15km +350m

Day 8 Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

High Beaujolais Hills One of our most challenging walks in the Beaujolais region takes in a circuit of varied and beautiful upland landscapes, where you’ll have the trails to yourselves during the day and at night sample the best of the famous Beaujolais hospitality.

Highlights Hidden valleys little changed in centuries with pretty villages & historic chateaux Guest houses full of charm & character Except during the busiest holiday days, you will have these wonderful trails to yourselves Some breath-taking panoramic views including of Mont Blanc Choice of walks on some of the days Circular 6-day walking trail

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-22km per day Ascent: 300-770m per day

"A great walking holiday - really good value - great variety of landscapes and local experiences. Would definitely recommend to others." A Palmer, UK

When: April to October Accomm: Small Guest Houses Basis: Full Board

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Transfer to Ouroux from Lyon

Climb through Carelle valley and onto Mont St Rigaud at 1009m and descend Sornin Valley to Propieres

Options today include ascending Roche d’Ajoux for great panoramic views

22km +550m

12/19km +300/400m

Day 4

Linear Trail

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

From Poules les Echarmeaux cross the Azergues valley to Vernay before descending to Beaujeu

Follow a ridge with views over the Beaujolais and the Alps. Shorter options available

From Quincie explore the Beaujolais vineyards before ascending to Chiroubles

Climb to village of Avenas to follow a high traverse with great views from Croix de Rochefort

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

19km +440m

22km +770m

15km +550m

15/19km +540m

Beaujolais, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

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Beaujolais & Burgundy Uncovered Staying in three wonderful guest houses in the “Golden stones country” of Beaujolais with its pretty villages and in the southern Burgundy, where you'll walk through Chardonnay vineyards and the Grand Crus of the northern Beaujolais.

Highlights Two of the prettiest parts of the Beaujolais & Burgundy regions enjoyed at your own pace Based in wonderful guest houses in Fuissé, Cogny and Pommiers Three centres with choices of walks, allowing you time to relax and the chance to adapt your walks to conditions Opportunity to have a guided visit of the chateau in Jarnioux by the owner

"We felt that everything on this walk was just as promised. We felt very much at home in both the places we stayed at...such good dinners ... Picnic lunches were good too... I enjoyed every day of the holiday...." L. Floyd, UK

Available as a 5 night version

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 8-19km per day Ascent: 150-450m per day

3 Centre-based

When: April to October Accomm: Small guest houses Basis: Full Board

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Arrival: Transfer to Beaujolais region from Lyon

Explore ridge -top village of Oignt and onto Theize

Descend through vines to the village of Jarnioux. Climb to the historic village of Cogny

Transfer to the village of Chateau d'Azergues. Climb to the ridge top village of Charnay returning to Pommiers

Transfer to your base in Fuisse. Trail goes via pretty historic villages including Chanes, St Verand & Leynes

14km +430m

8/15km +150/250m

14/17km +350m

16km +300m

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Through Chardonnay vines of the Pouilly Fuisse & climb to Roche de Solutre for great views

Transfer to walk. Pass Chateau de la Roche, the pretty villages of Jullie and Chasselas

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

14/19km +370m

18km +450m

Medieval Burgundy: The Monks Trail Explore a rich landscape of medieval chateaux, historic Romanesque churches and old farms set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted in vines, pasture & forest. Walk through famous medieval settlements & pretty villages little changed in centuries.

Highlights Famous medieval settlements of Brancion, Cluny & Tournus Wine tasting of the local Chardonnay Medieval churches and villages on every walk Wonderful & varied guest houses in historic properties with welcoming hosts Circular trail with choice of routes on some days & opportunities to visit historic buildings

"You couldn't make this holiday any better. The guest houses were wonderful, the hosts very welcoming, the paths lead exactly where I was told they were going and routes well thought through with plenty to see along the way." I. Davies

5 Night version also available: Tournus to Cluny

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 14-24km per day Ascent: 300-600m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus 4 picnic lunches & 5 evening meals

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to first guest house

Pass through pretty isolated villages such as Blanot & Donzy to Cluny

Visit historic town of Cluny & short walk with great views to Cortambert

Plenty of historic interest with Cormatin &its 16th century chateau & gardens plus small unspoilt villages

Explore Bissy sous Uxelles, Chapaize & Chapelle sous Brancion and climb up to medieval fortress of Brancion

19km +590m

9km +250m

19km +180m

14km +320m

Day 6

Linear Trail

Day 7

Day 8

Pass through the timeless villages of Royer & Ozenay and explore Tournus and its abbey

Panoramic ridges & series of historic hamlets to return to your beautiful guest house.

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

18km +410m

24km +530m

Burgundy, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays


Burgundy: Chardonnay Wine Trail Traverse the southern Burgundy through the heart of the Chardonnay wine growing region and explore the medieval chateaux, historic churches & villages set in the rolling Burgundy countryside with its rocky outcrops that provide excellent viewing points.

Highlights Chardonnay wine tasting including the world famous Pouilly-Fuisse label

"The most enjoyable walking holiday we have had in France - easy to follow guidance notes, splendid & varied accommodation - a wonderful overall experience. Would not hesitate to recommend to fellow walkers." C & M. Duck, UK

Medieval site of Brancion, the chateaux of Berze le Chatel and Pierreclos Caves at Aze an important site for primitive man 400,000 years ago Different walking trail options on 3 of the days plus opportunities to visit Pierreclos chateau & caves at Aze Beaujolais Wine Trail can be booked to follow on at end of this holiday

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 12-20km per day Ascent: 260-410m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small high quality hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus picnic lunches & 4 evening meals

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Chardonnay

Traverse the vines to Ozenay. Pass through Royer on route to medieval fortress of Brancion

Descend through vines to Martailly les Brancion, then pass chateau at Cruzille to reach Lugny

A choice of trails to reach your guest house in a chateau in the village of Ige. Chance to visit caves at Aze

Walk to 11th century chateau at Berze le Chatel and onto Pierreclos with its 12th century chateau

Walk through the famous Pouilly -Fuisse vines and ascend Roche de Solutre for amazing views to Fuisse. Wine tasting Saint Veran & Pouilly-Fuisse wines

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

15km +380m

15/20km +400m

14km +320m

15/20km +410/560m

14km +400m

Secret Burgundy: Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages A varied walk through the southern Burgundy discovering a range of landscapes and pretty villages from rocky outcrops of the Chardonnay wine region to off-the-beaten-track granite hills. Visit some wonderful historic sites and stay in charming B&B’s.

Highlights Plenty of opportunity to sample the region’s fine wines and gastronomic food Historic town of Cluny, former site of largest abbey in Europe

"We loved staying in the guest houses...They were diverse & interesting and provided an opportunity to interact with both hosts & other guests ... The quiet tracks & villages were beautiful. High Point Holidays & Burgundy are highly recommended to other walkers. " S. Begg, Australia

Roche de Solutre, site of prehistoric activities with its panoramic views Variety of landscapes & range of historic architecture Circular walk with quiet trails and pretty villages Shorter options of walks on some days and short day to visit Cluny

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 11-19km per day Ascent: 370-600m per day Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Trans- Climb to the top of fer from Lyon Roche de Solutre and onto Pierreclos. to Fuisse Amazing views 15/23km +400/580m

When: April to October Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Full Board (except 1 evening meal) Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Linear Trail + Day 6

Pass vineyards, pretty Visit the historic villages and chateaux town of Cluny before onto Cluny taking a scenic route to Mazille

Climb onto a ridge to reach Tramayes in a wonderful location with great views

Ascend from Tramayes to cross the highest hills in the area providing panoramic views. Descend to valley slopes of Maconnais vines

18/21km +600m

15km +520m

19km +535m

11km +370m

Burgundy, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 7 Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

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Beautiful Brionnais: Secret Hills of Burgundy The picturesque hills of the Brionnais lead toward the mighty Loire Valley passing beautiful secluded valleys with babbling streams to open ridges with great panoramic views. The region is home to pretty villages, churches, abbeys and chateaux.

Highlights Semur-en-Brionnais, one of France’s prettiest villages with the oldest chateau in Burgundy Pretty villages and historic town of Charlieu with its pretty streets and Benedictine Abbey Wonderful views from open ridges Great Burgundy hospitality at historic guest houses in chateaux, farm houses and former wine-making properties Circular Trail Choices of walks on some days to increase or reduce the level of difficulty

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 14-22km per day Ascent: 300-410m per day

Day 1 Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Clayette

Day 2

"A perfect holiday for us - relatively easy walking; lots to see & do (natural history, churches, farms, language, people); eating & chatting with French people a huge plus; lovely food & drink; stress free ...Many thanks again for such a good holiday." J. Kay, UK

When: April to October Accomm: Good quality small guest houses Basis: Full Board

Linear Trail

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Head west into rolling countryside passing through Vareilles & Oye to St Christophe en Brionnais

Explore St Christophe, pass through Briant with great views & descend to Anzy le Duc and its great church

Visit Semur en Brionnais, with the oldest chateau in Burgundy. Descend to Iguerande overlooking the Loire Valley

Walking through the vines of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Sauvignon Gris to Charlieu

Visit Charlieu with its Benedictine Abbey and onto Chateauneuf

Head to the higher hills that border the Beaujolais. Descend back to Clayette

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

15/24km +330m

21km +330m

14km +320m

19km +300m

17km +350m

17/22km +410/610

Brionnais Explorer Explore this beautiful off-the-beaten-track area of southern Burgundy with its rolling hills and valleys which are made up of a patchwork of grazing fields and copses. Its architectural treasures rival some of the more popular parts of Burgundy.

Highlights This centre-based walking holiday is in two locations allowing you to see the best of the Brionnais at your own pace Semur-en-Brionnais, one of France’s prettiest villages with the oldest chateau in Burgundy Pretty villages such as St Christophe & Briant, plus wonderful, unspoilt rolling countryside Option to walk between locations with a choice of drop-off points Choice of different walks as well as options to extend or shorten days

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 6-18km per day Ascent: Up to 500m per day

"Everything was excellent! We enjoyed very much talking to our hosts ...sitting in her garden for meals was a delight." E & F Floyd, UK

When: April to October Accomm: Two Chateaux, one with pool Basis: Full Board

2 Centre-based

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Clayette

Pastures, Lakes & Hills: beautiful green pastures with the local Charolais cattle; idyllic and quiet rural countryside

Montagne de Dun: summit on the edge of the Brionnais with magnificent views across the region

Chateau de Dree or Exploring Clayette

Clayette to Christophe en Brionnais. You can do a linear walk between locations. Choice of drop off points

St Christophe en Brionnais & Briant or gentle hills or valleys around St Christophe

10/14km +470m

13/17km +340/500m 14/6km +250m 14/22km +260/360m

Day 7

Transfer to Semur-en Transfer to -Brionnais. Explore Lyon after village and return to breakfast guest house with stunning views

14km, +300/380m 18/7km +240/150m

Burgundy, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 8


Classic Burgundy Trail: Dijon - Buxy Our Classic Burgundy Trail takes you not only through some of the most famous vineyards of Burgundy’s Pinot Noir region, but also explores less well-trodden paths through secluded forests, deep coombes and grassy hills with wild flowers and great views.

Highlights Explore the beautiful historic city of Dijon Walk through some of the most famous vineyards in the world Wonderful views from grassy hills and ridges Great Burgundy hospitality at guest houses in historic properties Varied walking through a range of landscapes Possibility of wine tasting visits Choices of walks on some days to increase or reduce the level of difficulty

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 16-22km per day Ascent: 250-650m per day

Day 1 Arrival: Welcome at hotel in Dijon

When: April to October Accomm: Excellent small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 4 lunches and 4 evening meals

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Transfer to Fixin and explore vineyards and forested valleys to reach Nuit St Georges

Transfer to Meuilley and cross rolling hills with vines on the slopes and open ridges above

Ladoix-Serrigney to the historic town of Beaune famous for its hospice and wine museum

Transfer to Meursault and pass St Romain, Orches & Rochepot

17-20km +250m

16km +350m

16km +480m

19km +600m

Linear Trail

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Varied walking, great views & historic interest to Mercurey

Undulating countryside alternating between vines and forest to reach Buxy

Transfer to Chalon sur Saone

21km +550m

22km +650m

Medieval Burgundy Explorer Explore a rich landscape full of historic treasures. Medieval chateaux such as those at Berzé and Brancion, historic churches and pretty medieval villages are set in beautiful rolling countryside carpeted with Chardonnay vines, pasture and forests.

Highlights This multi-centre-based walking holiday can be tailor -made to suit your wishes Explore the best of southern Burgundy centred around the wonderful historic town of Cluny Variety of landscapes & range of historic architecture Lots of medieval villages, chateaux and churches This holiday can be done with or without a car. Choice of more walks with your own car Holiday available as 5, 7 or 9 night break. Choice of different walks - below are examples

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: up to 18km per day Ascent: Up to 440m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Hotels and small guest houses Basis: Full Board (except one evening meal)

2 or 3 Centre-based

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Transfer from Lyon to Burgundy

Berzé village, its 13th century chateau and great views from Roche Coche

Roche de Solutré with great views and prehistoric museum. Walk through chardonnay vines

The beautiful town of Cluny and its unspoilt rolling countryside

Explore the architectural treasures of Chapaize—1000 year old church and Cormatin’s chateau

Fortified village of Brancion with historic buildings and great views

Unspoilt and quiet villages where time has stood still around Blanot and Donzy

Transfer to Lyon after breakfast

14km +280m

17km +440m

18km +350m

17km +200m

16km, +300m

17km +300

Burgundy, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

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Cotes du Rhone Wine Trail Explore the eastern Rhone Valley from the Baronnies Park in the north to the rock spires of Dentelles de Montmirail in the south, passing the foothills of Mont Ventoux and taking in the best known of the Cotes du Rhone wines on route.

Highlights Dramatic walks around the rocky spires of Dentelles de Montmirail Historic villages of Grignan, Vaison-la-Romaine (Roman remains) & Beaumes-de-Venise Sampling the Cotes du Rhone wines such as Vinsobres and Beaumes de Venise Great local cuisine in the guest houses & hotels Includes transfers from Montelimar on Day 1 and to Avignon on day 10 (9 night version)

Great region and variety of accommodation and eating options." D &D Leembruggen, Australia

Also available as a 6 night, 5 day walking holiday (includes transfer from Avignon & back)

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/8 days walking Distances: 12-21km per day Ascent: 300-590m per day

When: April, May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Small hotels & B&B style guest houses Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals & 4 lunches

Linear Trail

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Transfer to Rousset les Vignes. Traverse slopes to reach Venterol

Walk through vineyards of the Vinsobres Cru

From Visan, pass through Buisson & Villedieu & descend to Vaison la Romaine

Day 5 is the 1st day’s walk for the 6 night version. To Crestet, cross Pas de Loup pass & descend to Malaucene

To Barroux & La Roque Alric & descend to Lafare

Up to Suzette to descend to Beaumes de Venise

Walk to Gigondas, home to one of the Cote du Rhone Cru

Walk to Seguret via hill top village of Sablet

15km +400m

19km +300m

21km +340m

19km +590m

17km +420m

18km +500m

12km +480m

14km +440m

Les Alpilles: Van Gogh’s Provence Les Alpilles means little Alps, but don’t worry, the walking is easy to moderate exploring the wonderful villages in this stunning part of Provence, including St Remy de Provence, celebrated as the place where Van Gogh created 150 of his famous paintings.

Highlights Beautiful Provence landscapes with olive groves in the Alpilles Regional Park Classic historic provence villages of Baux de Provence, St-Remy-de-Provence & Fontvieille Visit the Roman amphitheatre and Van Gogh museum in the historic town of Arles Historic sites and places to visit in Avignon Options: Extra nights possible in Arles & Avignon Options: Extra nights possible at Baux de Provence and St Remy de Provence

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 10-18km per day Ascent: 100-390m per day

"We had a superb holiday. We loved the countryside, the walks and the hotels. Overall a fantastic experience." J. Shemilt, UK

When: March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, Nov Accomm: Small hotels and guest houses Basis: B&B plus 2 evening meals

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Arles. Visit the historic town

Transfer to Fontvieille and walk to hill for great view, then on to Baux de Provence

Visit Baux with its chateau ruins & 22 historic sites or small walk to Maussane

13km +290m

12km +250m

Day 4

Linear Trail

Day 5

Day 6

Walk through heart of Les Alpilles to StRemy-de-Provence

Visit St Remy, where Van Gogh spent a year painting, also Glanum - 3rd century BC historic remains

Short transfer to village of Eygalieres and beautiful walk. Transfer to Avignon

15km +390m

10/18km +250/550m

14km +380m

Provence & Mediterranean, France & Spain. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 7 Departure


Grand Tour of Les Alpilles A beautiful circuit through varied scenery and the historic villages of Les Alpilles. Visit some of the best known sites and villages as well as heading off the beaten track through beautiful countryside and less frequented charming villages.

Highlights Beautiful Provence landscapes with olive groves in the Alpilles Regional Park Classic historic provence villages of Baux de Provence, St Remy de Provence & Eygalieres Get off the beaten track & explore beautiful rugged hills set against a patchwork of olives & vines Historic sites of Avignon & Arles Options: Extra nights possible in Arles & Avignon Options: Extra nights possible at Baux de Provence and St Remy de Provence

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-20km per day Ascent: 60-350m per day

When: March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Small guest houses & 3 star hotels Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals

Linear Trail

Days 1 & 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Days 9 & 10

Arrival: Arles. Visit. Transfer to Fontvieille end day 2

Explore Fontvieille then on to Baux de Provence

Visit Baux with its chateau ruins & 22 historic sites or loop walk in hills

Baux to Aureille via Majan hills, summits & the Baux canal with great views

Aureille to Eygaliers: Walk through beautiful wild & rugged countryside

Eygalieres to St Remy via orchards & vines

Visit St Remy & walk onto Caume plateau for views across the Alpilles

13km +350m

12km +300m

20km +300m

14km +350m

14km +60m

13/18km +350m

Transfer to Avignon & visits. Departure day 10

Highlights of Provence: Best of Les Alpilles & Luberon A unique circuit which allows you to discover the very best of Provence in the Alpilles & Luberon Regional Parks. This walking holiday includes visiting the must-see sights as well as walking the most interesting & beautiful off-the-beaten-track trails.

Highlights Beautiful & varied Provence landscapes with rugged hills and a tapestry of olives, vines & lavender Visit historic villages of Gordes, Lacoste, Roussillon St Saturnin les Apt, Baux-les-Provence, St-Remy-deProvence, Eygalieres Visiting Cathedral of Images, Colorado Provencal, Castles, Roman sites & museums Historic towns of Avignon & Arles Contains walks from all 4 of our holidays in the Alpilles & Luberon Extra nights possible at most stopovers

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Self Guided Walking 12 nights/11 days walking Distances: 12-22km per day Ascent: Up to 600m per day

Day 1 Arrival: Arles. Visit

Day 2

Days 3 & 4

When: March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Small guest houses & 3 star hotels Basis: B&B, 4 evening meals & 3 lunches

Linear Trail

Day 5

Day 6

Days 7 & 8

Day 9

Day 10

Days 11 & 12

Visit Baux with its As Grand tour Alpilles chateau ruins & sites or loop walk above in hills

Transfer & vsit St Remy & walk onto Caume plateau

Transfer to Gordes in Luberon, visit & walk

Transfer to Goult & walk to Bonniuex. Explore Petit Luberon or rest day

Transfer to Boux gorge & walk to Saignon

Transfer to Viens & walk to Colorado Provencal. After visit transfer to St Saturnin

Climb to Madeleine cliffs. Climb to Roussillon. Transfer to Avignon day 12

12km +300m

13/18km +350m

13km +250m

14km +450m

14km +350m

14km +430m

19/22km +290/600m

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Luberon: Classic Provence Take in some of the best loved historic hill-top villages in Provence on this easy to moderate walking holiday. Discover a pretty landscape covered with vines, lavender, orchards and forests where small hills provide generous vantage points.

Highlights Explore the beautiful historic villages of Gordes, Goult, Lacoste, Bonnieux and Roussillon Explore quiet trails where each step is infused with the smell of Provence herbs Relax by the pool, soaking up the Provence sunshine at your delightful hotels & guest houses Variety of landscapes with lavender, vines & olives Circular Trail with 3 nights near the famous hilltop village of Gordes & 2 nights in Bonnieux "The Provence countryside was beautiful, the hotels good, distances manageable. Lovely hilltop villages. " A Pickup, UK

Choice of walks on Day 2 and option of a rest day on Day 5 & longer walk on day 7

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-14km per day Ascent: 50-450m per day

When: March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct & Nov Accomm: Small guest houses & 3 star hotels Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals & 3 lunches

Linear Trail

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Transfer to Gordes from Avignon

Walk from Gordes: Explore Gordes, visit Senanque Abbey

From Gordes you pass through thyme & rosemary scented hills to Saint-Pantaléon. Then to the village of Goult

Reach the village of Lacoste, visit ruins of castle of Marquis de Sade. Visit Bonnieux with wonderful views

Petit Luberon & Cedar Forest or rest day

Head back to the Calavon Valley via Pont Julien. Ascend to the village of Roussillon and explore the ochre mines

Heading back towards Gordes via the pretty hamlet of Joucas above the vines

13km +250m

14km +240m

12km +340m

14km +450m

13km +185m

12km +50m

Day 8 Transfer to Avignon after breakfast

Panoramas of Provence: Grand Tour of Luberon A beautiful circuit around the hills, gorges and historic villages of the Luberon. Visit some of the best known sites and villages as well as head off the beaten track into the higher hills and through some less frequented charming hamlets & villages.

Highlights Wonderful guest houses where you can relax and enjoy the Provence sunshine Visit historic villages of Gordes, Lacoste, Rousillon & St Saturnin les Apt Colorado Provencal where ochre deposits form towers and fins of rock Variety of landscapes & vegetation with lavender, olives, vines, orchards & forest Circuit with moderate as well as more challenging options Choices of walks on 6 out of the 10 walking days

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Self Guided Walking 12 nights/10 days walking Distances: 11-23km per day Ascent: Up to 800m per day

Days 1-5

Day 6

14/20km +200/530m

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When: April, May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Small guest houses & 3 star hotels Basis: Full board 9 nights, B&B 3 nights Day 7

Classic Through olive groves Provence to reach Aigue Brun Gorge. Option of extra above walk to village of Sivergues or Fort Boux

"A thoroughly enjoyable tour….., accommodation that never failed to delight, with opportunities to meet very friendly & helpful local people. Will remain long in our memory." C & M Duck, UK

Day 8

or Linear Trail

Day 9

Follow the Gorge passing picturesque lavender fields to reach village of Saignon

Option to climb to summit of Mourre Negre (1125m), the highest point of the Grand Luberon

Climb to village of Viens with its chateau before exploring the Colorado Provencal and its ochre coloured cliffs. Transfer to St Saturnin

11/19km +750m

14/21km +380/800m 16/23km +300/450m

Day 10 Rest Day

Day 11

Day 12-13

Climb to Madeleine cliffs above Lioux— great views. Climb to Roussillon and visit ochre mines

As above & Vezoule gorge

19/22km +290/600m

23km +440m

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Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies Explore Les Baronnies, an unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful fortified medieval villages clinging to rocky mountain sides. Wild thyme, lavender, herbs and pine produce a wonderfully scented landscape.

Highlights Historic villages of Montbrun les Bains & Sault Favourable climate with 300 days of sunshine per year Great local cuisine and fine local wines in beautiful guest houses Exceptionally rich array of flora and fauna Transfers between Carpentras & Montbrun les Bains at start & end of holiday Choice of moderate or more challenging options on 3 of the days

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 14-20km per day Ascent: 120-770m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Ascend to rocky Trans- slopes of Col de la Bohemienne. Reach fer le Poet en Percip 20km +750m

"(We enjoyed) the scenery and staying with local people and having homecooked food and local wine." J. Holliman, UK

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: Guest houses & a small hotel Basis: Full Board

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Linear Trail

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Rest day at Lahonas (relax by the pool) or choice of local trails

Ascend slopes of Montagne du Buc. Option to summit. Guest house at Barret de Lioure

Climb to summit of Motagne de Bergies or direct to Col de la Croix Blanche. Descend to lavender plains of Ferrasieres

Gentle trail with lavender fields & forests to Sault

Follow edge of the lavender plateau to Aurel & Montbrun les Bains

Departure: Transfer

19km +380/650m

14/20km +360/770m

14/19km +350/730m

14km +120m

14km +400m

Baronnies Explorer This multi-centred holiday is designed to allow you to explore the Baronnies Regional Park at your own pace. You decide the number of nights and places you want to stay and we create a holiday tailored to your interests.

Highlights Varied walking through scented lavender fields, orchards, vines, wild scrub & forests Favourable climate with 300 days of sunshine per year Great local cuisine and fine local wines in beautiful guest houses Exceptionally rich array of flora and fauna Decide the number of nights & places you want to stay and we create a holiday tailored to your interests A car is necessary for this holiday

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Self Guided Walking 4 to 8 nights/3 to 7 days walking Distances: 6-18km per day Ascent: 280-630m per day

Baronnies Overview

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: Small guest houses many with pools Basis: See below for example holidays

High Baronnies

Vines, Olives & Orchards

Short Break Walking Holiday

2 nights at each of the 4 locations with 8 nights and 7 days walking in total. All lunches and 6 evening meals included.

3 nights at Remuzat & 4 nights at La Honas with 7 nights and 6 days walking in total. All lunches and 6 evening meals included

3 nights near Nyons and 3 nights in Saint Jalle with 6 nights and 5 days walking in total. All lunches and 3 evening meals included

2 nights near Nyons and 2 nights at Remuzat with 4 nights and 3 days walking in total. All lunches and 4 evening meals included

Up to 18km +630m

Up to 17km +630m

Up to 18km +500m

Up to 18km +630m

Centre-based

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Pyrenees Coastal Trail: Collioure to Cadaques This beautiful coastal path has the mighty Pyrenees mountains on one side and the blue Mediterranean Sea on the other. Small historic fishing ports with white-washed houses nestle at the base of green hills covered in vines, orange groves & forest.

Highlights Plenty of vantage points with panoramic views across the Mediterranean Wonderful fresh sea food from the Mediterranean Ideal spring or autumn break to escape the summer crowds Mediterranean Sea provides a mild Catalan climate Choice of routes on 4 of your walking days supplying a mixture of easier & more challenging days

"Excellent combination of mountains and beach - so appreciated a dip in the Med in the evening. Thank you very much for a holiday we really enjoyed" P & B McGowan, UK.

Extra nights possible at Cadaques & Collioure. Lunches can be ordered from your hotels

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 ½ days walking Distances: 12-18km per day Ascent: 100-700m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Collioure

Panoramic trail through the Madeloc. Pretty descent to Banyuls, home of famous wine 12/13km +500/700m

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When: 10 Feb to 23 June & 1 Sept to 2 Nov Accomm: 2 & 3 star hotels Basis: Half Board Linear Trail Day 3

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Along the marine nature reserve to Cerbere, last stop before Spain

Follow Garbet beach with the sea at your feet to reach Llanca

Glorious ascent on the monastery trail to reach Sant Pere de Roda. Pretty descent among abandoned vineyards to Port de la Selva

Traverse Cap de Creus regional park on route to historic fishing village of Cadaques

13/14km +450/700m

15km +450m

12/14km +550/700m

13/18km +350/500m 100m

Morning: Discover Oliguera peninsula. After: taxi transfer to Collioure

Costa Brava: Cadaques to Llafranc This beautiful Spanish coastal path starts in the shadow of the foothills of the Pyrenees before heading into the Costa Brava. The route alternates between hilly days with pretty rocky inlets, and easier days passing through bays with lots of wildlife interest.

Highlights Ancient Greek town of Ampurias dating from 575BC Medieval village of Pals and the wooded dunes known as the "mountains" of Begur Outside summer months, the small fishing ports are delightfully quiet and calm Wildlife of the Aiguamolls Natural Park and the areas mild temperate climate Can be booked to follow on from the Pyrenees Coastal Trail (see above) Extra night possible at Llafranc at end of holiday

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 ½ days walking Distances: 10-22km per day Ascent: 25-600m per day

When: 8 April to 22 June & 2 Sept to 25 Oct Accomm: 2 & 3 star hotels Basis: Half Board

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival in Cadaques: Transfer from Portbou train station

Rocky peninsulas of Cap de Creus and Cap de Norfeu to the ancient Greek city of Roses

Bay of Roses passing Empuriabrava and the Aiguamolis Natural Park to reach St Pere Pescador

Shorter day, time to visit medieval village of Sant Marti d’Empuries and ruins of Ampurias. Finish day at l’Escala fishing port

Climb to castle of the Lords of Montgri and beautiful descent to village of Torroella de Montgri

Traverse a wild section of Catalan coast and explore medieval village of Pals and climb to Begur

Morning: Descend to bay of Llafranc Afternoon: transfer to Cadaques or Girona train station

22km +500m

19km +35m

13km +25m

20km +600m

21km +300m

10km +250m

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French Fjords: Calanques National Park The Calanques National Park offers a truly amazing landscape of fjords, where deep valleys have been drowned by the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. The rugged cliffs gleam white, rising high above the sea, forming this stunning & dramatic coastline.

Highlights Secluded beaches enclosed by spectacular cliffs with azur blue waters Superb panoramic views from lofty summits Based in the charming small port of Cassis Mediterranean climate makes this walking holiday perfect for winter, spring or autumn 4 & 6 night version also possible with further walk options available in your walking guide Dates: 1-15 June & 15-30th Sept also possible but higher risk of closure of paths due to risk of fire

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/4 days walking Distances: 11-15km per day Ascent: 450-750m per day

When: 1 March to 31 May & 1 Oct to 30 Nov Accomm: Small guest house in Cassis Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Centre-based

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Arrival: Transfer from Marseille train station to Cassis

Taxi or shuttle bus & train to Ciotat to follow 400m high cliff top to Cassis with superb views. Arrival in Cassis is spectacular

Short bus to Gineste. Trail on circuit overlooking Les Calanques to reach ridgeline of Cret de Saint Michel. Short bus trip back

Explore the beautiful inlets of Port Miou, Port Pin & Port d’En Vau. Climb to Valley d’En Vau to return via plateau du Mussuguires and the Pas des Marmots

Short bus to Luminy, climb to Escampons ridge to descend to Sormiou Calanques and then port of Morigou and then summit Mont Luminy

11km +580m

15km +750m

13km +450m

14km +700m

Transfer to Marseille train station after breakfast

Historic Hill-top Villages of Drome Provencale Traverse the Drome Provencale from Crest in the Drome Valley, through the scented lavender fields and vines of the Cote du Rhone to the olive groves of Nyons in the Baronnies. Varied & beautiful landscapes linked by stunning historic perched villages.

Highlights

"It was one of the best walking holidays I have undertaken. An unspoilt area with the chance to speak French with the owners of the chambre d'hotes." G.Futcher, UK

Delightful, quality guest houses full of character in historic properties A multitude of landscapes & vegetation with lavender fields, vines, olives groves & forest Wonderful perched villages: Bourdeaux, Venterol, and Poet Laval Beautiful rolling hills and craggy summits Choice of walks on 2 of the days Option of extra night at Poet Laval for rest day or extra walking route supplied

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 17-22km per day Ascent: 340-1050m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Traverse under Roche Crest by Colombe to reach Saou village at the train spectacular entrance to the Saou Valley 20km +650m

When: 1 April to 6 July & 24 Aug to 31 Oct Accomm: Quality guest houses, 4 with swimming pools Basis: B&B plus 5 lunches & 4 evening meals Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Moderate: pass through pretty villages, Francillon & Poet Celard. Challenging: Summit Grand Pomerolle descend to Bourdeaux

Explore Bourdeaux, reach Dieulefit, famous for pottery. Day ends at Poet Laval

Traverse forest, vines & lavender to reach Lez Valley and Roche St Secret

17/22km +400/950m

19km +650m

18km +590m

Day 6

Linear Trail

Day 7

Day 8

Traverse slopes to Pegue & Rousset les Vignes or climb to La Lance (1340m)

Explore Venterol before traversing slopes as vines give way to olive groves of Nyons

Depart by bus from Nyons after breakfast

20km +340/1050m

17km +500m

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Pyrenees GR10: Part 1, Hendaye - St Jean Pied de Port The first section of a wonderful & dramatic 415km crossing of the Pyrenees Mountain chain between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Part 1 crosses the Basque country with its own specific culture, history and beautiful landscapes.

Highlights Starting the mythical crossing of the Pyrenees via the GR10 long-distance trail First few days are relatively easy - gentle start to crossing the Pyrenees Unique landscapes & culture of the Basque Country Pretty town of Saint Jean Pied de Port built from red stone Possible to continue with part 2 of the GR10 to Etsaut Luggage transfers throughout. Extra nights possible at start and end

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 11-22km per day Ascent: 300-1135m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Hotels & gites in rooms for 2 Basis: Half board Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Linear Trail +

Day 1

Day 2

Day 6

Arrival: Hendaye

Leave Atlantic and climb first slopes of Pyrenees & discover Basque region

Walk through Rhune Massif—a region of upland pastures

The GR10 snakes between small summits and passes with great views

Col de Méhatché & Red sandstone cliffs Penas de Ichusi with and Iparla peak at vultures circling 1044m above

Ascend Monhoa at 1021m & descend to St Jean Pied de Port

14km +730/-400m

22km +650/-670m

13km +700/-230m

11km +300/-720m

19km +900/-900m

18km +1135/-1160m

Day 7

Day 8 Depart

Pyrenees GR10: Part 2, St Jean Pied de Port - Etsaut The second section of a wonderful & dramatic 415km crossing of the Pyrenees Mountain chain between the Atlantic and the Med takes you through both the Basque country and the Bearn to reach Etsaut, on the edge of the Pyrenees National Park.

Highlights 2nd part of the mythical crossing of the Pyrenees via the GR10 long-distance trail A large variety of landscapes and experiences Some long and rewarding days for those that like a challenge Villages and pastures in the traditional landscapes of the Bearn country Possible to continue with part 3 of the GR10 to Cauterets Luggage transfers throughout. Extra nights possible at start and end

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 15-25km per day Ascent: 360-1500m per day

When: June to September Accomm: Small gites: rooms for 2 (except 1 night) Basis: Half Board Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: St Jean Pied de Port

Via village of Caro, then col d’Handiague to admire the Nive Valley

Strenuous day crossing several passes & prehistoric sites & Iraty forest

Climb to Pic des Escaliers at 1472m. Great panoramic ridges to Logibar

Cross the Holzarté Canyon & pass local shepherd’s cabins to enter Bearn

Short transfer & walk in Anie Massif. Finish in Lescun glacial cirque

Pass several piedmont villages in ancient pastures to reach Etsaut

15km +890/-410m

22km +1430/-730m

17km +360/-1300m

25km +1500/-1380m

15km +475/-1195m

17km +850/-1150m

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Day 8 Depart


Pyrenees GR10: Part 3, Etsaut - Cauterets The third section of a wonderful & dramatic 415km crossing of the Pyrenees Mountain chain between the Atlantic & the Mediterranean. Part 3 crosses the Western side of the Pyrenees National Park with exceptional mountain scenery and wildlife.

Highlights A wonderful mountain stage of the Pyrenees traverse via the GR10 long-distance trail Well preserved flora and fauna Wonderful mountain scenery in the Pyrenees National Park including Pic du Midi d’Ossau Great walking over passes and summits, via mountain lakes and streams Possible to continue with part 4 of the GR10 - not listed in brochure—see website Luggage transfers included, except 2 nights in refuges. Extra nights possible at start and end

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 8-19km per day Ascent: 10-1560m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Great mountain trek Etsaut to refuge Ayous, views of Pic du Midi d’Ossau 15km +1550/-200m

Linear Trail

When: Mid June to September Accomm: Gites & refuges (rooms for 2 on 5 nights) Basis: Half board Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Short day to recov- Transfer to Pont Goua er. Descend past & long climb towards several lakes to Hourquette d’Arre Gabas

Gourette to Arrens via Col de Tortes & Saucède. Transfer or walk to Estaing

From Lake Estaing cross col d’Ilheou (2242m). Descend to refuge Ilheou

Short descent to Cauterets via an ancient bridge and glaciated valley

10km +20/-940m

14km +620/-1090m

11km +1150/-320m

8km +10/-1070m

19km +1560/-1180m

Day 8 Depart

Pyrenees GR10: Part 4, Cauterets - Luchon The fourth section of a wonderful & dramatic 415km crossing of the Pyrenees Mountain chain. Part 4 passes through villages renowned for the benefits of their thermal waters & a succession of lakes & mountain passes at more than 2000m in altitude.

Highlights Wonderful high mountain stage of the GR10 Pyrenees traverse with thermal springs Well preserved flora and fauna Wonderful mountain scenery in the High Pyrenees Great walking over passes and summits, over 2000m in altitude 1 night in shared dormitory in mountain refuge Includes: Luggage transfers except 1 night. Some transfers at start of days. Possibility to split day 6 in two and descend on day 7 by cable car

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4.5-8 hours per day Ascent: 520-1650m per day Descent: 350-1830m per day

When: 15 June to 30 Sept Accomm: 6 nights in hotels, 1 night in mountain hut Basis: Half Board

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Cauterets . Possible walks

Cauterets to LuzSaint-Sauveur via Col de Riou. Great panoramic views

Luz-Saint-Sauveur to Bareges. Discover flora & fauna of high Pyrenees

7hrs +1250/-1450m

4hrs30 +850/-350m

Day 4

Linear Trail

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Bareges to Oredon Refuge via Neouvielle Nature Reserve & many mountain lakes

Oredon Refuge to Saint-Lary-Soulan via high altitude passes & pastures

Saint-Lary-Soulan to Espingo Refuge. Great scenery in an area of mountain traditions

Espingo Refuge to Luchon via high mountain passes & chance to summit Cecire for wonderful views

Departure after breakfast

6hrs +1040/-640m

7hrs +700/-1480m

8hrs +1650/-1070m

6hrs40 +520/-1830m

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Pyrenees GR10: Part 5, Luchon - Aulus The fifth section of a wonderful & dramatic 415km crossing of the Pyrenees Mountain chain between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Part 5 follows ancient trails through high pastures, forests and several piedmont villages of the high Arieges.

Highlights Crossing some of the wildest parts of the Pyrenees in the Couserons & Haute Ariege Region famed for its large, open wild spaces with far reaching panoramas Several small historic mountain hamlets & villages Opportunity to climb Peak Crabere in the early morning light for great views from 2629m Possible to have private rooms in mountain huts (subject to availability) Luggage transfers except 1 night. Extra nights possible at start and end

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4-7.5 hours per day Ascent: 350-1200m per day Descent: 270-1850m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Luchon. Possible walks

• When: 15 June - 30 September • Accomm: Hotels, gites & huts (4 nights private

Linear Trail

rooms, 3 nights dormitories) Basis: Half board except night 7 (B&B)

Day 3

Luchon to Fos with Fos to Araing Lake chance to climb Pic de through wild open Bacanère, 2193m spaces approaching Ariege

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Araing Lake to Eylie via mountains villages with chance to summit Crabere at 2629m. Extra 600m for ascent

Eylie to Bonac Irazein through Couserons, traditional region of Pyrenees

Bonac Irazein to Aunac - between high mountains and foothills of Couserans

Aunac to the thermal city of Aulas les Bains. Depart day 8

5hrs30 +800/-1100m

6hrs25 +1030/-950m

6hrs +990/-990m

7hrs30 +1070/-1750m 4hrs30 +1200/-270m 7hrs 15 +350/-1850m

Days 7 & 8

Traversing the Pyrenees National Park Trek through the Western Pyrenees National Park where the stunning mountains are peppered with beautiful lakes, rich green forests & mountain pastures. Discover the tranquil lakes of Embarrat & the highest waterfall in Europe at Gavarnie Cirque.

Highlights Plenty of wildlife to discover: vultures, eagles, marmots & isards Magnificent, must-see sites such as the Cirque de Gavarnie waterfall Follow the legendary long distance trail, the GR10, for parts of the holiday Breath taking views & beautiful lakes Dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. Blankets provided Includes: Luggage transfer except 2 nights. Transfer either at start or end of holiday

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4-6 hours per day Ascent: 200-1200m per day Descent: 100-1500m per day

When: 20 June to 10 Sept Accomm: 5 nights in gites, 2 nights in mountain huts Basis: Half Board

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Cauterets or Auberge du Maillet (train or car)

Cross woodland & meadows to edge of the National Park. Le Clot

Tour from Le Clot around Carinqeuere Massif in the Marcadau Valley

Approach Vignemale by Gaube valley to Hourquette d’Ossoue pass (2736m)

Pass under Ossoue Glacier & traverse Ossoue Gorge to reach Gavarnie

Go around Cirque de Gavarnie to Refuge des Espuguettes

Cross Cardous plateau, pass Hourquette d’Alans to reach Estaube Cirque & Lake Gloriettes. Climb to Troumouse Cirque & on to Le Maillet

Depart after breakfast by car or transfer to train station

4hrs +810/-200m

6hrs +/-850m

5hrs +1200/-100m

5hrs +200/-1500m

4hrs30 +900/-300m 5hrs30 +700/-900m

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Cerdagne Explorer: Lakes, Mountains & Hot Springs Explore the Cerdagne plateau, a landscape scoured by Ice Age glaciers leaving behind deep ravines, rocky knolls & beautiful mountain lakes. This walking holiday is designed to be accessible to both occasional hill walkers & experienced trekkers alike.

Highlights Varied Pyrenees landscapes with beautiful mountains, deep blue lakes and dramatic gorges Relax in warm natural spring pools & soak up the sun in clear mountain air Alpine meadows flourish with an array of wild flowers including gentians, anemones and orchids Picnic lunches can be ordered from your hosts the evening before

"Enjoyed exploring the magical landscape, medieval chapels/ruins and seeing local culture. Thank you for leading us to this lovely experience. Our first European walking holiday - I will always remember this trip." S Levy, USA

Possible to book extra night at Angoustrine at end. Option available to summit highest mountain in Eastern Pyrenees, Pic Carlit

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 2hrs40 to 6hrs per day Ascent: 100-950m per day Descent: 200-950m per day

When: 1 June to 25 Sept Accomm: 2 star hotels (1 with covered swimming pool, 2 with thermal spas) Basis: Half Board

Linear Trail

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Transfer to Angoustrine from Latour de Carol

Climb to Dorres, pass the Spanish enclave of Lliva. Can shorten day using train from Ur to Saillagouse

Approach Puigmal. Swim in the natural hot spring at Llo. Finish at Mont Louis citadel

Tour from Mont Louis to Cedeille mountain pass & descend Riberole Valley. Short transfer

Follow a stream to lake Pradeilla. Lakeside hotel at Bouillouses

4 or 6hrs +/-450m

4hrs +500/-250m

5hrs +550/-750m

4hrs45 +500/-200m 2hrs40/6hrs +/-300m/+/-950m

Tour from Les Bouillouses. Enjoy the array of mountain lakes on this upland plateau. Option to ascend Pic Carlit (2921m)

Descent by the Angoust Valley. Tour ends at reaching Angoustrine 4hrs30 +100/-700m

Pyrenees Balcony Trail: Azun Valley Experience the wonderful panoramas & mountain villages of the luminous Azun Valley. As the week progresses you enter the stunning high mountains of the Pyrenees National Park peppered with beautiful lakes, rich green forests and mountain pastures.

Highlights Wonderful balcony trails with great views over the vast pastures and mountain peaks Pyrenees wildlife: marmots and isards (Pyrenees Chamois), eagles and vultures Well preserved mountain villages perched on the valley sides Choices of walks on 4 walking days with range of difficulties from moderate to more challenging Possible to book an extra night in Arras at end. Option available to summit the peak du Bergons at 2068m

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 3hrs30-7hrs per day Ascent: 250-1050m per day Distance: 9-22km per day Day 1

Day 2

Transfer from Tour from Arras Argeles Gazost passing Mont de Gez station to & Bergons forest Arras 10km +500m

When: 10 June to 25 Sept Accomm: 2 nights Auberge in Arras, 4 nights at 3 star hotel in Aucun, both with swimming pools Basis: Half Board

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Climb Azun Valley by a balcony trail

Tour from Aucun to upper Bergons Valley. Option to climb peak du Bergons (2068m)

Aucun to Estaing via GR10. Transfer back to Aucun

Tour from Estaing, exploring high mountain lakes. Transfer before & after walk

Estaing to Arras via the Estaing Valley. Tour ends at return to Arras

9/11km +400/700m

14/15km +750/1050m

11/12km +500/800m

22km +770m

12km +250m

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Travels Through Alpine Provence: Part 1, Baronnies Regional Park The Baronnies Regional Park is a quiet & unspoilt area where wild & rugged peaks rise above cultivated valleys with beautiful historic villages surrounded by olives, orchards and lavender. Each corner of this fascinating area has its own characteristics.

Highlights Peaks of Chamouse & Mare and the stunning Meouge Gorge Staying in the main market towns of the region, Nyons and Buis les Baronnies Well-preserved fortified medieval villages Rich fauna & flora including orchids, vultures, chamois, wolves and wild boar "We absolutely loved the walking and the route was magnificent. Many thanks for a wonderful and enjoyable trek across the Baronnies. What a delightful, interesting and at times dramatic walk this turned out to be." Doherty & Findlay, UK

Part 2 Haute Provence (below) can be added at end Possible extra days at La Honas—standard holiday stays there 3 nights

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 13-23km per day Ascent: 620-1000m per day

When: April, May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Guest houses & small hotels Basis: B&B plus 5 evening meals & 4 lunches

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Arrival: Nyons

Follow GR9 via Cols de Milmandre & Malpertuis to market town of Buis les Baronnies

Climb to La Roche sur la Buis & Col de Sanguinet & on to Poet en Percip. Descend to La Honas

Rest day or circular walk to discover this beautiful area around La Honas

Climb around summit of Mevouillon, onto alpine pastures & summit of Chamouse (1532m). Descend to Eygalayes

Climb to summit of Montagne de Mare (1622m). Descend to Meouge Valley

Descend the full length of the Meouge Gorge and reach Antonaves. Transfer to Sisteron

Holiday ends after breakfast

18km +750m

22km +910m

19km +650m

23km +870m

18km +1000m

13km +620m

Part 2, Haute Provence Geological Reserve Traverse the Geological Reserve of the Haute Provence from the citadel of Sisteron to Dignes les Bains. The mountains here climb higher than in the Baronnies and alpine pastures dominate the wild summits with forests of oak and lavender below.

Highlights Great horseshoe trail around the summit of les Monges at 2115m Citadel of Sisteron above the Durance River, opposite the rock fins of Rocher de Baumes May & June are good times to undertake the walk for the array of wild flowers on the mountains Trails to visit rocks covered in huge ammonites and hills of black marl rocks Also available as a 5 night holiday Can be combined with part 1 above which goes from Nyons to Sisteron

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 12-21km per day Ascent: 450-1030m per day

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When: May, June, Sept, Oct Accomm: Small guest houses & gites Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals & 4 lunches Day 3

Arrival: Explore Sisteron & climb Full horseshoe trail Sisteron via Col de Mezien to St of Les Monges to Geniez at 1100m. OpAuthon tion to summit Trainon (extra 340m) 17.5km +990m

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Easier day via interesting geological sites to Les Brigands. Option to climb Tete de Genuen (extra 12km and 580 ascent)

Climb to summit of Corbeau and follow ridge and descend to Duyes Valley. Option to go direct from Authon to Thoards. (21km +950m)

Climb to summit of La Bigue (1652). Along a ridge to descend to Digne les Bains

Holiday ends after breakfast

12km +450m

18km +600m

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Tour of Queyras: An Alpine Secret The Queyras region with its range of accessible summits linked by good walking trails is a paradise for walkers wishing to have a high alpine experience. Enjoy the variety of landscapes with deep gorges, alpine meadows & stunning mountain ridges.

Highlights Exceptional flora & fauna: chamois, ibex, marmots, eagles & wild flowers Rich architectural heritage with alpine villages like St Veran & Molines en Queyras Breath taking scenery with endless variety Includes transfer to and from Mont DauphinGuillestre station on Day 1 & Day 9 Options of making summits on several days plus 3 choices of walks on Day 8. Option for extra nights & days in Arvieux Valley

"This was a wonderful holiday! From.our meeting with a super friendly Chantal, to all our hosts, never mind the fantastic Queyras, we enjoyed ourselves." D. Waller & C. Carlson UK

Option of transfer to stay in hotel on day 4 rather than staying in refuge (mountain hut)

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Self Guided Walking 8 nights/7 days walking Time taken: 5-7 hrs per day Ascent: 220-1050m per day

When: 15 June to 15 Sept Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s, auberges & a refuge Basis: Half Board

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Molines en Queyras: climb to Col Fromage (2301m). Option: climb Crete de Chabrette (2582m). Descend to Ceillac

Climb to Col des Estronques (2651m). Option: summit Tete de Jacquette (2757m). Descend to St Veran

Climb to Col Chamossiere. Option: summit a 3000m peak. Descend to Refuge Agnel

Reach Col Vieux (2806m) at foot of Pain du Sucre. Descend along Bouchouse Valley to Guil Valley & Abries

Climb to lake Grand Laus (2579m). Summit option & descend to Aiguilles

Trail overlooks Guill Valley & Chateau Queyras past Soulliers & Lac de Roue to Arvieux

Tour from La Chalp Arvieux: choice of 3 walks

6hrs +800m

5hrs +1050m

6hrs +1050m

6hrs +220m

6hrs +1000m

6hrs +450m

6hrs +900m

Queyras: Best Kept Secret in the Alps Whether guided or self guided, our centre based holiday is designed to cherry pick the very best of the Queyras region. See its fabulous landscapes & panoramic views, its wonderful architecture, rich traditions and cultures, and enjoy the climate.

Highlights Queyras enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year Relatively quiet alpine area where high mountain passes and summits are easily accessible A rich alpine fauna and flora in the regional park Varied landscapes with rock deserts, alpine pastures, beautiful lakes, souring alpine peaks and pretty historic alpine villages Flexibility for different challenges within each day: options to reach mountain summits

"These Queyras walks provide some of the best mountain walking in France, maybe in Europe, with spectacular views and delightful calm, well away from tourists. This is a special corner of France and Europe. Altogether a delightful break. Thank you." H. Aldous, UK

Options of different centres for the self guided holiday: St Veran, Ceillac & Arvieux

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Self Guided & Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 5-7 hrs per day Ascent: 300-1000m per day

When: 15 June to 15 Sept Accomm: 2 or 3 small hotels or guest houses Basis: Full Board

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Transfer from local station or Lyon (guided)

Col Neal & Clapeyto meadows: glacial lakes & stunning views

Lakes Mirroir & Ste Anne: Visit Ceillac, Pisse waterfall & visit lakes. Option to climb to mountain pass

Chateau Queyras & Lake Souliers: Casse Deserte & climb to lake Souliers. Option: longer circuit to Souliers & Lake Roue

5hrs +650m

6hrs +800m

4hrs +300m

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Tour of Furfande: Climb Col de Furfande. Option: summit Pic du Gazon (2744m)

Lac de Grand Laus: From Abries climb to lake Grand Laus. Option: climb the Pic Malrif

Caramantran & St Veran: Summit 3000m with views to the Piedmont, Italy. Descend past Lac de la Blanche to St Veran

Transfer to local station or Lyon after breakfast

7hrs +800m

7hrs +1000m

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Tour of the Ubaye: Hidden Alps Our circular trail through Ubaye in the French Alps (with small excursion into Italy) starts in the Queyras and takes you through some magnificent landscapes with beautiful alpine summits, serene mountain lakes & remote and traditional alpine hamlets.

Highlights

"(We enjoyed) the rhythm of each day - the combination of wild, beautiful walks and comfortable evenings." Ruane & O'Connor, USA

Traditional alpine hamlets including Maljessat in France and Chiaperra in Italy Beautiful Chambeyron Massif, the highest point in the Hautes Alpes Nature Reserve of Val d'Escreins Option to book additional night in Ceillac at end of holiday Includes bag transfers (if required) except 1 night where your luggage is not available Options: Private rooms for 2 possible on most nights (subject to availability)

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 6-6hrs30 per day Ascent: 750m-1250m per day Day 1

Gite in Ceillac, Queyras. Transfer from local train station

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Discover Cascade de la Pisse waterfall & lakes Mirroir & Ste Anne. Option to summit Tete de Girardin

Climb via Ubaye Valley to Col de Mary (2641m) to Chiaperra village

Cross the Chambeyron massif via Col de Sautron (2685m). Climb in cirque de Rocca Rossa

Walk to Col de Mallemort (2558m) and onto Col du Vallonet (2524m)

Climb valley to Col de Serenne (2650m) & lac des Neuf Couleurs. Descend to Val d’Escreins

Climb & cross Pic d’Escreins (2730m). Holiday ends after walk or book additional night in Ceillac

6hrs +1250m

6hrs +750/900m 6hrs30 +1050m

6hrs30 +1050m

6hrs30 +1070m

6hrs30 +1150m

Grand Tour of the Ubaye: 3 Regions Tour Our Grand Tour of the Ubaye is a circular trail following the GR56 trail through wild & picturesque mountain scenery, visiting the Upper Verdon Valley, the Mercantour National Park and the famous Allos Lake, as well as the Lauzanier Nature Reserve.

Highlights Wild alpine landscapes in a quiet part of the French Alps with accessible summits Beautiful mountains, serene alpine lakes, remote traditional hamlets & impressive fortifications Wildlife e.g. Cayolle Ibex in the Verdon Valley Options: Private rooms for 2 possible on 4 nights (subject to availability) Includes bag transfers (if required) except 2 days where your luggage is not available Possible to book extra night in Meolan at end of holiday (also trek can be varied in length)

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Self Guided Walking 8 nights/8 days walking Time taken: 5-7hrs 30 per day Ascent: 200-1070m per day

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Gite de Transfer to Abbey Meodu Laverq. Follow ridges to reach lans Refuge du Col d’Allos (2247m) 6hrs45 +1070m

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"Overall an excellent walk in a beautiful area, with good accommodation, food and trip notes." R. Darke, UK

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When: 17 June to 9 Sept Accomm: Gites & mountain refuges Basis: Half Board

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2 choices for route from Col d’Allos to Refuge de la Cayolle (2266m)

Progress through Mercantour National Park to Bousieyas (1983m)

Follow GR5 returning to the Ubaye & the Lauzanier Valley to Larche (1670m)

Climb over Col de Mallemort & Col du Vallonnet to Fouillouse (1905m)

Balcony path to fortifications of Tournoux & on to Les Prats (1693m)

Choice of trails to reach Refuge de la Pare (1832m)

Descend to the gite where you arrived at Meolan. Transfer to local station

7hrs +1055m

7hrs30 +945m

6hrs30 +985m

5hrs45 +1050m

7hrs +830m

5hrs +950m

5hrs +200m

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Panoramic Vercors Explore amazing natural wonders in the Vercors, where gleaming vertical cliffs meet wild & desolate plateaux. The main summits are found on a ridge on its eastern edge, which you’ll traverse from above & below in the most scenic part of the region.

Highlights Haven for wildlife with deer, wild boar, hares, chamois, marmots and alpine ibex Natural & man made wonders: caves, natural wells and awesome gorges Amazing panoramic views of the alpine chain "This was a superb trip in every way imaginable. You have my gratitude and congratulations on a job well done." R. Taft, USA

Accessible mountain summits and passes Possible to adapt number of days to suit requirements

"Best walking holiday we've done since Tour de Mont Blanc (several years ago) we've loved the walking!" C. Turner, UK

Remove Day 4 & Day 7 for 6 night, 5 day version

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Self Guided Walking 8 nights/7 days walking Time taken: 4-7hrs per day Ascent: 800-1250m per day

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When: 1 June to 16 Oct Accomm: 2 & 3 star hotels & B&Bs Basis: Full Board

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Transfer from Monestier train station to Treffart

Climb to Pas de Serpaton. Option: summit Rocher de Cleton. Descend to Gresse en Vercors

Choice: Climb Grand Veymont (2341m) or traverse the balcony trail under huge cliffs

To Pas de Bachassons. Descend & cross gap between cliffs & Mont Aiguille. Descend to hotel at Richardiere

Climb to limestone plateau. Descend & follow Combeau Valley, cross Col de Cote Chevre & descend to Nonniers

Cirque d’Archiane: climb to plateau to rock amphitheatre of Archiane.

To Jiboui ridge & Col de Seysse, summit Le Joucou (2051m). Descend to Grimone

Transfer to station at Lus la Croix Haute after breakfast

7hrs +1100m

6hrs Up to 1150m

7hrs +1050m

6hrs30 +1000m

4-7hrs max +1200m 7hrs +1250m

Tour of Mont Aiguille On this tour you will stay 2 days to the north & 2 days to the south of Mont Aiguille; traversing between the two, your holiday enjoys remarkable views of Mont Aiguille as well as climbing Grand Veymont & exploring the unique limestone plateau.

Highlights Remarkable landscape of gorges and canyons which will take your breath away Haven for wildlife with wild boar, chamois, marmots and ibex as well as 80 protected plant species Discover more about the part the Vercors played in the French Resistance 2 circular walks from your accommodation and 2 walks between guest houses There are options on 2 of the days to make it harder or easier as desired Option of additional nights at Gresse en Vercors

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/4 days walking Time taken: 5hrs30-7hrs per day Ascent: 700-1150m per day

When: 1 June to 16 Oct Accomm: 2/3 star hotels Basis: Full Board

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Transfer from Monestier de Clermont train station to Gresse en Vercors

Options: Climb highest peak in Vercors, Grand Veymont (2341m) or traverse of the famous balcony trail under cliffs of the Vercors plateau

Climb a gorge to Pas de Bachassons & descend to cross the gap between cliffs & Mont Aiguille. Easier option available. Descend to hotel in Richardière

Valley walk under cliffs then climb onto limestone plateau covered in wild flowers. Views of Mont Aiguile before returning via village of Chichilianne

Climb to Col de Papavet (1245m), then descend to Bathie before a climb over Col de l'Allimas. Descend to Gresse en Vercors

Transfer after breakfast to train station at Monestier

Up to 6hrs +1150m

7hrs +1050m

6hrs +800m

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Alps to Med Trail Your trail follows an extraordinary route from the alpine mountains of the Mercantour to the Mediterranean coast at Menton via historic mountainside villages and a dramatic landscape of pine forests, olive groves, narrow valleys and gorges.

Highlights The Mercantour National Park: influenced by the altitude of its high mountains & the Mediterranean climate Mountainside villages full of cultural & historical interest with its shared history with Italy evident in the architecture Amazing contrasts of the Cote d'Azur Option to add extra nights in Menton

"Excellent hotels, good general plentiful documentation, and enjoyed having 7 breakfasts, 6 picnics and 6 dinners (quite unusual on such trips)." A & E Gould, UK

Options to reduce distances using train & bus services plus choice of walks on Day 7

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4hrs30-5hrs30 per day Ascent: 220-860m per day

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Arrive: St Day tour through Dalmas Tende & La de Tende Brigue. Possible to take train for some sections 5hrs30 +860m

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: 2/3 star hotels & small guest houses Basis: Full Board (except evening meal in Menton)

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Through a number of isolated villages like Fontan. Walk or shuttle bus to Saorge

Explore Saorge with monastery & chapel. Follow salt trail to Breil sur Roya

Through village of Peine Haute past a series of gorges with one foot in France & one in Italy & on to Sospel

Explore Sospel with fortified chateau & cathedral. Trail leads you to Sainte Agnes, highest coastal village in Europe (750m)

Arrive at Menton with choice of 2 routes: via Gorbio & Roquebrune or via Casteller on a balcony trail

Depart after breakfast

5hrs30 +600m

4hrs30 +300m

5hrs30 +400m

5hrs +510m

5hrs30 +220m

Marvels of Mercantour Based close to Mont Bego & the Italian border, you'll accomplish 5 great walks to discover the best of the Mercantour National Park. Discover beautiful lakes surrounded by rocky summits, medieval villages & the famous Vallee des Merveilles.

Highlights Famous Vallee des Merveilles with its pre-historic engravings Diversity of wildlife including ibex, marmots and a large numbers of wild flowers One of the wildest and most unspoilt parts of the French Alps with a contrasting range of landscapes Guided visit of the engravings everyday during July & Aug and Fri to Mon during June & Sept Need your own car during June & Sept

"Perfect location, staff really friendly & helpful. Great food & wine. Good size room and very comfortable." A Dawes & D Laffoley

Extra nights possible

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Self Guided Walking 5/6 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 5-7hrs per day Ascent: 550-1000m per day

When: 15 June to 15 Oct Accomm: 3 star hotel at Casterino Basis: Full Board

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Hotel in Casterino

Fontanalbe Circuit: landscape peppered with glacial lakes, dominated by Mont Bego (3000m)

Panoramic border: panoramic views over Mercantour Park & Italian neighbour, the Parco delle Alpi Marittime

Vallee de la Roya: transfer to lower down Roya Valley. Shuttle buses are available in July & Aug, otherwise use your own transport. Alpine medieval villages with history & charm

Vallee des Merveilles: discover pre-historic rock engravings in a wonderful mountain landscape

Vallee de la Valmasque: tumbling streams, impressive waterfalls & 3 beautiful lakes for your last day in the heart of the Mercantour National Park

5hrs +670m

5hrs +550m

5hrs +860m

7hrs +1000m

5hrs +600m

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Alpine Adventure Part 1: Lake Geneva to Chamonix The 1st stage of the GR 5 long-distance trail that runs from Lake Geneva to Nice, following the length of the French Alps. Part 1 crosses the alpine meadows of the Abondance Valley before meandering along the foothills of the Chablais mountains.

Highlights Superb panoramic views of Mont Blanc Rich green alpine meadows of the Savoy Landscape that changes with each day as you head south through the Chablais mountains Descent to Pont d'Arleve with ancient vegetation Options of routes on Day 2 & 7 Holiday ends after walk on day 7 or book extra night's accommodation in Chamonix Possible to book the next leg of the walking holiday from Chamonix to Briancon to continue the trek

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 5-6hrs30 per day Ascent: 690-1220m per day

When: 18 June to 18 Sept Accomm: Private rooms in gites & refuges (1 night in dormitory) Basis: Half Board

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Transfer: Evian station to St Paul

1: Climb Pas de la Bosse (1815m), cross Col d'Ubine & descend to Chapelle d'Abondance or 2: Under Dent d'Oche, pass Lake Darbon & meadows

Climb to Col des Mattes (1930m), traverse along a balcony trail facing several summits

Cross Col de Chesery (1992m) into Switz’d Cross into Val d'Illiez & traverse under Col de Cou to Barmaz

Cross to France via Col de Coux 1920m, climb Col de la Golese 1660m to Samoens

Climb to Col d'Anterne (2257m), cross Anterne & descend to refuge. Carry your clothes for overnight/next day

Cross Diosaz Gorge, climb to Col du Brevent & to summit of Brevent (2525m) & descend by cable car to Chamonix

5hrs30/6hrs30 +690/1220m

5hrs +740m

5hrs +700m

6hrs +840m

5hrs30 +1100m

5hrs30 +770/925m

Alpine Adventure Part 2: Chamonix to Briancon The second leg of the trek starts in Chamonix & after passing the foot of the immense Mont Blanc glaciers you’ll head through the alpine meadows of Beaufortain, before discovering the beautiful summits and glaciers of the Vanoise National Park.

Highlights Get up close to the immense glaciers coming down from Mont Blanc Beautiful summits and glaciers of the Vanoise National Park Wonderful alpine meadows and beautiful lakes Choice of routes on several days Possible to book the next legs of the walking holiday from Briancon to Nice to continue the trek Holiday ends after walk on day 8 or book extra night's accommodation in Nevache or Briancon

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/7 days walking Time taken: 5-6hrs30 per day Ascent: 410-1086m per day

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Arrival at Chamonix

Bellevue cable car at Les Houches. Head to the Bionnassay glacier 5hrs30 +630m

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When: 18 June to 18 Sept Accomm: private rooms for 2 in gites, auberges, hotels & refuges (1 night in dormitory) Basis: Half Board

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Climb Contamines Valley, pass Plateau du Turc, descend to Contamines Montjoie Nature Reserve

To Col du Bonhomme & Beaufortain, cross Col de la Croix du Bonhomme, descend to Plan de la Lai. Taxi to Cornet de Roselend

Climb to Col du Bresson & descend to Tarentaise Valley. Taxi to Pralognan la Vanoise

Climb over Col de Chaviere (2976m). Descend past Lac de la Partie to Orgere

Taxi to Val Frejus, other side of Arc Valley. Col de la Vallee Etroite takes you into southern Alps

Climb towards Col des Thures, pass Lac Chavillon, cross Thures Valley, descend to Nevache

6hrs15 +970m

5hrs30 +1020m

6hrs30 +895m

6hrs+1086m

5hrs +610m

5hrs +410m

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Alpine Adventure Part 3: Briancon to Roya From Briancon you have four days traversing the beautiful Queyras regional park, followed by the secret Alps of the Ubaye Valley and the Chambeyron Massif. From there you will discover the majestic & wild Mercantour National Park.

Highlights Discover the beautiful Queyras Regional Park with its rocky deserts and majestic peaks Explore the pretty and quiet Ubaye Valley Breath taking scenery of the Mercantour National Park with its abundant wildlife Visit the historic town of Briancon Option of booking extra night at St Etienne de Tinee/Roya at end of walk Parts 3 and 4 of the Alpine Adventure can be done together

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/7 days walking Time taken: 5hrs30-7hrs per day Ascent: 600-1230m per day

When: 15 June to 30 Sept Accomm: Private rooms for 2 in gites & refuges Basis: Half Board

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Briancon to Arvieux via Ayes Valley into Queyras Regional Park

Climb to hamlet of Souliers & lake Roue. Descend to Ville Vieille

Climb to Pres fromage & Col Fromage to village of Ceillac

Cascade de la Pisse, Lac Miroir & Ste Anne. Climb to Col Girardin, descend to Maljasset

Taxi to Fouillouse. Walk to Col du Vallonnet & Col de Mallemort, descend to Larche

Ubayette valley to lake Lauzanier. Climb Pas de la Cavale Beau & Col des Fourches, descend to Boussieyas

Cross Col de la Colombiere, descend to St Dalmas le Selvage & climb to Col d'Anelle. Descend to St Etienne de Tinee/Roya

6hrs +1230m

5hrs30 +700m

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7hrs +1100m

6hrs30 +1070m

6hrs30 +600m

Alpine Adventure Part 4: Roya to Nice The final leg of the GR5 to Nice takes you through the Mercantour National Park before the character of the mountains change as you pass a succession of pretty mountainside villages of the Provence in the rugged Maritime Alps.

Highlights Beautiful mountainside villages such as Roure, Rimplas & Utelle Tough walking rewarded with outstanding views Magnificent viewpoint over the Maritime Alps at the summit of Mont Cima Arriving at the Mediterranean in the opulent seaside town of Nice Option of booking extra night in Nice at end For alternative & longer part 4 going via the GR52, finishing at Menton see following page

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 4hrs30-8hrs per day Ascent: 550-110m per day

Day 1 Arrive at St Etienne de Tinnee/Roya

Day 2 Cross meadows to Col de Crousette & ridge walk towards Col de Moulines. Descend to valley of Roure

When: 15 June to 30 Sept Accomm: Private rooms in gites & refuges (1 night in dormitory) Basis: Half Board Day 3

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Descend Roure Valley hamlet of Roure & then Saint Sauveur sur Tinee. Climb to villages including Rougios, La Bolline & Rimplas

Climb to Col de Caire Cros, summit Mont Tournairet. Descend to Granges de la Brasque & climb to Col d'Andriani. Follow ridge & descend to Utelle

Variation of GR trail via the ridgeline & valley of Toasquet. Cross valley at Pont du Cros & climb to Levens

To Sainte Claire & to summit Mont Cima. Descend to Aspremont, climb to Mont Chauve. Descend to Gairaud & end of GR 5. Bus to Nice

8hrs +855m, -1350m

5hrs30 +800m, -1000m

4hrs30 +550m, -700m

6hrs30 +1100m, -1050m 6hrs30 +850m, -1470m

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Alpine Adventure: Alternative Part 4, Roya to Menton An alternative final leg of our Alpine Adventure taking a longer trail via the GR52 and the heart of the Mercantour National Park before finishing in Menton. Discover beautiful lakes surrounded by rocky summits & the famous Vallee des Merveilles.

Highlights Famous Vallee des Merveilles with its pre-historic engravings Diversity of wildlife including ibex, marmots and a large numbers of wild flowers One of the wildest and most unspoilt parts of the French Alps with a contrasting range of landscapes Finishing at the pretty Med resort of Menton "I had an amazing time on the GR5/52, …... Parc Mercantour was the highlight of the whole trip (including last year) with the views, wildlife and Vallee des Merveilles, so I'm really pleased to have taken the GR52 option." J Montague, UK

Option of booking extra night in Menton at end For traditional part 4 going via the GR5, finishing in Nice - see previous page

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/9 days walking Time taken: 3hr30-8hr per day Ascent: 550-1450m per day

When: 15 June to 15 Sept Accomm: 5 nights Private rooms, 4 nights dormitories in gites & refuges Basis: Half Board

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Roya to Gite de Longon via Col de Crousette

Gite de Longon to St Dalmas via perched villages

St Dalmas to Boreon via Col du Barn, enter Mercantour National Park

Boreon to Madone de Fenestre via Col de Fenestre

Madone de Fenestre to Refuge de Nice via Pas du Mont Colomb

Refuge de Nice to Refuge des Merveilles. Visit pre -historic sites

Refuge des Merveilles to Camp d’Argent via Pas de Diable

Camp d’Argent Sospel to to Sospel via Menton Mont Giagiabella (-1930m descent)

6hrs 45 +1100m

7hrs 45 +950m

8hrs +1450m

5hrs +1050m

3hrs 30 +780m

5hrs +685m

4hrs 30 +595m

6hrs 45 +550m

7hrs +1170m

Les Ecrins: Panoramic Alpine Trail On this spectacular traverse you’ll discover amazing panoramic views of glacier-clad mountains along one of the finest sections of the Tour of the Ecrins. You’ll pass high alpine lakes, walk through stunning valleys and along beautiful balcony paths.

Highlights Plenty of panoramic view points on offer as well as pretty alpine villages Amazing alpine summits which plunge dramatically into the Romanche Valley Stunning panoramic views of glacier-clad mountains such as the Meije and the Barre des Ecrins at over 4000m in altitude Book at La Grave: short tour onto the Meije Glacier with an Alpine guide (Day 3) Walking holiday finishes after walk on Day 6. Option of extra night at Le Monetier

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 3hrs30-6hrs per day Ascent: 250-900m per day

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When: 15 June to 15 Sept Accomm: Family-run hotels Basis: Half Board

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Meeting at La Grave with taxi to Besse en Osians

Traverse Emparis plateau with alpine lakes. Balcony trail: views of high summits of the Ecrins, notably Meije. Descend to Chazelet

Option 1:To La Grave, cable car to foot of Meije Glacier. Descend by cable car for Tour of Dauphiné to Villar d’Arene. 2: Ascend Cote Rouge, extend by summit Signal de la Grave. Descend to La Grave, climb Romanche gorge

Taxi to Valfroide. Climb Goléon cirque via Pramailler & Plot. Climb plateau & return to Villar d’Arene

Taxi to Pont d’Arsine. Climb Arsine Valley. Extend walk to lake & foot of the glacier. Descend to Le Monetier

Tour from Le Monetier. Beautiful panoramic trail

6hrs +900m

5hrs/5hrs30 +250/850m

6hrs +900m

6hrs +820m

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Sensations of Verdon Gorge A sensational walking holiday that explores the Verdon Gorge, from above and below, one of Europe’s largest and most spectacular canyons. Its location between Provence and the Alps means it’s a great spring and autumn destination.

Highlights Exciting walking through the gorge along the famous Martel and Bastidon trails Great panoramic views from the surrounding alpine cliff-lined mountains Beautiful turquoise waters of the Verdon Explore fascinating perched hamlets and villages Holiday not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo Transfer included at end of holiday Extra nights available in Castellane & Moustiers-Ste-Marie

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 5-8hrs per day Ascent: 350-800m per day

When: 1 May to 15 October Accomm: Small guest houses & hotels Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals

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Arrive in St André les Alpes nestled between the hills

St André les Alpes to historic village of Castellane via mountains above Lac de Castillon

Castellane to Rougon (Pointe Sublime) via GR4 (Roman road) high above the Verdon River & Suech plateau

Rougon to La Palud via the famous Martel trail along the gorge itself with challenging walking

Tour from La Palud via the Bastidon trail, the next section along the gorge to Mairest. Transfer back to La Palud

La Palud to Mousteirs Ste Marie along GR4 above Lac Ste Croix. Dramatic scenery with limestone towers

Departure. Transfer to Manosque

15km +600m –750m

18km +650m –500m

22km +800m –650m 8km +350m –500m

16km +600m –800m

Trekking Tour of Mont Thabor A circular tour of the Mont Thabor Massif, a relatively quite part of the French Alps between the Vanoise & the Ecrins. Wild and beautiful scenery with high Alpine lakes and great panoramic views especially from Mont Thabor itself at 3178m.

Highlights A relatively quiet part of the French Alps Wild and rocky landscapes and an easy high Alpine summit Breath-taking panoramas & beautiful lakes Welcoming mountain huts Optional summits and extra circuits Trekking between mountain huts carrying your own gear for the whole trip Transfers included to & from the valley

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Self Guided Walking 5-7 nights/5-6 days walking Time taken: 5-7hrs per day Ascent: 600-1000 per day

When: 25 June to 10 Sept

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Accomm: Small dormitories in mountain huts Basis: Full Board

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Arrival: Transfer to Valmenier & short climb to Refuge Terre Rouge

Climb past Lac Roche Noire & past Col des Marches. Possible nearby summit & descend to Refuge des Marches

Climb to Col des Bataillieres at 2800m via Lac des Bataillieres. Descend past more lakes to Refuge du Mont Thabor

Climb to Mont Thabor at 3178m. Wonderful views. Descend into Vallee Etroite. Italian ambience.

Climb to Col des Muandes at over 2800m and past several lakes to Refuge des Drayeres.

Optional day with tour of Pointe des Cerces via 3 cols.

Return past Aiguille Noire & Pas des Griffes. Stay at Refuge Terre Rouge or return to valley & transfer

1hr 45, +470m

Min 5hrs +600m –500m

5hrs +800m –300m

7hrs +750m –1700m

6hrs +1000m –650m

7hrs +/-1000m

7hrs +700m –1050m

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Trekking Tour of the Vanoise A circular alpine trek that allows you to be at close quarters with the high mountain peaks, wild remote valleys & stunning alpine glaciers of the Vanoise National Park; an ideal natural, unspoilt wilderness for walking & trekking holidays.

Highlights Rich fauna & flora of the Vanoise National Park Stunning, ice-sculpted limestone peaks create a landscape of amazing natural beauty The outstanding scenery, includes the sheer Aguille de Vanoise, the Grande Casse, & La Dent Parrachée Peaks over 3400m, some rise above the Vanoise glacier, the largest glacial plateau in western Europe

"I have been to all sorts of places in the world and the general feel and hospitality of the various refuges was tops. I am still in awe of the fine food they all served up and the lunches seemed at times as if the various refuges were competing with each other to excel. Your service and the trip was everything I expected and could ask for." G. Morris, NZ

Holiday involves carrying your own gear: a kit list is supplied to ensure you carry the bare minimum Available as 6 night, 5 day version. Days 1 & 8: Arrive & depart Pralognan

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Self Guided & Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4hrs30-6hrs per day Ascent: 330-1100m per day

When: 15 June to 15 Sept Accomm: 3 star hotel in Pralognan & dormitories in mountain huts on trek Basis: Full Board (except 1 lunch)

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Pass Cascade de la Fraiche, trek base of Aiguille de la Vanoise At Col de la Vanoise you face Grande Casse

Descend Valley de la Vanoise, contour below Pointe de la Rechasse. Follow valley Doron de Termignon. Option: to lac d'Arpont, glacier views

Below peak La Dent Parachée. Cross streams & valleys, ascend & descend to reservoirs Plan d'Amont & d'Aval

4hrs30 +1100m

5hrs30 +330m

6hrs +770m

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Above reservoirs before Col du Barbier. Descent to refuge below Aiguille Doran

Ascend beside Tete Noire, reach Col Chavière. Descend to refuge. Option for excursion to Lac Blanc below Col du Souffre

Descend below Roc de la Valette. Option ascend Petit Mont Blanc. Descend to Pralognan

5hrs +350m

5hrs +900m

5hrs +800m

Trekking Tour of Mont Viso Explore the spectacular & wild mountain scenery around Mont Viso, an imposing, isolated peak rising to 3841m in the Piedmont, Italy. A hut-to-hut trek that’s ideal for those who like high altitude and wild mountain landscapes.

Highlights Welcoming mountain huts in the Italian Alps Great wildlife including the Lanza Salamander which is only found around Mont Viso Wild and rocky landscapes under the immense faces of Mont Viso Breath-taking panoramas & beautiful lakes Trekking between gites & mountain huts carrying your own gear for the whole trip Option of extra night at end of trek. Option of transfer from Montauphin-Guillestre train station in Queyras to first accommodation

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/7 days walking Time taken: 5-6hrs30 per day Ascent: 350-1250 per day

When: 16 June to 17 Sept Accomm: Small dormitories in mountain huts & gites Basis: Half Board

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Arrival: Queyras or transfer from train

Climb to pass on Italy border. Descend to Val Pellice. Climb to Refuge Granéro

To France via Haute Guil Valley. Climb to Perthuis du Viso & on to hut

Walk on moraines of Glacier Noir of Mont Viso. To Col du Viso option to summit Viso Mozzo

Cross San Chiafredo & descend to Val Varaita. Climb to foot of Mont Viso

Climb to col. Option: summit Punta Losetta. Descend Vallon di Soustra to Chianale

Climb Dell Antolina Option: Laghi Blue direct to border via Rocca Bianca or Tete des Toillies

Climb Col Saint Veran. Option: summit Pic Caramantran. Climb Col Vieux & descend Bouchouse Valley. Back to start

5hrs30 +1150m

6hrs +1250m

6hrs +350/720m

6hrs30 +700m

5hrs30 +550m

5/6hrs30 +1100m

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Dolomites: Tyrolean Explorer The mountains of the Dolomites in the Italian Alps have their own unique form and character. Their elegant rocky summits tower above green alpine meadows covered in wild flowers creating a beautiful landscape of stark contrasts.

Highlights Unique mountain scenery of the Dolomites with breath-taking views Contrasting mountain scenery with stunning rocky towers above rich meadows in pretty valleys A region with both Italian and Austrian influences Welcoming and very comfortable 3 star hotels Option of booking extra nights with a selection of walks Most walks can be varied in length and difficulty to suit different abilities

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 4-7hrs per day Ascent: 510-1310m per day

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When: 1 June to 24 Sept Accomm: 3 star hotels in 2 centres Basis: Full Board

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Arrive at hotel or transfer from Dobbiaco station

Alpine pastures of Val di Foresta or tour of Cima del Campo

Climb to Biella hut at 2320m & option to climb Croda del Becco

Climb Cima del Colli Alti dominating Lake Braies. Transfer to 2nd hotel by Lake Misurina

5/6hrs +800/900m

5/7hrs +800/1310m 5hrs +950m

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Easy walk to pastures of Monte Piana plateau or reach Auronzo hut in Caldini massif

A classic high level walk around the iconic summits of Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Choice of walks leaving from Lake Misurina ranging from 4 to 7 hours

5-6hrs +510/920m

5hrs +685m

4-7hrs +800m

Italy’s Piedmont: Val Maira Discover the secluded Val Maira, an isolated region in Italy’s Piedmont with beautifully preserved villages. This walk will take you back in time to how Alpine villages were 100 years ago, staying in welcoming auberges and B&Bs.

Highlights Beautiful Alpine scenery with alpine meadows grazed during the summer months Numerous well-preserved villages & hamlets built from stone A region with a rich cultural identity where the locals still speak Occitan (as well as Italian) Very warm welcome and great local cuisine Two choices of walks of varying difficulty are possible on 3 days Walking holiday finishes after walk on Day 6. Option of extra night at Dronero

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 4-7hrs per day Ascent: 200-1200m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Auberges & B&Bs, rooms for 2 Basis: Half Board

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Meeting at Dronero entrance to Val Maira

Dronero to Santa Anna di Roccabruna via a balcony path with hamlets or the summit and ridge of Monte San Bernardo

Santa Anna di Roccabruna to Pagliero via forests and preserved hamlets or via a ridge walk to the summit of Monte Birrone (2131m) for exceptional views

Pagliero to Camoglieres. Hamlets of Scombe & Paolini & chapel San Bernardo with Middle Age frescos

Camoglieres to Stropp Bassura on an ancient path via villages of Langra, Centenero, Caudano, Stroppo & Bassura

Bassura to Celle di Macra. Option 1: transfer & path of the faithful or 2: via Capella Madonna. Transfer or bus to Dronero

5/7hrs +500/980m

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Delights of Historic Dordogne You will pass through one picturesque village after another along the chateaux-lined Dordogne Valley, including La Roque Gageac, built into sandstone cliffs with its troglodyte fort, and Sarlat, famous for its medieval architecture & street market.

Highlights Wonderful historic villages including La-RoqueGageac, Sarlat and Beynac Beautiful chateaux lining the Dordogne Valley with other historic & prehistoric sites Sarlat, famous for its medieval buildings & lively street market. Considered to be one of the towns most representative of 14th century France Easy walking with limited ascents and descents leaving plenty of time to explore the sights

“(We enjoyed) the beautiful scenery, all the medieval type villages, the beautiful Dordogne River, delicious food and lovely places to stay.” Dopheide et al, Australia

Options: One of the days allows you to increase the amount of walking or to rest

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 6-13km per day Ascent: 60-130m per day

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When: 15 April to 15 Oct Accomm: Small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals

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Arrival: Transfer to Rouffillac. Souillac Follow the banks of the river, visit Chateau Fenelon, to Carsac in heart of Perigord Noir

Walk through countryside to medieval town of Sarlat

Walk valley to Domme, a bastide village with amazing views & explore the caves

Through countryside to the village of La Roque Gageac. Visit Chateau Castelnaud & museum. Explore gardens at Chateau Marqueyssac

Day walk out of La Roque Gageac. Towards Beynac & visit the chateau. Option for boat ride down river

Transfer to St Cyprien. Walk to Les Eyzies, with prehistoric site & take in Font De Gaume

Depart after breakfast

13.5km +70m

12km +100m

12.5km +130m

12.5km +100m

6.5/12km +80m

12km +60m

Quieter Side of Dordogne: Villages of Correze Walk in a beautiful undulating countryside of green pastures, forests and vines where pretty villages such as Turenne adorn the ridges and hill-tops. Criss-cross through this scenery bordered by limestone plateaux & hills.

Highlights Beautiful historic villages such Turenne, Curemont and Collonges-les-Rouges Picturesque and varied landscapes with vines, pasture and forest Great panoramic views throughout your walking holiday in a less frequented corner of Dordogne Lovely guest houses and great food Includes transfers to and from train station on Day 1 and Day 6 Options to shorten or lengthen walks on Days 2 & 3

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/4 days walking Distances: 10-19km per day Ascent: 160-450m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 1 lunch & 4 evening meals

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Arrival: Transfer from Brivela-Gaillard to hotel at Noailhac

Walk through rolling hills to village of Turenne with its castle. Explore its narrow alleyways & walk around the surrounding hills

Cross Tourmente Valley through hamlet of Ligneyrac. Continue to village of Collonges-la-Rouge. Explore its streets & alleyways. Option to walk into the higher hills to north of village

Follow GR480 passing through pretty hamlets such as Saillac to ridgetop village of Curemont

Walk across wooded hills Transfer to Brive to reach the historic ab-la-Gaillard after bey town of Beaulieu sur breakfast Dordogne on the banks of the Dordogne River

10/18km +200/450m

10/19km +160/430m

17km +250m

13km +450m

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Serene Lot Valley Trail Experience the charm & beauty of the wonderful Célé & Lot Valleys following quiet trails through unspoilt countryside in the Causses du Quercy regional park. The trail begins in Figeac and travels downstream to Cahors, home of the Malbec vineyards.

Highlights Following the majestic Célé and Lot Valleys Major prehistoric site at Pech Merle with its cave paintings Historic villages such as St-Cirq-Lapopie perched precariously above the river Lot Holiday finishes at Cahors, famous for its Malbec wines and 14th century bridge Walking days vary in length to allow time to visit the sights and recover from the longer days Holiday includes transfer on Day 2

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 10.5-21km per day Ascent: 60-600m per day

When: 15 April to 15 October Accomm: Small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals

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Arrival: Figeac. Explore town

Transfer to Beduer. Pass through glorious countryside along the Cele Valley to Espagnac Ste Eulalie, via Corn

Explore Espagnac. Walk through rugged terrain, beneath Chateau Anglais & via St Sulpice, arrive at accommodation just before Marcilhac

Follow Cele Valley to village of Cabrerets. Pass through Sauliac, visit the Musee de Cazals

Cabrerets to St Cirq Lapopie over River Lot. The walk is short but gives you chance to visit Pech Merle caves

Walk along River Lot to Vers through deserted countryside

Follow the River Lot into Cahors via Arcambal. Cahors is home of the Malbec vineyards

Depart after breakfast

10.5km +300m

15km +600m

21km +500m

12km +350m

20.5km +220m 18km +60m

Bordeaux Classic Wine Trail Our Bordeaux wine trail traverses some of the most famous vineyards in the world in a rolling countryside steeped in history. You begin by exploring St Emilion and then pass through other exceptional wine areas such as Sauternes & Entre-Deux-Mers.

Highlights Discover the vineyards of St Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as Entre-Deux-Mers, Sauternes and Graves Chance to visit the historic city of Bordeaux Beautiful guest houses & hotels in historic properties Guided visit of Saint Emilion and wine tasting visit at Convent des Jacobins included Walking trail options on several days meaning that the walking ranges from easy to easy+ Optional extra night in Bordeaux before or after your holiday

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/5 days walking Distances: 8-16km per day Ascent: 25-100m per day

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Arrival: Transfer from Bordeaux or direct to Saint Emilion

Explore Saint Emilion. Options for circuit with opportunities for wine tasting

Optional: Visit/wine tasting & guided visit of Saint Emilion. Taxi transfer to Caudrot, EntreDeux-Mers vineyard

Traverse hills planted with vineyards. Transfer end of walk to accommodation

Short transfer, along vines & Gironde estuary to port at Canal du Midi & St Macaire

Options. Visit Château Laurette or Loubens & reach Sainte Croix du Mont. Taxi transfer to Sauternes

Follow Garonne. Pass Sauternes vines. End day with tasting. To Chateau de Camperos

Transfer to Barsac after breakfast

15km +100m

10km +25m

8/16km +100m

15km +60m

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Tarn’s Medieval Bastides This walking holiday in the Tarn explores wonderful hill top villages, known as bastides. As well as the villages such as Puycelsi, Castelnau & Cordes-sur-Ciel, you'll discover a landscape of rolling fields, vineyards, ancient oak forests & deep rocky gorges.

Highlights Exploring Cordes-sur-Ciel, considered to be one of the best preserved villages in France Wonderful medieval bastides (hill-top fortified villages) including Puycelci, Castelnau & Bruniquel Leisurely walking through varied and picturesque landscapes Gaillac vineyards and historic oak forests Various options on walking days Option: extra night at Cordes, possible to visit Albi, classed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-21km per day Ascent: 240-380m per day

"We love hiking in France and this has been our most enjoyable trip. Your company really does an excellent job." K. Higgins, USA

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: Small guest houses Basis: Full Board (except one evening meal)

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Arrival: Transfer from Gaillac station to Castelnau

Up to Castelnau. Through Gaillac vines, visit Cahuzac & onto Donnazac

Through vineyards, past historic chateaux to bastide Cordes-sur-Ciel, one of the finest fortified settlements in France

Transfer to Vaour. Traverse hills Causse Magrou, descend to Aveyron Gorge. Climb to Penne & its castle, then remote countryside to Bruniquel

Into Gresigne forest. Choice of trails. Climb to hilltop bastide of Puycelci

Descend to Vere Valley. Trail through quiet rural scene, across small valleys in & out of woods to Castelnau

Circular walk from guest house or relax by the pool

Transfer to Gaillac after breakfast

21km +310m

14km +240m

17km +350m

14/18km +380m 16km +330m

12km +300m

Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn Our centre based holiday in the Tarn & Aveyron will allow you to explore several of the Tarn’s famous hill-top villages as well as discover the valleys that cut through the countryside giving it its distinctive character of gorges, wooded valleys & high plateaux.

Highlights Stunning medieval hilltop towns such as Cordes sur Ciel, plus a host of historic and cultural delights Wonderful guest houses with great food and wine The Tarn and Aveyron is a haven for a variety of wildlife Large choice of spectacular & varied walks Self Guided: guidebook will contain a selection of walks in addition to those shown below including walks around Castelnau & Penne Self Guided: Own transport required to access most walks, otherwise the choice of walks is limited

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Self Guided & Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-17km per day Ascent: 300-460m per day

"Walking with beautiful scenery & medieval villages. Lovely accommodation and owners." J & T Fawle, UK

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: 2 Guest houses in historic properties Basis: B&B plus 5 evening meals & 6 lunches

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Arrival: Transfer for guided from Toulouse, SG from Gaillac

St Antonin Noble Val: walk best on Sun: visit market & explore most beautiful part of Aveyron gorge

Cordes sur Ciel: Explore Cordes sur Ciel, then trail explores limestone plateau to the south

Puycelsi & Gresigne forest: from Puycelsi into Gresigne forest, the greatest oak forest in South of France

Albi: Rest day or visit Albi on banks of the Tarn. Home to St Cecile Cathedral

Vines & Chateaux: from Cahuzac, follow trail through vineyards & sunflower fields in Gaillac region

Najac to Laguepie: train to Najac from Laguepie. Follow St James’ Way along Aveyron

Depart: airport/ station after breakfast

12km +300m

16m +350m

13km +390m

17km +460m

15km +320m

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Jura Wine Trail Follow the vines south to discover not only the unique Jura wines, which include the famous Vin de Paille and Vin Jaune, among the most prized wines in France, but also wonderful historic villages such as Baumes-les-Messieurs and Chateau Chalon.

Highlights Dramatic gorges & valleys of the Jura wine-making region Wine tasting visits in a region famous for its unique white, yellow & red wines Medieval towns, renaissance chateaux, historic villages & historic abbeys Stunning waterfalls & abundant wildlife Option: Extra night at Baume to explore the reculée (closed gorge) with its caves & waterfalls Option: Extra night at Arbois: explore town & visit Montigny les Arsures, home of Trousseau grape

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 9-20km per day Ascent: 210-460m per day

"We enjoyed the time to relax together, enjoying excellent food & wine, easy & interesting walks with some fabulous views.....another excellent antidote to the hassle of modern life!" A & N. Blackhall, UK

When: 15 April to 31 Oct Accomm: Small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals & 4 lunches

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Arrival: Arbois

To Pupillin, home of Ploussard grapes. Wine tasting visits. Pass vines & forest to arrive above Poligny

Explore Poligny. Wine tasting. Option: climb onto cliffs & plateau to Chamole & descend to abbey at Vaux sur Poligny

Back onto plateau & follow GR59 to descend & pass through Miery & St Lothain. Rise through vines to Passenans

Explore valleys with historic villages such as Vau & Frontenay. Pass through Menetru le Vignes to Chateau Chalon home of famous Vin Jaune

Descend to Nevy sur Seille. Climb to ridge over vines of Vernois. Descend to Baume les Messieurs & abbey

Transfer to Lons le Saunier after breakfast

15km +210m

15km +340m

14/20km +460m

9/13km +300/370m

9/18km +250m

Alsace: Vineyards & Mountains Explore the famous Alsace vineyards and the Vosges hills & valleys that border them. Alsace has a rich architectural & historical heritage which you'll explore with its medieval castles & villages with their cobbled alleyways lined with typical Alsace houses.

Highlights

"Holiday has exceeded expectations. Really enjoyed it. Lovely unspoilt region." A. Solomon, UK

Explore the picturesque Vosges hills and valleys with unforgettable panoramas Eguisheim, one of the most beautiful villages on the wine route, close to three chateaux Famous vineyards home of classic "Grands Crus" Spectacular chateaux and ruins in a region that has a rich historic legacy Favourable climate - protected by the higher hills to the west Option: extra night at Kaysersberg- more time in town or to walk to Riquewihr

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 15-24km per day Ascent: 530-1090m per day

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Arrival: Climb to 3 chateaux in Eguisheim Eguisheim & Hohlansbourg Chateau. Rejoin valley & onto Turckheim 15km +660m

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When: April to October Accomm: 2 & 3 star hotels Basis: Half Board Day 3

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Turckheim to Kaysersberg, known for its floral displays via vineyards famed for best Alsace wines

Kaysersberg to Labaroche & summit of Petit Honack (927m). After Croix de Whor Pass (840m), path leads to Munster in Vosges Massif

Climb towards Wassenburg (746m) & summit of Mühlenkopf (805m) & descend to the vines & village of Wintzfeldon

Terraced path above Rhine Valley leads to Gueberschwihr. Celtic religious sites & historic abbey to Eguisheim

15km +700m

24km +1090m

16km +800m

16km +530m

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Amazing Auvergne: Volcanoes, Lakes & Historic Villages Explore this beautiful landscape with volcanic & glacial lakes, volcanic domes, rocky cliffs, secluded valleys & dramatic waterfalls. Visit the charming historic villages and wonder at the volcanic domes and cones which stretch as far as the eye can see.

Highlights Auvergne has the highest number of Romanesque churches & monuments in France Landscape of volcanic & glacial lakes, volcanic domes, secluded valleys & dramatic waterfalls "Wonderful holiday, your knowledge of the geography and geology of the area added to the interest of the walks which were both varied and interesting. I appreciated the opportunity to see such a wide area of the Auvergne and would have a hard time deciding which of the walks I liked best." Ricki Bull, UK

Self Guided: Guidebooks will provide more walks than days in the holiday, so you can choose your walks based on the weather, interests & difficulty Self Guided: A car is required for this holiday to take you to the start of each walk Option of making some walks longer or shorter, & longer days out on the hills can be alternated with shorter, easier days exploring the lakes and villages

• • • • Day 1 Arrival: Auvergne guest house

Self Guided & Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 12-18km per day Ascent: 290-500m per day Stroll amid volcanoes

When: 20 May to 30 Sept Accomm: Small hotels, guest houses & auberges Basis: Full Board (except 1 evening meal)

Around Orcival

Centre-based

Descent from Puy de Sancy La Banne d'Ordanche Murol, St Nectaire

Lac Pavin and Besse

Day 8

Besse en Chandesse. Follow valley to lac Pavin & traverse a country with peaks, forest & pasture

Depart after breakfast

Ascend the Puy Pariou in the Puy de Dome area & complete a traverse underneath volcanoes

Rochefort Montagne to ridge & descend to Orcival via Chateau des Cordes & St Martin de Tours

Cable car from Mont Dore to summit Puy de Sancy. Follow valley with waterfalls & views over hills & valleys

Start by Col de Guéry with great views & pass Lac Guéry & ascend to Banne d'Ordanche

12km +330m

18km +480m

13km +500m

14km +460m

Chance to visit chateau at Murol, the village of St Nectaire & lake Chambon

15km +290m

Summit of Auvergne: Tour of Sancy A circular tour that starts and finishes in the spa town of Mont Dore and explores a number of dramatic summits and beautiful ridges on all sides of the Sancy mountain range as well as visiting the charming medieval villages of Besse and Murol.

Highlights Dramatic waterfalls, beautiful lakes & wild mountain scenery Climb the highest & most beautiful summits of the Puy de Sancy with exceptional views Historic villages built from volcanic stone with great ecclesiastical monuments Rich flora & fauna with mouflons, chamois & orchids Extra days at Mont Dore are possible Can be done as 5 night holiday with removal of Day 4

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 16-22km per day Ascent: 200-900m per day

When: 20 May to 30 Sept Accomm: Small hotels & guest houses Basis: B&B plus 2 evening meals & 3 picnic lunches

Linear Trail

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Day 7

Arrival: Mont Dore and transfer from station

To Lac Guery & La Banne d’Ordanche Return via summit of Puy Gros. Or to Col de la Croix Morand & 4 summits including Puy de l’Angle. Descend past Grande Cascade

Climb to Plateau Durdise & Roc Cuzeau & to Puy de Crebasses. Descend past Chambon sur Lac

Rest day/short walk around Lake Chambon, Murol & adjacent hills. Or walk to St Nectaire & its basilica

Climb to St Victoire la Rivière & Besse en Chandesse. Trail to Lac Pavin & guest house

Climb to Chaudefour Valley & summit Sancy, Puy de Cliergue & le Capucin & descend to Mont Dore

Transfer to station at Mont Dore

19/21km +820/900m

20km +830m

7/19km +200/490m

22km +810m

16km +750m

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Cantal Mountains: The Rugged Heart of France Explore the Cantal mountains in the southern Auvergne. The Cantal massif is the extinct remains of a huge volcano where erosion has created rugged ridges, rocky peaks and green valleys of stunning beauty in an untamed landscape rich with wildlife.

Highlights A unique site - the largest volcano (now extinct) in western Europe A sumptuous green landscape of wild and rugged ridges, elegant peaks and glaciated valleys Exciting & dramatic walks off the well trodden paths on to rocky ridges & airy summits A rich upland flora and fauna Transport to start of 2 walks for self-guided & additional transport can be booked in situ

"Location absolutely spectacular. (Enjoyed) the superb mix of hiking, French culture, great companions, stunning scenery, beautiful flowers - the whole package!" R. Taft, USA

Self Guided: Guidebook contains additional walks such as traverse of Puy Chavaroche

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Self Guided & Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 5-7hrs per day Ascent: 630-910m per day

When: 15 May to 15 Oct Accomm: Small guest house in historic building Basis: Full Board

Centre-based

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Murat & transfer to guest house

Puy de Niermont: Climb ridge to summit of Puy de Niermont. Explore Limon plateau

Puy Griou: Transfer to Mandailles in Jordanne Valley. Head to Puy Griou. Follow GR400 to Rocher du Bec de l’Aigle

Puy Mary: Climb to Col Serre & ridge to Puy Mary. Ridge to Col de Cabre

Rest day, visit Murat or optional walk

Puy de Peyre Arse: Ascend ridge of Puy de Peyre Arse leading to summit. Scale summits of Puy Bataillouse

Cirque du Falgoux & Puy Tourte: Transfer to Falgoux & climb ridge to Col de Redonet. Detour to Puy Chavaroche & cirque du Falgoux

Transfer to Murat after breakfast

6hrs +630m

5hrs30 +700m

6hrs +700m

5hrs +910m

7hrs +800m

Tranquil Auvergne Trail Start & end at the world heritage town of Puy en Velay on this tranquil trail. Explore an upland plateau landscape in southern Auvergne punctuated with intimate valleys & volcanic domes whilst staying in some wonderful historic properties.

Highlights World heritage town of Puy en Velay with its volcanic spires topped by religious monuments Unique circuit through open, wild & remote upland countryside punctuated by volcanic hills, secluded valleys & historic settlements Historic villages & hamlets with its own unique rural architecture & chateaux lining the upper Loire Valley Trip can be made into a 6 night holiday by removing day 7 "Very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful countryside: wild flowers, birds. Very 'French.' Made to feel welcome. Thanks - we had a brilliant time." J. Goddard, UK

Options to shorten or lengthen walking days on Days 4 & 5

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 11-22km per day Ascent: 230-570m per day

When: 15 May to 15 October Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & auberges Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals & 4 lunches

Linear Trail

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Day 3

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Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Welcome in Puy en Velay

Transfer to Laussone. Cross country of volcanic summits. End at St Julien Chapteuil

Climb to ridge & descend to Montusclat and onto hamlet of Bigorre

Climb to plateau. Visit St Front & head north to village of Moudeyres

Short day/option to ascend Mont Mezenc with great views. Descend to village of Les Estables

Across open farmland head away from heights to the historic village of Monastier sur Gazeille. Transfer to Puy en Velay

Explore Puy en Velay, World Heritage site with volcanic & religious heritage

Depart after breakfast

16km +410m

19km +570m

18km +320m

11/15km +380/630m

22km +230m

Massif Central, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays


Tour of Ardeche: Rustic Trails This circular tour in the Ardeche mountains becomes higher & more remote as you head into the Tanargue. There are ridges, offering panoramic views, wild mountains, historic bridges & chateaux, cliff-lined rivers and terraces of orchards & vines.

Highlights Wonderful heather-clad ridges with great panoramic views "We have both enjoyed a terrific week! We had a really delightful time. All of our hosts were so friendly and welcoming. We very much enjoyed all of our days of walking, and the variations in landscapes and changing flora in the forests. I really loved walking along the ridges ....." M. Ma, UK

Chestnut forests & beautiful rivers where it's possible to bathe Rustic stone-built villages, old terraces with stone walls and beautiful medieval bridges spanning the steep valley slopes Off the beaten track walking away from the tourist hotspots Days 1 & 9: Arrival & departure from Aubenas

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Self Guided Walking 8 nights/7 days walking Distances: 16-21km per day Ascent: 570-900m per day

When: April, May, June, Sept & Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: B&B plus 5 evening meals & 6 lunches

Linear Trail

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Day 8

Cross Sandron Valley & climb to Volcan de Craux. End day at Antraigues sur Volane

Through forest to Juvinas. Climb over hilltops & descend to Chirols above Fontauliere River

To Ardeche River & climb to summits including Rocher de Ladenne & descend to Thuyets, via historic bridge

Transfer to La Souche. Climb to open ridgeline, option to climb Mont Aigu. Follow Tour of Tanargue & descend to Valgorge, Baume Valley

Climb to ridge & cross summits & follow tour of Tanargue & descend to La Roche. B&B: sauna & pool

Cross valley & climb to Tour de Brison, villages of Montreal & Largentiere to Tauriers

Chassiers & Chazeaux, back to medieval town of Aubenas

18.5km +600m

17km +900m

20km +620m

16km +900m

12km +600m

16km +850m

21km +570m

Cevennes to Provence: Saint Guilhem’s Trail Discover an amazing variety of landscapes in the southern Massif Central as you head south through the Cevennes, passing must-see sites such as the Tarn Gorge and the Navacelles Cirque and finishing at the pretty village of Guilhem-le-Desert.

Highlights The wild and beautiful landscapes of the Cevennes The spectacular gorges and cliffs of the Tarn Valley and the Navacelles Cirques Originally a drovers path, the trail became a pilgrimage route to the resting place of William of Orange White Knight of Charlemagne Pretty village of St-Guilhem-le-Desert Day 1 arrival at Canourgue & day 10 departure from St-Guilhem-le-Desert Also possible to add 4 additional walking days at the beginning to start from Aumont Aubrac

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/8 days walking Distances: 14-25km per day Ascent: 270-910m per day Day 2

When: May to October Accomm: Small hotels and guest houses Basis: Half Board

Linear Trail

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Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Canourgue to Saint Enimie in Tarn Gorge via limestone plateaux

Saint Enimie to Nivoliers via Méjean plateau, its hamlets & open spaces

Nivoliers to Meyrueis via Méjean plateau & Nimes le Vieux & descend to Jonte Gorge

Meyrueis to L’Esperou via Mont-Aigoual. Option to go to summit. Descend by Col de la Serreyrede

L’Esperou to Le Vigan descending from mountains into deep valleys

Le Vigan to Navacelles via Blandas plateau & Cirque de Navacelles

Navacelles to Le Ranquas following the cirque at mid-slope. Climb to Larzac plateau

Le Ranquas to Saint Guilhem le Desert via Cirque de la Seranne et l’Infernet

25km +645m

15km +670m

15km +270m

17/23km +910/1075m 20km +285m

23km +690m

14km +480m

20km +425m

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Brittany’s Emerald Coast Experience some of Brittany’s most impressive coastline, with dramatic rocky headlands enclosing picturesque coves of golden sand. Something new each day: from the villas of Dinard & walled town of St Malo to the heathland & cliffs of Cap Frehel.

Highlights Dramatic cliffs and wonderful views from Peninsulas of Frehel & Erquy Pretty seaside resorts such as Saint-Briac, Saint Lunaire, & Erquy as well as sheltered beaches & tiny fishing ports Flexibility: add or remove walking days as required Possibility to book extra night at St Malo. Also optional extra day's walking & night at Point de la Latte on the Frehel Peninsula is possible Optional additional night at Dinan via boat trip down the Rance Estuary from St Malo with transfer to Dinard the following day

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 15-18km per day Ascent: 70-300m per day

"Enjoyed the whole experience - we felt good at the end - a treasured memory. The variety of each day's walk & the absolutely spectacular scenery!" Tatom & Jones, NZ

When: April to October Accomm: Small guest houses & family run hotels Basis: B&B plus 2 evening meals & 3 lunches

Linear Trail

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: St Malo

Ferry across Rance estuary to Dinard. Walk to St Briac via headlands & coves past St Luniare

Transfer & pass Chateau Guildo. Follow coast along Arguenon Bay. Pass sandy beaches to St Cast le Guildo

Around Point de St Cast & follow coastline, views to Frehel peninsula. Pass bay at Port St Jean. Climb to St Germain & descend to Port à la Duc. Transfer to Pointe de la Latte

Pass Fort de la Latte. Reach Cap Fréhel & past lighthouses. Descend to beaches at La Fosse & les Greves. Trail inland through forest to coast at Sables d’Or les Pins

Around Erquy peninsula & end at port of Erquy

Transfer to Lamballe train station after breakfast

16km +100m

14km +300m

15/18km +250m

17km +70m

14km +300m

Brittany’s Granite Coast Your trail, the old coastguard footpath, winds its way amongst the unusual pink boulders that contrast with the turquoise seas & sandy beaches. There’s also wild & remote cliffs and peninsulas, dramatic estuaries and pretty fishing ports to enjoy.

Highlights Fantastically shaped pink granite blocks littering a pretty section of coastline Holiday can be undertaken as 2, 4-day walking holidays Perros Guirec: 8km out to sea is Sept Iles: Boat trips available from the jetty at Plage de Trestaou Day 1: Arrival at Treguier, transfer from Lannion if required Day 10: Morlaix, holiday ends after breakfast Option: Extra day at Kerenoc to explore some inland scenery including many prehistoric sites, plus Ile Grand & continue to the beaches at Trebeurden

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/8 days walking Distances: 16-22km per day Ascent: 50-500m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Small guest houses & family run hotels Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals

Linear Trail

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Transfer from Treguier. Jaudy estuary & Plougrescant headland to Pointe du Chateau & CastelMeur to Ralevy

Promontory with islands leading close to Perros Guirec. Transfer to Perros Guirec

To Kerenoc. Strange rock formations to Pors Kamor & Ploumanac'h to causeway & Coz Porz & Pointe de Landrellec

Transfer to Trebeurden Cliffs to Pointe de Beg Leguer & Pointe Servel Leguer Estuary to Lannion

Le Yaudet & Pointe de Dourven to Locquemeau. Cliff top to St Michel en Greve. Transfer to Locquirec

Sections not for faint hearted/ several alternatives. Inland to Plougasnou

To Plouezoc'h (Bren). Coast with many promontories, such as Pointe de Primel & Pointe Analouesten

To Morlaix. Visit Cairn of Barnenez & ports Le Palud de Keremel & Le Dourduff en Mer

16km +160m

21km +300m

22km +50m

16km +250m

20km +360m

20km +500m

21km +170m

18km +150m

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Brittany’s Coast of Legends: Part 1, Roscoff - Aber Wrac’h North Western Brittany’s coast has dramatic cliffs, beautiful beaches, sand dunes, long estuaries & peaceful ports. The many islands & rocky headlands have made it a coastline that’s difficult to navigate and a place of legends.

Highlights Beautiful sandy bays enclosed by rocky headlands Easy walking with little ascent or descent Lots of archaeological interest with burial chambers and standing stones Pretty headlands overlooking a chaotic, rocky coastline Wildlife interest with lagoons and large dunes Options: This holiday can be combined with part 2 below. Full walk from Roscoff to Brest is 14 days walking

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 16-22km per day Ascent: 70-350m per day Day 1

Arrival: Roscoff

When: April to October Accomm: Mainly 3 star hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus 2 evening meals

Linear Trail

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Roscoff to Mogueriec via sandy beaches at Palud & Theven with rocky headlands

Mogueriec to Plouescat on long unspoilt section of beautiful coast

Plouescat to Brignogan via the dunes of Ker Emma and chaotic rocky coast

Brignogan to Guisseny via Tresseny estuary and restored fishing hamlet of Meneham

Guisseny to Plougerneau via Curnic lakes, cliff walking and archaeological sites

Plougerneau to Aber Wrac’h via large headlands and the Aber Wrac’h estuary

22km +120m

19km +70m

20km +350m

19km +130m

22km +290m

16km +300m

Day 8 Departure: Taxi transfer to Brest

Brittany’s Coast of Legends: Part 2, Aber Wrac’h - Brest The second part of our Coast of Legends walk takes you around long estuaries to the Western most point of France via dramatic cliffs and secluded bays. Choose between a 6 day walk to Conquet or an 8 day walk all the way to the port of Brest.

Highlights The long tidal estuaries (or Abers) of Wrac’h, Benoit & Ildut Pretty harbours & villages of Portsall & Conquet A multitude of headlands, sandy bays, rocky shelves and tiny islands Cliff walking along the Atlantic Coast and the Western most point in France (Pointe Carsen) Explore historic port of Brest Choose between a 6 day walk to Conquet & bus to Brest or an 8 day walk to Brest Transfer to start from Brest / Extra from Roscoff

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Self Guided Walking 7 or 9 nights/6 or 8 days walking Distances: 14-21km per day Ascent: 80-350m per day

When: April to October Accomm: Hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals & 1 lunch

Linear Trail

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Aber Wrac’h by taxi

Aber Wrac’h to Aber Benoit: 2 impressive estuaries and views at Ste Marguerite

Aber Benoit to St Pabu completing the walk around Benoit estuary

St Pabu to pretty harbour at Portsall via large sandy bays & dunes

Portsall to Porspodor along unspoilt rocky section with prehistoric sites & many bays & headlands

Porspodor to Porscav via Aber Ildut. Transfer to accommodation

Poscav to Conquet via Pointe Carsen (western most point in France)

Optional 2 days from Conquet to Brest via granite cliffs

18km +340m

15km +80m

14km +140m

16km +120m

21km +190m

17km +350m

18km +250m

Brittany, France. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Days 8 & 9

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Belgium’s Trappist Beer Trail: Part 1 This is the first part of the Belgium Beer Trail, a walk through the Ardennes in southern Wallonia. This section starts at the famous Trappist abbey of Chimay and meanders through picturesque undulating countryside with numerous pretty villages.

Highlights Tasting some of Belgium’s most renowned beers starting with the Trappist beer, Chimay Pretty historic villages and chateaux in picturesque countryside Visit the town of Dinant in the Meuse Valley, original home of Leffe. Pleasant mix of forests and open landscapes Several transfers including to and from walking holiday Option to book a night in Dinant to visit the sites of the town

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 3-5hrs30 per day Distances: 10-18km per day

When: April to October Accomm: Quality hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus 4 evening meals

Linear Trail

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Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Transfer from Couvin station to accommodation

Small transfer to Scourmant Abbey & short walk to the pretty village of Chimay & its 14th century chateau

Chimay to Dailly via Lac Virelles & the pretty villages of Lompret (one of prettiest in Wallonia) and Virelles

Dailly to the tourist centre of Nismes with its gardens and nature reserve & rock towers at the Fondry des Chiens

Nismes to Treignes via picturesque rolling countryside and the pretty village of Vierves

Treignes (village of museums) to Doische via viewpoints & village of Hierges below its imposing castles

Transfer to Dinant

3hrs 30, 10km

5hrs 30, 18km

4hrs 30, 15km

5hrs, 17km

4hrs 30, 15km

Belgium’s Trappist Beer Trail: Part 2 This is the second part of the Belgium Beer Trail, a walk through the Ardennes in southern Wallonia. This section starts near the town of Dinant & soon reaches the Meuse River. Follow the attractive Lesse Valley to the Trappist Abbey of Rochefort.

Highlights Tasting some of Belgium’s most renowned beers Pretty historic villages and chateaux in picturesque countryside Pleasant mix of forests and open landscapes Picturesque Meuse & Lesse Valleys with great viewpoints Several transfers including to and from walking holiday Option to book a night in Dinant to visit the sites of the town

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Time taken: 4-6hrs30 per day Distance 13-22km per day

When: April to end of October Accomm: Quality hotels & B&B’s Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Transfer from Dinant

Vodelee to Hastiere via wild valley of Hermeton. Hastiere located on the Meuse has a remarkable abbey church

Hastiere to Furfooz via great view points over the Meuse Valley & Caracole Brewery

6hrs, 20km

6hrs, 20km

Day 4

Linear Trail

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Day 6

Furfooz to Chevetogne via the pretty village of Celles and Chateau Veves in the Lesse Valley

Chevetogne to Grand Sinsin via open countryside & transfer to historic town of Marche en Famenne

Grand Sinsin to the village of Rochefort and its Trappist Abbey & famous beer

6hrs 30, 22km

5hrs 30, 18km

4hrs, 13km

Belgium. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 7 Transfer to nearby train station


Andalucia: Grazalema National Park Grazalema National Park is a great location for a holiday in Andalucia. You will walk between picturesque villages with rocky crags rising dramatically above beautiful gorges. On your last day, you will also visit the spectacular village of Ronda.

Highlights Grazalema National Park has spectacular limestone and dolomite crags rising above beautiful gorges, the most spectacular being the Garganta Verde Rich wildlife with Griffon Vultures plus roe deer, Egyptian mongoose and Spanish Ibex Ronda, town on the edge of huge cliffs with old & new towns connected by an immense bridge Choice of walks on centre-based walking days: overall grade can vary according to your choices Can choose to have a rest day on any of the centre based days

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/5 days walking Distances: 8-20km per day Ascent: 100-700m per day

When: Jan to June & Sept to Dec Accomm: 2, 3 & 4 star country hotels Basis: B&B plus 3 evening meals

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Day 3

Day 4

Days 5 & 6 Options of Circuits

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Benaojan or transfer from Malaga

Descend to valley floor to walk alongside the railway to Jimera de Libar. Return by train or retrace steps

Walk down valley of Libar on GR7. Head over a limestone ridge to Villaluenga

Walk up to plateau below Simancon peak in heart of the Grazalema National Park

Grazalema Circuit 8km +200m Goat Herders Leap 9/17km +300m Climb Simancon 11km +700m Pinsapar 12km +500m Grazalema Circuit (2) 8km +300m

Transfer to hotel in Ronda. Explore this spectacular town with monumental bridge spanning the gorge separating the old and new towns

Departure or transfer to Malaga

10/18km +100m

20km +700m

14km +400m

8-17km 200-700m

Alpujarras Valley Walk: Andalucian Ramble Our holiday in the Alpujarras is designed to give you a taster of the region and includes walking in the wonderful Poquiera gorge and in the ‘off the beaten track’ area around Cadiar. The beautiful upland scenery is home to a large variety of wildlife.

Highlights Wonderful Poquiera gorge and the off the beaten track area around Cadiar Traditional Moorish architecture with white-washed box-shaped houses forming beautiful villages clinging to the hillsides Area rich in flora & fauna: Spanish ibex and abundance of wildflowers Opportunity to visit the historic city of Granada and its fabulous Alhambra Palace Choice of walks on all days except the last day’s linear walk

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/5 or 6 days walking Distances: 7-18km per day Ascent: 100-600m per day

When: Jan to June & Sept to Dec Accomm: 3 star hotels or equivalent Basis: B&B plus 5 evening meals

Linear/Centre-based

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Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Arrival: Transfer to Capilei ra

La Cabadilla Circuit: Walk towards Sierra Nevada & the deserted la Cebadilla. Back via other side of gorge, or Three Villages: take in 3 villages of Bubion, Pampaniera, & Capileira in Poquiera Gorge

Walk out of Poquiera gorge & down to Taha region

La Taha Valley Walk: Along valley through villages of Ferreriola & Busquistar, or Sierra Mecina Circuit: Walk on mule tracks & visit villages in Alpujarras region

Transfer to Trevelez & free day or Day 6 walk, or Granada & Alhambra

7/9km +200/600m

8/14km

8/12km +100/200m

Spain. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 6

Day 7

Choice of 3 walks: Rio Trevelez Walk, Rio Culo Pero, Siete Lagunas

Linear walk down to hotel at Cadiar

12km +200m

18km +500m

Day 8 Depart after breakfast

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Slovenian Explorer: Mountains to the Med This multi-centre based walking holiday will allow you to discover the most beautiful sights of Slovenia including Triglav National Park with its mountains, lakes, plateaux & coast, as well as its historic towns such as Piran & its culinary specialities.

Highlights Discover the must-see sights of Slovenia Triglav National Park with its mountains and lakes Very small but beautiful section of Mediterranean Coast Lake Bled, the pearl of the Julian Alps Historic towns of Piran, Idrija, as well as the capital Ljubljana You will need your own car to access the accommodation & some sites on this holiday

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking/visits Time taken: 2-5hrs30 per day Ascent: 150-800m per day

When: May to October Accomm: Quality hotels & B&B’s Basis: Half Board

Multi-centre-based

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Day 3

Day 4

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Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Make your way to Lake Bled

Discover Lake Bled & its castle with Triglav mountains behind. Discover Vintgar Gorge

Head to Rudno Polje plateau, great views of mountains & Lake Bohinj. Descend to lake & head to Cerkno

Head to Reka & walk a forestry trail with panoramic views. Picnic under Vrhovec summit

Head to Idrija and its UNESCO sites - mines, caves & underground Reka river. Leave for Strunjan or Ankaran by the Sea

Reach Piran by boat with its gothic palaces & return to hotel by foot

5hrs 30 +450m

4hrs 30 +350m

5hrs 30 +800m

2hrs +300m

4hrs 30 +150m 4hrs 30 +700m

Day 8

Head to Podgorje Depar& climb to summit ture of Slavnik. Descent via villages. Head to Ljubljana

Triglav National Park: Bled to Bohinj From the Karavanke Alps to the Julian Alps via Bled & Boninj, discover Slovenia’s varied landscapes, the Pokljuka Forest and Mostnice Gorge all in one walking holiday. Enjoy peaceful accommodation in typical auberges and B&B’s.

Highlights Discover numerous natural sites of Triglav National Park including gorges, waterfalls, lakes & mountains Area of traditions, unique cuisine and architecture Voyage through two mountainous regions of Slovenia: Karavanke & then the Julian Alps Mountains over 2000m with great views across the Save Valley, as well as Italy and Austria Rich wildlife & wild forests as well as alpine pastures where you can try local cheese with schnapps Transfers included at the start and end of holiday Circular walks on 3 days

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Time taken: 5-7hrs per day Ascent: 300-1000m per day

When: Mid April to end of October Accomm: Hotels, auberges & B&B’s Basis: Half Board

Linear Trail

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Day 3

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Day 5

Day 6

Arrival: Ljubljana & transfer to accommodation in Draga

Circular trail in Begunjščica massif, ascend to Roblekov Dom hut at 1657m

Draga to Zasip via forests, chateau ruins & pretty villages with views over Lake Bled

Zasip to Goreljek at 1250m via Lake Bled and climb into Julian Alps & pastures of Pokljuka plateau

Climb in forest & pasture to summits over 2000m to have great views of Triglav and Krma Valley

Leave the plateau and reach Uskovnica hut & descend to Sredjna Vas village

7hrs +1000m

6hrs +400m

7hrs +825m

6hrs 30 +820m

5hrs +300m/–900m 6hrs +650m

Slovenia. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 7 Climb Mostnice Gorge to Voje pastures & descend to Lake Bohinj

Day 8 Transfer to Ljubljana


West Mendip Explorer: Somerset Heights to Somerset Levels The Mendip Hills form a dramatic scene of wild, open plateau interrupted by deep gorges such as the famous Cheddar Gorge. The iconic Glastonbury Tor rises above the Somerset Levels whilst Wells, the beautiful medieval city is nestled below the hills.

Highlights Stunning Cheddar Gorge, the largest Gorge in England Medieval city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral Eclectic town of Glastonbury, home of the King Arthur legend with its Tor and abbey ruins Panoramic views from the Mendip plateau over the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel Extra night in Glastonbury for time to explore the town & Somerset Levels or extra night in Cheddar for a walk around the Gorge or visit the Caves "Enjoyed discovering this region and walking in its beautiful landscape and appreciated the English hospitality." G. Noetzlin, Switzerland

Option: additional night in Wells to explore the surrounding countryside & villages

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 11-22km per day Ascent: 100-600m per day

Linear Trail

When: April to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: WestonSuperMare

Climb to Bleadon Hill & Crook Peak & onto Wavering Down & descend to Axbridge

To Dolebury Warren & up to Beacon Batch (325m), onto Burrington Coombe & descend to Rickford

Up to Ubley Warren, Velvet Bottom to reach Black Rock. Visit Lookout Tower, descend to Cheddar via Jacobs Ladder. Explore Cheddar

Follow Mendip escarpment to Priddy, home to Priddy Nine Barrows. Taxi to Wells

Taxi to Priddy. Priddy to Ebbor Gorge & Wookey Hole. Descend to city of Wells. Explore: Cathedral & Bishop’s Palace

Route via countryside to climb Glastonbury Tor

Depart after breakfast. Transfer to local station

22km +355m

18km +600m

16km +340m

16km +350m

11km +100m

21km +520m

The Mendip Way The Mendip Way is a long distance trail in Somerset that runs from the Victorian seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare in the west to the vibrant & historic town of Frome in the east; paced to allow time to explore Cheddar & the cathedral city of Wells.

Highlights Panoramic views from the Mendip plateau over the Somerset Levels and the Bristol Channel Medieval city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral & Bishop’s Palace Stunning Cheddar Gorge, the largest Gorge in England Possible to visit Caves in Cheddar & Wookey Hole Options for extending walks around Priddy and/ or additional night in Wells with exploration of outlying countryside and villages Options: Extra nights at start or end of holiday to explore Weston &/or Frome

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 11-22km per day Ascent: 100-400m per day

When: April to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Linear Trail

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Arrival: Night at WestonSuperMare

Climb to Bleadon Hill & Crook Peak & onto Wavering Down & descend to Axbridge

Axbridge to Cheddar via Shipham, Rowberry Bottom, Long Wood, Black Rock down into Cheddar

Follow Mendip escarpment to Priddy, home to Priddy Nine Barrows. Taxi to Wells

From Priddy to Ebbor Gorge & down to Wookey Hole. Descend to city of Wells. Explore: Cathedral & Bishop’s Palace

Climbing Tor Hill & into Kings Woods onto Ham Woods & descend to Shepton Mallet

Shepton to Frome via Cranmore Tower, Downhead & Mells River

Depart after breakfast

22km +355m

11km +400m

16km +350m

11km +100m

11km +250m

22km +200m

Somerset, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays

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Cornwall’s Dramatic Northern Coast North Cornwall's Atlantic coast is a dramatic and beautiful section of the South West Coast path with varied and challenging walking. Each day is a new experience with beautiful sandy bays, secluded inlets harbouring quaint villages and rugged cliffs.

Highlights Tintagel’s 13th century castle ruins, reputed birthplace of King Arthur Picturesque fishing villages such as Boscastle & Port Isaac Towering cliffs with great views and places to bird watch or spot grey seals Camel Estuary with the bustling harbour of Padstow Coastal Trail from Bude to Padstow with optional day to Porthcothan Options: Extra night at Padstow with cycle along the Camel Trail

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Self Guided Walking 5 nights/4 days walking Distances: 15-19km per day Ascent: 810-1230m per day Day 1

"Each day had its pluses, met many people along the route and visits to Boscastle, Tintagel and Padstow were all great." R & C. O'Grady, Australia

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival: Night Crackington Haven via at Bude Widemouth Bay, Phillip’s Point Nature Reserve & Dizzard Forest 16km +810m

Linear Trail

When: March to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast Day 4

Day 5

Tintagel via High Cliff (233m) & fishing village of Boscastle

Port Isaac via Trebarwith Strand & some strenuous ascents and descents through valleys

Padstow via Port Quin, The Rumps & the Camel Estuary crossed by ferry

18km +1230m

15km +835m

19km +855m

Day 6

Day 6 (optional)

Depart after breakfast

Porthcothan via Trevone Head & Constantine Bay. Bus to Padstow or Newquay for night 22km +770m

South Cornwall Coast: Historic Ports & Fishing Villages On the last stretch of the Cornish Coastal Path there are high cliff top views, picturesque fishing villages, beautiful estuaries and sandy beaches aplenty to enjoy on route between the historic maritime centres of Falmouth & Plymouth.

Highlights Traditional fishing villages huddled around small harbours such as Charlestown, Portscatho, Portloe, Polperro & Mevagissey Peninsulas with far ranging views such as the infamous Dodman Point Wonderful estuaries with Ferry journeys Possible to have extra nights at start or end of walk to explore Plymouth & Falmouth Optional walk to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan on route or can be done as additional day Option: Extra night at Charlestown to visit the Eden Project

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Self Guided Walking 8 nights/7 days walking Distances: 11-24km per day Ascent: 350-950m per day

Linear Trail

When: March to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Night at Falmouth

Ferries to St Mawes & Place to Roseland Peninsula, Portscatho to Portloe

Portholland, around Dodman Point through Gorran Haven to Mevagissey

Option: via Lost Gardens of Heligan to Pentewan. Ropehaven cliffs, past Duporth to Charlestown

Par Sands, to Gribbin Head. High cliffs to Fowey on the estuary

Ferry to Polruan. Strenuous stretch to Polperro & Looe

Spectacular views from cliff tops via Seaton, Downderry to Crafthole

Cliffs of Freahy to Rame Head & villages of Caws and Kingsand to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. Ferry to Plymouth

22km +860m

20km +890m

11/14km +600m

17km +350m

19km +950m

14km +600m

22/24km +700m

Cornwall, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 8

Day 9 Depart after breakfast


Wonders of Wessex Walk Our unique walking holiday explores the beautiful countryside of the Wiltshire/Dorset border along secluded valleys, through idyllic villages & over rolling chalk hills. Everyday there’s new sites to see including Old Sarum, Wardour Castle & Stonehenge.

Highlights Saxon hill-top town of Shaftesbury with Gold Hill & great views Medieval city of Salisbury & walking in the Stonehenge landscape Unspoilt landscape of the chalk hills & valleys Options to visit Old Sarum, Stonehenge, Wilton House, Larmer Tree Gardens, Wardour Castle & Heale Gardens dependent on fees & opening times

"(Enjoyed) the Wessex countryside, walking to Stonehenge, Old Sarum & through the burial mounds. Some of our favourite B&B's. Thanks for a memorable holiday." J & M. Krieger, USA

Recommended: additional night in Salisbury to have more time to visit Cathedral, Museum etc Options: 6 & 5 night versions go from Salisbury to Great Wishford or Broad Chalke

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 13-22km per day Ascent: 210-380m per day

Day 1

Day 2

Arrival: Salisbury to AmesNight at bury via Old Sarum Salisbury & the pretty villages of the Woodford Valley 20km +250m

Linear Trail

When: April to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast plus 4 packed lunches

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Amesbury to Great Wishford via Stonehenge & its prehistoric sites and into Wylye Valley

Great Wishford to Broad Chalke via Grovely Wood & Wilton over downs to the Chalke Valley

Broad Chalke to Ludwell. Short transfer. Over downs to Nadder Valley with Old Wardour Castle & Donheads

Ludwell to Farnham via Win Green & Tollard Royal & Larmer Tree Gardens

17/21km +300m

17/22km +300m

16km +300m

13/14km +210m 18km +380m

Day 8

Farnham to Shaftes- Depart bury via Ashmore & after Melbury Beacon breakfast entering via Gold Hill & circular tour

Hart of the Cranborne Chase A flexible walking tour across the very centre of this chalk plateau that was once a royal hunting ground. Stay centrally or traverse this landscape with its unique character, in part, preserved by the stern laws that once governed the hunting of deer.

Highlights Flexible walking holiday that crosses the centre of the Cranborne Chase & allows time to explore Picturesque villages of thatched cottages, manor houses & flint banded churches Rolling countryside criss-crossed by ancient tracks & littered with ancient barrows 1 Centre based holiday can be extended to further days with addition of horse riding & natural therapy treatments e.g. spa treatments & massages and/or further walks can be added if you have a car 2 Centre based: 6 nights 5 days walking (Ludwell/ Farnham) - 1 Centre: 4 nights 3 days walking (Farnham)

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Self Guided Walking 3 Centres: 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 14-20km per day Ascent: 120-300m per day

Day 1 Arrival: Transfer to Ludwell

Day 2

Centre-based

When: April to Oct Accomm: B&B’s & Inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Circular trail to Old Wardour Castle via White Sheet & Berwick St John

Circular around Shaftesbury & the Donheads including Gold Hill

Ludwell to Farnham via Win Green & Tollard Royal

20km +290m

18km +200m

14km +210m

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Circular Villages of the Chase via Ashmore, Chettle & Farnham

Farnham to Cranborne via Shire Rack & Martin Down

Circular walk including local villages Wimborne St Giles & Gussage All Saints

20km +200m

20km +300m

20km +120m

Wiltshire/Dorset, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 8 Depart or transfer to station after breakfast

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The Great Stones Trail: Avebury & Stonehenge A journey through Wiltshire’s prehistoric landscape. On route from Coate Water to the medieval city of Salisbury you will visit the greatest of England’s prehistoric sites, Avebury and Stonehenge, as well as the hill forts of Barbury Castle and Old Sarum.

Highlights Avebury Henge: the world’s largest megalithic stone circle Avebury: Silbury Hill & West Kennett Long Barrow Iron Age hill forts of Barbury Castle & Old Sarum Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world Medieval city of Salisbury with its famous cathedral Wiltshire’s beautiful rolling chalk downland & valleys Options: Additional night in Salisbury for time to explore the medieval city and its cathedral

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 17-24km per day Ascent: 200-300m per day

Linear Trail

When: April to October Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast plus 3 packed lunches

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Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Arrival: Night near Swindon

Coate Water to Barbury Castle. Visit Hackpen Hill White Horse and along Wessex Ridgeway to Avebury stone circle

West Kennet Avenue & Long Barrow, Silbury Hill & The Sanctuary. Alton Barnes White Horse before Kennet & Avon Canal near Bottlesford

Vale of Pewsey to Salisbury Plain. Traverse down to follow the River Avon via many villages to Amesbury town

24km +250m

18km +250m

24km +200m

Day 6

Day 7

Amesbury to Great Wishford via Stonehenge & its prehistoric sites and into Wylye Valley

Great Wishford to Salisbury via Iron Age hillfort of Old Sarum after passing through the Woodford Valley

Departure after breakfast or additional day in Salisbury

17-21km +300m

19km +250m

Hadrian’s Wall Path Walk the 84 mile National Trail that follows the route of Hadrian’s Wall from coast to coast. The Wall is the best preserved of the Roman Empire’s frontiers and the trail follows close by, through rolling fields and rugged moorland.

Highlights Housesteads, best preserved Roman fort in the country Vindolanda: The museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Roman garrison town Chesters Roman Fort is the best preserved Roman cavalry fort and military bath house in Britain Bleak and beautiful moorland with the Great Whin Sill and the beautiful Broomlee Lough Day 1: Arrival in Carlisle. Explore city. Day 10: Depart after overnight or extra nights in Newcastle/ or visit Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields Option: Day 2 take the bus as far as you wish to walk back or spend the day in Carlisle with its Cathedral and Castle and the Tullie House Museum

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/8 days walking Distances: 18km average per day Ascent: 50-310m per day

When: May to October Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Linear Trail

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Bus to Bowness on Solway (see options). Solway Firth & Plain. River Eden to Carlisle

Carlisle to Newtown following Stanegate Roman road

Newtown to Gilsland. Walk to Birdoswald Fort. Turets, Milecastles and stretches of wall

Gilsland to Once Brewed. Great Chesters Roman Fort & Winshields Crag, highest point

Once Brewed to Chollerford. Vindolanda Roman Fort, Housesteads, Sycamore Gap

Chollerford to East Wallhouses. Chesters Fort, Whittington Fell

East Wallhouses to Newburn. Vindovala Fort, Heddonon-the-Wall onto Wylam Waggonway

Newburn to Wallsend. Follow River Tyne. Newcastle’s industrial heritage. Segedunum Fort

up to 26km +50m

14km +80m

18km +260m

15km +310m

19km +160m

19km +220m

18km +80m

18km +80m

Wiltshire. Cumbria/Northumberland, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays


In Thomas Hardy’s Footsteps: Heart of Hardy’s Dorset Literally & literarily follow in Hardy’s footsteps: take some of his favourite walks as well as the routes taken by many of the characters from his novels as you explore the rolling Dorset hills between the Blackmore Vale & the Frome Valley at Dorchester.

Highlights Visit Hardy’s Cottage & Max Gate Expansive views across the Blackmore Vale Visit the settings for Hardy’s most famous novels: Far from the Madding Crowd & Tess of the d‘Urbervilles Picturesque Dorset villages like Milton Abbas & Cerne Abbas in rolling countryside Hardy’s poetry & prose are provided in your walking guide to illustrate the strong connections between his fictional Wessex and the real life settings Options: Can also be done as 5, 6, 7 or 8 nights by removal of Days 5, 4, 7 & 8 respectively

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Self Guided Walking 9 nights/8 days walking Distances: 11-20km per day Ascent: 60-370m per day

Linear Trail

When: April to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

Arrival: Night at Dorchester

Dorchester, Max Gate & Stinsford. Across the Frome Valley

Hardy’s Cottage & Far from the Madding Crowd: Short Bus transfer to Puddletown at start

Bus to Athlehampton or train to Moreton. Puddletown/Moreton to Bere Regis

Bere Regis to Milton Abbas via Tolpuddle

Milton Abbas to Ansty via Bulbarrow

Ansty to Cerne Abbas via Minterne Gardens

Cerne Abbas to Evershot (Evershead)

Around Evershot via Melbury Osmond

Transfer to Dorchester after breakfast

20km +60m

17km +135m

max 15km +140m

17km +340m

15km +260m 18km +370m 20km +340m 11km +260m

Dorset’s Jurassic Coastal Path & Ridgeway Stunning section of the coastal path beginning in the picturesque old port of Lyme Regis, “The Pearl of Dorset,” that takes in Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast, the rock arch of Durdle Door and the circular bay of Lulworth Cove.

Highlights A varied and interesting coastline with secluded bays, lovely beaches and towering cliffs The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site capturing 185 million years of Earth’s history Chalk ridge of the Ridgeway with its great views and prehistoric sites Additional nights possible at Lyme Regis (additional local walk provided) and/or at Abbotsbury with its Swannery & Tropical Gardens If Army Firing Ranges at Lulworth are closed, it is still possible to extend the walk by having a transfer to Kimmeridge but normally the 7&8 night versions only available during school holidays & weekends

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Self Guided Walking 5 to 8 nights/4 to 7 days walking Distances: 10-21km per day Ascent: 180-650m per day

Day 1 Arrival: night at Lyme Regis

Day 2

When: April to Oct Accomm: Small hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Lyme Regis to West West Bay to Bay via Charmouth Abbotsbury via & Golden Cap Chesil Beach (highest cliff on the south coast) 17km +530m

14km +210m

"The booklet was a lovely keepsake, with personalised touches. We had a great week with perfect weather for walking. The distances between overnight stops was just right." E. Darby, UK.

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Abbotsbury to Osmington Mills via the Ridgeway with lots of prehistoric sites

Osmington Mills to Lulworth & its beautiful cove via White Nothe & Durdle Door

Depart after breakfast OR option to continue to Worth Matravers

21km +310m

10km +420m

19km +650m

Linear Trail

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Worth Matravers to Swanage

Depart or Swanage to Corfe Castle (via Old Harry Rocks & Studland) & train return to Swanage

Depart after breakfast

18km +180m

16/19km up to +440m

Dorset, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays

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Wonderfully Wild: North Pembrokeshire Coast The North Pembrokeshire’s coastal path is part of a spectacular National Park. The coast path winds its way over rugged cliffs, passed sandy beaches with views of rocky islands and rare wildlife. Unique coastal landscape that’s an ideal habitat for wildlife.

Highlights Many beautiful small inlets and harbours with old fishing and quarrying villages like Porthgain Wild and rugged coastline with high cliffs and steep drops where the coast path hugs the edge of the cliffs to give wonderful viewpoints, like at Pwll Deri An area rich in wildlife, including rare plants and north atlantic seals Option: Day 6 Shorter day’s walk (15km) Whitesands to St David’s via St Non’s Bay Option: Day 6 Take a boat trip e.g. around Ramsey Island. Book in St David’s

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Self Guided Walking 6 nights/5 days walking Distances: 16-21km per day Ascent: 450-740m per day

Linear Trail

When: May to September Accomm: Small hotels & B&B’s Basis: Bed & Breakfast plus 3 packed lunches

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Arrival: Night in Fishguard

Bus to Newport The headland Dinas Island has amazing views. From C18th fort to Lower Fishguard & Fishguard

Round headland to Carregwastad Point. Reach Strumble Head with lighthouse and onto Pwll Deri with its viewpoint. Transfer to Fishguard

Transfer to Pwll Deri. Wild & impressive stretch of cliffs. Burial chamber at Carreg Samson. Overnight at Trefin

Via Porthgain harbour over dramatic cliffs to St David’s Head and Whitesands beach. Bus to St Davids

Bus to Whitesands. Round headland, great views of Ramsey Island. Pass St Non's Bay to Solva. Bus to St Davids.

Departure after breakfast

20km +705m

19km +450m

16km +470m

19km +540m

21km +740m

West Highland Way & Skye Unique holiday combining the best of the West Highlands Way & the amazing Isle of Skye. The north end of Scotland’s famous long distance route has stunning mountain views and southern Skye has rugged coastal scenery & old villages to explore.

Highlights Exploring the beautiful and rugged coastal scenery and old villages of the southern part of the Isle of Skye. Glen Coe is often considered one of the most spectacular and beautiful places in Scotland. Rich wildlife including eagle, otter and seal spotting Remote expanse of Rannoch Moor Options for walks & activities on Skye

“The organisation and attention to detail was first rate. Luggage transfers worked really well. Neville & I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and would love to do another some time.” K Redwood, Australia

Includes : Day 1:Train travel from Glasgow to Bridge of Orchy. Day 5: Train from Fort William to Mallaig. Day 5 & 8: Ferry journeys. Day 8 Train travel back to Glasgow or Inverness.

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Self Guided Walking 7 nights/6 days walking Distances: 4-22km per day Ascent: 65-730m per day

When: April to Oct Accomm: Hotels, B&B’s & inns Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Travel to Bridge of Orchy from Glasgow

Bridge of Orchy to Kingshouse. Across the remote Rannoch Moor & through the beautiful Glen Coe

Kingshouse to Kinlochleven. Over the Devil's Staircase, the highest point on the West Highland Way

Kinlochleven to Fort William. By the Lairig Mor on tracks & paths to Glen Nevis and the foot of Ben Nevis

Travel: Fort William to Mallaig and Ferry to Broadford on Skye

19km +510m

16km +420m

22km +730m

Linear Trail

Day 6

Day 7

Circular half day walk: Broadford to Rubh An Eireannaich

Broadford to Boreraig/ Suisnish

3.5/7km +65m

18km +515m

Wales/Scotland, UK. Self Guided Walking Holidays

Day 8 Depart after breakfast. Travel to Inverness via Kyle of Lochalsh or Glasgow via Mallaig


Self-Guided Travel Options: Plane, Train & Bus Beaujolais & Burgundy (pages 21– 27)

Luchon, Pyrenees GR: 10 part 5 (page 36)

Our holidays in the Beaujolais and Burgundy regions (except Classic Burgundy Trail on page 27) have pick-ups from Lyon train stations and airport included in the holiday price. Flights: The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow & Edinburgh - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports including Birmingham. Air France & KLM flights via Paris or Amsterdam. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris.

Arrival, flights: Lourdes-Tarbes airport (110km), Toulouse-Blagnac airport (140km); links to Toulouse Matabiau train station by shuttle every 20mn. By train: TER trains from Toulouse Matabiau station to Montréjeau ; Toulouse-Montréjeau line, or Toulouse–Irun line, stops in Montréjeau ; then Montréjeau to Luchon by bus, (40mn journey time Toulouse and Montréjeau & 1hr Montréjeau and Luchon, 4 to 5 departures on Sunday). Parking in Luchon: Free behind the post office.

Classic Burgundy Trail (page 27)

Azun: meet at hotel in Arras or at train station in Argeles Gazost. Traverse of Pyrenees: meet at Cauterets station or Auberge de Maillet. Train: Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Toulouse. Regional train from Toulouse to Lourdes. Change & take bus (replaces train) to Cauterets, getting off at Argeles Gazost for Azun & continuing to Cauterets for traverse. Flights: There are flights from French and UK airports to Tarbes-Lourdes airport: Ryan Air on Tuesdays & Saturday from London Stansted or Air France via Paris Orly. Taxi transfers can be arranged on your behalf.

Holiday starts in Dijon. Regular train services from Lyon Part Dieu and Paris Bercy. Flights: The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Gatwick, Heathrow & Edinburgh - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports including Birmingham. Air France & KLM flights via Paris or Amsterdam. Tram service to reach Lyon Part Dieu. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris. Transfer at end of holiday to Chalon sur Saone trains station (which is on the Paris—Dijon—Lyon line) from Buxy. Cote du Rhone Wine Trail (page 28) Pick up from Montélimar or Avignon train station. Train & bus: TGV trains run from London, Lille & Paris to Lyon and Avignon. For Montelimar some TGV trains go direct from Paris, whilst for others you will need to take a local TER train from Lyon. Return includes transfer to Avignon for TGV trains or air travel. Flights: The closest airports are Lyon St Exupery & Avignon. The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK Luton, Edinburgh and Gatwick - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Regular flights from a number of UK airports to Avignon. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds. Les Alpilles (pages 28 & 29) Holiday starts in Arles, trains direct from Marseille, Lyon or Paris or change in Valence or Avignon. Transfer to first walk on day 2. Flights: The closest airports are Avignon and Marseille. Regular flights from a number of UK airports to Avignon. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds. Fly to Marseille Marignane: There are regular flights from Bristol, Edinburgh, London Stansted and London Gatwick. Shuttle bus every 20 minutes between 6.30am and 8.50 p.m. for the station SNCF Marseille Saint-Charles.

Traverse of Pyrenees & Azun Valley, Pyrenees (page 36 & 37)

Cerdagne, Latour de Carol, Pyrenees (page 37) Short transfer from train station Latour de Carol. Train: Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Toulouse. Direct TER train from Toulouse to Latour de Carol. Flights: There are flights from French and UK airports to Toulouse airport. Operators from UK airports include Flybe, British Airways and Easy jet. A shuttle bus will take you to the city centre in about 20 minutes, where you can access the train station. Alpine Provence: Part 1 - Baronnies Regional Park (page 38) Make own way to and from holiday. Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris. Regular trains to Montelimar (operated by TER) & then bus to Nyons, line 36. For the return journey from Laragne Monteglin either take a direct TER train to Marseille Saint Charles and take a TGV train from there to connect with your Eurostar, or go via Gap by TER to Valence and onwards to Lyon. Flights: The closest airports are Lyon St Exupery, Avignon & Marseille. Alpine Provence: Part 2 - Haute Provence Geological Reserve (page 38)

Transfers from Avignon airport and TGV train station included in holiday price. Flights: Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports to Avignon. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Avignon changing at Lille or Paris. Direct trains during summer months.

Make own way to and from holiday. Starts in Sisteron. Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris. Either take a TGV to Marseille and then TER train to Sisteron or trains via Valence & Gap. Return journey from Digne les Bains take train des Pignes to Nice. TGV trains to connect with Marseille, Lyon and Paris. The closest airports are Nice, Avignon and Marseille. Trains from Nice to Sisteron at start of trip go via Marseille. Best option is to fly into Marseille and out of Nice.

Tour of Baronnies (page 31)

Queyras self-guided tour & centre-based (pages 39)

Transfer from Carpentras to Montbrun les Bains included in holiday price. Train & bus: TGV trains run from Paris and Lyon to Avignon. At Avignon, take the bus on line 5.1 to Carpentras, which takes about 50mins or take a local train service. Flights: The closest airport is Avignon. Regular flights from a number of UK airports as well as French airports. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds. Car hire at airport.

Transfer from Mont Dauphin - Guillestre station included in holiday price. Train: Eurostar and the TGV from London to Lyon Part Dieu or Valence TGV, via Lille or Paris. From there you’ll need to take local train services to the Mont Dauphin Guillestre station, changing at Grenoble &/or Gap. Flights: flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train detailed above. Possible to fly to Marseille and take train from Marseille St Charles.

Collioure, Pyrenees coast (page 32)

Grand Tour of Ubaye (page 40)

Meeting at your first hotel. Train: Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Perpignan. The TGV via Lille will require another change at Lyon. The local trains from Perpignan only take about a further 20 minutes to Collioure. Flights: Flights from French and UK airports to PerpignanRivesaltes airport. Operators from UK include Flybe and Ryan Air. The airport is about 35km from Collioure. Take a transfer to Perpignan city about 7km away and then take a local TER train to Collioure.

Train: Eurostar and the TGV from London to Lyon Part Dieu or Valence TGV, via Lille or Paris. From there you’ll need to take local train services to Gap. Take local bus service LER30 from Gap towards Barcelonette and alight at Méolans—Martinet Flights: flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Train detailed above. Possible to fly to Marseille and take train from Marseille St Charles.

Costa Brava, Spain (page 32)

Vercors (page 41)

Luberon self-guided (page 29 & 30)

Transfer from Portbou train station to Cadaques at start of holiday and at end back to Cadaques or to Girona station. Changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille, Paris or Lyon. TGV's go via Montpellier to Perpignan or Figueres from where local trains access Portbou. Flights to French cities of Perpignan, Beziers & Toulouse, plus Spanish cities of Barcelona or Girona. Regular trains from Barcelona Sants and Giron to Portbou. French Fjords: Calanques National Park (page 33) Pick ups from Marseille station included in price. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Marseille changing at Lille or Paris.

6 Day tour of Ubaye starting in Ceillac see Queyras Tour above. Transfers from nearest train station (Monestier-de-Clermont) to first accommodation included in holiday price. Eurostar & TGV from London to Lyon direct and changing at Paris or Lille. Ter local train or TGV to Grenoble, then change and take train service to Monestier (return from Lus-la-Croix-Haute) on the line towards Veynes and Gap. Flights: The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK Luton, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Heathrow - Lyon St Exupery airport. St Dalmas de Tende, Mercantour & Alps to Med (page 42)

Fly to Marseille Marignane. There are regular flights from Bristol, Edinburgh, London Stansted and London Gatwick. Shuttle bus every 20 minutes between 6.30am and 8.50 p.m. for the station SNCF Marseille Saint-Charles. Journey time: about 25 minutes. Or extra charge of £25 each way from Marseille airport.

Meeting at your hotels. Train: From the UK, changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Nice direct or via Lyon or Toulon. Change at Nice to take the line Nice-Cuneo and descend at St-Dalmas-de-Tende. Transfers for Casterino in July & August for Marvels of Mercantour holiday. Flights: flights from French and UK airports to Nice Cote d'Azur airport. Operators from UK airports include Flybe, Easyjet & British Airways. Shuttle to train station.

Drome Provencale (page 33)

Alpine Adventure: Lake Geneva to Nice/Menton: (pages 43-45)

Meeting at your guest house in Crest. Train & bus: TGV trains run from Paris and Lyon to Valence TGV. Shuttle bus or local train to Valence Ville. Regular regional TER trains from Valence Ville to Crest (direction Die & Gap). Return from Nyons by bus, line 36 to Montelimar (operated by TER) & take return TGV or TER trains.

Evian (Part 1 Evian to Chamonix): Transfer from Evian train station included in the holiday price. Train: Eurostar trains run services from London St Pancras to Paris. Take RER to Paris Gare de Lyon and take train to Bellegarde. Change for train to Evian. Car: If arriving by car the best solution is to park at Bellegarde station and take the train to Evian. At the end of the holiday take train from Chamonix to Bellegarde (as there are no longer any trains from Chamonix to Evian). Flights: Fly to Geneva Airport (regular services from lots of UK airports) and then take the train to Lausanne and then the boat across the lake from Lausanne to Evian.

Flights: The closest airports are Lyon St Exupery & Avignon. The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh Gatwick and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Regular flights from a number of UK airports to Avignon. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds. Hendaye, Pyrenees GR10 part 1 (page 34) Arrival, flights: Biarritz Parme airport (25km): daily flights via Paris, London, Lyon, and the Clermont Ferrand. Direct UK flights from Birmingham with Flybe. By train: Many TER trains in direction Hendaye, departures from main cities. www.tersncf.com to confirm timetable. (leaving see part 2) St Jean Pied de Port, Pyrenees GR10 part 2 (page 34) Arrival, flights: Biarritz Parme airport (25km): daily flights from Paris, London, Lyon. www.biarritz.aeroport.fr Toulouse-Blagnac airport (180km) By train: TER trains to Bayonne, from main cities. Then, trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port. Etsaut, Pyrenees GR10 part 3 (page 35) Arrival, flights: Tarbes Ossun airport, Toulouse-Blagnac international airport (180km) : Flights from the UK to Toulouse with Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Flybe, BMI regional & British Airways. Pau-Uzein airport, www.pau.aeroport.fr - By train: Transfer by TER and bus SNCF from Pau to Etsaut, via Oloron Sainte Marie. - To get to Pau: line Nice - Toulouse - Irun stops at Pau, or line Paris - Bordeaux - Tarbes, also stops at Pau. - To get to Oloron Sainte Marie: many TER trains from Pau to Oloron, then SNCF bus from Oloron to Etsaut. Cauterets, Pyrenees GR: 10 part 4 (page 35) Arrival, flights: Lourdes-Tarbes airport (35km), Pau-Pyrénées airport (80km), Toulouse-Blagnac airport (204km); links to Toulouse Matabiau train station by shuttle every 20mn. By train: Train from Bordeaux or Toulouse to Lourdes. Bus SNCF from Lourdes to Cauterets (departures from in front of Lourdes station) : Allow 1h travel time. Parking in Cauterets: Free at bus station, Place de la Gare.

Chamonix (Part 2 Chamonix to Briançon): Train: Eurostar trains run services from London St Pancras to Paris. Take RER to Paris Gare de Lyon and take train to Bellegarde. Change for train to Chamonix. Trains also from Lyon and Marseille via Bellegarde. Car: There is secure parking to leave your car in Chamonix (about 40 euros for the week), although return train journey is long. Another option is to leave your car in Chambery and for the return journey take a TGV from Bardoneccia to Chambery. Flights: Regular flights to Lyon St Exupery and then train as above. Also possible to fly to Geneva and take trains from Geneva with a couple of changes. Return: From Nevache take shuttle buses to either Briançon to take TER local trains or to Bardoneccia to take TVG to Chambery and then Paris. Briançon (Part 3 Briançon to St Etienne de Tinee): Train: Eurostar trains run services from London St Pancras to Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Overnight TGV trains to Briançon from Austerlitz station, or TGV to Valence or Lyon and Grenoble and then TER to Briançon. TER from Marseille to Briançon. Also TGV trains to Oulx in Italy and shuttle bus to Briançon. At end of holiday shuttle bus to Nice. TGV trains from Nice to Lyon and Paris. Flights: Regular flights from UK to Paris, Lyon, Marseille and returning from Nice. (Return see below) St Etienne de Tinee (Part 4 St Etienne de Tinee to Nice or Menton): Train: From the UK, changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Nice direct or via Lyon or Toulon. Bus service 740 from Nice Vauban at 9am and 4.30pm most days. Flights: flights from French and UK airports to Nice Cote d'Azur airport. Operators from UK airports include Flybe, Easyjet & British Airways. Shuttle to train station. Then bus as above. Return from Menton to Nice by regular train services.

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Travel Options La Grave, Les Ecrins (page 45)

Cantal (page 54)

Transfer from La Grave included in holiday price. Train & bus: Eurostar and the TGV from London to Lyon Part Dieu or Valence TGV, via Lille or Paris. From there local train services to Grenoble or Briancon. Buses from Grenoble or Briancon to La Grave with service LER35. Also possible to drive and leave your car at La Grave. End of holiday, take bus from Monestier to Grenoble or Briancon for onward train journey or to La Grave to collect car. Flights: flights from the UK to Lyon St Exupery, then bus (Satobus) or tram to Lyon Part Dieu. Trains & buses detailed above. Possible to fly to Marseille and take train from Marseille St Charles.

Transfer from Murat train station included. Train: Eurostar and the TGV provide services from London to Clermont Ferrand via Paris. From there you take the regional ter trains to Murat. Guided: Pick up from Clermond Ferrand, Lyon or Murat. Flights: The airlines Easy jet & British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK Luton, Edinburgh Gatwick & Heathrow to Lyon airport. Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports.

St André les Alpes, Verdon (page 46) Train from Nice CP station to St André les Alpes. Trains at 9.25, 13.05, 17.15 (at time of publication) & travel time 2 hrs 20 min. Flights: flights from French and UK airports to Nice Cote d'Azur airport. Operators from UK airports include Flybe, Easyjet & British Airways. Shuttle to town centre. End of holiday: transfer to train station at Manosque & train or bus to Aix or Marseille. Valmenier, Mont Thabor (page 46) Train to Modane or St Jean de Maurianne. Limited direct TGV train services from Paris Gare de Lyon to Modane. Transfers included before & after walk to and from Valmenier. Pralognan, Vanoise (page 47) Meeting at your hotel in Pralognan. Train: From the UK, Eurostar and the TGV provide a relaxing journey from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris. Local services then run to Moutiers via Chambery. There are bus services running from Moutiers to Pralognan la Vanoise on certain days, otherwise a taxi costs about 50 euros. Flights: There are scheduled flights to Geneva, Turin, Lyon, Chambery and Grenoble. Lyon, Geneva and Turin have the most regular services. The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. All have rail links with Modane via Chambery. Tour of Viso (page 47) Transfer from Mont Dauphin—Guillestre station can be included as part of holiday. See Queyras tour on previous page for more information.

Puy en Velay, Tranquil Auvergne (page 54) Meeting up at first hotel or Puy en Velay train station. Flights: The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh Gatwick and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Bus or tram to Lyon Part Dieu for train services. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run services from London to Lyon Part Dieu direct and changing at Lille or Paris. Change at Lyon for St Etienne where you need to change for Puy en Velay. Aubenas, Ardeche (page 55) Meeting at your guest house in Arbois. Train: From the UK, changes between the Eurostar and TGV are at Lille or Paris. TGV's run from Paris to Valence direct or via Lyon. Change at Valence TGV station & take bus to Aubenas run by train company (frequency every 2 hours). Also buses from Avignon TGV and Montelimar station. Flights: The closest airports are Lyon St Exupery & Avignon. The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Regular flights from a number of UK airports to Avignon. Flybe has services from Exeter, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester & Leeds. Canourgue, Cevennes to Provence (page 55) Make your own way to Canourgue. Train to Banassac-La-Canourgue station on line Paris—Clermont-Ferrand—Beziers. Station is outside village. Transfers to accommodation can be booked via us. At the end of holiday, take regular bus service from Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert to Montpellier. Main line train line to major cities. Flight Flights to Beziers from UK airports with Ryan Air and train line as above. St Malo, Brittany Emerald Coast (page 56)

Braies, Dolomites: Tyrolean Explorer (page 48)

Meet at your first guest house in St Malo.

Arrive direct at Braies by car or if arriving by train, pick up from Dobbiaco train station. There are night trains from Paris to Fortezza, changing in Verona. Trains also go via Milan. You will then need to catch a train from Fortezza to Dobbiaco (50km). Tickets for the night train can be bought on-line in advance, whilst the local train service can be bought at the station in Fortezza. Also possible to combine holiday with a trip to Venice.

By Ferry: Brittany Ferries run from Portsmouth and Condor Ferries from Weymouth and Poole. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London to Paris where you can change and take a train to St Malo. Flights: Ryan Air run flights to Dinard from East Midlands. Short taxi journey to St Malo. Transfer at end of holiday to Lamballe train station at end of holiday.

Dronero, Italy’s Piedmont: Val Maira (page 48)

Brittany Granite Coast (page 56)

Make your own way to first hotel in Dronero. By train: Take train from Nice to Cunéo or from Paris to Milan via Turin. Local train Turin to Cunéo. Then regular bus service from Cunéo to Dronero. For flights to Nice see information about Mercantour holidays, page 40.

Transfers from Lannion if required. Ferry to Roscoff: Train to Morlaix, bus to Lannion. Flights to Brest, then after bus to train station, train to Morlaix and bus to Lannion. Flights to Rennes then train to Lannion (towards Brest) changing at St Brieuc. Train from Paris to Rennes and then as above. For parking please contact us.

Souillac, Dordogne (page 49) Eurostar & local ter trains run services from London St Pancras to Souillac. Change at Paris, direction Toulouse. Some trains (Teoz) are direct & some need a further change via Brive la Gaillarde. Flights: Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station. Brive-la-Gaillard, Correze (page 49) Eurostar & local ter trains run services from London St Pancras to Brive-la-Gaillard. Change at Paris, direction Toulouse. Flights: Several operators have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac and Limoges. Taxi or hire car for the transfer. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station. Figeac, Lot (page 50) Eurostar & local ter trains run services from London St Pancras to Figeac. Change at Paris, direction Cerbere & then change at Brive or cahors for Figeac. Flights: Ryan Air & Flybe have scheduled flights from several UK airports to Bergerac. Taxi or hire car for the short transfer. Flights to Toulouse with onward journey by bus and train. A greater choice of operators fly to Toulouse from where there is a shuttle bus to Toulouse train station. Bordeaux Wine Trail: (page 50) Transfer between Bordeaux Airport or Bordeaux train station and Saint Emilion at the start of your trip are included in the price At the end of the holiday you will be transferred to Barsac train station where you can catch a train to Bordeaux. Flights: Easy Jet, Ryanair and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Bristol, London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted - to Bordeaux airport. Trains: Eurostar and the TGV trains from London to Bordeaux St Jean changing at Paris. Tarn’s Medieval Bastides (page 51): Pick-up from Gaillac station. Eurostar and the TGV provide a service from London to Paris. Change and take a TER or TGV train towards Toulouse. Change at Montauban and take coach or train to Gaillac. Or continue to Toulouse and take a train to Gaillac heading towards Albi or Rodez. Flights from the UK to Toulouse with Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Flybe, BMI regional & British Airways. Shuttle bus and then local train service. Historic Villages & Valleys of the Tarn (page 51): you require a vehicle for this holiday to access walk. Car hire available at Toulouse airport and train station. Arbois, Jura (page 52) Make own way to Arbois. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run trains from London. Either change in Paris and take TGV to Dole and then TER bus to Lons le Saunier or TGV to Lyon and train to Lons le Saunier. Change & take TER bus to Arbois. Flights: The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh Gatwick & Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports. Transfer to Lons le Saunier at the end of the holiday.

Roscoff, Brittany Legend’s Coast part 1 (page 57) Daily ferry service from UK with Brittany ferries. Flights to Brest, then regular bus service to Roscoff. Trains from Paris Montparnasse to Morlaix, change for Roscoff. At end of holiday transfer from Aber Wrac’h to Brest included (extra for Roscoff). Aber Wrac’h, Brittany Legend’s Coast part 2 (page 57) Transfer from Brest to Aber Wrac’h included (extra from Roscoff). Daily ferry service from UK to Roscoff, then bus to Brest & then transfer. Flights to Brest & then transfer. Direct trains from Paris to Brest & then transfer. Chimay, Ardenne, Belgium (page 58) Part 1: Flights or TGV train to Brussels. Flights to Brussels from all major airports. Eurostar from London. Local trains from Brussels to Couvin, with 1 or 2 changes. Journey time 2 hours from Brussels. Transfer from Couvin to first guest house included in holiday. End of holiday transfer included to Dinant. Part 2: Flights or TGV train to Brussels. Flights to Brussels from all major airports. Eurostar from London. Local trains from Brussels to Dinant via Namur, journey time 2 hours. Transfer from Dinant to first guest house included in holiday. End of holiday transfer included to Rochefort-Jemelle and direct trains to Brussels. Andalucia, Spain (page 59) Option of pick up from Malaga. There are a large number of flights to Malaga from destinations from all over Europe by most of the main short haul airlines. From the UK, there are flights from many destinations including London Airports, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff as well as others. Airline companies include Easyjet, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling. Slovenia (page 60) Flights from most major European cites to Ljubljana. Airline companies include Easyjet & British Airways. Easyjet flights from London Gatwick & Stansted. Slovenian Explorer holiday requires a car. All major car hire companies at Ljubljana Airport. Transfer before & after holiday on Triglav National Park holiday. See UK travel options overleaf

Alsace (page 52) Meeting at your hotel in Eguisheim. Flights: Airport Strasbourg Entzheim: at 50 min. City jet fly to Stasbourg from London City Airport. Car hire from airport. Train: Eurostar and the TGV run services from London St Pancras to Colmar changing at Paris. Colmar Station, taxi to Eguisheim (10 min transfer). Puy de Dome, Amazing Auvergne (page 53) A car is necessary to get to the walks for this holiday. Hire cars from Clermont Ferrand train station or Clermont Ferrand or Lyon airports. The nearest airport is Clermont Ferrand although scheduled flights are not common from the UK (schedules change yearly). Please contact us for more advice. Mont Dore, Tour du Sancy, Auvergne (page 53) Train: Eurostar and TGV run trains from London to Paris Gare du Nord. Take intercity train to Clermont Ferrand. Change and take either bus (TER) direct to Mont Dore station or a train to Laqueuille and bus from there. Flights: The nearest airport is Clermont Ferrand although scheduled flights are not common from the UK (schedules change yearly). Please contact us for more advice. The airlines Easy jet and British Airways have scheduled flights from the UK - Luton, Edinburgh and Heathrow - to Lyon St Exupery airport. Flybe also has a number of regular flights from UK airports. Tram to Lyon and train to Clermont. Then as above.

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Travel Options Mendips (page 61) To Weston-Super-Mare: Train: Weston is on mainline from Bristol to South West. Direct trains available from London, Birmingham, Gloucester, Cardiff, Taunton & Exeter. Coach: National coach services from Bristol & Bath. By air: nearest airport is Bristol. Possible to get airport bus to Weston (A3). Service runs hourly and journey takes an hour. Taxi from airport, about 15miles (24km) from Weston. From Glastonbury (West Mendip Explorer): Train: transfer to Castle Cary station for trains to London included in holiday price. Transfers towards other stations are also possible for supplement. Coach: National coach services run from Glastonbury to London. From Frome (The Mendip Way): Train: station in Frome for services on both the Reading to Taunton line and Bristol to Weymouth route. Coach: National coaches run a service to London. North Cornwall (page 62) To Bude: Train journey from London Paddington or Waterloo to Exeter. Bus services between Exeter and Bude run by Stagecoach (6 & 6A). The bus journey takes about 2hrs, train from London Paddington to Exeter St Davids takes 2 hours. From Padstow: Bus service between Padstow & Bodmin Parkway station - 50mins - run by Plymouth City Bus (11A). Trains from Bodmin Parkway to London Paddington about 4hrs (some requiring change of trains). From Newquay train station journeys to London take 5 hours, with changes at Par and sometimes at Plymouth. South Cornwall (page 62) To Falmouth: Train: Great Western operate services from London Paddington, South Wales & Cotswolds. Arriva Trains operate services from the Midlands, the North & Scotland. You need to change at Truro and take Maritime Line, twice hourly service. Coach: National Express serves Falmouth from throughout UK. By air: Newquay Airport is closest with car hire available through Europcar & Hertz. Ferry: Plymouth is the closest. Brittany Ferries offer services from Roscoff and Santander into Plymouth. From Plymouth: Train: Travel from London 4hrs 30mins & from Manchester 5hrs 15mins. Coach: National Express London Victoria to Plymouth is about 5hrs. By air: Bristol airport about 2hrs by car or 2hrs 50mins by Stagecoach. Exeter airport is about hour by car or 2hrs 10mins by National Express. Newquay airport about an hour by car & reached by train with taxi from Newquay to airport. Ferry: As above Salisbury, Wiltshire (Wonders of Wessex) (page 63) Train: Salisbury served by main line station. Routes from London are via Waterloo station & take about 1hr 30min. Bus: National Express operate services to Salisbury from throughout the UK including London. Advance ticketing is required. Flights: 3 local airports with international flights: Bournemouth & Southampton are about 30 minutes away, Bristol about an hour away. Main London airports are between 1hr 30 and 2 hrs. Return to Salisbury: Regular bus services from Shaftesbury to Salisbury with Salisbury Reds (27 & 29). Journey about 1hr 15min. Cranborne Chase (page 63) To and from Ludwell/Farnham/Cranborne: transfer to/from train stations at Warminster, Castle Cary or Gillingham included in price. Or transfers from National Express stop at Wincanton. Flights: Location is about 1hr 30mins from Bristol Airport, Bournemouth about an hour and London Airports 2 to 3hrs away.

Great Stones, Wiltshire (page 64) To Swindon: Train: Swindon is served by trains from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Cheltenham Spa via Gloucester, Swansea and the rest of South Wales. Coach: Swindon can be reached by National Express coaches from London Victoria in 2 hrs. By air: nearest airport is Bristol, however it is better served by train or coach from London. Customer to get bus or taxi to start of walk from train or coach station. From Salisbury: Salisbury served by main line station. Routes from London are via Waterloo station & take about 1hr 30min. National Express operate services to Salisbury from throughout the UK including London Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria (page 64) To Carlisle: Train: Carlisle is on main routes London Euston to Glasgow Central, Scotland to Birmingham New Street & London Euston and Scotland to Manchester. There are also local services to Newcastle Central and to Leeds via the scenic Settle to Carlisle Line. Coach: National Express coaches run to Carlisle. By air: Carlisle Airport for flights from Belfast, Dublin and London Southend only. Other options include Newcastle Airport and Manchester Airport, both cities have rail links to Carlisle. From Newcastle: Newcastle is well connected for transport by rail, coach or air Dorchester, Dorset (page 65) By Train: Regular trains from London Waterloo (3hrs). By Coach: National Express run 1 direct service from London Victoria per day (3 to 4 hrs). By air: Bristol is about 1.5 hours drive. Exeter and Bournemouth International Airport are approx 1hr drive. By Car: If planning to arrive by car please contact to arrange parking. Lyme Regis, Dorset coast (page 65) To Lyme Regis. Train & bus: Train from London Waterloo station to Axminster about 2hr 40min. From Axminster take bus X53 or X51 to Lyme Regis. To return from Lulworth: Take X54 to Wool to catch a train direct to London Waterloo. If you are returning to Lyme Regis, take the train from Wool to Dorchester and then bus direct to Lyme Regis or in the summer, take the Jurassic Coast buses to Lyme (may need to change at Weymouth). To return from Corfe Castle or Swanage: Take bus (40) to Wareham to catch train to London Waterloo. If returning to Lyme to collect car, catch X54 Jurassic Coast bus at Wareham (change at Weymouth). Flights: 3 local airports with international flights: Bournemouth & Southampton about 30min drive away, Bristol is about 1 hr. The London airports are between and 2 hrs 30 and 3 hrs drive. Car hire located at the airports Pembrokeshire, Wales (page 66) To Fishguard: Train: from London Paddington, change at Cardiff and/or Swansea (5hrs). Trains from north go via Cardiff or Bristol. Also possible to catch traon to Haverfordwest and then local coach service to Fishguard. Short transfer provided from station to Fishguard. From St David’s: bus service to Fishguard to collect car or bus service to Havorfordwest for train. Scotland (page 66) To Glasgow: Trains: Trains run regularly from London & other UK cities to Glasgow Central. Subway or bus to Glasgow Queen Street Station. By Air: Glasgow Airport and regular bus shuttle service to Glasgow. Holiday package includes travel from Glasgow to start point of holiday and travel back to Glasgow at end of holiday. An alternative end location is also possible, such as Inverness.

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Essential Information Travel insurance is a condition of booking. It is NOT included with the holiday. It is essential that the insurance covers the activity involved in your holiday and includes medical expenses, loss or damage of personal property, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment. European citizens travelling within the EEA are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which simplifies the procedure when receiving medical assistance during their stay in a member state. Some other services such as mountain rescue are not covered by the EHIC, and are not always free. Therefore it is a prerequisite of all our activity holidays that each guest takes out a travel insurance policy for the entire duration of the holiday which is appropriate for the activity.

Safety The safety of our customers is paramount. On our guided holidays, each walker must conform to the safety advice given by the leader. High Point Holidays accepts no responsibility for an accident resulting from individual imprudence. High Point Holidays reserves the right to exclude at any moment, and without liability or any further contractual obligations, any customer whose actions or behaviour is likely to put in danger the safety of the group or the well-being of the other customers. As the leader is responsible for the safety of all group members, he may adopt a cautious approach depending on local conditions. Do be aware that itineraries planned for some holidays and treks may be varied on the spot because of weather conditions, conditions underfoot and the ability of party members. Please carefully read our conditions in full overleaf. Further details will be provided at the time of booking.

Passport Requirements & Health

Independent Walking

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You will be required to have a full passport valid for more that 6 months after the departure date. Non British citizens should check with the relevant authorities as to their visa requirements for all countries. Morocco has recommended immunisations. Further details will be provided at the time of booking.

On self-guided holidays you must follow the advice given in our walking and cycling guides. High Point Holidays accepts no responsibility for incidents or accidents resulting from error or imprudence, such as not following our advice, an error in navigation or your physical health.

How to Book Having read and agreed to our terms and conditions overleaf, including the requirement for personal insurance cover, please complete our booking form or go to our web site and submit it online. UK customers A deposit of £150 per person must be sent with the booking form. Cheques should be made payable to “High Point Holidays”. Alternatively you can pay via bank transfer. We will provide you with the relevant details to be able to do this online or at your bank. Customers from outside the UK, or UK customers with a euro account Customers from outside the UK have the opportunity to pay in euros which will often mean better value for many countries in terms of exchange rates. A deposit of 150€ per person must be paid at the time of booking. You can pay via cheque (only with a euro cheque book), via bank transfer or by secure card payment online via our sister company in France “Randonnées OutreManche”. All payments should be made in pounds sterling or euros. Cheques and booking forms should be sent to: High Point Holidays, 5 Enfield Drive, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6LL We will confirm your booking in writing by e-mail. We recommend that customers only book their travel arrangements once the holiday has been confirmed.

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Balance of Payments The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. This date will be shown on the invoice sent to you confirming your booking. If you are making a booking within 8 weeks of the first day of the holiday, the full payment must be made with the booking. A single payment should be made in the event of there being more than one person in the party, unless we have agreed otherwise with you first.

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HIGH POINT HOLIDAYS BOOKING FORM To book a holiday, please complete our booking form or go to www.highpointholidays.co.uk and fill in the form online. A deposit of £150 or 150€ per person must be sent with the booking form. Cheques should be made payable to “High Point Holidays”. Alternatively you can pay via bank transfer. For nonUK customers you can also pay by card online in Euros via our sister company in France. Details on our website and provided by e-mail at the time of booking. All Payments should be made in pounds sterling or euros. Cheques and booking forms should be sent to:

High Point Holidays, 5 Enfield Drive, Evercreech, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6LL

Payment of balance The balance is payable 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. This date will be shown on the invoice sent to you confirming your booking. If you are making a booking within 8 weeks of the first day of the holiday, the full payment must be made with the booking. A single payment should be made in the event of there being more than one person in the party unless we have agreed otherwise with you first. All clients must have insurance cover and must have read and agreed to our terms and conditions.

Your holiday booking will be confirmed when you receive a confirmation invoice by e-mail.

Contact details

Holiday details

First name

Tour name__________________________________

Surname Address

Tour type___________________________________

Daytime telephone

Departure Date______________________________

Home telephone

No. in party__________________________________

E-mail

Party details (all members) Title

First Names

Surname

Date of Birth

Nationality

Height (cycling)

Rooms required and additional information No. room type

Twin

Double

Additional information

Walking experience (walking holidays only)

Single Dietary requirements or medical conditions

Next of kin (person to contact in case of accident) Name

Contact Details

In signing this form, I/we acknowledge that I/we have read and accept the terms and conditions accompanying this booking form and do so on behalf of all parties to this reservation. I/we understand the nature of the holidays offered and do not have any impediment (for example: medical condition) that would prohibit full participation in the holiday.

Payments

Signed:______________________________ Date: ______________

Additional charges or reductions agreed with us

Payment: Bank Transfer

Cheque Persons

Card Amount

Deposit (£150/150€ per person) Full holiday cost (if within 8 weeks)

Total enclosed

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HIGH POINT HOLIDAYS TERMS & CONDITIONS The following conditions together with the general information contained on our website form the basis of the contract between you, the customer, and us (High Point Holidays LLP). Please ensure that you are aware of these terms as they set out our respective rights and obligations. 1. Booking with High Point Holidays. All bookings must be made on our Booking Form by the person responsible for the party (if there is more than one person), who must be over 18 years of age. This person is responsible for ensuring all payments due for the holiday for those persons mentioned on the Booking Form. Once we have received your Booking Form and the appropriate deposit for the holiday, we will confirm your holiday in writing and send you an invoice for the payments outstanding. A binding contract is formed once we issue this confirmation. No other form of advice or information constitutes a binding contract. 2. Who can book holidays with High Point Holidays? Only adults aged 18 years or more are able to book a holiday. There must be at least one adult (18 years +) travelling on any one booking, who is legally responsible for each person under 18 years of age. Anyone 70 or over will need to provide confirmation from their doctor that they are medically fit to join our holidays for safety and insurance reasons. 3. Prices The prices of holidays are shown in pounds sterling and euros. The services included in this price are indicated on our website and brochure. These prices are correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to change our prices during the course of the year. We will notify interested parties via our newsletter and e-mails. Once a booking has been confirmed in writing, the price agreed for that holiday will not be subject to change and no surcharges will be levied (even if there is a change in prices for subsequent clients.) 4. Single travellers There are no single supplements on our guided walking holidays provided that, single travellers accept to share twin rooms with other same sex clients. You may, of course pay an additional fee in order to have a room to yourself. Please contact us for a quotation. The prices quoted for unguided walks are based on a party of two persons. If you wish to go on an unguided walking holiday alone, a single supplement will be payable. 5. Deposits UK Customers: A deposit of £150 per person is payable with your booking. Cheques should be made payable to “High Point Holidays.” Alternatively, you can pay by bank transfer. We will provide you with the details to be able to do this online or at your bank. Non-UK Customers (or UK customers with a Euro account): Customers from outside the UK have the opportunity to pay in euros (or in pounds sterling as described for UK customers above.) For payment in euros a deposit of 150€ per person must be paid at the time of booking. You can pay via cheque (only with a euro cheque book), via bank transfer or by secure card payment online via our sister company in France “Randonnées OutreManche”. Customer’s booking and contract is still with High Point Holidays for those customers who pay in euros to our sister company, Randonnées Outre-Manche. 6. Security of deposits All payments will be protected against our insolvency in conformity with the Package Travel Regulations 1992. 7. Balance of payments due The balance of the holiday is payable 8 weeks prior to the start of your holiday. This date will be shown on your invoice, which will be sent to you to confirm your booking. If you are making a booking within 8 weeks of the first day of the holiday, the full payment must be made with the booking. A single payment should be made in the event of there being more than one person in the party. Payment should be made by cheque payable to “High Point Holidays,” or by bank transfer. If we have not received all payments due by the dates specified in the invoice, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you. In this case the cancellation charges indicated in point 8 apply. Any demand for us to accept late payments, will be assessed on a case by case basis, not withstanding the point made previously. 8. Amendments and Cancellations made by you. After acceptance of the booking, if the customer alters the confirmed arrangements, we will try and accommodate the amendments without further charge, where this is possible. A £50 fee may be levied on some of our independent walking holidays to cover costs incurred. If such additional holiday payments are due, we will inform you in writing of the amendments to the contract between us and you and payments will be in conformity with point 7. In addition, if the alteration is within 8 weeks of the original departure date, the cancellation charges in clause 4 may be applied. If the customer cancels the arrangement after the booking is accepted or the booking is cancelled by us due to non-payment, cancellation charges will be calculated from the date of receipt of cancellation. Cancellations must be made in writing. E-mails are accepted. The cancellation charges that apply are as follows: More than 56 days before departure - the deposit. 56 – 28 days before departure - 40% of holiday cost. 27 - 8 days before departure - 70% of holiday cost. Less than 8 days before departure - 100% of the holiday cost. Not withstanding the cancellation charges, we reserve the right to re-sell any part of a cancelled holiday. In the case where the cancellation is made more than 42 days before the holiday and only the deposit payment is due as the cancellation charge, then High Point Holidays will consider requests from customers to carry their deposit payment forward to act as the deposit of a future holiday booked with High Point Holidays. In all cases this future holiday would need to be booked within 12 months of the cancelled holiday. 9. Amendments and Cancellations made by High Point Holidays. Every effort will be made to operate all holidays as advertised but we reserve the right, to modify any holiday, schedule, accommodation or arrangement at any time and we will inform you of the change as soon as possible. In the case of any material modification we will, if possible, offer alternative arrangements or, if these are not acceptable, a full refund of the monies paid. The customer shall not be entitled to any further sum by way of compensation, damages or otherwise arising from the cancellation. We will not materially modify or cancel the holiday within eight weeks of the date of departure unless compelled to do so because of circumstances beyond our reasonable control. Some guided group holidays require a minimum of 4 participants and, in the event of such a minimum number not being achieved prior to 6 weeks before departure, we shall be entitled to cancel the holiday whereupon all monies paid by the customer shall be refunded or an alternative holiday offered. No compensation shall be payable. Force Majeure If war or terrorist activities, threatened or actual, civil unrest, industrial action, threatened or actual, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, airport regulations and closures, unforeseen alterations to public transport schedules and rescheduling of aircraft or any other event outside the control of the Company either delays or extends the holiday or compels a change in the holiday arrangements, the Company cannot accept liability for any resulting loss, damage or expense. 10. Our Liability to the Customer High Point Holidays accepts responsibility should the services which they contract to provide you with are deficient or not of a reasonable standard. The customer must interpret the term "reasonable standard” in full knowledge of the specific holiday details. For

example some holidays may include accommodation in mountain refuges where very basic accommodation should be expected, and cannot in any way be considered deficient. High Point Holiday accepts liability for the negligent acts and/or omissions of their employees, subcontractors and suppliers insofar as they relate to the holiday booked. The act or omission must be directly relevant to holiday activities or arrangements made by us as part of the package purchased by the customer. High Point Holidays shall not be liable to the customer for any loss, damage or injury which results from the negligent acts of third parties with whom the customer makes individual direct arrangements whether as a result of the Company’s or its representative’s recommendation. High Point Holidays will not be liable for loss or damage to your luggage or personal effects, unless caused by our negligence. Any information or advice provided by High Point Holidays on matters such as climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on our part, and the passenger accepts responsibility for obtaining any necessary travel documents needed for the trip. 11. Complaints In the event of any dissatisfaction with the accommodation or any other service provided by the Company the matter must be reported immediately to us so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. Any complaint made to the Company after the holiday should be made in writing within 15 days of return. If a complaint cannot be amicably settled, it may be referred for resolution to the arbitration scheme devised for the travel industry by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 12. Risks and behaviour Each customer is conscious that, taking into consideration the nature of some of the holidays, there will be certain risks inherent in their participation, most notably from walking in areas some distance from immediate medical assistance. In addition, when booking holidays, all customers do so in full knowledge (via the website or our brochure) of the type of activity involved in the holiday, the difficulties that may be encountered and the level of fitness and experience required. Customers accept these conditions and risks in booking holidays with us and accept responsibility for their own actions which result in accident or injury or their exclusion from the holiday. We can take no responsibility for injury to any person whilst taking part on a High Point holidays trip, unless arising from negligence on our part. In particular: On unguided walks, High Point Holiday accepts no responsibility for an accident resulting from individual imprudence, from errors in navigation, or from a deliberate interruption in progression (notably because of bad weather). On guided holidays, each customer must conform to the safety advice given by the leader. High Point Holidays accepts no responsibility for an accident resulting from individual imprudence. High Point Holidays reserves the right to exclude at any moment, and without liability or any further contractual obligations, any customer whose actions or behaviour is likely to put in danger the safety of the group or the well-being of the other customers. If you are affected by any condition, medical or otherwise, that might affect your or other people's enjoyment of the holiday; you must advise us of this at the time of booking. If a customer is unable to complete an itinerary or the walks selected on a holiday, or does not choose to do so, High Point Holidays is not liable to supply alternative itineraries, accommodation, services or staff for the period when the client is not present with the group. 13. Transfer of Bookings If the customer is prevented from taking his holiday by circumstances such as those which would entitle him to make a valid claim under a conventional insurance policy, then, on giving High Point Holidays at least 21 days notice before departure, he/she shall be entitled to transfer his/her booking to another person deemed acceptable to us. In such a case the customer and the transferee shall be jointly and severally liable for all monies due to High Point Holidays including all charges and reasonable fees consequent upon such transfer. 14. Insurance It is a requirement that the customer has adequate travel insurance for our holidays. High Point Holidays has your holiday enjoyment and safety as our number one priority. We recommend travel insurance by a specialist broker. 15. Passports, Visas and Health Requirements The customer is responsible for ensuring that he/she is in possession of a valid passport and all necessary travel and health documents prior to departure. Information on basic passport requirements is provided on our web site and advice on health for travellers is available on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/ healthcare-when-travelling-abroad/ 16. Brochure and Website Information Our brochure and website contains statements representing its honest belief that the facts as shown are correct. Every reasonable effort has been made to describe fully and as honestly as possible the holidays offered and every reasonable attempt will be made to supply what has been described. We are not responsible for the content, policies and services of any sites linked to or accessible via our website. High Point Holidays reserves the right to make changes to the information, prices and itineraries set out in the brochure and website and provided such changes, have been notified to the customer prior to his submitting a booking form or accepted by the customer after submission of the booking form but prior to our confirmation, then such changes shall be binding on the parties. 17. Promotional Material Any likeness or image of you secured or taken on any trips may be used by High Point Holidays without charge in all media, for bona fide promotional or marketing purposes, including without limitation promotional materials of any kind, such as brochures or the Internet. 18. Intellectual Property Rights All intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, copyright and rights in and to any databases and trade marks) subsisting in this Site and its contents, and in the software and source materials used in connection with it, are owned by High Point Holidays. All such rights are reserved. You may, however, save and print individual items included on this Site for personal, non-commercial use. 19. Data Privacy Information submitted in relation to booking, ordering a brochure, or in the course of a general enquiry will be stored electronically. We will comply with all applicable data protection legislation in respect of it, including the 1998 Data Protection Act. You have the right to access this information and to make modifications relating to your personal records. Except where the customer indicates to the contrary, High Point Holidays reserves the possibility to use this information to forward to you promotional material. We will not forward it to other parties without your express consent. 20. Law and Jurisdiction UK law shall govern each of the bookings made with us including (without limitation) all contractual and other relationships which arise out of such bookings. You and we each submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the UK Courts in relation to any disputes arising out of any booking. 21. Pets: We regret that no pets of any sort are accepted on our holidays.


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