Are you organising a walking holiday?

Walking holidays that are self-guided - are so flexible, and enjoyed by first time hikers looking adventure and experienced walkers, and large self-catering holiday homes add to the experience, keeping the group together and being the focal point for relaxation after a days hiking. Throughout UK there are many national parks which provide challenging and scenic routes for walkers: Brecon Beacons, Cairngorm, Dartmoor, Exmoor, Lake District, Loch Lomond and Trossachs, New Forest, North York Moors, Northumberland, Peak District, Pembrokeshire Coast, Snowdonia, South Downs, The Broads, Yorkshire Dales. There are also national trails and long distance walking paths, and many people choose designated AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) for their walking holiday. During your planning you need to decide if you want circular walks or treks of specific lengths. Holiday cottages, hostels and large holiday houses can be found alongside all of these popular walking locations.

According to Sarah Hanson, a researcher with the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia. She and a team of researchers looked into as much data as they could find on outdoor walking groups for adults, including analysis carried out on some 1,843 walkers in 14 some countries.

Amazingly, they discovered that those who joined walking groups experienced noteworthy improvements in lung capacity, overall physical effectiveness and broad fitness. This included a positive change in blood pressure, body mass index and other significant risk factor measures.

Holiday homes with great accommodation for walking holidays

Old Baptist Chapel, sleeps 20 in Belper.

Self catering for large groups in Derbyshire near Belper with 8 bedrooms, sleeps 20, No pets, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.

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Stenson Hill Farm, sleeps 20 in Derby.

Large rental cottage in Derbyshire near Derby with 9 bedrooms, sleeps 20, Pet friendly, Ground Floor Facilities, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.

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Orchard Barn - 16875, sleeps 29 in Tiverton.

A unique large holiday home in Devon near Tiverton with 10 bedrooms, sleeps 29, Pet friendly, Barbecue, Ground Floor Facilities, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available.

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Alminstone House, sleeps 22 in Bideford.

Outstanding large holiday house in Devon near Bideford with 8 bedrooms, sleeps 22, No pets, Barbecue, Pub within 1 mile, Baby and Toddler Friendly, Cot Available.

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Turpins Cottage, sleeps 20 in Belper.

Holiday house to let in Derbyshire near Belper with 9 bedrooms, sleeps 20, Pet friendly, Cot Available.

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Wisteria House, sleeps 20 in Totnes.

Large family holiday rental in Devon near Totnes with 9 bedrooms, sleeps 20, No pets, Barbecue, Ground Floor Facilities, Golf nearby, Pub within 1 mile, Cot Available, Swimming Pool.

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Dogs are often included on the guest list for walking holidays - lots of the self-catering accommodation featured is ideal for groups looking for dog friendly holiday cottages. Houses can be rented for a week - a weekend or a short break, details of accommodation discounts and proximity of properties to road and rail transport is detailed. If you would like help deciding where to go on your walking holiday please contact us - there are incredible hiking routes throughout UK and we'd be happy to advise.

However it is only natural that to walk in a group, people prefer to walk with those they know and socialise with, rather than with strangers, especially if walking extends to more than just an afternoon. Cycling holidays are hot on the tail of walking and some people do both. Cycle hire is increasingly popular and rental shops are in most holiday towns.

So, if you are thinking of a walking break for a weekend, a hiking week or maybe perhaps even longer, it makes sense that a group that walks together can stay, socialise and live together. Rent a large house and make the most of a group walking holiday. Everyone can be and live together, walk during the day, eat and socialise in the evening. There are no worries about meeting up, or having a route-end that leaves some people further away from their accommodation than others.

We can 'walk you through' (excuse the pun!) accommodation for larger groups, showing you houses to stay in near coastal paths, close to National Parks or rural wild lodges for the very adventurous walkers to go 'off piste' from. Rent a house with plenty of room so that after a day’s walking you can give people the option to either relax together or turn in early in preparation for the following days hike. Being all under one roof, with no waiting up for walkers to leave or awaiting arrivals the following morning will be a recipe for a great holiday!