Hard walking

Walking may be in moorland areas where you may cover long distances in remote countryside and the terrain will often be rough underfoot. In mountainous areas you will encounter some sustained ascents and descents and occasional sections of scree. Ascents and descents will be between 400 and 600 metres but over about two hours where some of the gradient may be very steep. In mountainous areas where you can expect rocky terrain and continuous ascents and descents, walks may visit high summits and ridges, so you will need a good head for heights, and not suffer from vertigo. There may be some easy scrambling. 

Moderate Walking with strenuous sections

Mainly moderate walking. Walks follow well-defined paths, though often in hilly or upland areas, usually up to 750 metres in height in the UK. In Europe we may take transprort to a higher altitude.  Ascents and descents will be between 350 and 500 metres.

There may be prolonged ascents and descents over a couple of hours but these will be achievable by those with a reasonable level of fitness and are not rushed, but taken at a moderate pace, with small rest breaks.

You will require a reasonable level of fitness to enable you to walk for about 6 hours, with several breaks and a lunch break

 

Moderate Walking

Walks follow well-defined paths, often in hilly or upland areas, usually up to 750 metres in height in the UK. In Europe we may take transport to a higher altitude.  Ascents and descents will be between 250 and 350 metres but over about two hours so the gradient is steady rather than very steep, and will require a reasonable level of fitness. In some areas, we walk along undulating coastal footpaths, which may have short, steep descents and ascents

You will require a reasonable level of fitness to enable you to walk for about 6 hours, with several breaks and a lunch break. 

Easy walking

You’ll walk at a relaxed pace, often spending time at places of interest en route. Walking may not be continuous, with plenty of breaks along the way. There will not be a fast pace, but you may encounter some slight ascents and descents, though these will be taken slowly. Walking is generally for about 3 hours a day, but split into sections over the whole day. On some days walking may be done in one stretch but with plenty of breaks, this may facilitate the visiting programme planned for the day.

Walking experience isn’t necessary as distances are quite short and gradients generally easy. However you will need the correct footwear and outdoor clothing as the countryside we walk in may have stony ground, and be slightly undulating.

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New Year Lakes - January 2020. I've just spent a fantastic break over the 2019/2020 New Year period walking in the beautiful Lake District. Jill was our guide who was very ably assisted by Wayne, a newcomer to SH I believe but I feel sure he will be a real asset to the company. The two of them worked together so well as a team. Jill as usual was organised, efficient, friendly and welcoming as well as a LOT of fun which made our NYE celebrations all the more enjoyable! The Whitewater Hotel was exceptional. I could not fault my room in any way and the staff were accommodating, pleasant and friendly. Jill arranged some lovely walks for us and apart from the first afternoon we were blessed with dry weather. We had a walking group of about 12/13 which was ideal to keep a decent pace and made a nicely sized gathering around the table for dinner. NYE celebrations were most enjoyable with a delicious 5 course gala dinner followed by a disco and of course the obligatory dancing. Thanks to Jill, Wayne and everyone for your lovely company. Here's to the next one! Judith Mulcahy

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