Updated July 28, 2020
UK WALKING HOLIDAYS - WE ARE NOW OPEN TO TAKE YOU TO THE MANY BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS IN THE UK
WE ARE READY -ARE YOU? STARTING ON AUGUST 28
Our clients are at the heart of our business and your safety, health and well being are the most important considerations at this time.
You have worked tremendously hard to socially distance and supress the COVID 19 VIRUS- AND THE NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES issued on June 23 give us the green light to re- start Secret Hills Walking Holidays.
We have weighed up the safety, health and social distancing issues carefully- and now that hotels can begin trading, then it’s now our time to provide the best in guided walking. We will embrace the security guidelines that hotels implement so that we keep everyone safe. You can view the individual hotel policies on security on each hotel web site.
SOCIAL DISTANCING POLICIES ARE THERE FOR A REASON - TO ENSURE THAT YOUR HOLIDAY CAN BE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE- AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE. AS A BUSINESS, WE FEEL THAT SOME NECESSARY RESTRICTIONS WILL ENABLE YOU TO GET AWAY AND ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS- WE HOPE YOU APPRECIATE AND EMBRACE THE "NEW" NORMAL.
Our Autumn programme can be seen on www.secrethillswalking.co.uk. Use the choice bar at the top of this page
We have introduced several new holidays – for four or five nights – in The Cotswolds, Llangollen and the Dee valley, the Shropshire Hills, the South Downs and the Derbyshire Dales.
We feel that there will be a demand not just for our weekend breaks but for longer holidays- staycation breaks, all with our special blend of guided experience.
We also think that walking in our superb British countryside – is a perfect antidote for these many months of lockdown discipline as we have reduced the risk from the deadly virus.
We will ask you to follow the social distancing policies of our hotels and transport companies, we will publish these on our web site and when we send you joining details.
AND – we offer NO DEPOSIT * when you reserve an Autumn 2020 holiday. A risk-free option. So you can reserve in the knowledge that if the virus does not abate as quickly as we all hope, you have not committed hard, earned cash to your plans.
In case of cancellation/local lockdowns - or you being unable to travel due to the following reasons.
Should there be an issue/local lockdown at the hotel/area where we run our holidays which causes us to postpone our holidays, then you will be offered a similar later date holiday, If that is not suitable you will receive a full refund..
Should you be unable to attend the holiday due to the following reasons. then you will be offerred a similar later date holiday. Should you be unable to accept this, then we will issue a full refund, minus an administration charge.
- you catch covid 19 and you are not able to travel during the time you are infectious and self isolating. A medical proof will be needed.
- someone in your circle of contacts has been tested and contracted the virus, causing you to self isolate on the test,track and trace national programme.
- the area you live in is put into special measures as part of the national test, trace and track programme - again supported by suitable evidence which is in the public domain.
- in the event of a national lockdown due to increased incidences of confirmed virus cases.
The disappointment is that most of our European walking holidays for the Autumn are cancelled. Only two remain - La Palma on September 17 and Madeira on November 2
Our leaders are raring to go, the countryside awaits – we just need you.
*This applies to holidays reserved for 2020 only.
Email - info@ secrethillswalking.co.uk - and discuss how we can help you get back to what you love- walking in the great British countryside with likeminded folk.
Travel to Europe with us
Unfortunately, Covid -19 and the many travel restrictions in place both in the UK and in Europe means we have cancelled all but two holidays in the Autumn. A full list of 2021 European holidays is however on the web site
We cannot extend our no deposit offer to European holidays however, as these are reserved through New Experience Holidays and the ATOL/abta bonding rules apply to these holidays.
Our colleagues at New Experience Holidays have produced a set of guidelines to help you understand the various issues surrounding reserving a European holiday with us.-see https://www.newex.co.uk/coronavirus/
Please ensure that you obtain the travel insurance appropriate for your destination, itinerary and nature of your holiday. It is a good idea to check your travel insurance policy for the scope of cover. Many providers DO NOT provide Caorona Virus cover, though new procucts are coming on the market that do. Remember the two aspects - cancellation of your holiday due to you contracting the virus or being asjked to quarantine if you have been in contact with others and the test, track and trace unit have contacted you. Also cover for any medical treatment should you gt the virus whilst abroad.
A personal message from our founder Alan Garner
After four months when the travel industry has been at a standstill, we can hopefully strive to start walking again from August. We believe that we can provide the perfect antidote for all the time spent in lockdown and social isolation. Yes- there will be some constraints around the way hotels, pubs, cafes operate, but we feel that being disciplned in these settings is a small price to pay for being allowed in the beautiful UK countryside for tremendous walking opportunities.If we are to enjoy the holidays we love- then we will need to make compromises like face coverings in public spaces and transport and the restrictions in the way we eat in hotel restaurants and cafes- this is the new normal and we will need to live with these restrictions for many months to come. There will be little restriction though when we are walking- just sensible precautions to keep us all safe.
Autumn is a super time to take walking holidays- and we will all need the special feeling of getting way before winter sets in.
Most of the 2021 dates are now on our website.
After 18 years of hard work by many team members past and present, I have no intention of "throwing in the towel" - so being able to re-start our holidays is a tremendous boost- we will, in the Secret Hills community, be here when the virus finally subsides- ready to continue to guide you round our magnificent countryside. So, I hope you will continue to support us and join us in the Autumn - get those boots on again with us. See you then
Alan - and the whole Secret Hills Walking Community