Spending time in the great outdoors can be appreciated at any age and walking holidays give you the chance to do this, while also helping to ensure that you stay in shape.
Hiking through valleys and past lakes and rivers, taking in magnificent views, and experiencing the overall beauty of national parks and other iconic spots refreshes your perspective and really allows you to connect with nature.
We’ve chosen some of our finest walking holidays in the UK and Europe to help you plan an active break.
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Walking holidays in the New Forest, England
UK walking holidays always offer beautiful short breaks, but this adjective doesn’t even begin to do justice to the New Forest in the south of England.
With golden sunrises and ponies grazing peacefully on green fields, this New Forest walking tour will take visitors who grew up in the countryside back to their rural roots.
The holiday is made even more enjoyable by the presence of local expert guides who will take you on guided walking tours around the region and introduce you to some of its scenic gems.
The trip includes a visit to the Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, to Keyhaven — taking in a view of the Isle of Wight on the left — and the ancient Ridley Wood.
Taking a walking holiday in Slovenia
If you’re thinking of going on a walking holiday in Europe, try a walking tour of Slovenia, a fabulous location for hiking, which is also good for the spirit.
The Julian Alps provide willing hikers with peaks, valleys and natural bodies of water to admire, making this one of the best walking holiday options in Europe.
Begin your tour with a stroll along the glistening Lake Jasna, before meandering through the Krnica Valley where the River Pisnica shimmers alongside you.
The most rewarding of the walking trails on this inviting holiday is the Three Borders. This zig-zag route gives you a panoramic view of the border of Italy, Austria and Slovenia.
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A walking holiday in Montenegro
The pleasure of a walking holiday in Montenegro, in particular the vast Budva Riviera, will stay ingrained in your memory forever.
Part of this tour will take you through the National Park of Lovcen, round the foothills of the peaks of Mount Lovcen, offering you a view of Montenegro’s famously endearing Bay of Kotor.
A walk with the Austrian-built Kosmac Fortress as your starting point will provide invigorating exercise, stretching 10 kilometres and boasting views of the island resort of Sveti Stefan.
The Jaz islet walk is a lovely route along the coast with time to lie back at the end on a marvellous beach at Trsteno.
Exploring Italy’s Dolomite Mountains with a walking holiday
You will never tire of walking around Europe, thanks to splendid scenery like the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. Our Dolomites tour is one for seasoned walkers, since it provide a longer more challenging route.
The first tour is a long distance walk but a gentle one, letting you admire the Lake Molveno up close. The spring-time Molveno and Andalo walk is more strenuous, but your reward will be vistas across the lake and a 360° view of the Adige valley.
The exercise and the fresh countryside air on a walking holiday will help you to feel positive and energised, releasing those feel-good endorphins.
Whether you’re tackling one of the great walks of Europe or staying local on one of the best walking holidays in the UK, a few days of seeing a country on foot will definitely invigorate the spirit and the self.
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