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Our tour level gradings are explained below but it is often hard to grade tours in a fixed way and therefore should only be treated as a guide. If you take the estimated walking, grading and terrain details you can compare this information to some walks you have done in the past and decide if this is suitable for you. If you need any help then please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Walks that are generally short and up to three to four hours in length (excluding breaks) and/or optional excursions. They are generally flat or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
Easy day walks are interspersed with more strenuous sections. Walks are generally four to five hours walking per day (excluding breaks) in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept but sometimes stoney paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous regions. Five to seven hours walking per day, sometimes carrying backpack with stuff for 1 night. Height differences between 500 – 1000 metres per day.
Heavy excursions in mountainous regions sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for a few nights. Generally six to eight hours walking per day with height differences of up to 1200 metres per day. This grade is only suitable for guests with excellent condition and fitness and no fear of heights.
With an independent (self guided) tour you can holiday in any size group from individuals, couples or small groups, group or guided tours have a maximum size of around 12-16 persons but the minimum varies from tour to tour and is detailed in each tour schedule.
It is your personal preference to which category you wish to choose, only you can decide what you are best suited too. Find some more information below to help you decide.
A self guided vacation is where you will navigate a route (we provide route instructions and maps) by yourself as opposed to a guided tour where you will be escorted by a tour guide. You have the freedom to decide the time at which you leave each day, where to stop and places to visit along the routes provided. Independent walking holidays give you maximum flexibility as you can walk at your own pace and take in your surroundings as you go. Here at Hooked on Walking we give you detailed walking route notes, as well as maps so you can find your way along all the trails.
A guided holiday on the other hand means you have the security of a local guide who knows the routes and region and will guide you along the route each day. There will be set times to depart, planned itinerary for the day and as your guide will be local will be able to give you local history and show you any hidden beauty spots that only the locals could know about. You will still receive your tour package that includes guide book, route map etc which you can read if you want to (please check the what’s included section as each tour can be different).
Monday to Friday- 9am to 5pm
Saturday - Closed
Sunday - Closed
(Above times are UK Times - GMT)