How to plan the perfect walking holiday

As health and wellbeing is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, walking holidays are becoming increasingly more popular as an alternative to the laid back beach trip. With the chance to discover new places, experience amazing views whilst submerging yourself in to nature, what isn’t there to love?

But as with any holiday, planning is crucial to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Below we have discussed some of the top things to consider to ensure your walking holiday is absolutely perfect.

Choose the Right Location

Location is key for a walking holiday as you’ll be spending the majority of your time in the outdoors; terrain, routes, weather and nearby accommodation are all important things to consider and knowing what you want from your holiday will ultimately decide where you go. For example, are you looking for a calming coastal walk or a gruelling mountain climb?

Once you’ve decided on the location you will want the best place to rest and recoup on an evening, so it’s important to get your accommodation right. The UK south coast is a haven for walkers with some of the best footpaths and scenery around, and with everything from stunning coastal view apartments, to cosy cottages available, Dorset Holiday Cottages from Lyme Bay Holidays are the perfect place to call home during your trip.    

Know Your Abilities

Before you venture out on your first day walking it’s important that you know your abilities. If you’ve been training for months for this holiday and are well versed in map reading then taking to the outdoors may seem like a piece of cake. But for those with little experience, it’s important to stick to designated paths, prepare your routes beforehand, and check the terrain and incline before you set off. It is also vital to check the weather before you depart on your days walking to ensure it’s clear enough for a safe walk. 

Research

If you are travelling solo, or perhaps just fancy joining up with another group of hikers, it may be worth researching if there are local walking groups or events going on in your chosen location. Spots which are popular with walkers will often have group tours whereby you can travel out to a scenic spot and walk together as a group. This is an excellent way to venture out if your new to walking holidays, or as a way of meeting new people as an independent traveller. 

Packing Carefully

Its important to carefully consider each item you pack for your walking holiday, and making a list of essentials can really help. Outline the items which are necessary for your overall trip, and the things you may need to take with you in your day bag. Items such as spare clothes, the right footwear, walking sticks and of course food and water for the longer day trips are all necessary. Remember to pack light in your day bag but ensure you have everything you need for a day out of civilisation!

Relax and Enjoy

Remember that this is a holiday and take time out of your day to relax and enjoy the amazing views and wildlife around you. Walking holidays are a fantastic way to spend time in the outdoors and reconnect with nature, so whether you’re travelling in a big group or going solo, remember to take it easy and enjoy every second. 

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