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Moderate to Strenuous Grade Walking Holidays 1

Moderate to Strenuous Walking Holidays

Moderate to Strenuous Walking Holidays

Suitable for active hikers with a good level of fitness looking for more demanding and challenging hikes. Moderate to strenuous itineraries involve extended steep ascents and descents along routes. May also include high mountain (alpine) terrain which is rugged and rough underfoot and some sections of scrambling.

Mostly moderate walks but may include longer strenuous trek son some days. The itinerary may include hut to hut walks on some days and require carrying your own belongings/backpack along route.

Moderate to strenuous grade holidays include on average 6-9 hours of walking per day (up to 30 km of walking).

South West Coast Path: St Ives to Penzance 31
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South West Coast Path: St Ives to Penzance

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Country
England
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath. Our St Ives to Penzance itinerary covers the rugged and remote section in Cornwall, via Land’s End. This is a great route in its own right, a truly diverse and engaging walk.

South West Coast Path: Penzance to Falmouth 6
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South West Coast Path: Penzance to Falmouth

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Country
England
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath. On this demanding but rewarding itinerary, you will take in the stunning Lizard Peninsula and the famous St Michael’s Mount off the Cornish coast.

Torres del Paine Circuit
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Torres del Paine Circuit

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Country
Chile
Activity type
Self Guided Walking, Privately Guided or Small Group
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Basic
Availability
November - March

Torres del Paine’s O Trek is celebrated by hikers as one of the most scenic trails in the world. This is an outstanding circuit for the trekker looking to complete a spectacular loop around the high peaks of Torres del Paine.

Basque Pyrenees to the Bay of Biscay 7
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Basque Pyrenees to the Bay of Biscay

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
7 days & 6 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
May - October

Take a beautiful hike across the Pyrenees-Atlantiques from St Jean Pied de Port to Hendaye on the Bay of Biscay, where the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees meet to create a green paradise. Follow steep paths over summits, passing through dense forests, lush meadows and charming villages. 

Cathar Trail: Castles of the Ariège Pyrenees
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Cathar Trail: Castles of the Ariège Pyrenees

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Country
France
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
13 days & 12 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Follow ancient Pyrenean trails through lush valleys, stunning gorges, rolling hills and charming villages in the shadow of mysterious Cathar castles and snow-peaked mountains. In the evenings enjoy delicious regional cuisine and robust local wines, and spend the overnights in characterful accommodations.

Jotunheimen Mountains and Besseggen Ridge
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Jotunheimen Mountains and Besseggen Ridge

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Country
Norway
Activity type
Self Guided Walking, Privately Guided or Small Group
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
June - October

Jotunheim is a real gem among Norway’s national parks. This demanding but rewarding tour takes you to hikes that have inspired mountaineers for centuries and delivers arguably the best mountain walking in Norway, including a guided hike along the iconic Besseggen Ridge and a guided glacier trek to Uranostind Peak.

North Cotswold Circuit in 6 Days
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North Cotswold Circuit in 6 Days

Country
England
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
6 days & 5 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

This inn-to-inn Cotswold Round self-guided walking holiday will take you through the heart of the Cotswolds at a swift pace, enabling you to explore this fascinating (and England’s largest) Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in just 6 days. The circuit starts and finishes in Moreton-on-Marsh and takes in the most picturesque towns and villages of the Cotswolds.

The Black Forest Traverse: Westweg Trail
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The Black Forest Traverse: Westweg Trail

Country
Germany
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
15 days & 14 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
May - October

Walk the oldest and one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Germany, traversing the entire Black Forest range north to south from Pforzheim to Basel in Switzerland. On this moderate to strenuous itinerary you will walk the complete trail in 12 walking stages.

Piedmont's Hidden Gem: Val Maira
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Piedmont’s Hidden Gem: Val Maira

Country
Italy
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate, Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
April - October

Piedmont’s remote and rugged high valley of Val Maira lies in the southern Italian Alps, near the French border. Val Maira is a beautiful place, now slowly being discovered as a walker’s paradise. You will walk through picturesque hamlets and villages and take in the high peaks, shaped by the retreating glaciers.

The Dachstein Alpine Circuit
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The Dachstein Alpine Circuit

Country
Austria
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
8 days & 7 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Comfortable
Availability
June - September

Austria’s Dachstein Alpine Circuit is a walker’s dream come true. This impressive alpine massif offers crystal-clear glacial lakes, lush pastures, green forests and rugged limestone peaks rising 3000m above sea level. Over six walking days, you’ll be rewarded with superb hiking with great accommodations nestled right in the heart of the mountains.

Classic Peaks of the Balkans: Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro 20
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Peaks of the Balkans Classic Route

Country
Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro
Activity type
Self Guided Walking
Duration
10 days & 9 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
June - September

Peaks of the Balkans is the first transnational long-distance hiking trail traversing the Western Balkans, taking you on an unforgettable 190-km circuit in the mountains of Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro through some of the finest scenery this corner of Europe has to offer.