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).
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.
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.
Walk on the southern section of Via Francigena through the most beautiful Tuscan countryside, dotted with wonderfully preserved hilltop villages such as Montalcino, San Quirico and Vignoni Alto.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.