Eco-friendly walking holidays in the UK - how to tread lightly when on holiday

Holidays with  lower impact

Are you looking for eco-friendly travel options? At the heart of HF is our mission to promote active enjoyment of the great outdoors. Yet as an organiser of walking holidays and outdoor breaks, we recognise our commitment to the environment and know that to continue to allow our guests the luxury of enjoying the outdoors we must protect it too. We are all well versed in ‘leave no trace’ but we wanted to challenge ourselves to do more to protect the countryside that we love to explore.

That's why we've been working on making additions to our guided walking holiday programme to make it easier for you to enjoy an eco-friendly getaway. The result is our brand new range of ‘Tread Lightly’ Guided Walking Holidays, launching in 2021, which will sit alongside our signature guided walking holidays.

Introducing our Tread Lightly Guided Walking Breaks

Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays

Walking holidays are considered one of the most environmentally conscious ways to see the world. Now you can spend time walking with HF in the most stunning UK scenery, knowing that you’re not damaging the landscapes or eco-systems and keeping your carbon footprint small with our brand new, transport-free walking holidays.

The good news is that taking ‘travelling responsibly’ seriously doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the quality or enjoyment of your precious time away. On these new walking breaks, you’ll stay at one of our own country houses, all located in prime walking areas. We have 17 UK country houses tailored to walkers, all nestled within the picturesque Great British countryside and 15 of these across England and Wales will operate Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holidays, with the options of 3-, 4- and 7-night breaks. From elegant Georgian mansions to charming seaside houses and hikers’ hotels set in National Parks or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, each represents a unique opportunity to make yourself at home even as you experience life in the great outdoors. And in each instance, all the walks will start and end right at the front door, with a selection of up to 3 different grades of walk available each day.

Where to Tread Lightly

Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays

The location of our houses means that a wonderful range of route options are right on the doorstep. Step outside Derwent Bank in the Northern Lake District and you could climb Cat Bells, gaze out over Borrowdale from Latrigg fell and summit Skiddaw via the Cumbria Way; from Monk Coniston in the Southern Lake District climb Coniston Old Man, explore Grizedale Forest and immerse yourself in the fells. In Shropshire you can explore the Long Mynd Valleys, set foot on the slopes of Caer Caradoc and discover the Stretton Hills. Walks from the front door of stately Newfield Hall in the Southern Yorkshire Dales will lead you along the Pennine Way to Malham to explore the eponymous Cove with its classic limestone pavement, while you can ascend onto the Howgill Fells from Thorns Hall in the Western Yorkshire Dales to discover this beautiful upland area of rolling grasslands. Pass through the impressive gates of Harrington House in the Cotswolds to loop through the twin villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter; stroll down the hill from Chy Morvah in Cornwall to explore St Ives and the Cornish coast path, rugged cliffs and inlets close by, and leave Freshwater Bay House on the Isle of Wight to stretch your legs with a walk over Tennyson Downs to The Needles and Alum Bay. In Wales, exit Dolserau Hall in southern Snowdonia to discover the remains of gold mines, explore historic Dolgellau and climb some of the areas hidden gems, or head down the hill from Nythfa Hall in the Brecon Beacons to uncover bags of canal history, take the Taff Trail or scale Pen-y-Fan for a literal highlight.

Benefits of our Tread Lightly Breaks

Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays
Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays

By cutting out transport to the trailheads, no fossil fuels are needed for your walking holiday other than the transport to your country house. You can further reduce your footprint though by finding efficient transport options to get there – perhaps share a ride with friends or family coming away, or look to travel to our country houses by public transport; we’ve suggestions for train and taxi travel to each house on our website.

What’s more, with no vehicle transfers you can get walking straight away each day, which helps to maximise your walking time; this is particularly important in shoulder seasons where daylight hours are shorter. With no transport, it’s also easier for HF walk leaders to adjust the pace to accommodate differing abilities. And with no need to meet a vehicle at the end of each walk, there is greater flexibility. So, if your group wishes to linger over lunch or finish the day with a few drinks in a pub, they can!

Leave nothing but footprints on your next walking holiday

Tread Lightly Guided Walking holidays

Tread Lightly
Guided Walking Holidays

If you want a walking holiday with a minimal carbon footprint, our Tread Lightly UK Guided Walking Holidays are the perfect option. Let our experienced Walk Leaders show you the great British ciountryside right outside the front doors of our country houses across England and Wales.
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