Our walking styles in the UK

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The UK has some of the world’s most stunning scenic walks, intriguing geological wonders, and gorgeous flora and fauna. Here at HF Holidays, we’re all about choice. We’re proud to offer a wide selection of walking holidays based right here on our shores.

No matter which walking holiday you choose, you’ll be just a stone’s throw away from national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read on to learn more about the different walking styles we have on offer.

Signature guided

Signature guided walking holidays are our most popular holiday style – and for good reason. You’ll be staying at one of our 16 characterful country houses, all of which are at the doorstep of some of the UK’s best-loved walks. Full-board dining comes as standard, including a continental and/or cooked breakfast, a hand-picked packed lunch, and a three-course dinner. On your arrival day, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will offer you a cream tea before you settle in to your comfortable en-suite guest room.

Our signature guided walks are led by experienced HF Holidays Leaders, who will guide you along your walk with the group. Each day there will be a choice of up to three different-grade daily walks for you to choose from. There's normally a leg stretcher for anyone looking to stride out, a shorter walk for anyone wishing to take it a little easier, and a walk that sits somewhere in between these two. Check out our individual holiday itineraries on our web pages for further information. Any transport needed to get to or from your walks has all been taken care of and is included in the price of your holiday.

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Self-guided

With a focus on flexibility, freedom, and the joy of the journey, our self-guided walking holidays are perfect for those who like to do things at their own pace. Like our signature guided walking holidays, you’ll experience the same comfortable en-suite accommodation and full-board dining. To top off the self-guided experience, you can visit our dedicated Discovery Point to discover a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and easy-to-follow walking routes.

You can stick to one of our expertly-crafted walking routes - or tweak it slightly so you get to linger somewhere for longer. Either way, you’ll get to pick the walks that suit you best in stunning locations where the countryside or coastline takes centre stage. 

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Tread lightly

Our tread lightly guided walking holidays are ideal for guests who wish to minimise their carbon footprint. All of these walks begin and end on the doorstep of our country houses. Much like our signature guided walks, there’s a choice of up to three different-grade daily walks for you to choose from. There's typically a leg stretcher for anyone looking to stride out, a shorter walk for anyone wishing to take it a little easier, and a walk that sits somewhere in between these two. Check out our individual holiday itineraries on our web pages for further information.

With no need for transport, these holidays are kinder to the environment and offer more flexibility. Leaders can adjust walk times to suit weather windows and there’s no need to call time at the café or pub to rush back for a coach.

Like our signature guided walking holidays, you’ll experience the same fantastic service from our HF Holidays team. Not only will you have an experienced HF Holidays Leader accompanying you on walks, you’ll enjoy the same full-board dining experience and comfortable en-suite guest rooms.

Want to learn more? We’re proud to share our sustainability goals.

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Gentle guided

Our gentle guided walking holidays are perfect for those who enjoy a walk at a slower pace. We’ve designed a selection of gentle walking routes that minimise gradients and rough ground – but without compromising on sights or scenery.

Like our signature guided walking holidays, you’ll still have a choice of up to three different-grade daily walks – one of which will be no more than five miles long. An experienced HF Holidays Leader will accompany you every step of the way. These holidays are perfect for those who are new to walking or those that prefer to take it at a gentler pace.  

You’ll still experience the same fabulous service from our HF Holidays team. You’ll enjoy the same full-board dining experience and stay in one of our comfortable en-suite guest rooms.

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Guided trails

Our guided trail holidays are long-distance walks that take place over the course of multiple days. We’ve got a wide variety of guided trail holidays, so you can choose to hike famous long-distance routes or tackle some that we’ve crafted especially for you.

If you're keen to enjoy the comfort of our country houses, and love trail walking too, we've got a fabulous selection of guided trails which base themselves from our country house locations. Our guided trail holidays are led by our experienced HF Holidays Leaders, with transport arranged to take you and fellow guests to and from the trail each day. Having our country house as your base takes out any hassle of packing and unpacking, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the adventure.

We offer a huge selection of trail holidays from partner accommodation too - please see our website for details. Read our blog post for more information on what to expect on our guided trail holidays.