Women's Activity Week (Grade 5, moderate)
Staying in Hassness Country House on the shores of Buttermere - a tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes, Women's activity week is the perfect antidote to modern city living. Designed to get some of that refreshing Cumbrian air into your lungs, relax with other like-minded women and perhaps try out something new, the week takes advantage of the superb setting with a daily selection of hill and Nordic walks, a half day kayaking on Derwentwater and the optional promise of a bracing morning dip. Interspersed with yoga and Pilates to restore and unwind, days hiking with some added circuit training or aerobics, are well rewarded with home cooked meals.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) Women's Activity Week 7 night holiday starts from £679/person including accommodation and all meals (except for one dinner), lakeland hill walking, yoga and Pilates sessions, introduction to Nordic Walking, aerobics and circuit training, half day kayaking and transport for activities. Departures: 13 June, 15 August & 12 September 2020.
St Paul's Trail & the Taurus Mountains (grade 6, Moderate) New for 2020
As the apostle Paul would have done nearly two millennia ago, explore deep canyons, historic sites and ancient villages, hiking along river courses and deep forest tracks through dramatic and varied scenery, following Turkey's wild and little frequented St Paul's Trail.
Turkey's second long-distance trail at 500km, this ancient route winds from Perge (near the coast and Antalya) through the Anatolian wilds to an elevation of 2200m and culminates in the city of Yalvaç. Accompanied throughout by a local specialist guide, follow the course of Köprülü Canyon taking the opportunity to swim in deep river pools, hike across spectacular limestone ridges, through indigenous oak forest, past shepherds huts and open pasture towards Serpil.
Meander through the ancient ruins of the Pisidian city of Prostanna and bask in expansive vistas of Eğirdir lake atop of Sirvi Hill before entering Yalvaç along the ruins of the Roman aqueduct just as St Paul would have done.
Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 14 night St Paul's Trail & the Taurus Mountains starts from £1999/person, full board en suite accommodation with dinners at the hotel or local restaurants, picnic lunches, English speaking guide, local transport and an experienced leader. Departs 10 April, 15 May, 4 September and 18 September 2020.