Celebrate the 1900th year of Hadrian’s Wall on a seven-night break

Celebrate the 1900th year anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall and save £80 per person 

Monday 4 April 2022

Celebrating the monumental 1900th year anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall, walk in the footsteps of the Roman soldiers who patrolled this ancient outpost with Ramblers Walking Holidays, the original experts in guided walking, and save £80 per person on 14th May departure. Previously £995 per person and now £905 per person.

Hadrian’s Wall National Trail 7-night break, covers 66 miles of this magnificent structure, the northernmost border of the Roman Empire. Starting in Heddon on the Wall and finishing in Bowness on the Solway Firth as part of a continuous walk, enjoy relatively easy terrain through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain, visiting well-preserved sites such as Chester’s Roman Fort, Birdoswald and Carlisle Castle along the way.    

Ramblers Walking Holidays – 01707 331133 - www.ramblersholidays.co.uk – Hadrian’s Wall National Trail, 7 night half board en suite holiday starts from £859/person including transport to and from walks. Departures: 14 May, 2 July, 24 July, 20 August, 17 September 2022. 

Enjoy a big discount on a Shropshire Hills self-guided HF Holiday in April

Saturday 26 March 2022

You can enjoy a fully flexible week of self-guided walking based at HF Holidays' country house at Longmynd House which sits on a hill above Church Stretton – and there's a huge £200 per person saving if you book before 1 April.

The rolling hills of Shropshire offer a huge range of walking routes with gentler options following valley bottoms and leg-stretchers tackling the high points. While out walking you could take in The Bog - a lost mining village - Mitchell's Ford Bronze Age Stone Circle or the ruins of Clun Castle, which dates back to Norman times.

Walking options include climbing the area’s most iconic hills: Caer Cardoc, Hope Bowdler Hill, The Wrekin and Ragleth Hill and visiting the pretty villages of Little Stretton and Hope Bowdler. You can also take full advantage of the Long Mynd – the great moorland ridge after which our accommodation was named - and walk through the Carding Mill Valley – a wildlife-rich area of heathland owned by the National Trust.  

There's also the Stiperstones ridge with its jumble of jagged quartz-laden tors and the low level 'whale-back' ridge of The Lawley. Due to the location of our country house, many walks can be undertaken right from the front door and it's possible to be in the hills just a few minutes after you set off.

HF's in-house Discovery Point holds a large collection of detailed walking route notes, all graded for their difficulty, to help you plan your days. Take your pick of the routes, choosing exactly how far you want to go each day and on what terrain.

The holiday is from 15 April 2022 for seven nights full board and instead of £789,  you now pay £589 per person. Be aware that there is a limited number of single rooms available while to contact HF Holidays, call 020 3974 8866 or email reservations@hfholidays.co.uk

The historic Romans Baths

Ramblers Walking Holidays offers three of the best new UK holidays for 2022

Holidays include Blue Badge Tours, a hike along the Cotswold Way and historic walks in ‘Constable Country’

Tuesday 25 January 2022

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) – the original small group, guided walking experience experts – have expanded their choice of UK itineraries for 2022. Appealing to ‘novice walkers’ who might have enjoyed the benefits of this exercise over the last 18 months, and be looking to expand their horizons, as well as seasoned hikers eager to take on a more challenging hike after the confines of recent months. Options include leisurely city walks with expert guides and walks through quintessential rural landscapes, as well as a continuous long-distance hike in magnificent Cotswold scenery, each one carefully designed to cater for specific levels of walking ability.   

Best for city culture and countryside with Blue Badge Guides (Grade 3, Leisurely) Combining some of the UK’s most iconic and historic cities with glorious walks in the surrounding countryside are a series of walking breaks offering city tours led by accredited Blue Badge Tourist Guides. Following the success of four new tours at the end of 2021 a new tour of Shrewsbury & Ludlow has been added for 2022.

The four-night break starts in the historic town of Shrewsbury, situated on a loop in the River Severn, with a guided walk through its narrow streets in the company of a Blue Badge Guide to learn more about its historic and literary associations with figures including Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens and Wilfred Owen. The following day, explore foodie Ludlow with its lovely old shopping streets and ancient medieval castle. From Church Stretton, on the border between mid-Wales and England, walk south to Ragleth Hill to enjoy views across the Marches, Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd before a warming cup of tea in Church Stretton and train journey back to Shrewsbury.

Four-nights in Shrewsbury & Ludlow costs from £489pp to include half board hotel accommodation with breakfast, Blue Badge guided tours of each city and local transport. Departures: 21 March 2022, 20 June, 22 August and 28 November 2022. Other options include, Malvern & Worcester from £479, Harrogate & York from £449,  Salisbury & Winchester from £539pp and Bristol & Bath from £449pp.

Best for history and views of English rural landscapes in ‘Constable Country’ (Grade 4, Moderate)  – Walks though water meadows and along tranquil riverbanks provide the setting for a five-night break in Suffolk. Created in partnership with the Field Studies Council (FSC) and based at FSC Flatford Mill, simple accommodation is offered in Willie Lot’s cottage which appears in Constable’s famous painting of the Haywain. The bucolic scene has changed little since the famous painter’s day and the holiday includes guided walks to the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which features in many of his works. Alongside this quintessential rural landscape are hidden gems such as walks along the Shotley Peninsula and the estuaries of the rivers Orwell and Stour, plus a circular walk around Lavenham with time to explore the narrow streets and timber framed buildings of the beautiful medieval wool town.

Five-nights in Constable Country costs from £565 pp to include full board hostel accommodation, local transport and a dedicated walk leader. Departures: 11 April, 24 July, 14 and 21 August, and 23 October 2022.  

Best for a continuous walking holiday - The Cotswold Way  (Grade 6 Moderate) The Cotswold Way comprises just over 100 miles of beautiful rolling countryside with beech woods giving way to open grassy fields and views sweeping down from the high escarpment to the Severn Valley. Ideal for those wanting a more challenging walking holiday whilst still having the support of an organised group RWH has devised a new 10-night holiday for 2022.  Starting in Chipping Campden it follows a route travelling from north to south and covering between 10-14 miles each day, to finish in the Roman city of Bath.  

Each day offers well-paced walks through picturesque villages of local honey coloured stone and across a mix of terrain from high escarpments to lowland meadows. Along the way there is time to absorb the routes’ rich cultural highlights such as the Neolithic burial chamber at Belas Knap and the ancient hillfort at Haresfield Beacon with its panoramic views over the Vale of Gloucester, the River Severn, and the Forest of Dean. Accommodation is based in Cheltenham, with private transport to the trailhead each morning and returns to the hotel each night, offering the advantage of no packing or unpacking each day just a return to a warm shower and then perhaps a drink before dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Ten-nights The Cotswold Way costs from £1,195 pp and includes half board accommodation (breakfasts & dinners in the hotel), private coach transport and a dedicated tour leader.  Departures: 14 May, 13 August, and 17 September 2022