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Family Trekking & Walking Holiday Guide

 

About Trekking Holidays - Holiday Companies
 
Company Details
This section lists the companies that provide family trekking and walking holidays along with a summary of what they offer. If you need more details, please click on the links to visit the company website or request their brochure.
 
Companies Listed
Footscape, HF Holidays, Sherpa Expeditions, World Expeditions.
 
Footscape

Footscape is based in Dorset and offers a variety of self-guided walking holidays along the spectacular Jurassic Coast (England’s only Natural World Heritage Site) and in unspoilt Thomas Hardy country. You can opt for a “scheduled” (fixed date) walking tour, with transport provided to take you to the start of each day’s hike in the morning and back again in the late afternoon, or you can choose an “independent” holiday with dates of your choice, either based in one place or on an "inn to inn" basis (with your luggage moved on each day for you along the trail). On all holidays, you can walk at your own pace, and on many trails there are shorter walk alternatives.

In order to respond to the requirements of families with children, Footscape offers a lot of flexibility on its scheduled and custom holidays. Daily walking distances can be shortened at either end, as required, since the Footscape vehicle can drop off or pick up anybody who does not want to do the full number of miles. The website has a page specifically describing its services for children. At the end of a scheduled or custom holiday, Footscape provides a smart “Certificate of Achievement” to all children, which includes the total number of miles walked. Footscape’s scheduled and independent walking holidays along the Jurassic Coast are of particular interest to children, because there are several safe and beautiful beaches along its length. So instead of just spending day after day on a beach, why not walk part or all of a Footscape trail, stopping off for a short swim at those beaches that you cannot resist?
Destinations UK: Dorset.
Accommodation

Footscape offers a choice of hand-picked accommodation to suit your taste and pocket, including hotels, inns and B&Bs, usually located in a beautiful Dorset village or small town. A full English breakfast is provided each day. Family rooms are also often available (with reduced per head rates).

With the exception of its inn to inn walks, Footscape will accommodate you in the same place for the duration of your stay, or, for longer scheduled holidays, in one hotel, inn or B&B for the first half and another for the second half. This way, you do not have to pack and unpack every day.

Activities

Walking is the central activity. Footscape will give you a Footscape Trail Guide for easy reference on your hike. This is a compact illustrated booklet providing detailed walking directions, times and distances, degrees of difficulty, background information on the key places along the trail and practical information on pubs, restaurants and village shops.

There are plenty of opportunities for swimming (and fossil hunting) along the Jurassic Coast trails, which pass several safe and beautiful beaches. On its scheduled and custom holidays Footscape can also organise alternative activities for a part of the day or even the whole day for those who would like a break from walking. Such activities can include, amongst others, visits to the Abbotsbury Swannery (especially in May to July when you can see the baby swans), the Great Dorset Maize Maze (July/August), the award-winning Monkey World (all year) and trips on the Swanage steam railway.

Childcare & Kids Clubs None.
Minimum Age

Normally 5 years (except for infants carried by brave parents).

HF Holidays

HF Holidays offer family fun and adventure in the outdoors. The family walking holidays are based on their popular ‘Classic Walking’ programme. A choice of escorted walks is available each day, including shorter options for those with very young children and challenging walks for those with energetic teenagers. The holidays offer friendly Country House accommodation for the sole use of families. Everything is included in the holidays, including all guided walks and all meals – a full breakfast, self-select picnic lunch and generous evening meal.

Destinations

UK: Brecon Beacons, Cornwall, Dartmoor, Derbyshire Dales, Exmoor, Isle of Arran, Isle of Wight, Lake District, Scottish Highlands, South Downs, Yorkshire Dales.

Switzerland: Adelboden.
Austria: Mayrhofen.
Accommodation

HF Holidays offer family-friendly country house accommodation in elegant Georgian Mansions or Victorian seaside retreats. The accommodation has en-suite rooms with some family rooms available at each property. There are acres of grounds for children to explore, heated swimming pools and great family entertainment.

Activities

Classic Walking Just For Families: A choice of two or three guided walks is available each day of varying lengths and ascent.

Classic Walking Just For Families Plus: This holiday option also has a choice of two or three guided walks each day, but includes an extra short walk each day - ideal for those with very young children.
Childcare & Kids Clubs

Playleaders are available each day to organise games and activities for younger children (Classic Walking Just For Families Plus option only).

Minimum Age None.
Sherpa Expeditions

Sherpa Expeditions has been in operation since 1973. It offers a worldwide programme of escorted expeditions and self guided inn-to-inn walking tours. There are tours to suit all levels of ability from gentle rambles to Himalayan expeditions. The self-guided inn-to-inn walks follow a linear or circular route, staying at hotels or country inns. You follow the trail at your own pace and your bags are moved on to the next hotel each day. Sherpa also offer escorted inn-to-inn tours on some of the most popular routes. The escorted expeditions are to some of the world's great mountain ranges.
Destinations Self Guided Inn-to-Inn Tours: Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA.
Escorted Expeditions: France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, UK.
Accommodation Guesthouses, hotels, inns, mountain huts, refuges, tents.
Activities Walking is the main activity.
Childcare & Kids Clubs None.
Minimum Age Sherpa recommends that children are 11 years and over for their walking holidays.
World Expeditions

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World Expeditions has been in operation since 1975. It specialises in trekking and adventure holidays. There are a good selection of family adventure trips including favourites such as trekking in Nepal. The emphasis is on learning and discovery and all the family trips allow time to visit schools and interact with the local children. Private trips can also be arranged and the company particilarly recommends the Inca Trail. The company operates a policy of sustainable tourism and contributes generously to various organisations which in turn support the local people of the places where they operate. See the World Expeditions listing in the Adventure section for details of the family adventure tours.

Destinations Nepal: Annapurna trek following low level trails and followed by game viewing in Chitwan National Park.
Peru: Private family trips can be arranged to trek The Inca Trail.
Accommodation Hotels, camping and overnight stays with local families.
Activities Trekking is the main activity plus the chance to try elephant riding, game viewing and jungle walking. 
Childcare & Kids Clubs None.
Minimum Age The minimum age is generally 6 years of age for family trips but this is subject to level of fitness required and trip suitability .
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