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Walking is not just for summer! If you want to feel the warmth of the sun on your face in the middle of the darker months, a European winter walking holiday is a great way to escape those cold weather blues.

There’s something about being out and active in the fresh air when most of the people you know are in hibernation mode. Choose from a number of trips departing in December, January and February, to destinations that offer all-year-round walking enjoyment. Experience a different side of our popular walking destinations including Spain, Portugal, France, Cyprus and Italy. What’s more, you may get a fantastic sense of well-being, especially as it can be hard to stay active when winter arrives and we tend to spend more time indoors.

With fewer people on the paths and trails and the cosy accommodations to retreat to after your rewarding days out, grab your opportunity to travel in winter.

If you’re in Spain, swap your standard coffee for a hot choc with churros on your morning break. On a winter walk in Cyprus, enjoy pleasant temperatures and seven hours of sunshine every day. While more towards the west, a selection of traditional towns can be found along the Portuguese Camino. Here, at the end of your walking day, warm up by an open fireplace – glass of vinho quente (mulled wine) in your one hand and scrumptious, local almonds in the other!

Take a look at some of our favourite walking holidays for winter.

Find your Winter Walking trip


Local Connections

We place great emphasis on researching, planning and crafting innovative itineraries to ensure you get the very best experience out of your winter walking trip. We believe relationships are important and have been working with many of our hoteliers and local suppliers for years. This means that they know exactly what our travellers expect.

Great Value & Quality Winter Walking Holidays

Our winter walking holidays are well priced offering great value for money. Included in your package are comprehensive route notes, maps & guide books along with bag transfers and locally run accommodation. When you book, your trip will be fully organised by a dedicated member of our in-house team, so you will always know who you are dealing with. We take the stress out of organising your winter walking trip.

Personal Experience

Our team have been walking in winter for over 4 decades. We are passionate about active holidays and delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of the UK & Europe and bring a multi-disciplined, multicultural and whole-hearted love of all things travel.


Walkers' Britain is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. We take travellers to many countries which are home to challenging wilderness, rich biodiversity, and fragile environments. It is the travel choices we make while visiting these environments that reduce the negative impact. This is the essence of responsible and sustainable travel - something we take very seriously. View our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook here.


Trip reviews


1
Introductory

These trips involve walking for four to five hours per day or cycling for 15-50 km per day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either road cycling or jogging), three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


2
Introductory to Moderate

These trips involve a combination of what is described in our INTRODUCTORY and MODERATE levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity but including several moderate stages.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise (road cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


3
Moderate

These trips involve walking for up to six hours per day or cycling for up to 65 km per day, at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise (road cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


4
Moderate to Challenging

This trip grading involves a combination of what is described in our MODERATE and CHALLENGING levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity but including several challenging stages.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise five times a week for three to six months leading up to your trip. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or road cycling.


5
Challenging

These trips involve walking up to nine hours per day in mountainous terrain with steep ascents and descents, pass crossing & alpine weather conditions, or cycling for up to 80 km per day over undulating terrain, with some steep and sustained hills. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a daypack weighing up to 8 kg and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise five times a week for three to six months leading up to your trip. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or road cycling.


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