Walking Holidays

If you’ve got a tricky someone to buy for for a birthday present or a Christmas gift –  like your granddad, stepdad, brother or an outdoorsy couple or active teenager- have you considered the gift of a walking holiday or a guided walk?

Buy them a trip up one of the UK’s most impressive mountains, hills and Munros, or even a day of skill learning that could save their life and feel safe that they are getting taught and guided along by experts. Fresh air, exercise, camping and fun all await the recipient of a guided walk or walking holiday.

A great way to get them out and about with fellow walkers or as a gift to get them out of city life or prepared for a Duke of Edinburgh award you can get the details of their weekend, week or day of walking with GO Activities printed off as soon as you book – and then you can hide the details and give them’ navigation tips’ to find their gift!

For The Expert: The Big Walking Weekend- 2 Day Fort William Guided Walking Weekend

Discover Fort William

Starting from the Glen Nevis Visitor Centre you climb above the valley of Glen Nevis on a good path to Lochan Meal an t-Suidhe to the CIC Hut below the North Face of Ben Nevis, built-in 1929 in memory of Charles Inglis Clark the keen climber who was killed in action during the 1914-1918 War.
From the CIC Hut you climb north climbing to the summit ridge of Carn Mor Dearg, for probably the best viewpoint of Ben Nevis before a descent onto the ridge below, the CMD Arete and then up the final slope to the summit of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, and one of the greatest viewpoints in Scotland.

Day two is from Glen Nevis, where you follow the valley by the Waters of Nevis and climb to the impressive Steall Falls, a 400ft cascade. You cross the cable bridge here and climb the steep northern slopes to the summit of An Gearanach, the first Munro of the day before climbing again to the summit of Stob Coire a’ Chairn with it’s great views across the Grey Corries.
A gentle descent from Stob Coire a’ Chairn brings you to the rocky ascent to Am Bodach (The Old Man).
The easy western descent from Am Bodach lleads to a short climb over Sgor an Iubhair (now no longer considered a Munro in it’s own right). The ridge now leads north, a narrow arete known as The Devils Ridge which leads to the final summit of the day, Sgurr a’Mhaim, and probably the best viewpoint.
The north-western slopes of Sgurr a’Mhaim provide an easy path down to the valley and a walk back either along the roadside or riverside path back to the start point.

For the Outdoor Couple: The 2 day trip around Wales – Welsh Guided Walking Weekend

Enjoy a Welsh Walking Weekend

“The summit of Snowdon: you are here, nearer to Heaven.”  Said the Welsh National Poet, Gwyn Thomas- so what’s more romantic than a 2 day trip in Wales?

Day 1 is a trip of The Snowdon Horseshoe. From the Pen-y-pass you climb the start of the PYG track, turning off the over used path at Bwlch y Moch and climbing onto the Crib Goch ridge.

Then traverse the Crib Goch ridge from east to west and climb to the summit of Garnedd Ugain from where an easy path will take you around the crest of the ridge above Glasslyn to the summit of Snowdon and the modern summit cafe.

From the summit of Snowdon you will descend to the south east, descending above Llyn Llydaw to the twin summits of Y Lliwedd, following this fine ridge as it curves to the north and descends to the shores of Llyn Llydaw and the Miners Track back to the Pen-y-pass.

Day 2 is a climb of Tryfan and the Glyderau from Idwal Cottage to the lower slopes of Tryfan.
After a short descent to the south of the summit of Tryfan a short but steep climb will bring you to the summit of Glyder Fach and the main Glyderau ridge. The ridge continues west to the summit of Glyder Fawr, the highest summit of the day.

From Glyder Fawr the ridge turns to the north-west, descending past Llyn y Cwn before the long gentle climb to the summit of Y Garn, the final summit of the day.
The route of descent is to the east, down to Lyn Idwal and following the good path back to Idwal Cottage. The Carneddau Range route climbs from the shores of Lyn Ogwen by Cwm Lloer to the summit of Pen Yr Ole Wen. The ridge north from Pen Yr Ole Wen climbs north over Carnedd Fach and then climbs to Carnedd Dafydd. The fine ridge to the north-east now leads to the summit of Carnedd Llywelyn, the highest point of the day. The south-east ridge of Carnedd Llywelyn descends over Pen Yr Helgi Du ridge descending back to the Ogwen Valley and your start point.

For the Summer Hillwalker keen to try Winter Walking: A 2 day Winter Skills Weekend

Learn more on a Winter Skills Weekend

Get the experience of using all of the skills required for Winter. From Ice Axe and Crampon use, Winter Navigation and Avalanche Awareness and Avoidance this course really suits the summer hill-walker who has spent little or no time in the mountains in winter practicing the above skills.

This course covers all of the essentials. You will look at your equipment and see the most efficient ways of using it. Learn how to walk again, using your boot as a tool and learn different ways of moving over snow. Look at the uses of an ice axe and how to safeguard yourself when crossing snow slopes.
Use the axe to arrest ourselves in a fall,
at crampons, how they fit and how to fit them in the Scottish weather and the many ways of using them to move across snow and ice with style!
The day will finish with an avalanche avoidance chat (drinks welcome) in the comfort of the hut in time for tomorrow’s avalanche awareness day.

Day 2 is a course on how not to get lost in the Scottish Mountains
Look at snow slopes, slope aspect, the temperature gradient, avalanche avoidance, route finding, navigation in winter, route planning, terrain traps.
By the end of the day expect to have more knowledge about snow, the snowpack and how we can get an understanding of its stability. You will be able to carry out several tests on the snow to judge this.

For the Group or family of mixed ability – The Scafell Pike Guided Walk

Try Scafell Pike for size!

Standing at 978m Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain. It sits in the heart of the Lake District surrounded by some of the finest mountains in the country. Scafell Pike has several ascent routes and no matter which one you choose you will be impressed with its rugged nature. On a clear day the views across the entire Lake District are simply breathtaking. This is an ideal route for all levels of mountain expertise.

You start at Wasdale Head where you will start the ascent of Scafell Pike. The ascent usually takes between 2 – 4 hours and can be done at your pace.
This route can also be completed very early morning, late in the day or during the night. It’s up to you!

So there you go. Options for presents for couples, presents for teenagers and presents for dad, step dad, half-brother and granddad!

We have modern family life all covered off with some very traditional, timeless gifts of activity.

What walking holidays have you enjoyed?

Comment below!

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