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Self-Guided Walking Holidays in the UK

 

Contours Walking Holidays

Book your self-guided walking holiday in the UK and explore at your own pace. Choose from over 80 exceptional trails and countless customiseable itineraries - including dog-friendly, stile-free and short-break options - to suit any schedule. Daily luggage transfers, hand-picked accommodation and bespoke tour pack included. Learn more...

Explore the British Isles

The British Isles are home to a vast range of incredible scenery. From high peaks with panoramic views to unspoilt coastline tussled by the sea breeze, the landscapes of the UK are some of the most beautiful in the world.

There are hundreds of fantastic walking trails criss-crossing all over Great Britain, allowing walkers from all backgrounds to experience everything from our rare wildlife to our rich history dating as far back as the Stone Age.

Begin your adventure by selecting a region to explore on the map, or use our search function to find the perfect walking holiday for you. If you require further help, simply click the link below or you can contact our friendly team.

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New trails for 2024

Explore estuary banks, famous heathland, pilgrim pathways, seaswept clifftops and limestone dales.

For 2024, we've launched a host of walking holidays across six new trails, with short breaks and full-route adventures to choose from.

Browse Contours' new trails for 2024.

If you're new to walking holidays

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Here's how it works:

  • With maps and guidebook, you'll lead the way along established routes.
  • Your nightly accommodation is prebooked for you.
  • Each day, we carry your heavy overnight luggage to the next stop.

Find out more and discover our top trails for new walkers, from National Trails to Stile-Free options.

Walking inspiration

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Find your ideal walking holiday by type or topic, from short breaks to ambitious challenge hikes, remote rambles to National Trails, via our inspiration pages.

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Castles and
Military Monuments

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Circular
Walking Holidays

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Coastal
Trails

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Short
Daily Mileages

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Dog-Friendly
Holidays

Our Featured Holiday: The Camel Trail

Winding through the countryside of North Cornwall from Wenfordbridge to Padstow, this wonderfully level, well-waymarked walking holiday is an absolute gem, perfect for new walkers and those looking for a gentler meander.

It's one of our stile-free routes, so it avoids any obstacles or long, steep ascents. You'll enjoy long stretches of waterside walking and visit nature reserves, ancient woodland and historic towns along the way.

Choose our three- or four-night itinerary and explore this tranquil trail in full.

From our blog

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A Review of the Usk Valley Walk

Contours Holidays head out to review our route notes for the Usk Valley Walk, a waterside trail that tours the Usk Valley along riverbank and canal towpath, with a great stile-free alternative.

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Loyalty Scheme

With so many brilliant trails all around the UK, it's hard not to accumulate a long walking holiday wishlist. If you're planning to get out and start ticking off each trail, you can really cut costs with Contours Holidays' loyalty scheme. You'll start saving from your third walking holiday onwards.

Find out more about our bronze, silver and gold loyalty discounts.

Walking Holidays in the UK