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Self-Guided Walking Holidays in the UK

 

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Contours Walking Holidays

Book your self-guided walking holiday in the UK and explore at your own pace. Choose from an unrivalled selection of trails, including dog-friendly, stile-free and short-break options, with flexible itineraries 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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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.

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.

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 top trail: Hadrian's Wall Path

Perhaps our most beloved National Trail of all, Hadrian's Wall Path crosses the north of England from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway, following the ancient Roman monument of Hadrian's Wall.

The route is well-signposted and full of Roman history, from museums to forts and milecastles, and its massive popularity has inspired a wealth of walker-friendly cafes and pubs in the region.

Walk the full route or see the highlights on one of Contours Holidays' short breaks.

From our blog

Sheep graze on a steep grassy hill on the Pennine Way.Walking the Lancashire Coast

Walking the Lancashire Coast Path was a pleasant surprise with wide variety: every day offered something different in terms of terrain, interest and history. The walk will have extra appeal if you are interested in bird watching, as there’s plenty of estuary walking and birdlife to enjoy.

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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