What can I expect from a Contours Walking Holiday?

A Contours Walking Holiday is a wonderful way to explore the countryside and offers the freedom to walk at your own pace, stop for breaks when you want and spend as long as you wish exploring the sites. We take care of every little detail so that you can concentrate on enjoying your walking holiday. Below is a general list of what is included in a Contours Walking Holiday.

Access to Exclusive Members Area

Contours Walking Holidays has an exclusive Members Area that can be accessed from our website once you have received a booking ID. This area contains a wealth of information to help you prepare for your walk, including travel information, downloadable GPS files (currently under development), an interactive feedback form and much more. Access the Members Area here to find out more.

Comfortable Accommodation

We make use of a wide variety of accommodations, including family-run bed and breakfasts, friendly guesthouses, country inns and small hotels, depending on what is available along the trail. Each accommodation has been carefully chosen for the warmth of their welcome, the quality of their accommodation and their accessibility to the trail. A continental or cooked breakfast is also included at your accommodation each day as standard. Please note that we cannot guarantee en-suite rooms each night, though we do try to book these where available.

While we understand your eagerness to find out your accommodations, we do not provide this information until it is sent to you in your holiday pack, four weeks prior to the start of your walk.

In keeping with the flexible nature of these tours we do not provide lunches or evening meals. Details regarding where to purchase packed lunches and evening meals are included in your holiday pack.

Luggage Transfers

We organise for your luggage to be transported for you between each overnight stop, so that every time you arrive at a new accommodation for the evening, your luggage will be waiting for you. With the bulk of your luggage taken care of, all you need to carry during the day is a light daypack containing whatever you require for that day’s walk.

Transfers between the Trail and your Accommodation

There may be occasions during your walk where your accommodation is situated more than a mile from the trail, or you may have to spend more than one night in the same place. Where this is the case, we provide transfers between your accommodation and the trail, which will be included in the holiday cost.

Your Personalised Holiday Pack

Every party who books a Contours Walking Holiday will receive an extensive Holiday Pack (one per party) tailored specifically for your walk. Your holiday pack will be delivered to you four weeks prior to your holiday’s start date, after receipt of full payment. Your Holiday Pack can also be delivered to your holiday’s starting accommodation or an alternative address if required.

Due to the large volume of tour pack we produce, all packs are produced in strict rotation and therefore we are unable to generate any holiday packs earlier than the specified four weeks before your holiday start date

The pack contains all of the information you need to make your walk enjoyable and worry-free, including official Ordnance Survey maps (or map booklets) or Harvey maps, official guidebooks or route notes describing the trail, detailed information on getting to and from the trail by public transport, a day-to-day itinerary including information on each night’s accommodation, luggage tags, an equipment checklist and contact telephone numbers in case you need assistance in an emergency. An electronic version of your Holiday Pack will also be emailed to the group leader, minus the maps and guidebooks. Additional copies of your holiday pack are available to purchase upon request.

24-hour Emergency Support

Our office is manned from 0900 to 1730 GMT Monday to Saturday (excluding Bank Holidays). If you require assistance outside of these times, we also provide an out-of-hours telephone service should you require emergency support during your holiday. Details of this will be included in your Holiday Pack and can also be found in our member's area.

What is not included?

In keeping with the sense of flexibility and freedom enjoyed from a Contours Walking Holiday, below are some aspects that you will need to take into account when preparing for your holiday:


If you have any further questions or queries, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

How do I choose my holiday?

Not sure where to start looking for your perfect holiday? Here are a few things to consider to help you decide.

How do I book my holiday?

Here we explain how our booking process works, so you know exactly what to expect at every stage.

About Contours Walking Holidays

If this is your first time on our website, here is a quick summary of who we are and what we do here at Contours!