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(Coast to Coast) View of Buttermere from Haystacks, Lake District

Self-guided walking holidays in the UK

Our 2020 season in the UK runs from 3 May to 20 September. Our self-guided trips are available on your choice of dates; we don't have set start dates. Trek in the company of friends or family, or go solo. Your dogs are welcome on all of our UK self-guided trips, except for the Hebridean Way.


Scottish Highlands

Starting from the North, our Scottish treks are the famous West Highland Way and its continuation to Inverness, the Great Glen Way. In the Outer Hebrides we trek the Hebridean Way.


Alpine Exploratory in Scotland
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Walk Scotland's classic long distance path from Milngavie to Fort William
Scottish Highlands
7 stages
Alpine Exploratory in Scotland
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Trek from Fort William to Inverness through the gentle Great Glen
Scottish Highlands
6 stages
Alpine Exploratory in Scotland
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Trek the island chain from Barra to Lewis, past white sandy beaches
Outer Hebrides
12 stages

Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors

Crossing England from West to East is the popular Coast to Coast, the inspired invention of Wainwright. Also, entirely within the Lakes, we offer our circular trek.


Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Follow Wainwright's route from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay
Lakes, Dales, North York Moors
14 stages
Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Trek the Lakeland stages to the edge of the Dales at Kirkby Stephen
Lakes, Dales
6 stages, part of our CTC
Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
From Kirkby Stephen, the rolling Dales and North York Moors
Dales, North York Moors
8 stages, part of our CTC


Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Starting from Ambleside, trek a circuit of the main areas of Lakeland
Lake District
6 stages
What does self-guided mean?
You guide yourself! We book your hotels and give you our routecards and maps. There is no leader and you are not in a group. You get straight to the best scenery and enjoy walking at your own pace.



Guided or self-guided?

South Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines and Cheviot Hills

Trekking the length of the Pennine chain is the long-established and revered Pennine Way, notable for its wild situations.


Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
Complete the rugged Pennine Way from Edale to Kirk Yetholm
Pennines, Dales, Cheviots
19 stages
Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
From Edale to Malham, trek the Peak District and South Pennines
South Pennines
6 stages, part of our PEW
Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
From Malham to Alston, tackle the spectacular Yorkshire Dales
Yorkshire Dales
7 stages, part of our PEW


Alpine Exploratory in England
Self-guided walking holiday
3 May to 20 September 2020
From Alston to Kirk Yethom, cross the wild and remote North Pennines
North Pennines, Cheviots
6 stages, part of our PEW
Dog-friendly holidays
All our UK self-guided treks are open to dogs, except for the Hebridean Way. Your dog walks with you and sleeps in your room. We book dog-friendly accommodation and we advise on what to expect on the trail.



Walking with dogs


Schedule 2021 ... Alps self-guided, guided ... Norway self-guided, guided ... UK self-guided, guided


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