Grades and Grading

Walking holidays in the UK following a National Trail or long distance path offer wonderful long days following ancient trails and bridleways. Our itineraries generally involve walking between 10-15 miles a day. Many Coastal paths will have more ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ adding up to nearer 500m on some days.

Grading a walk is always subjective. ‘Easy/moderate’ grade for a regular walker may be moderate/demanding to someone used to flat countryside. Importantly, also, poor weather conditions can change the day’s expectation of walking conditions and demand.

Please refer to the individual itinerary for daily distances and descriptions.

1 Easy

Low-level, Not difficult terrain with few ascents and descents. Good trails Well way marked, Suitable for anyone with average fitness, with children, or trying a first time walking holiday, Late season walking.

2 Easy to Moderate

Generally low level with some longer ascents but not too strenuous. More rugged underfoot. Way marked. Easier coastal trails. Suitable anyone with average fitness.

3 Moderate

Mixture of Low, Upland and Hill terrain, more rugged coastal trails .Regular ascents/descents some up 600m. Some days more challenging. Rougher terrain and more rugged paths. Way marking less frequent. Suitable for regular walkers, or if you have a reasonable level of fitness

4 Moderate to Challenging

Hill and Mountain walking and with plenty of ascents and descents some up to 1000m Some steep ascents. Rugged underfoot in places, Path not always obvious, map reading ability needed in poor weather Stamina required. Suitable for fit and experienced walkers