Walking Grades

Centred and Multi-Centred walking


Most of our centred walking destinations have a selection of walks for each of our grades; easy moderate and challenging. You are free to take whichever walks you like from the Walk Booklets on whichever day you wish, subject to any weather or transport restrictions. You may need to move out of your preferred category in a week’s walking, i.e. challenging walks may need to be combined with tougher moderate walks.

Walks vary in difficulty by distance, walking time, ascent, descent, types of path and exposed sections. To express all of these parameters in one grade is very difficult. We have given a guideline for each area on the brochure page and here is an explanation in general terms of what we mean. If you need further advice please contact us. 



Easy


These are the easiest of walks mostly following a contour or gentle downhill route on even surfaced and clearly marked paths. There will be some uphill sections but they will not be steep or long. Walks will typically be around 100m to 300m ascent and descent and about 5 to 7 miles in length. 


Moderate


These walks will involve uphill and downhill stretches on paths having both even and uneven surfaces. Some will offer opportunities for variation in distance. Some may include short sections of exposed path but not of such difficulty to deter most walkers. Where this is the case there will be a warning in the walk notes. Walks will typically be around 400m to 750m ascent and descent and about 7 to 10 miles in length.

Challenging


These walks are the most challenging and require a good level of fitness. Routes may go through quite remote territory with long ascents (up to 1300m) and descents (up to 1600m) and may include some exposed sections which might be inappropriate for vertigo sufferers. Some might involve limited scrambling. Walks will typically be around 750m to 1200m ascent and descent and over 10 miles in length.

Hotel-to-Hotel Trekking


Details of the distance, walking time, ascent and descent are shown for each day on the trek page, as well as the totals for the trek. There may be some days in different grades to the trek, either because of the length of a day’s walking or longer ascents and descents. Where these are the case they are explained in the Walk Grading section. We have taken into account available transport alternatives in case of inclement weather or if you have overstretched yourselves, as well as exposed sections, terrain and walking paths.

Easy


Treks with good transport alternatives to shorten walking days, suitable for children. They will typically average on a day under 500m ascent and descent and a walking distance of 8 miles. 

Moderate


Treks that may have limited or no transport alternatives, they will involve uphill and downhill stretches on paths having both even and uneven surfaces. Some may include short sections of exposed path, but not of such difficulty to deter most walkers. They will typically average on a day between 500m and 700m ascent and descent and a walking distance of under 10 miles.

Challenging


These treks are the most challenging, and require a good level of fitness. Routes may go through remote landscapes with no transport options. They may have long ascents and descents, and may include some exposed sections which might be inappropriate for vertigo sufferers. Some might involve limited scrambling. They will typically average on a day over 700m ascent and descent and a walking distance of potentially over 10 miles.


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