Spring walking holidays

Fit some physical activity into your family holiday this spring


Laura Ginn

Laura Ginn
HomeAway travel expert


Taking a HikeThese days it really seems like we just don’t get enough time out in the open air. What with the world of computers and electronics, we are lucky if we can manage to get in an hour’s worth of physical activity in a week! Many of us spend all our time sitting at desks, and it can be easy to forget the important things: spending time together walking and actually getting the heart rate going! 

If you have teenagers or even pre-teens, you'll know all about the 'importance' of gaming and social networking; but you'll also know how rewarding it can be as a family and do something new. Whether you're experienced in hillwalking or this is your first time trying, older kids will enjoy getting out in the the fresh air, and exploring beautiful, untouched landscapes.

So why not consider somethign a little different this year? Spring is the ideal time for walking holidays; it's not too hot, nor too cold! 


 

Some of the loveliest walking holiday destinations


   

St Lucia, Caribbean Spring walking holidays in St Lucia, Caribbean

St Lucia in the Caribbean offers some of the most remarkable walking holidays in the world. For those looking to trek among breathtaking tropical trails, splendid beaches and rainforests like you’ve only seen in photographs, there's nowhere better. If you are visiting St. Lucia for the first time and you want to get the most out of your walking holiday, it is often best to hire a private guide. Not only will this help reduce your chances of becoming lost, but it will help highlight the best places in the area for walking. This can help you get off the beaten path a bit and see many sites most tourists never get to see. You can start in the south and see the ultimate symbol of St. Lucia on the ascent of Grand Piton, as well as the huge mango trees, avocado trees and sugar apple trees that are plentiful there. We could never fully describe a walking holiday in this magical destination, but we can suffice to say it will please!

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High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Spring walking holidays in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Running from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco are another popular place to go on a walking holiday. There are several areas of the mountains and all of them offer something different. In the springtime, the Atlases are simply gorgeous. The High Atlas is only one location where walking is grand this time of year. This is definitely a place extreme walkers or someone looking to really challenge themselves will enjoy: the highest peak in North Africa is here, Mount Toubkal, and it can be summated by the right set of walkers. Everything from peak bagging to gentler walking is offered here. In addition, a real treat are the busy bazaars if you want to take some time for a little shopping, cuisine and culture. 

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Rocky Mountains National Park, USA Spring walking holidays in the Rocky Mountains National Park, USA

It's plain and simple: the Rocky Mountain National Park is most definitely close to the hearts of many hikers. There are over 355 miles of trails which provide access to the most secluded, or shall we say remote areas of the park. This is a great escape for nature lovers as they can relish the meadows, mountains, and crystal clear streams. These same trails can become a bit congested during the summer time, which is one reason why visiting the park is ideal during the spring. The best thing you can do if it is your first go round at this US park is speak to a ranger about the best trails for what you have in mind. These walks are self-guided so as a friendly reminder, do bring drinking water and supplies in case you want to stop off and picnic by a cooling brook.

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Cumbria, UK Spring walking holidays in Cumbria, UK

Now, this is going to sound crazy for those new to walking holidays but the Cumbria Way involves an 82 mile hike. But have no fear; it's not as strenuous as it sounds! You will stop off at lovely locations along the way, and the walk can be taken as slowly and as leisurely as you like. This will depend on your level of walking ability, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an expert, but whatever your skill, you'll be led through the dazzling and picturesque scenery of the Lake District Park located in northern England. The walk travels through many villages and ends at Carlisle, and whilst it is a long walk, it is considered mild to most.

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Andalusia, Spain spring walking holidays in Andalusia, Spain

Andalusia is a fantastic destination for the serious hiker. It's not a suggested destination for those who are travelling with the elderly, very young children, or even those who are not ready for strenuous walking, but for the experienced walker it's ideal. One of the best possible routes takes you all the way around the top of the striking Poqueira Gorge, to a height of about 2000m, with an alternative option to climb to the Poquiera Hut at about 2500m. The scenery is wild and untamed, and is always joined with the sound of rushing waters from the river. There are guided options available and many will involve between five and seven hours of walking per day.

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Cumbria Country Cottages for Spring Walking Holidays

Dove Cote – Luxury Holiday Cottages Lake District

Dove Cote is a 5 star luxury holiday cottage near the Lake District. Entirely south facing this sunny and peaceful cottage style apartment was once occupied by the maids of a bygone age. Exposed beams, sloping ceilings and an unusual half domed ce...

Charming 16th Century Cottage

--This property is managed on behalf of the owner by www.lovehomes.com. For more information or to discuss your rental needs please contact us on +44 203 5877 955 or info@lovehomes.com. We have over 40,000 stylish properties available and will hap...

Luxurious, High Quality, 'Green' Cottages (Lake District & Dales National Parks)

Stunningly beautiful and renovated to the highest standards,The Hyning Estate offers seven newly renovated holiday dwellings and a stunning communal bar with panoramic views over farmland and the nearby Lakeland fells. Design, Quality materials, r...

Enchanting Lake District cottage in stunning location - pets welcome

'Fantastic location, beautiful views, superbly presented, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.' (Visitor comment.) Bedlinen, towels, full SKY TV package, phone, broadband - no charge. Available to rent from 28 March to 1st November. Set in...

Luxury 5 star Visit Britain Lake District cottage - pets welcome

'A really fabulous cottage in a beautiful location'. 'The best holiday cottage we've stayed in in the Lakes( Visitor comments) BEDLINEN, TOWELS, FULL SKY TV PACKAGE, PHONE & WIFI - NO CHARGE This beautifully furnished cottage provides spac...

Attractive Terraced Character Cottage In The Heart Of This Popular Village

**BOOK NOW FOR 2015 at 2014 RATES** An attractive terraced character cottage in the heart of this popular village, steeped in traditional features such as original beams, slate floor and exposed stone walls yet infused with stylish interior design...

Bush Cottage- a place to unwind

Bush Cottage is a cosy 2 bedroom cottage, located in the charming peaceful village of Tallentire, on the North Western edge of the Lake District National Park, and just 3 miles from the bustling market town of Cockermouth. It is a traditional ter...

Beautifully Renovated 3 Bed Cottage In The Heart Of The Lake District

Rose Cottage has been lovingly renovated, it is a traditional Lake District property with a modern, quirky interior. It is situated on a private lane backing onto a woodland making it a very peaceful spot. It is only a short walk from Windermere t...

Luxury cottage in Bowness, 5 mins from lake. ,dogs welcome, full sky, broadband

Bay tree cottage is a beautiful, romantic, traditional cottage which has been lovingly restored and retains all the original features, which include the original slate fireplace, which houses a wood burner for those winter evenings. The cottage sl...

THURSON VIEW COTTAGE, family friendly in Coniston, Ref 915184

Thurson View Cottage is a terraced cottage located on the edge of the village of Coniston in the Lake District in Cumbria. The cottage can sleep four people in two double bedrooms, as well as ground floor basin and WC and family bathroom. The rest...
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