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

Ideal Location For The Lakes, Dales, Upper Eden Valley And The Howgill Fells

Situated in an elevated position our attractive stone, 2 Bedroom newly renovated property letting from March 13 has extensive views from the first floor living area of the Howgills and Yorkshire Dales. Take advantage of our private stretch of the...

On The Hadrians Wall Path

Bleatarn Park offers a choice of one and two bedroom self catering cottages, housed within a former barn. Carefully restored and converted, the barn stands within its own grounds and is literally a stones throw from the Hadrian's Wall Path. Reside...

Country cottages warm, comfortable and inviting, super views

Swallows Nest a traditional lakeland barn which has been fully tastefully renovated in 2005 to provide luxury and stylish self-catering accommodation providing 3 bedrooms, 1 family bathroom, 1 en-suite wet room, and an open plan kitchen,dining an...

Snug cottage in heart of the Lake District, perfect for a break in all seasons

Close to Hawkshead village and near the market town of Ambleside, this characterful and charming cottage offers the perfect setting for exploring The Lake District National Park, famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heri...

Traditional Lakeland Slate Cottage, Pets Welcome, 5mins walk to Lake Windermere

Beautiful, traditional lakeland slate cottage located in the centre of Bowness village but only a 5 min walk to the shores of Lake Windermere and all its facilities, such as restaurants, pubs and shops. This cottage has 2 bedrooms consisting of on...

Delightful converted 2 bedroom farmhouse with beamed ceilings

This delightful cottage forms the centre part of a converted farmhouse set in a lovely quiet position behind Stockghyll Beck. It is over 300 years old with exposed beam ceilings, but has been tastefully modernised. It has a good size living room a...

Self Catering Cottages In Cumbria The Lake District.

Our self catering cottages have featured in Country Living Magazine's 'Great Escapes'. They are comfortable, well furnished and are maintained to the highest standards by the resident owners. Each cottage was created from a range of ancient stone...

A luxury & contemporary Lake District holiday cottage

**Autumn Special Offers! 23/9 - 27/9 for £375 27/10 - 29/10 for £249 For an extra 10% discount enter the code AUTUMN13 when booking. Please go to our Book Online page for more details.** Only 6 miles from the M6 Kirkby Lonsdale is easily reac...

Cottage in Gamblesby - CLOGG

CHARMING YET SPACIOUS PROPERTY WITHIN SOUGHT AFTER VILLAGE LOCATION Located just off the village green in the picture postcard village of Gamblesby this detached character cottage has been stylishly finished throughout whilst retaining much of its...

Cottage in Appleby-in-Westmorland - THSTA

LOVELY BRICK/STONE COTTAGE WITH LARGE GARDEN An imaginative conversion of half of the former Long Marton railway station (the owners live in the other half) built in 1875 as part of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. This cottage is a perfect hid...

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