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

9 CAMDEN BUILDING, family friendly in Kendal, Ref 17785

9 Camden Building is a second floor apartment in the centre of the Cumbrian town of Kendal. The apartment sleeps five people and has two double bedrooms, one single and a family bathroom. Also in the apartment is a fitted kitchen with a dining are...

2 HIGH MOSS HOUSE, with a garden in Broughton-In-Furness, Ref 17670

2 High Moss House is located in the hamlet of Seathwaite, eight miles from Broughton-in-Furness in Cumbria. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms - one double and one single with additional single folding bed. On the ground floor is a sho...

HAYLOFT COTTAGE, pet friendly in Newbiggin-On-Lune, Ref 17245

Hayloft Cottage is an upside down cottage on a working farm in Newbiggin-on-Lune. There is one ground floor bedroom which can be offered with two king-size doubles, a double and two singles or four singles. The bathroom is on the ground floor too....

OLD BYRE COTTAGE, pet friendly in Newbiggin-On-Lune, Ref 17244

Old Byre Cottage is a semi-detached cottage on a working farm in Newbiggin-on-Lune. The cottage has two ground floor bedrooms; a king-size double which can be a twin on request, and a room with bunks. The bathroom is also on the ground floor, whil...

STABLE COTTAGE, family friendly in Newbiggin-On-Lune, Ref 17243

Stable Cottage is a barn conversion on a working farm near Newbiggin-on-Lune. This upside-down cottage has two ground floor bedrooms - a king-size double which can be a twin, and a family room with three singles which can be a double and single on...

THE OLD POST OFFICE, with a garden in Santon Bridge, Ref 16401

The Old Post Office is a semi-detached cottage near the village campsite in the quiet hamlet of Santon Bridge. The cottage has a first floor double room and a single room with a slightly smaller-than-average bed and an additional single trundle be...

CHAPEL CLOSE, family friendly in Santon Bridge, Ref 16398

Chapel Close is a detached cottage in the hamlet of Santon Bridge within the Lake District National Park. The cottage has four ground floor bedrooms - two twins, a queen-size double and a double with an en-suite shower room. Also on the ground flo...

CONGREGATIONAL MANSE, family friendly in Dent, Ref 9752

Congregational Manse is a detached Grade II listed cottage in the village of Dent. The cottage has two king-size double rooms and a twin room. It also has a bathroom with roll-top bath complete with body jets and a separate shower cubicle. Downsta...

THE SCHOOL HOUSE, pet friendly, with a garden in Dacre, Ref 15290

The School House is a detached cottage in the tiny village of Dacre, two miles from Ullswater. The cottage has a double bedroom, a bathroom and downstairs, an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Outside is off road pa...

STRIDING EDGE, pet friendly, with pool in White Cross Bay, Ref 13249

Striding Edge is a Scandinavian style lodge, situated on White Cross Bay Park on the shores of Lake Windermere. The lodge is all ground floor and sleeps six people in three bedrooms - one double, one room with adult bunks and one twin with 2'6" be...

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