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

Luxury and Charming Cottage 4 Star Gold Award

Smithy House dates back to the 1700s and has retained much of its traditional charm and character. It is set in the old part of Stainton on the village green. Smithy House has its own mature gardens and is ideal for those looking for a retreat ...

Attractive Terraced Character Cottage In The Heart Of This Popular Village

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, fabulous fabrics and luxurious fur...

Romantic,historic,luxury cottage by Lake Windermere. Child and dog friendly

Woodside is a romantic historic,LUXURY cottage, ideal for couples and families.It was a lodging house for the young mill workers from the Stott Park Bobbin Mill (as featured on BBC 1's Britain's Hidden Heritage) and today the mill is owned by E...

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...

Traditional Grade Ii Listed Lakeland Cottage With Parking & Storage Provision

A warm welcome awaits at this charming cottage where you can be guaranteed a comfortable base from which to explore the delights of the Lake District. Ideally located in a conservation area in 'Old Ambleside' the cottage is very popular with retu...

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...

Park Lodge Windermere Bowness Lake District National Park UK

Park Lodge Apartment (sleeps up to 8 adults): Entrance hall leading to stairs up to a double bedroom with 5ft. bed with separate adjoining cloakroom. Stairs leading up to: First Floor: Kitchen/breakfast room, reception room and separate dining-r...

Live in Lakeside Splendour in the Uk’s Adventure Capital

Derwentwater House is a stunning Georgian house overlooking Derwentwater in the Lake District. Bring together twenty of your friends and family for a wonderful lakeside break. Take the launch to Keswick, and on around the lake. Play Swallows and ...

Luxury Lake District cottage sleeps 6 (+ cot)

The Badger Sett has been extensively but sympathetically modernised and is luxuriously furnished with a harmonious blend of funky modern, retro chic & antique furniture. It's all on one level (with easy access for wheelchairs) and the safe, enclos...

Cosy cottage in centre of attractive village off beaten track in North Lakes

A large sitting room with comfy sofas, chairs, wood burning stone, television, DVD player, CD / radio player with iPod dock. Spacious kitchen with an Aga, electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher, table and chairs. Upstairs large twin bedr...

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