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

Period cottage close to the Lake District and Morecambe Bay

Barnacle Cottage is a mid terraced stone cottage which dates back to 1700 but it has been sympathetically modernised and kitted out with all the comforts of home. It has two bedrooms one with double bed and one with two single beds and there is a ...

Delightful 18th century cottage in heart of historic village

2 Brade Street offers quality holiday accommodation in the centre of Broughton-in-Furness. This 18th century terraced property features wood-burning stoves, oak flooring, a striking spiral staircase and a sunny outside area. Perfect for couples....

Secluded accommodation with easy access to village pubs and shops

Situated at the end of a quiet lane, Lowfield is furnished in contemporary style while retaining traditional features. Conveniently located in one of the Lake District's most attractive market towns, the accommodation enjoys a sunny aspect with ru...

Comfortable rural retreat offering great value in beautiful Duddon Valley

Set in the stunningly beautiful Duddon Valley and surrounded by woodland, the Old Travellers' Rest is a stylishly furnished holiday retreat offering weekend breaks throughout the year. The good-sized living room with its log-burning stove and la...

Traditional cottage with lovely garden and rural views

Bank End Cottage provides peace and privacy in a traditional cottage setting within the beautiful Duddon Valley. There are rural views to enjoy from both outside and inside the property while guests also benefit from the proximity to village amen...

Traditional home to sleep 7 on the outskirts of Ambleside

Located on the outskirts of the bustling market town of Ambleside, this 18th century Lakeland stone cottage enjoys an idyllic setting in the heart of the National Park. Scandale Bridge Cottage can accommodate 7 people in four bedrooms ,consisting ...

Beautiful traditional cottage in Bowness

Crofton Cottage is a charming, family owned, period stone cottage in the heart of Bowness on Windermere. An ideal base for exploring the southern lakes, the cottage is a short walk from the town centre and its restaurants and shops and the steame...

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 spacious ...

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 one...

Stunning Lakeland cottage Near Keswick - Superb views ** 4 star

Barn House is an attractive self catering cottage located in the centre of the Lake District village of Braithwaite, two miles from the picturesque market town of Keswick on Derwentwater. If you are a keen walker we have some of the easiest walks ...

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