Updated June 24, 2020
UK Walking Holidays- WE ARE NOW OPEN TO TAKE YOU TO THE MANY BEAUTIFUL DESTINATIONS IN THE UK
Our clients are at the heart of our business and your safety, health and well being is the most important consideration at this time.
WE ARE READY -ARE YOU? STARTING ON AUGUST 28
You have worked tremendously hard to socially distance and supress the COVID 19 VIRUS- AND THE NEW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES issued on June 23 give us the green light to re- start Secret Hills Walking Holidays.
We are delighted to announce that our guided walking holidays in the UK WILL START AGAIN ON AUGUST 28.
We have weighed up the safety, health and social distancing issues carefully- and now that hotels can begin trading, then it’s now our time to provide the best in guided walking. We will embrace the secuirity guidelines that hotels implement so that we keep everyone safe. You can view the individual hotel policies on security on each hotel web site.
Our Autumn programme can be seen on www.secrethillswalking.co.uk
We have introduced several new holidays – for four or five nights – in The Cotswolds, Llangollen and the Dee valley, the Southern Lakes, the Shropshire Hills, the South Downs and the Derbyshire Dales.
We feel that there will be a demand not just for our weekend breaks but for longer holidays- staycation breaks, all with our special blend of guided experience.
We also think that walking in our superb British countryside – is a perfect antidote for these many months of lockdown discipline as we have reduced the risk from the deadly virus.
We will ask you to follow the social distancing policies of our hotels and transport companies, we will publish these on our web site and when we send you joining details.
AND – we offer NO DEPOSIT when you reserve an Autumn 2020 holiday. A risk-free option.
The disappointment is that most of our European walking holidays for the Autumn are cancelled. Only two remain - La Palma on September 17 and Madeira on November 2
Our leaders are raring to go, the countryside awaits – we just need you.
We offer you for UK holidays a "NO DEPOSIT BOOKING FACILITY* -so you can reserve in the knowledge that if the virus does not abate as quickly as we all hope, you have not committed hard, earned cash to your plans. *
*This applies to holidays reserved for 2020 only.
Email - info@ secrethillswalking.co.uk - and discuss how we can help you get back to what you love- walking in the great British countryside with likeminded folk.
Travel to Europe with us
Unfortunately, Covid -19 and the many travel restrictions in place both in the UK and in Europe means we have cancelled all but two holidays in the Autumn. A full list of 2021 European holidays is however on the web site
We cannot extend our no deposit offer to European holidays however, as these are reserved through New Experience Holidays and the ATOL/abta bonding rules apply to these holidays.
Please ensure that you obtain the travel insurance appropriate for your destination, itinerary and nature of your holiday. It is a good idea to check your travel insurance policy for the scope of cover.
A personal message from our founder Alan Garner
After three months when the travel industry has been at a standstill, we can hopefully strive to start walking again from August. We believe that we can provide the perfect antidote for all the time spent in lockdown and social isolation. Yes- there will be some constraints around the way hotels, pubs, cafes operate, but we feel that being disciplned in these settings is a small price to pay for being allowed in the beautiful UK countryside for tremendous walking opportunities.
Autumn is a super time to take walking holidays- and we will all need the special feeling of getting way before winter sets in.
Most of the 2021 dates are now on our website.
After 18 years of hard work by many team members past and present, I have no intention of "throwing in the towel" - so being able to re-start our holidays is a tremendous boost- we will, in the Secret Hills community, be here when the virus finally subsides- ready to continue to guide you round our magnificent countryside. So, I hope you will continue to support us and join us in the Autumn - get those boots on again with us. See you then
Alan - and the whole Secret Hills Walking Community