The wonders of the great outdoors

The wonders of the great outdoors


Posted 6th September


Public Health England's One You campaign is encouraging Brits to take at least 10 minutes of brisk, continuous walking each day

Celtic Trails have a number of walking holidays which will present the ideal way to not only beat this target but to enjoy some glorious colours as the seasons change.

Nature will paint the countryside rich reds, golds and ambers in the autumn, meaning it's the perfect time to explore on foot. There are four great walks to do. Each will offer active days striding through stunning scenery and breathing in fresh air and fabulous views, along with exciting sightseeing from a trio of fantastic castles to picturesque abbey ruins.

Magnificent monuments in Monmouthshire - The Three Castles Walk, Wales

24 miles over three days - moderate

Blazing autumn colours provide a brilliant background to one of Monmouthshire’s most celebrated attractions - The Three Castles. These impressive monuments – White Castle, Skenfrith Castle and Grosmont Castle – were fortified and controlled in the 13th century by Hubert de Burgh as a line of defence along the Welsh Marches. Celtic Trails’ 3-night walking holiday, based at one centre, takes in Grosmont Castle firstly, followed by a walk along the Monnow Valley to Skenfrith, then White Castle in Castell Gwyn, a very well-preserved moated fortress with stunning views over the Black Mountains, Holy Mountain and the Brecon Beacons, all dressed in browns and golds this time of year. Accommodation is at the Old Rectory B&B in the 17th-century hamlet of Llangattock-Lingoed.

3 nights from £265pp, including accommodation, breakfast, 3 full days of hiking, daily packed lunches, route maps and transfers between walk and accommodation when required. 

Heaven for birders - The Wye Valley Walk, England/Wales

136 miles over 6-16 days – easy to moderate

Boasting some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery, the Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is heaven for birders thanks to its rare red kites, peregrines and herons. This autumnal walk, starting in Chepstow and ending in Hereford, Hay-on-Wye or Rhyd y Benwch, takes you through limestone gorges and woodland lit in brown and gold hues, along riverside trails and forest tracks, and up to vantage points offering far-reaching views. The holiday also offers the chance to visit the ruins of Tintern Abbey and stay in the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Accommodation encompasses good guesthouses, farmhouses, inns and B&Bs, with en suite or private facilities wherever possible.

6-16 nights from £485pp-£1215pp, including accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfers, route planning and walk pack and transfers between walk and accommodation when required.

The Highlands in full colour - The Rob Roy Way, Scotland

79 miles over 6 days - easy to moderate

Follow in the footsteps of Scotland’s famous outlaw through the beautiful scenery of the Highlands. The Rob Roy Way crosses glens and forests painted in the rich earthy tones of autumn, past majestic mountains, sparkling rivers and lochs. The walk starts at Drymen, near the southern shores of Loch Lomond, leads you through the Trossachs National Park where Roy and his cohorts dwelled in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and finishes in the elegant Victorian town of Pitlochry. You’ll also visit the country’s smallest whisky distillery at Edradour and take in the glorious vistas at The Queen’s View, the iconic viewpoint overlooking Loch Tummel. Accommodation features good guesthouses, farmhouses, local Inns and B&Bs with en suite or private facilities wherever possible.

7 nights from £565pp, including accommodation, breakfast, luggage transfers, route planning and walk pack and transfers between walk and accommodation when required.





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