Rambling needn't be ‘rough'! Gone are the days of a hiker forlornly trudging the mountains, dales and fens and then bunkering down after a day's foot slogging in a sparce youth hostel or shepherd's shack on a windswept moor!
Today's walking holidays - whilst retaining all the passion and sense of adventure - are a lot more comfortable and sophisticated with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays - the experts in guided walking adventures across the globe. Accommodation is now of a very high standard and many of their holidays now offer the opportunity of enjoying a tinge of luxury at many of their carefully selected hotels. The operator's four and five star selection of properties includes:
El Rompido, Spain
A one week holiday based at the five star El Rompido Golf and Beach Resort Hotel - near the traditional fishing village on the Costa de la Luz. The property offers a wide range of facilities including two swimming pools, Jacuzzi, solarium, sauna, beauty treatments, gym and superb restaurants. Highlights of this holiday include some of the best swimming beaches in Spain, fifteen natural park areas including the Sierra de Aracena, Picos de Aroche and the Parque Nacional de Doñana.
Price from £835 per person departures from 17 September 2013.
Quinta Bonita, Western Algarve
A one week holiday at this beautiful, luxury boutique hotel near Praia da Luz. The property, which features in RWH's new ‘Adagio' programme (more ambling than rambling!) combines rustic charm with all mod cons, heated swimming pool, glorious gardens and great food and wine.
Price from £1,135 per person. Departures from 20 April 2013.
Tavira, Algarve - an eight day holiday at the 4 star Vila Galé in one of the region's most architecturally attractive towns dating back to 2000 bc. Excellent facilities and friendly service combined with great walks amongst eucalyptus, lavender, pine, fig and almond trees and Tavira's wonderful beaches.
Price from £665 per person. Departures from 17 February 2013.
Minorca, Balearics - a one week holiday staying at the 4 star Hotel Port Mahon, set on the cliffs overlooking the spectacular harbour where Nelson once moored his fleet. This elegant colonial styled property is just a few minutes walk from the historic centre of Mahon and provides excellent facilities together with superb walks along rugged rocky coves and red sandstone beaches.
Price from £715 per person. Departures from 5 April 2013.
Ladis, The Upper Inn Valley, Austria
A one or two week holiday staying at the luxurious 4 star Hotel Goies near the village of Ladis on the Austrian / Swiss border. A warm welcome by delightful hostess Frau Larcher and many amenities including swimming pool, sauna and an opportunity to do Nordic walking!
Price from £820 per person. Departures from 15 June 2013/
St Zyprian and the Dolomites, Italy - a one week holiday staying at the 4 star Hotel Dosses in the mountain hamlet of St Zyprian. Run by the Schroffenegger family for three generations, it offers superb accommodation and hospitality.
Price from £995 per person. Departs 16 March 2013.
All of the above holidays include return flights, transfers, half-board accommodation and the services of a dedicated tour leader.
Champneys Forest Mere - The New Spa and Walk Holiday
A one week holiday at this world renowned luxury property set in acres of beautiful parkland south of Haslemere in the South Downs nature parks. This is an exclusive retreat, blending expansive grounds with sumptuous spa facilities including Bamboo massage and an Alternative Health Clinic where guests can enjoy a range of healing therapies like, Reiki.
Price from £569 per person includes full board accommodation. From 5 May 2013. Spa treatments are available at an additional cost and it is advisable to book these at least 7 days in advance.
Price from £389 per person (no single supplements). From 15 June 2013.
For more information visitwww.ramblersholidays.co.uk.