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Planning the Perfect Walking Holiday

  • 26th Nov 2014

Planning the Perfect Walking Holiday

The UK has some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. With its mix of captivating coastlines, rolling hills and labyrinthine waterways, there is more than enough reason to explore the British Isles before even thinking about setting off to more exotic lands.  

Of course, with so much to see it can be difficult to make a dent in just a day. That is why many people choose to invest in their own holiday home in a prime location, surrounded by all the natural beauty the UK has to offer. Here at Allens Caravans we like to ensure we cater for these explorative souls with luxury caravans and holiday parks of the highest quality.

Once you have bought and settled into your holiday home though, how do you go about actually exploring the countryside on your doorstep?

Well, a good choice is to have a walking holiday. Walking holidays are popular with people of all ages and personalities, especially in the stunning locations of our parks which are surrounded by walking and hiking trails, as well as pretty parks and villages to explore. For walking or fishing holidays view our website!

You don't have to make and either/or choice between a walking holiday and a caravan holiday though. Nor do you have to book through a specific walking holiday company because you can plan it independently, to fit with your schedule and preferences. You really can have the best of both worlds with a holiday home, using it as a base for daily walking excursions.

To see what we mean, read on for more on how to plan the perfect walking holiday.

How to plan an independent walking holiday:

  • Choose your trail in advance and get yourself all the right maps for it. Yes, you may have an app for directions or a state-of-the-art GPS device, but the fact of the matter is, when you get lost and your battery dies and you don't know which way is north, a map is - and has always been - the best bet.
  • Plan your route. You wouldn't expect to go on an organised walking holiday and be led by a guide that has no clue where he is taking you, would you? So why would you want to organise your own walking holiday with any less than the utmost preparation. If you have a path in mind that is dozens of miles long and you only want to amble a few hours every day, then you will want to split the route into manageable parts. You can spread your walks over a couple of days (perhaps throwing in a few rest days here and there) or you could even split them over a couple of trips. Try to have sensible aims too. Don't convince yourself you will walk 30 miles a day, come rain snow or shine. Try seven miles one day and fifteen to twenty another, before dropping back down to five or ten. Mix it up so you can actually enjoy the experience too.
  • Book the right accommodation. Some walking holidays will offer bed and breakfasts or hostels in towns and villages along the way. For a relaxing walking holiday though, you are better off investing in your very own base camp, from which you can head out and try different walks as and when you feel like. If you invest in your own holiday home then you can rest assured that you have quality, comfortable accommodation to go back to at the end of a long day of trekking.
  • Practice and Prepare. You may like walking on a day to day basis, but going on a holiday that is specifically tailored around the sole activity of walking can come as more of a challenge than originally expected. Start walking progressively longer distances to build up your fitness and your stamina levels and work on your gait and pace.
  • Stock up on all the right gear. Before you head off on holiday or set out on your first big walk of the trip, make sure you have all the right equipment. Some of the basics you will need for a walking holiday include:

  1. Waterproof jacket
  2. Walking boots
  3. A hat
  4. Layers (for warm clothing that can be stripped should the weather brighten up or you start to overheat)
  5. Binoculars
  6. Maps (ordinance survey maps)
  7. Trek-friendly food like protein bars and trail mix. You need food that won't spoil if kept in your bag instead of a fridge and you will need something that gives you a burst of energy when you feel your body starting to flag
  8. Bottled water to keep you well hydrated
  9. A fully charged mobile phone. Just because you can't rely on apps and electrical devices for direction doesn't mean you can't rely on them at all. In the case of an emergency, having a fully charged mobile phone on you could be a huge relief. Just make sure you put it in airplane mode and switch off things like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and backlights to conserve battery. 

This is just a quick guide to planning your own walking holiday around your holiday home. There are plenty of other ways you can spend your time when you stay in one of luxury caravans. So get in touch with the team today, find your dream holiday home and get busy exploring your own backyard. 

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