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LIST: TREK & WALKING HOLIDAY OPERATORS

These are UK-based tour operators and travel agencies specialising in guided and independent walking and trekking holidays worldwide and in the UK.
Activ Freedom 0871 234 1935 Chalet based walking holidays in Switzerland for individuals or groups. Used to be called LB Freedom.
Adagio 01707 386700 Leisurely walking holidays - "ambling rather than rambling" - in Europe, some using river cruise ships as a base. Launched Oct 2012, this is a specialist sub-brand of Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.
ATG Oxford 01865 315667 European & worldwide walking holidays for groups or individuals.(Formerly called "Alternative Travel Group".
Authentic Adventures 01453 834137 Guided walking holidays in Spain, the Canaries, Italy, and India. Formerly known as 'Andalucian Adventures', but they've expanded their range of destinations!
Bspoke 020 7471 7750 European cycling and walking holidays in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Croatia & Switzerland. Formerly Bents Bicycle Tours.
Classic Journeys 01773 873497 Longstanding operator of trekking, walking, culture and wildlife adventure holidays.
Contours 017684 80451 Walking holidays in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Country Walks 020 7233 6563 Guided and self-guided walking holidays in the UK & Europe since 1995, with a focus on delightful landscapes & natural environment, cultural interest, accommodation and food.
Countrywide Walking 01707 386800 Ramblers (see below) domestic walking brand.
Exodus 0845 863 9600 Walking holidays in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Exodus have (2007) taken over Waymarks programme of walking holidays in Andorra, Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain (including Canary Islands), Switzerland, Turkey, & the USA
Explore! 0870 333 4001 Small group walking, discovery, wildlife and culture tours worldwide.
Footpath Holidays 01985 840049 Hotel-based, guided and independent walking holidays in the UK.
Footprint Adventures 01522 804929 Tours all over the world aimed at trekkers, walkers, naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts and birders. Conservation and community-friendly, their mission statement is to leave places cleaner & better than they found them.
Foot Trails 01747 861851 Small, specialist family company offering gentle guided walking or flexible self-guided walking weekends and holidays staying in character inns and cosy hotels in south west England. Day walks as well.
Grand American Adventures 0333 999 7965 The all-ages sister brand to TrekAmerica (18-35s), formerly called Footloose. Specialises in walking & camping holidays in national parks and wilderness areas mostly in the USA, but also Canada, Mexico and Latin America.
Headwater 01606 813333 starComprehensive programme of excellent walking and trekking holidays throughout Europe, also in Africa, the Middle East, South America and the Caribbean.
Hedonistic Hiking 01858 565148 Small group walking holidays, mostly focused on local food & wine encounters. Mick and Jackie Parsons are an Anglo-Australian couple who lead guided hiking tours and tailor-made experiences in south-east Australia and in Tuscany, Umbria, Piedmont, the Italian Alps, Slovenia, Abruzzo and the Italian Lakes.
HF Holidays 0845 470 7558 Walking holidays in Britain, Europe and worldwide
High Places 0114 275 7500 treks and walks in high places worldwide.
Inntravel 01653 628811 Walking holidays throughout Europe. Inntravel were bought by Inghams in Feb 08.
Jagged Globe 0845 345 8848 Mountain treks, expeditions, and courses in the Himalayas, Andes, New Zealand & Antarctica.
KE Adventure Travel 017687 73966 Treks in the Himalayas, Karakoram, & Andes.
Kudu Travel 01722 716167 Small group guided walking holidays in Europe and Africa featuring music festivals, art and architecture, theatre, opera, ballet, bird watching and wildlife, plus gourmet food and wine.
Langdale Walking & Adventure Holidays 01539 735 108 Weekend walks in the UK, adventure walks in the Pyrenees, the Alps, Corsica, Crete and Mallorca. Further afield they have small group adventure walks in Chile, Jordan, the Galapagos Islands, China, New Zealand, Seychelles, Borneo and other exotic locations.
Lumle Holidays 0845 475 3435 Large selection of treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and even around Chiang Mai in Thailand.
Macs Adventure 0141 530 8886 Self guided walking in the UK and Europe, and small group or private trekking holidays including classic treks in Nepal and Kiliminjaro.
Mickledore Travel 017687 72335 Self-guided walking tours in the UK for independent travellers.
Mountain Company, The 020 7498 0953 Adventure travel company specialising in small group walking trips to the Himalayas and Kilimanjaro, ranging from Everest climbs to gentle trekking holidays.
Mountain Innovations 01479 831 331 Guided walking holidays and weekend breaks in the Highlands of Scotland staying with the guide and his family in a Highland Lodge.
Mountain Kingdoms 01453 844400 Formerly (well) known as 'Himalayan Kingdoms', they have now expanded from their original small group adventure trekking in Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal to offer mountain treks and expeditions in high places all over the world.
New Experience Holidays 01824 710320 Guided and Self-guided walking holidays in the Swiss Alps.
North-West Frontiers 01854 612760 Programme of guided walks mainly in Scotland but now also in the Faroes, Ireland, Nepal and New Zealand
Oasis World 01707 373988 Ramblers brand for 20-35s with walking holidays throughout Europe
On Foot Holidays 01722 322 652 Self-guided walking holidays. They have 17 walking trails in Europe and the UK.
Peregrine Adventures 01635 872300 Small group mountain trekking and expedition holidays worldwide.
Pico Verde 0161 773 5335 Walking holidays in northern Spain
Pura Aventura 01273 676 712 Walking holidays in Chile, Peru and Spain.
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays 01707 331 133 star Small group walking tours and treks in over 200 destinations in 60 countries worldwide. RWH can legitimately claim to be "Britain's original walking holidays company" since their debut season was in 1946, the year after WW2 ended, when they took 600 people on walking holidays to Denmark, Sweden, the French Alps, Tunisia, Andorra, Provence, Corsica, Paris and the Ardennes. RWH is operated independently of the Ramblers Association.
Responsible Travel 087000 52836 Online portal/agency for conservational, environmental and community-friendly holidays of all types but with a leaning towards adventure and activity holidays including walking & trekking holidays.
Russell Hafter Holidays 01946 861652 Walking holidays in Germany
Skylark Holidays 01283 701729 Guided walks for responsible tourists, into the National Park Peak District for classical walks and into the National Forest. They also offer map reading courses (and a range of art and creative specialist interest breaks).
Sherpa Expeditions 020 8577 2717 Self-guided 'inn-to-inn' walking holidays, escorted walks, and expeditionary treks in Britain, Europe and worldwide.
Tourdust n/a Online agency specialising in a range of tours, excursions, courses and activities from local suppliers worldwide...including a good selection of walking and trekking trips.
Travelsphere 0800 567 7372 Pound sign Travelsphere have a good selection of escorted walking holidays all over the world, particularly in Europe.
Trek America 01295 256777 Trekking & adventure holidays for 18-35 yrs olds in North America.
Vista Trails 01686 412042 Vista operate walking (& biking) holidays in Montenegro for all abilities, guided or self guided.
Walking Plus 020 8835 8303 Guided and independent walking holidays islands of the Cyclades, Greece.
Walking Women 08456 445335 Women-only walking holidays in the Lake District, Scotland and abroad
Walks Worldwide 01524 242000 Guided, self-guided or tailor-made walking holidays. They have a programme of 100 walking tours worldwide, featuring full service expedition treks, gentle countryside ambles, family tours, backpacking, special interest or nature walks. Part of the same group as Wildlife Worldwide, Dive Worldwide, Families Worldwide and Equine Adventures.
Wayfarers, The 016973 71744 American company with a UK office. They offer classic walks, themed walks (eg gourmet), adventure and exploratory walks all over the world.
World Expeditions 020 8870 2600 World Expeditions started as Himalaya trekking specialists but have now expanded to cover other destinations worldwide.
World Walks 01242 254353 Walking holidays in locations around the world since 1998. They just do the ground arrangements for the walk, though. You'll have to sort out flights and other transport yourself.

Notes

  • Although not based in the UK, Spanish Highs is aimed at the UK activity holiday market, offering walking & hiking, trekking, scrambling, mountaineering, snowshoeing & skiing in the Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Andalucia Province, southern Spain - the highest mountains in western europe outside the Alps. It is run by experienced Sierra Nevada Mountain Guides who are a mix of foreign and spanish guides operating in the Sierra Nevada and the only ones fully insured and licensed for both guiding activities and for operating as a travel agency.
  • Walking Tours in Spain is a family run holiday business in Andalucia specialising in guided and self-guided walks & treks of all lengths and difficulties. Joost, Duncan and Moira Schepel are fluent in English, Dutch and Spanish and offer a range of holiday packages not limited to walking.
  • Across the Divide specialise in organising charity walks & expeditions and corporate challenges.
  • Pro Cycling Tours specialise in cyclist tours in NE Spain near Figueres, but they also offer accommodation and a 6-night walking tour of the region.
  • Hedonistic Hiking operates gastronomic walking holidays in Italy and Australia.

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