By Gill Stewart at
If you are planning to take a good old Holistay in the UK this year, make sure you make the most of the amazing WALX on offer. It’s easier than ever to find walking routes these days but there are lots of sociable group walks you can join and benefit from that local knowledge too!
Here are our 5 top Holistay WALX!
OK we know we are biased as it local to WALX HQ but this walk has it ALL. It captures part of the South West coastal path with views over Studland Bay, Old Harry rocks, Swanage Bay and the Isle of Purbeck. These amazing chalk stacks were originally a part of the chalk ridge-line that runs across the south coast joining up with the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
Give this walk a go on your own – download the route courtesy of the National Trust HERE or join us at WALX DORSET to enjoy it with others plus a lot of other iconic Purbeck routes. (we have over 30 a week on offer)
2. SAUNTON SANDS – Devon
From the end of the SW Coast path to nearer to the beginning and the fabulous North Devon coast which is not just great for surfing! The walks are amazing and range from wild moors to wide expansive beaches with the South west coast path traversing them all. One of the best walks is this section from Croyde to Saunton Sands where you will often find our local group doing their bracing beach workouts!
3.DOVEDALE – PEAK DISTRICT
One of the most beautiful Dales in the Peak district and one that features in our Rustick mini festival event too. A stunning river valley with iconic stepping stones, a Hotel with links to Isaak Walton of fishing fame plus the iconic Thorpe cloud hill pictured here (climbing of which is optional!) Like many places this year it is best to go early but you can find the route HERE courtesy of Let’s go Peak District.
Our local group WALX Derwent and Dales have regular walks all around the area and know the quieter ones too
4. ULLSWATER STEAMER WALK – LAKE DISTRICT
We all know that the Lake District offers some of the best walking in the world and the stunning Ullswater way is no different – there is a 20 mile route to be explored or shorter loops which you can factor in with steamer rides back to your starting point. Great walks for those less used to the fells and you get to get out on the lake too …. whats not to like?
5.YORK CHOCOLATE TRAIL
Even if you are going on a City break, there are walks a plenty on offer. In the City of York for instance you can find walking routes about vikings, dungeons, cats and even a selfie trail but our favourite just has to be the CHOCOLATE trail – Discover the 250 year history of chocolate making from Terry’s to Rowntree and more – YUM! Download the trail courtesy of Visit York HERE
Our local group WALX York also offer a range of city walks and venture out onto the surrounding Moors too.
So don’t worry if you can’t go abroad this year as there are up to 2,000 WALX a week with our network that you can join. Explore the beautiful UK countryside with experienced leaders and friendly Folk who will always know the best tearooms, watering holes and cake stops!
(NB Nordic Walks do require a FREEDOM Passport so hop onto a Power of Poles course to learn that skill before you go)
Our Explorer WALX are open to all – poles or no poles and all ages welcome.
Here’s hoping we see YOU soon!