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Frequently Asked Questions about HF Walking Holidays: 

 
  •  How large are the groups? There may be up to 50 walkers staying at the hotel. Most of the guests will be walkers. The guests divide themselves into groups according to fitness. The average group is about 15 people walking together. Each day each walker decides which walk he would like that day - easy, medium or challenging.
  • What is the difference between a CLASSIC WALKING HOLIDAY and a TRAIL HOLIDAY?  On a  TRAIL holiday we walk on a continuous path.  Sometimes the group returns to the same hotel at night and sometimes 
    moves from hotel to hotel. There is one leader and everyone walks together.  On a CLASSIC walking holiday the walks are on varied terrain and sample some of the best walks of the region. They return to the same hotel each night.  Classic holidays offer two and sometimes three levels of walking each day, each with its own leader.  If you are unsure of your fitness level,  this is the walking holiday with which to start.
  • Fitness Required - if you remember that the British use the word "walking" for what North Americans would call "hiking"
    it will give you a better idea. Walking on flat sidewalks in the city is very different from walking (hiking) on rocky trails with occasional hills. 
     
  •  Who goes on these walks?  Many weeks the group consists of mostly British people with some Americans and Canadians as well.  Many are singles. People of all ages participate. 
  • Why is there a membership charge?  HF Holidays is a "not-for-profit" organization that is tax exempt in Britain. Many British participants in the holidays are members but for those who wish to participate there is a "Associate Member" fee of 5 UK pounds per holiday.
     
  • How difficult are the walks? It varies. If you choose a walking holiday in the mountains obviously it is more difficult than an area where the terrain is flatter. Each day there is a choice - you can participate in the high level walk if you are quite fit or you can try an easy one. (The exception to this are "Classic Trails" long distance walks where there is no choice).  The brochure outlines the daily distances and ascent and you should read this carefully.
     
  • What do we see on the walks? It varies. You will always see beautiful countryside but on some walks you will see more villages and historic sites than on others. The low level walks usually have more sightseeing than the high level walks.
     
  •  Does somebody meet me at the airport?  In Britain, no - when you reserve a walking holiday we assist you with information on the best way to arrive at the location using British Rail. In Europe it is possible to be met at an airport at an exact time  (at additional cost) - otherwise you make your own way the hotel.
     
  • Who are the guides? The walks are operated by HF Holidays, Britain's largest and oldest walking tour company. The guides are highly trained volunteers who know the area well, in fact, HF have a pool of 700 walk leaders from all walks of life including teachers and National Park Wardens. Each one has taken the HF Holidays leader training course and been tested in both their hiking skills and local historical knowledge.
     
  • What are the hotels like? HF Holidays own and manage the hotels in Britain. They cater exclusively to HF guests so the atmosphere is one of a private club.  All are in scenic, rural walking locations. Rooms are comfortable and most have private bath. Rooms do not have phone or TV.  For more details on the various hotels click on the walking locations or ask us to mail you a brochure.  In Europe HF do not own the hotels but they use the same hotels year after year and select them carefully.
     
  • What if I am a single?  Each hotel has a few small single rooms with one bed. There is a supplement of 7 UK pounds per night for these rooms and they always book early. If you are willing to share a twin bedded room there is no additional charge. If you would like a double room for your own use there is a charge of 36.00 UK pounds per night.  Some weeks are allocated "Especially For Singles"  - ask for a brochure for the details. 
     
  • How early should I book? The cut-off time for European holidays is usually six weeks prior to the start. In Britain there are often spaces available until closer to the start but if you book at the last minute you may not be able to get your choice of location or room type. Many guests go on these walks year after year and book early when the brochure comes out in October for the following year.
     
  • Can I try the holidays for less than a week? At some locations in Britain there are 3 and 4 night walking holidays. The European holidays are always for a week. Ask for a brochure for details.
     
  • Can I stay for two weeks? If you stay for two weeks the walks will not be the same the second week - or you can try a different location for the second week.
     
  • Do I need a brochure? Yes. If you have not been on an HF walking holiday in the past you need a brochure to determine which holidays will suit your ability level. You also need to read the terms and conditions of the holiday.
     
  • Who are Teachers' Travel?  We are an IATA travel agency in Toronto Canada and have been in business since 1970. We started our business dealing only with teachers but since then our business has expanded. We are the North American representative for HF Holidays. Many teachers go on these tours but also retired teachers and people from other professions.

Living standards and practices at the destination and standards and conditions there with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodation may differ from those found in Canada.

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