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Frequently Asked Questions about HF Walking Holidays in Britain: 

  • Fitness Required - if you remember that the British use the word "walking" for what North Americans would call "hiking" it will help.  On all holidays there is a choice of walk (hike) each day. Usually there are three choices of walks. Keep in mind that a route graded as an easy walk in a flat area will be easier than the same grade of walk in a mountain area. Switching from one grade level to another each day is permitted,  The guides will explain the walks the previous night.
  •  Who goes on these walks?  Many weeks the group consists of mostly British people with some Americans and Canadians as well.  Ususally it is a mix of singles and couples. People of all ages participate although most are 50+. 
  • 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 30 UK pounds per holiday.
  • What will you see on the walks? It varies. You will always see beautiful countryside but on some walks you will see villages and historic sites than on others. The low level walks often have more sightseeing than the high level walks.
  •  Does somebody meet me at the airport?  No - when you reserve a walking holiday we can assist you with information on the best way to arrive at the location using British Rail. 
  • 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 including teachers and National Park Wardens. Each one has taken the HF Holidays leader training course and been tested in both their hiking skills, leadership skills, safety training and local  knowledge.
  • What are the hotels like? HF Holidays own and manage the hotels. They cater exclusively to HF guests so the atmosphere is one of a private club. Rooms are comfortable and have private bath. Upgraded "Premium" rooms are sometimes available for a surcharge of 140 GBP per person per week. These rooms are a little larger and may have a better view.
  • What if I am a single?  Each hotel has a few small single rooms with one bed. There is no supplement for these rooms but they are limited and tend to get booked up early  .   
  • How early should I book? 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 bookings open in September for the following year. Single rooms are in high demand so always sell out early.
  • Can I try the holidays for less than a week? At most locations in Britain there are 3 and 4 night packages as well as 7 night holidays.
  • What meals are included.    Three hearty and healthy meals a day are included. Breakfast is a large buffet with both hot and cold items. Lunch is a picnic which you carry with you. Three course dinners are served family style and always have a choice of four main dishes one of which will be vegetarian. 
  • Are drinks included?   Tea and coffee are included with breakfast.  Bottled water is available for purchase.  There is a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold in the evenings.
  • 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. Many teachers go on these tours but also retired teachers and people from other professions.

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