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Short Breaks

Cotswold Walks

Here we offer a selection of short walking holiday breaks, that you can be done during the week or on weekends Many of our longer walking holidays can also be turned into short walking breaks – in other words, where a short break is not featured below, some of the longer holidays can be shortened accordingly.


 Short Breaks in England

Hiking England

The Dorset of Thomas Hardy

Dorchester was the inspiration for Casterbridge in Hardy’s novel ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ and remains a handsome town of 19th and 18th century houses.

Includes Cerne Abbas, overlooked by the famous – or, for some, infamous – Cerne Abbas Giant.

Short Breaks in Wales

Walking Holidays Wales

North Wales

A three-night break in a farmhouse on the Lleyn Peninsula with its dramatic coastline and mythical history.

Short Breaks in Scotland

Hiking Scotland

The Rob Roy

This short break (3 nights – 3 walking days) takes you into typical scenery of the Scottish Highlands (mountains, lochs and fast flowing rivers), but starts and finishes less than one hour by car (under 2 hours by public transport) from either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

The Difficulty Of The Short Walking Break

The walks are graded using the symbols below. Over the years we have found that it is simply not possible to accurately reflect level of difficulty because each person reacts differently to distances and terrain. So the symbols give an immediate impression only and are to be treated as such; each walk listed under the walks section gives  daily distances (and height gain/loss where known.)