Your tour will take you over a variety of terrains from tarmac back roads, stony lanes, good footpaths and rocky footpaths. Some of the footpaths may become muddy and slippery even in dry conditions! Along the way you may encounter some steep gradients both up and down. A good strong pair of waterproof walking boots with ankle support and good gripping soles are a must. For your own comfort, please make sure they are well worn in and don't forget your favorite blister remedy. Just in case! In addition, a pair of ankle gaiters may be useful in muddy conditions.
We advise you to take out you own holiday insurance against accidents, injury and cancellation.
We became aware from feedback from our visitors that terms we take for granted are not also understood by our overseas visitors and newcomers to walking and hiking holidays. As a result, we thought it would be helpful to provide a short pictorial glossary of some common walking and hiking terms used in England.
A cairn is a pile of rocks and stones used to mark the route.
A finger post is a signpost marking the route. It may have one or several arms, depending on the size of the junction
A milestone is a stone marker giving the distance and sometimes the direction to the next major place on the route
A Kissing Gate is a small gate giving access through a wall or fence that swings and 'kisses' its posts
A Stile is a step allowing a walker to climb a wall or fence (shown on the left of the gate in the photograph). To cross a wall, a stile may sometimes take the form of a ladder on both sides of the wall
A Stone Step Stile is set of steps in a wall allowing a walker to climb over and gain access.
A Ladder Stile is a ladder (usually wooden) in a wall allowing a walker to climb over and gain access.
A Trig Point (or Triangulation Station) is a small concrete column often found on hilltops, constructed by the Ordnance Survey to assist in accurately mapping the terrain. Trig Points are marked on OS maps as a triangle with a dot in the middle and may be a useful navigation aid in poor visibility.
A Topograpgh (or Orientation Table) is a map table often found on a hilltop or viewpoint marking the direction and distance to major landmarks that are visible from that point.
We specialise in providing walking holidays in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and Somerset. We are enthusiastic about outdoor pursuits and have experienced climbing, canoeing, skiing, caving and potholing and windsurfing as well as walking throughout the UK, France, Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
We use our experience to provide self-guided, pack-free walking holidays, tailored to the requirements and abilities of our clients.