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New! Active UK Holidays for 2018

New walking holidays for 2018 - Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

From spring next year (2018), you will have even more choice to go on an active holiday in the UK as we will be launching several brand-new trips again.

Next year, we will be adding three new walking programmes spread out over England and the isles, plus a completely renewed cycling holiday that will follow one of the UK’s most popular walking trails.

 

New walking holidays - Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

New walking holidays in the UK with Sherpa Expeditions

 

Isle of Man Coastal Path >> new walking holiday

  • Beautiful Coastal scenery on quiet trails
  • Cultural heritage towns such as Castletown, Peel, Ramsey and Laxey
  • Wildlife spotting opportunities
  • Seascapes embracing views to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • Bathing opportunities
  • A network of steam, electric, mountain and horse drawn railways
  • Interesting histories to discover

>> View this new self guided walking trip in England now

 

The Richmond Way >> new walking holiday

  • Magnificent Lancaster, Bolton and Richmond castles and the 'motte' (remains) of several others
  • Ingleton Village and waterfalls
  • Walking on ancient Roman roads
  • Beautiful 'Green' villages such as Bainbridge and Reeth
  • High limestone walking with views over the Yorkshire fells
  • Beautiful valleys of Wensleydale and Swaledale
  • Ribblehead Viaduct – a mecca for railway enthusiasts

 

The Cyclist’s Coast to Coast >> new cycling holiday

  • Ride across England from Irish to the North Sea, crossing the Lake District and Pennines
  • Biking through the hills & dales of northern England
  • Attractive hamlets and traditional villages
  • Industrial heritage, lead mines and the River Tyne
  • A satisfying and very challenging ride

>> View this new self guided cycling trip in England now

 

Jersey Island – Channel Island Way >> new walking holiday

  • Discover legacy of wars, occupations & pirates
  • Second part of the Channel Island Way
  • Magnificent rock pools & sweeping dunes
  • Follow rugged cliff paths sprinkled with wildflowers
  • Charming seaside pubs & fishing villages

>> View this new self guided cycling trip in England now

 

We are currently finalising the details for these new trips, so stay tuned on this page (perhaps you like to bookmark it) for updates and to find out when the trips are available next year. 

 

New Coast to Coast cycle holiday - Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

If you like to enquire or like us to send you a message as soon as the trips are available online, please contact our team of travel experts in London.

 

The Long Weekend Alternative: Shortest Breaks Across Europe

5 Long Weekend Break Ideas for Europe

If you’ve only got a few days of holiday left this year, it does not mean there are no options to go away anymore. For those who’ve got at least 2 days of annual leave available and are looking for a weekend break in Europe, we gathered a few really short breaks across the continent and in England.

 

All of these short breaks depart daily, so it is entirely up to you to choose when you like to go. Perhaps you’re combining a break with a visit to overseas family and friends or saw a good flight offer. Our team in London can quickly support you with your request, leaving you to pack your bags and get ready for places like Tuscany, England’s Yorkshire Dales and the Swiss Alps.

 

 

Italy | Cycle San Gimignano to Siena

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5 Days

Departs Daily

Delve into the magic of Tuscany from the walled medieval hill town of San Gimignano to one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns, Siena. This iconic bicycle ride takes you through the typical landscapes that characterise this part of Italy. The trip is specially designed for those who want to experience the best of Tuscany’s palette of colours at handlebar level, but who only have a few days available.

You can take this European weekend break from March-November and it is graded as a moderate-challenging cycling holiday, find more info here >>

 

England | Yorkshire Dales Mini Break

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4 Days

Departs Daily

Escape to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in northern England and stay at the Old Brewery, a tastefully decorated house that retains its old-world charm, yet offers every modern comfort. The bed & breakfast is a stone’s throw from the River Swale, at the foot of the castle hill, and just a short walk from the cobbled market place. This little break is perfect for several days walking surrounded by peaceful trails, quiet country lanes and sleepy villages.

You can take this trip year-round and it is graded as an introductory-moderate walking holiday, find more info here >>

 

England | Isle of Wight Cycle

Weekend Breaks Europe, Isle of Wight Cycling with Sherpa Expeditions


5 Days

Departs Daily

Pick up your hire bike at the traditional seaside resort of Ryde, the largest town on the Isle of Wight, and let your holiday begin! This European mid-week or weekend break is deal for anyone looking for a short town-and-country cycling break, the circular route is undulating and distances are kept fairly short, giving you time to stop and explore. Highlights include sophisticated Cowes, world famous for its regatta; the astonishing brick-built Quarr Abbey; taking the cycle path to Freshwater Bay, which follows an old railway line; the tidal estuary at Newport, known for its chain ferry; and Chale, the shipwreck capital of the British island.

You can take this short break in Europe from March-October and it is graded as an introductory-moderate cycling holiday, find more info here >>

 

Switzerland | Meiringen: Panorama’s of the Swiss Alps

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5 Days

Departs Daily

Swiss Meiringen is famous for the Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular cataract that was the setting for the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. A natural transport hub situated at the convergence of three of Switzerland’s major passes, getting around is easy and it is possible to set out each day in a different direction using a network of cable cars, postbuses and mountain railways. A perfect setting for you a quick weekend break in Europe. The high places can be reached quickly without long uphill climbs out of the valley and  you can fill a week with excellent day walks, from gentle strolls to high ridges.

You can take this short break in Europe from May-October and it is graded as a moderate walking holiday, find more info here >>

 

England | Exploring the Cotswolds

Cotswolds, England weekend breaks Europe, Sherpa Expeditions


5 Days

Departs Daily

An itinerary specially crafted for those who want a soft introduction to walking in the English countryside. Highlights include the medieval wool town of Bourton-on-the-Water, the picture perfect village of Guiting Power, the atmospheric ruins of Hailes Abbey (destroyed under Henry VIII) and the still inhabited Sudeley Castle.

You can take this weekend break from April-October and it is graded as an introductory-moderate walking holiday, find more info here >>

 

 

More information? Download the complete trip notes via the blue button on the trip page or contact our team of travel experts for a chat. 


(Early Season) Trips Below £500

Budget Holidays in Europe

You may already know from previous experience that early in the season, often you will have the tracks and trails of Europe to yourself. Guesthouse and restaurant owners have more time for a chat and the atmosphere can be more relaxed. To help you profit from the spring season, we have selected five budget holidays in Europe that cost less than £500 (and don't compensate on value) so that you can easily squeeze them in at the start of the year (or later on, as most run until late autumn!).

 

Isle of Wight >> From £420

Isle of Wight budget holiday - Sherpa Expeditions


5 days of island cycling in the UK

Pick up your hire bike at the traditional seaside resort of Ryde, the largest town on the island, and let your budget trip in the UK's Isle of Wight begin! Ideal for anyone looking for a short town-and-country cycling break, the circular route is undulating and distances are kept fairly short, giving you time to stop and explore. Highlights include sophisticated Cowes, world famous for its regatta (taking place early August); the astonishing brick-built Quarr Abbey; and taking the cycle path to Freshwater Bay, which follows an old railway line.

>> Find out more >> Isle of Wight Cycle

 

 

The Balkan Mountains >> From £480

Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria budget walking holiday

 

8 days of mountain walking in Bulgaria

The narrow roads of the Central Balkan National Park meander through valleys, forests and villages that have not changed for centuries. Along the self-guided Balkan Mountains walking route, you will see several of Bulgaria’s most significant Orthodox monasteries and churches with colourful murals. On the final day, you will ascend Petrahilya Peak, the highest mountain in the area, and enjoy panoramic views of Teteven and the Central Balkan National Park.

>> Find out more >> Balkan Mountains Walk

 

 

Yorkshire Dales >> From £270

Yorkshire Dales supported short holiday - Sherpa Walking holidays

 

4 days of relaxing walking in England

Escape to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales staying at the Old Brewery, a tastefully decorated house that retains its old-world charm, yet offers every modern comfort. A stone’s throw from the River Swale, at the foot of the castle hill, and just a short walk from the cobbled market place, you can set off to explore peaceful trails, quiet country lanes and sleepy villages of the Yorkshire Dales. With just four days, this is a perfect and short budget holiday in the UK.

>> Find out more >> Yorkshire Dales Mini Break

 

 

English Cotswolds >> From £360

Budget holiday in the Cotswolds - fully supported - Sherpa Expeditions


5 days of easy walking in friendly England

An itinerary specially crafted for those who want a soft introduction to walking in the English countryside and have a limited budget for it. Highlights include the medieval wool town of Bourton-on-the-Water, the picture-perfect village of Guiting Power, the atmospheric ruins of Hailes Abbey (destroyed under Henry VIII) and the still inhabited castle of Sudeley. You will stay in charming, family-run B&Bs on this budget walking holiday in the Cotswolds.

>> Find out more >> Exploring the Cotswolds - 5 Days


 

The James Herriot Way >> From £450

Budget holidays in Europe - James Herriot Way walking trip

 

6 days of walking around Wensleydale & Swaledale in England

Launched only in 2016, this new trip in the Yorkshire Dales, a six-day version of the James Herriot Way, is considered by many as ‘the best short long-distance walk in the UK’. The 50-mile (80km) circular walk has been designed to take in some of the countryside that James Alfred Wight, the vet who wrote about his experiences in the Yorkshire Dales as James Herriot, was so fond of.

>> Find out more >> James Herriot Way 


 

For more information and ideas for other budget holidays in Europe, please download the trip notes or get in touch with our team of travel experts by email or phone. 


In the Centre of The Action: 4 Trips

It’s easy to think of advantages for centre based walking holidays: only unpack once, really get to know your hosts, and a chance to explore every corner of the region you’re in.

 

On Sherpa Expeditions’ centre based walking holidays you get a pack of day walks, sometimes circular and sometimes with a short train or bus ride, from which you can pick and select one each day. Let the weather, your mood or physical conditions decide which walk to go for that day and have the freedom to explore an area exactly the way you like.

 

Here are four of our centre-based walking holidays with departure dates throughout the year.  


Meiringen: Panoramas of the Swiss Alps

Meiringen in the Swiss Alps - Sherpa Expeditions

Situated at the convergence of three of Switzerland’s major passes, Meiringen is famous for the Reichenbach Falls, a spectacular cascade that was the setting for the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes. A place for anyone who wants to see the real Switzerland: in summer the meadows are full of flowers and in autumn the landscape is painted with a riot of colour. Walks here encompass all grades from gentle strolls to high ridges, while a superb integrated network of cable cars, postbuses and trams takes you in all directions quickly and easily.

>> 8 Day self guided walking holiday, departs daily from mid-May to the end of October

 

Yorkshire Dales Mini Break

Yorkshare Dales walking holidays with Sherpa Expeditions

Escape to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales staying at the Old Brewery: a tastefully decorated house that retains its old world charm, yet offers every modern comfort. The accommodation is a stone’s throw from the River Swale and at the foot of the castle hill. From the base of your hotel it’s just a short walk to the cobbled market place. The day walks we provided for you make sure you are surrounded by peaceful trails, quiet country lanes and sleepy villages of the Yorkshire Dales.

>> 4 Days self guided walking holiday, departs daily year round

 

Cinque Terre Villages

Cinque Terre, Italy, walking holidays - Sherpa Expeditions

The coastline of the Cinque Terre in north-western Italy is as stunning as Amalfi and even more colourful. For centuries, artists and poets have praised the tiny aquamarine inlets that serve as fishing harbours and the ancient terraces rising steeply out of the coastal crags in words and pictures. It is the Italian Riviera at its best and you can explore the region on your own pace on the various day trips on this centre based walking holiday.

>> 6 Days self guided walking holiday, departs daily between March and October

 

Tuscany Uncovered

walking in Tuscany, Italy - Sherpa Expeditions

The beautiful fortified village of Monteriggoni forms the perfect base for the series of walks we provide you with on this trip. Right on the Via Francigena, the village is surrounded by Chianti vineyards, museums and the beautiful hills of Tuscany. The way we’ve set up this centre based walking holiday allows you to do a combination of walks, relax in the village, visit Siena or San Gimignano, and use the bus connections. Of course wine tasting is always an option and we can easily book extra nights for you should you wish so.
>> 6 Days self guided walking holiday, departs daily between April and November

 

 

Do you feel that such a centre based walking holiday is something that could suit you? Browse each trip's page to find the trip notes for more details or contact our team of travel experts in our London offices to discuss your options.