Guided Walking Holidays for Groups
Yes, let us take the strain. Secret Hills Walking Holidays specialise in arranging guided group walking holidays — working with you to give you the best holiday at the most effective cost.
Our philosophy is simple — we are in business to arrange walking holidays, we are expert in arranging hotels, meals, transport — and especially walk leading in the areas we promote. The additional cost to you of our providing that service is minimal, when you work it out over the group.
Two methods are available when we discuss organising a group holiday for you:
1. Secret Hills Walking Holidays arrange everything - including flights if it's a European holiday. You tell us what you need, and we will put a fully costed proposal to you.
2.You just want assistance with guiding and possibly transport - again tell us what you need and we will cost out the options.
Just tell us what you want, where you want to walk, and we will propose a package to you, using the buying power we have, to give you a cost effective, but superb holiday.
In addition to walking, Secret Hills have a range of evening activities that can be purchased, such as quizzes, musical evenings, talks by local history experts etc.
Secret Hills Walking Holidays have listed a number of walking groups we have arranged holidays for during the past five years, they will happily testify to how we have provided a complete service to them. Just ask for their contacts.
Secret Hills Walking Holidays arrange group holidays in four areas of Britain, and also many European destinations (Madeira, Slovenia, Majorca, Gozo, Gran Canaria,,La Gomera, The Algarve, Slovakia, The Dolomites, Ireland).
- Shropshire - our base, beautiful unspoiled and secret hill country, with views around 360 degrees unrivalled in Britain. We run group holidays from Church Stretton. Shrewsbury and Ironbridge.
- Llangollen and the Dee Valley-unexplored and lovely high moor and valley walking country.
- The English Lake District
- The Derbyshire Dales - superb upland, limestone hill country with great river valleys like the Dove and Lathkill. These holidays are run from the village of Hartington.
- The Brecons and Black Mountains. Unspoilt and walker friendly. We run holidays from Crickhowell.
- The Historical Ironbridge Gorge.
- The Radnorshire Hills and Elan Valley - from Llandrindod Wells
- Exmoor - from the historic village of Dunster
- Dorset and East Devon
- The Mendips - from Axebridge
- The Malvern Hills
- Bowland and Ribble Valley
- The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
- Cornwall from St Ives
- The South Downs from Eastbourne
- The Cotswolds from Cirencester
- Madeira - an island of flowers and great walking amongst volcanic mountains, and along superb water courses - levada’s.
- Slovenia - lovely limestone country, fabulous views.
- Gozo - Glorious coastline, magnificent history.
- Austria from Schadlming
- Majorca - A popular favourite, great walking far away from the sangria crowd.
- La Gomera - beautiful walking on this special island.
- Slovakia's Tatra Mountains
- The Aude Valley in South West France
- Portugals Algarve
- The Dolomites
- Irekand Wicklow Mountains.
- Gran Canaria
We conduct group walking holidays for over 20 groups a year - from Ramblers groups to informal groups of friends who just enjoy walking together,
Here's what a number of our recent groups have said.
Val Warlow Llandrindod All Saints Group
The weekend was not only OK, it was great. The hotel, the food and the swimming pool were enjoyed by all. Paul, Lesley and Tristan looked after us well with some enjoyable Walks. The "icing on the cake" was the weather with warm sunshine all the way which afforded us wonderful views across the countryside
Just to say thankyou again for our excellent week at the Metropole. We were all pleased with the hotel as you predicted, we were lucky with the weather, but most of all we appreciated you both tailoring each day to our needs. The Elan tour and waterfall were good, Harrison was friendly and gave us good journeys, as did the two Buchanons drivers,and even the people in the shops in LLandod and Crickhowel took time to serve us totally differently to what we're used to ! The students in Crickhowell even spoke to us and moved to one side so we could share the pavement - unknown at this end of the country.
Surprise, surprise, Llangollen/Chester won the vote on the coach for next year, so would be grateful for some costings for the holiday next year, please, again sun - fri, same time of year, but have asked Mike the date of their festival next year in case there is a clash.
Do hope you didn't swelter on the SW coast path yesterday and today - we took 15 of our group on the local steam railway today with a short walk to oldest wooden church, and really noticed the heat at last.
So thanks again, and all the best for the coast path,
Yvonne Epping Forrest
Angela Scott- Leader of Owl’s Group Majorca
Everybody in my group was full of praise for everything – location, hotel, food, travel arrangements, walks, guides, weather, scenery, cake, beer, sangria…. Etc
Thanks to you, Jill and Tom for providing us with such a great experience
All the best,
Just a line to say thank you for organising our weekend at Shrewsbury. The hotel was excellant and all the walks enjoyed.
Particular thanks go to Ian who is so patient and plans everything thoroughly. Also thanks to Liz and her friend Lucy and to Paul and Leslye. They are all so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area.
I will be in touch in the new year to organise a recce trip to Derbyshire.
With kind regards
Kettering and District Rambling club
Pat Barker- Majorca – Group holiday – September 2017
Lovely walks and Ian accommodated all levels among our group very well. Very good holiday and was enjoyed by all the group
John Pennington South Dorset Ramblers Group- April 2017
I would like to let you know that our group holiday to Majorca went very well and everybody was very happy about all aspects of it. The Hotel Marina was very nice, the food excellent and service good. We all liked the beautiful location in Port Soller and the surrounding countryside. A special mention for the Secret Hills team who we found to be very friendly, helpful and flexible in organising the holiday and walks, which we all enjoyed. On one occasion where one of our group was taken ill just after the start of a walk, Tom went back with her to the road an organised transport to take her back to the hotel. I have completed the New Experience feedback form and returned it to them.
We would certainly consider using Secret Hills again for a group holiday in the future.
South Dorset Ramblers Group Phillip and Jill Robinson
To the Team at Secret Hills Walking,
My wife, Jill, and I have just returned for a week's walking in Majorca with Secret Hills, lead by Jill, Tom, Ian and Tristan. We were a part of a group of 38 people from the South Dorset Ramblers.
I feel that I must write to thank Secret Hills Walking, and particularly Jill, Tom, Ian and Tristan for a fantastic week of walking. The hotel was superb and all the walks were excellent. We opted for the harder walks each day, which did not disappoint, and Jill and Team did a wonderful job in guiding and supervising what were often quite big groups of people. Thanks also to Jill and the team for re-arranging a walk to a later day, after it had to be abandoned on its scheduled day because of rain. (Our only wet day!). The walk was well worth the wait.
Thanks again. Hopefully we might be able to walk with you again in the future.
Phillip and Jill
(Phillip and Jill Robinson)
Thank you and Chris for a great weekends' Walking in the Forest of Deane and the Wye Valley, staying in Speech House Hotel in the Forest of Deane. Our Group has been with you for many years walking in Wales, England and Slovenia and you always find comfortable hotels with interesting Walks, suitable for our Group. We are now looking forward to seeing you again in 2017.
Val Warlow. All Saints Church, Barry, Walking Group. October 2016
St Leonards Walkers.
- See more at: http://dev.secrethillswalking.co.uk/page/22/for-groups.htm#sthash.Mr2XcqrJ.dpuf You just want assistance with guiding and possibly transport - again tell us what you need and we will cost out the options.
David Bailey - Group Walking Week organiser, East Berkshire Ramblers
Alan, Chris, Julie,
I have waited nearly a week since our Group returned from our Wye Valley holiday just to see how many more acknowledgements I get from members who were on it, saying what a great holiday they thought it was! I can honestly say that everyone was very happy with what you came up with for us and they are all now anxiously waiting to hear what we decide to do next year with Secret Hills.
Personally, I was so impressed with the help and encouragement I had had in the planning of the holiday during the ten months leading up to it, that I was in no doubt at all that everything would be fine when 14th September arrived. As indeed it was! Some of our members of course, having had years (and years!) of experience with HF and Ramblers Holidays - and many of whom had never even heard of Secret Hills - were perhaps understandably a little apprehensive of something new. But their worries proved to be totally misplaced. Well done to all of you, and especially to your local leaders and other helpers who were excellent.
Alma Richardson - East Berkshire Ramblers, September 2014
As one of the members of East Berkshire Ramblers group on the holiday last week. I wanted to write to say what a great set of walks you arranged for us. The group of leaders were excellent. I always joined the medium walks and was impressed with all those who led the walks. The hotel was very good too.
Liz Daykin - Kempley Walkers - Derbyshire Dales, September 2014
Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in making our walking holiday so enjoyable last week. Everyone had a thoroughly good time.
Richard Killen - Private Walking Group - Ireland - Visit to Majorca May 2014
Good morning Alan,
Thank you for your kind words. I think we all really enjoyed the visit to Majorca.The walking was wonderful, the accommodation great and the food really not that bad!
It was a good learning experience for me and I can say without exception that all of us enjoyed your company and that of Eileen's as well. We just had great fun. Thank you!
Jenny Cooper - Gloucestershire Federation of Womens Institutes - Exmoor Weekend, May 2014
Thank you very much for all you did for us over the weekend. It truly was one of the best, even I managed to enjoy it! Lovely area, superb hotel, wonderful scenery and even the weather obliged - what more could one ask for? Definitely one to remember.
Epping Forest HF walking group holiday - Malverns, April 2014
To Mike, Alan, Chris, David,Jim, Julie and Secret Hills staff. With thanks for another brilliant Secret Hills Holiday. We all enjoyed Malvern and the location. Accommodation at the Abbey Hotel and the walking has been superb.
Adam Pearce - Solihull Ramblers weekend Llandrindod Wells, April 2014
Alan, Julie and Paul,
That was a really great weekend, and proof that good weather is not necessary to enjoy walking.
This photo is just at the end in the Lakeside Cafe; more to come, but not tonight. I have so many things either drying or soaking it will be a while. Another one from the start on Friday.
Shropshire Hills, January 2014
We would like to thank you and your team for making our walk so enjoyable. The guides were very informative about the Shropshire Hills, and we all had a wonderful time. I will send a message around to the team members at Seven Stones and ask them all to 'Like' your Facebook page.
Thanks very much and all the best for 2014 Kind Regards,
David Kingsbury- January 2014
October 2013 Just to say thank-you for the most enjoyable time in Derbyshire - inspite of the weather! As a geriatric walker the consideration and care shown by Alan Garner - and the team - was much appreciated.
Martin Rowe - Stoke Lodge Ramblers
October 2013 Thank you for a superb weekend of walking. Despite the rain on Saturday everyone enjoyed themselves and commented on the standard and consideration of your leaders on all the walks - we always welcomed back Paul and Leslie who we see from year to year. One of our 80 year olds said that the highlight of the weekend was the climbing of Thorpe Cloud at the end of the walk on Sunday with Paul Watts. In fact Paul has already communicated with Neville sending him maps of the routes of the 'A' walks on Friday/Saturday/Sunday and this has been is put on the SLR website.
Davina Macrae- Stoke Lodge Ramblers Shropshire Hills, September 2013
At least the worst rain waited until the last day! Otherwise we didn't really get seriously wet - and lots of sunshine in between allowing us to admire the beautiful Shropshire views. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and our walk leaders did an excellent job suiting all levels of walker (I was a bit surprised that we split into two groups right at the start and everyone stayed with the same group for the whole holiday - but everyone seemed happy with this).
Ann Bagot - Surrey Heath Ramblers - Llandrindod Wells, September 2013
Many thanks for an excellent holiday. Do I understand that you had wonderful w/end weather for the singles w/end ?
Actually, it wasn't too bad here but rather grey.Most enjoyable holiday, the walking was well supported by the swimming pool and spa facilities at the Metropole.
Thanks, again to all your leaders and backmarkers.
Margaret Ruse - Bristol Ramblers, St Leonards Walkers - Crickhowell
Many thanks for organising our weekend in Crickhowell for us. It was viewed by all as a most successful weekend and both the hotel and the walking were superb.
Thank you so much for all you did to make the weekend in the Derbyshire Dales success, we all had a great time and enjoyed the village, the hotel and the walks programme immensely. I certainly hope we will have the opportunity of walking with you and your colleagues again.
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