Walking Holidays For Groups
Guided Walking Holidays for Groups
Yes, let us take the strain. Secret Hills Walking Holidays specialises 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 across the group.
Discuss with 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 many 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.
- Derbyshire's Peak District - Gritstone country around Csstleton
- 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.
- Portugal's Algarve.
- The Dolomites.
- Ireland, 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:
Sue Hartley -Kettering Ramblers october 2016
"We have had a great weekend in Llangollen. A huge thank you goes to Ian and all the other guides for ensuring all went well. They were so adaptable and tried hard to be sure they were meeting all our needs."
The weekend was a unanimous success
Debi Burridge - Settle U3A Crickhowell October 2016
" We all felt that the holiday went very well. The 'slower' walkers (myself included) were very pleased with all they achieved with the help and encouragement of Ian in particular. All of us enjoyed the choice of routes and variety of walks. It was great to switch off and be taken for a walk by people who knew the area well and could adapt routes if necessary. The hotel was well placed and I think everyone was comfortable with their rooms. The meals were good too. And even the weather was kind! All in all a successful trip, thank you again "
David Bailey East Berkshire Ramblers Sidmouth September 2016
I’ve had a number of reports back from members of the Group since their return from Sidmouth and the impression I’m getting is that, once again, Secret Hills came up trumps and provided us with another thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Well done, and thank you Alan. Thanks also to the leaders who I understand did really well – especially on Tuesday, the day of the storms!
Sue Flanagan on behalf of Hambleton Ramblers - July 2016
"Slovenia June 2016 This was my second trip to Slovenia with Secret Hills and as last time there was nothing I would change. A wonderful country with an excellent company. Hotel, guides and walks could not to be faulted. Well done Chris and Alan keep up the good work and we will see you again. "
Yvonne Thomas - Epping Forest HF walking group - Sidmouth May 2016
Alan, Chris, Katie, Sue and your brilliant admin team. With thanks for a most enjoyable visit to Sidmouth and East Devon. As usual, we had superb walks and visits tailored to our needs and abilities. The leaders have been friendly, caring and well informed showing us the area and ensuring we had a brilliant days. All very much appreciated.
Maureen Moss, Surrey Heath Ramblers - Wye Valley - October 2015
I would like to thank you and all the walk leaders on behalf of Surrey Heath Ramblers for the very enjoyable Wye Valley holiday.
It was well organised and your leaders were clearly passionate about the area and were so informative and interesting to listen to.
The hotel was fabulous and staff friendly and helpful.
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.
St Leonards Walkers.
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.
Phil Robinson - Anglesey ( Beaumaris Step Out Walking Club)
Just a line to thank you and everyone at Secret Hills for making the walking holiday with you at Ironbridge most enjoyable. Many thanks to yourself, Chris, Darren, Barbara, Eileen and all the staff at The Valley Hotel too (the meals were excellent).
The Beaumaris Step Out Walking Group.
Hope to see you soon.
Many thanks again for yet another successful weekend of walking. You and your leaders gave us all the usual attention which everyone appreciates - you have all become friends to us - so see you again next year.
Davina - Stoke Lodge Ramblers
On behalf of the group, I would like to thank you and the walking leading team for a wonderful weekend. Superb walking,dramatic scenery and mostly great weather.
All the arrangements ran smoothly, and everyone appreciated the local knowledge and consideration shown by the leaders.Everyone liked the hotel, the quiz was great fun, and the lunch on Monday at the Green Dragon was excellent.
The weekend would have been more difficult to assemble without your help.
We will definately think about Secret Hills for future events.
Andy- North East Hants Ramblers
Pat Perridge - Loddon Valley Ramblers
Back on line at last!
Thank you all for a great weekends walking -everybody really enjoyed it and I am sure will be up for another wekend next Spring
We are now looking forward to Slovenia in September -haven't got any more members yet, but I am working on it.
Val Warlow - Barry U3A Walking Group
Thank you very much for arranging another weekend for our group. Everyone had a wonderful time and was very impressed with the whole package( including the sunshine). The walk leaders were really good and were praised by one and all - can you pass our appreciation and thanks to all of them. It has been suggested we use Secret Hills again (after me trying to get it passed by the committee for years.) Many members took your brochure so hopefully you will get a lot of follow up business.
Sue Spires - Pang Valley Ramblers
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Thank you for making our weekend so successful. Everyone was delighted with all the walks and the adaptability of the different grades of senior citizens with which you and your excellent leaders has to cope with in our club! There were so many comments about the re- arrangement of the Sunday walks and several said that they very much enjoyed the Acton Scott Victorian Working Farm and would not have visited it if it had not rained.. Thank you for rushing round to the fam and making us so welcome with comfortable chairs on which to sit for lunch.
The entertainment in the evening was great and Chris's lunches went down very well - thank you Chris.
The hotel itself was excellent.
Davina MaCrae Stoke Lodge Ramblers
Dear Alan and Team,
We are writing to thank you most sincerely for our lovely group holiday last week.
We had been looking forward to this for some time and our expectations were surely exceeded.
The walks were superb, just right for our differing capabilities. Those who didnt do quite so much walking these days were particularly grateful for the level of care and attention you gave them. And the fun"never ending tale" about 'hazel of Undern Hall" , us long walkers thoroughly enjoyed. This along with Trevor getting Graham and Pete to do "a turn" on your cairn, all went down a treat. Not to mention the tallk you provided during our stay and the grand musical event on our final evening.
All made for a jolly time for us all(when the weather could have been just that little bit drier)
Of course we must not forget our delicious sandwiches provided by Chris' s A corn Whole food Cafe. Just what we needed for our picnics.
It goes without hesitation that we thoroughly recommend your company to others, and we have started already reading your brochure for the future!
YOU ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED ON ALL COUNTS
Jenny Cooper - Gloucestershire Womens Institute
A brilliant weekend - had lots of very favourable comments. A really beautiful part of the country. Guides were all excellent and although we don't normally we had a little collection for them so if I send a cheque to you, please would you be kind enough to distribute it? They really were very caring and looked after us so well.
Thank you very much for all the arrangements
Pat Kidds - Exeter Ramblers
Thank you for the fabulous weekend that you gave us in Church Stretton. On behalf of all of us, will you please thank Paul and Lesley and Trevor and Barbara for making our walks so enjoyable. From a purely personal point of view, they managed to pace the walks perfectly for me, pausing to admire the scenery or point out local points of interest, just when I thought that I was breathing my last!
We would love to join you again and we have looked at your brochures. What about Crickhowell and the Black Mountains?
Beverley Moynihan - St Leonards Ramblers
"Perfect weather—and that was not easy to arrange in 2008—and lovely walking, combined with excellent hotel accommodation made Severn Vale Probus members very happy. The weather was a bonus—but thank you for a great five days. Once again your organisation was superb. Paul, Lesley, Ian, and yourself could not have been better walking hosts - so says Graham Gamblin, Walking organiser for the group. Shropshire was a delight - those hills get a little harder as we are one year older, but the routes you used were excellent.
Rossendale Ramblers members Gretchen Pyves and Ian Tattersall went on Secret Hills walking’s trip to Madeira in May 2007, and were so impressed by this beautiful walking island that they organised a trip for 12 of their club in November. Alan Garner—Secret Hills Walking principal - is delighted that they have opted for a group holiday.
"We can arrange a specifically tailored walking holiday, with our Madeiran leader Bruno Fontes taking us on footpaths that are more off the beaten track. This combines the best of those volcanic mountains, and our favourite levada walking." Gretchen and Ian also know the restaurants we eat in, so they have chosen their favourites for the group.
Pauline Bagnall, from Coventry, organised a walking break for a number of friends, staying at The Mynd House Hotel, Church Stretton during midweek in October. "We want to walk about 6 miles each day, and have a jolly good chinwag along the way. Then a good evening meal, followed by an early night, maybe a glass of wine, or two, says Pauline, who has arranged walking breaks for many years."
Irene Graham, who organises group holidays for Henri's walking group in North Wales was delighted with the holiday Secret Hills Walking provided in The Derbyshire Dales "We had been to Shropshire and Madeira with Secret Hills before, but this one topped those holidays - and we thought they were brilliant"
South Dorset Ramblers had their annual UK holiday in Shropshire this year. Twenty-four walkers stayed at the Longmynd Hotel, for seven nights, and walked around Shropshire on Secret Hills Walkings' Shropshire Wanderer route. Elma Wyatt wrote glowingly about the week. "Thank you for a lovely holiday with South Dorset Ramblers. We had for a long time an ambition to explore the Shropshire hills and they certainly lived up to my expectations. I could not fault the programme or the accommodation (The Longmynd Hotel) and your leadership was first class. I shall recommend Secret Hills Walking to my friends." The walking took in many of the beauty spots of South Shropshire, the Stretton Hills, The Long Mynd, Stiperstones, Offa’s Dyke, Bishops Castle, Clun and Ludlow.
Ricky Mak, from London wanted to get all his family together on an activity break so he chose Secret Hills Walking to organise it. "We had family members from 15 to 65 so organising something that fitted all requirements was not easy - but Secret Hills did just that and everyone was so happy to be together and in the wonderful Shropshire air."
Bath Ramblers have had three group holidays with Secret Hills and organiser Eileen Davey was fullsome in her praise for how the company has organised each holiday - "Everything went smoothly, great leading, and the choice of hotel was indeed a bonus - now to next year."
Marple Ramblers, organised their holiday in Madeira with Secret Hills guiding support. Organiser Mike Bryant: "Thanks for a great holiday - Bruno's guiding - supported by Rui and Ruben was excellent, and the general organisation of the walks and transport went well."
Here is a list of recent groups we have successfully organised walking holidays for:
- Bath Ramblers
- South Dorset Ramblers
- West Berkshire Ramblers
- Willand Ramblers
- Dartford Ramblers
- Pang Valley Ramblers
- St Leonards Walkers
- Rossendale Ramblers
- Severn Vale Probus
- All Saints, Barry
- Taunton Deane Ramblers
- Deeside Ramblers
- Horsham and Billinghurst Ramblers
- Lymm WI Walkers
- Henri's Walking Group
- Pauline's Walking Group, Coventry
- Exeter Ramblers
- Epicurians Walking Group
- Anglesey Over 50's Walking Group
- Marple Ramblers
- BASF pensioners walking group
- Stoke Lodge Ramblers
- Ilkley Evergreens Walkers
- North East Hampshire Ramblers
- Chiltern Weekend Walkers
- Solihull Ramblers
- Eastleigh Ramblers
- Bristol Ramblers
- Severnside Ramblers
- Barry U3A walking club
- Epping Forest HF walking club
- Lodden Valley Ramblers
- Kempley Village Walkers
- Gloucester Federation of Womens Institute
- NHS Retirement branch Basildon
- Surrey Heath Ramblers
- East Berkshire Ramblers
- Bury St Edmunds Ramblers
- Lloyds Bank Edinburgh Walking group
- Killens Walking Group Dublin
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