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Julia Carroll - Tenerife January 2018

This was my second walking trip with Secret Hills Walking and with Jill as leader,  who has a wealth of experience and always manages the ability of the group brilliantly making sure everyone has a memorable experience.

Letty, the Tenerife guide born and bred, was a very proud and enthusiastic about her island with a wealth of knowledge on its history, plants and geography.

North of the island of Tenerife is a beautiful place with the occasional downpour to freshen up the landscape so not as arid as the south of island.

My favourite walk was the Masca Gorge, which was more a natural assault course than a walk. We arrived by boat to a small beach and followed a stream through the volcanic rock eventually climbing to the top of the gorge and a well appreciated watering hole overlooking the island.

The variety of walks were enjoyably challenging without being impossible. We ended each day feeling accomplished and suitably hungry and ready for the varied and plentiful evening buffet - and even a glass of wine or two!

The centrally located hotel had splendid views, spacious rooms, and a crystal clear swimming pool overlooking the sea that was ideal for that post walk swim - great food, great service and the perfect base for a zealous group of walkers.

As with previous trips my fellow walkers were made up of many interesting people. Everyone had fascinating tales to tell as we trekked up mountains, down gorges and through woods. So, whether alone or with a partner everybody felt part of a welcoming group of people brought together by their love of travel, nature and above all – brilliant walking!

Lynne Dale - Northern Lakes Holiday October 2018

Borrowdale and the Northern Lakes, Autumn 2018


I recently went on the first Secret Hills short break to Borrowdale and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.  What a lovely setting the hotel was in, nestled away far from the crowds.  I was soon checked in and joined the group for the first meeting,   Jill the leader was welcoming and bubbling with enthusiasm, I’m sure we all felt relaxed straight away.


We had a good first walk from the hotel that first afternoon.  It was a cloudy & sunny afternoon and after a very short time we were all admiring the views. 

(IMG 0805).  A lot of us had been on walking holidays before but there were a couple that hadn’t.  They soon settled in however,  I have yet to experience a group that isn’t full of nice people who soon help any initial anxieties melt away.


The next day’s walk was a full day one.  It had obviously been carefully planned with a “Plan B” in case of bad weather.  The weather wasn’t brilliant and we weren’t able to go the higher route but with all these lovely new people to chat to it didn’t matter.  The scenery was still wonderful and varied. By the end of the day my shoulders were aching as the rain had penetrated my not totally waterproof coat but after the bus ride back I enjoyed the lovely hot shower even more. 


The second day’s walk I don’t think could have been any better.  With sunshine and no wind the light was amazing and we were treated to one glorious view after another, quite simply the best autumn walk I have ever had in my whole life – EVER!  I mean look at these pictures from the end of the day, and I have about 50 more!

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Another stunning walk up to Castle Cragg on the final morning followed by lunch brought the holiday to a close.  It had been a complete tonic.


I could go on and on and write loads about the rooms, the evening meals, the breakfasts, the company, the organisation, but in summary - it was all fabulous.  I have no hesitation in recommending this short break.  I might well go again myself next year…..


 Alan Mountain Dolomites June 2018

Walking in Dolomites area of (Val di Fassa ) June 2018. 

This was my first time at walking in the high mountains for a very long time . 

And I was definitely not disappointed . Getting to the High destination by Plane, Train, and Mini bus is all part of the Adventure and Journey . Our Group consisted of English Welsh , Irish and American . We laughed and had great fun all week . 

The family run Hotel was perfect in every way . And pulling back the Bedroom curtains in the morning to see those archetypal Dolomite razor cut Mountains was breathtaking . 


The walks were different every day and you never got tired of the amazing views and Rugged surroundings . 

The morning at Blue Lagoon was yet another great photo session . 

Our English guide was superb, and attentive to all the groups needs . 


The Local people in the Village bars and Restaurants were great. Speaking English German and Italian . 

Also every stop at a Refuge House for lunch up the Mountains was a treat . Some had extensive menu’s and some had what ever local provisions were in season . I found myself really liking the Fennel Bread , (never tasted that before) . Another first for me was seeing a Marmot !. 

I would recommend this holiday for an adventure and for people who are fed up with Beach holidays . 


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