Updated 20/05/21

Book and Travel with real confidence - UK holidays

The Corona virus pandemic continues to impact on all our lives. But the UK Governments step by step approach in a cautious way to ease lockdown restrictions is very welcome. Our holidays scheduled until the May 17 are cancelled, but we hope to begin running holidays from 28 May.

 But our decisons to run holidays will take the safety and health of all those who join us very much into consideration

We will still continue to plan our holidays, and will be taking reservations for holidays that we show on our website.

Our promise to you once you have reserved a holiday

In these unusual times, it is important that we assure you that your reservation made for UK holidays with us is safe and secure.

-In case of us cancelling a holiday due to National Restrictions or local lock downs in a specific area- or you being unable to travel due to the following reasons.

National restrictions

-Should there be an issue/national or local lockdown at the hotel/area where we run our holidays which causes us to postpone our holidays, 

OR your personal restricted ability to travel

-Should you be unable to attend the holiday due to the following reasons ,

- You catch Covid 19 and you are not able to travel during the time you are infectious and self isolating.

- Someone in your circle of contacts has been tested and contracted the virus, causing you to self isolate on the test, track and trace national programme.

- The area you live in is put into special measures as part of the national test, trace and track programme - again supported by suitable evidence which is in the public domain.

- That you can transfer you to other Secret Hills Walking holidays - wherever they may take place, with no time limit. There is no administration charge for this service.

- Or we can issue a refund credit note should you not be able to decide immediately when and where you wish to transfer. You can use this refund credit note to reserve any UK holiday with no time limit- note if we have secured your accommodation place and paid for it- then we may not be able to refund that part of the holiday cost- especially if you have to cancel in the last week prior to the start date. We will refund the part of the holiday cost that Secret Hills Walking Holidays charge for their services

As a protection against short term cancellation - we urge you to obtain adequate travel insurance

- Should you request a refund - then a £50 administration fee will apply


Once lockdowns have been eased- Can we run guided walking holidays under the broad UK governments restrictions- See below

At Secret Hills Walking, we know the importance of doing all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Organised outdoor sport and physical activity has an explicit exemption from the current rules, which limit other kinds of gatherings to six people. At present, organised outdoor sport and physical activity can take place anywhere in England – as confirmed in the UK government guidance.

This exemption includes all walks organised by Secret Hills Walking – which will also comply with all relevant local restrictions, including on travel.

This is explicitly stated on the Governing Body Sport England, – the government body that oversees physical and sporting activity across the country – to ensure that our activities comply with the rules implemented by the UK government. It is also explicit on the Governing Body for Hill Walking, the British Mountaineering Council’s website, and on the Ramblers website.

Our activities are subject to procedures that are put in place by Secret Hills – designed to ensure that those organising and taking part in organised physical activities implement the government requirements, to keep everybody safe. This includes a maximum number of participants up to 30 people, and requirements around physical distancing.

You can find out more about how Secret Hills are complying with government and Governing Body requirements here:

UK government guidance


Sport England guidance on ‘Return to Play’


Ramblers guidance and procedures


The British Mountaineering Council


As you would expect, we will continue to review our guidelines, to ensure compliance with national and local restrictions as we all move through this difficult period together.

If you still have questions, please email info@secrethillswalking.co.uk

Travel to Europe with us

Unfortunately, Covid -19 and the many travel restrictions in place both in the UK and in Europe. have meant restrictions on our being able to manage guided walking holidays in Europe.

We manage our European holidays through our partners New Experience Holidays, and  ATOL/abta bonding rules apply to these holidays.

Our colleagues at New Experience Holidays have produced a set of guidelines to help you understand the various issues surrounding reserving a European holiday with us -see https://www.newex.co.uk/coronavirus/

We anticipate that we will be able to run European holidays from June onwards- provided that the UK government lifts the current travel restrictions- the next review is on May 17 2021.

Travel Insurance

Please ensure that you obtain the travel insurance appropriate for your destination, itinerary and nature of your holiday. It is a good idea to check your travel insurance policy for the scope of cover. Many providers DO NOT provide Corona Virus cover, though new products are coming on the market that do. Remember the two aspects - cancellation of your holiday due to you contracting the virus or being asked to quarantine if you have been in contact with others and the test, track and trace unit have contacted you. Also cover for any medical treatment should you get the virus whilst abroad.

A personal message from our founder Alan Garner- 23/02/21

Can we look forward to meeting again? - we believe we can, now that the vaccines are being distributed amongst the population and a road map out of the restrictions has been introduced.

BUT -If we are to enjoy the holidays we love- then we will need to make compromises like face coverings in public spaces and transport and the social distancing restrictions in the way we eat in hotel restaurants and cafes- this is the new normal and we will need to live with these restrictions for many months to come. There will be little restriction though when we are walking- just sensible precautions to keep us all safe.

All of the 2021 dates are now on our website. We hope that you can look beyond the current situation and plan your 2021 walking holidays with us. Our 2022 European holidays are also now dispayed on our website.

After 19 years of hard work by many team members past and present, I have no intention of "throwing in the towel" - so we look forward to restarting our holidays-  we will, in the Secret Hills community, be here when the virus finally subsides- ready to continue to guide you round our magnificent countryside. So, I hope you will continue to support us and join us in 2021 - get those boots on again with us. See you then

Alan - and the whole Secret Hills Walking Community





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What Others Said...

Shropshire - Ironbridge, October 2021. Dear Alan I had a great time last weekend. Thank you.

Karen du Rocher