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Beat the Xmas Pud

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December 27, 2022
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Why Book With Us?

  • Value for Money
  • Personal Service
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • No single supplement (UK only)
  • Flights from local airports (Europe only)

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You matter to us & we promise to provide you with a superb walking & social holiday, tailored specifically to your needs. We provide walking holidays for walkers & as walkers ourselves, we appreciate & understand the requirements of a walking holiday.

Want to get away from Christmas blues and meet like-minded solos on a superb guided walking experience? Then this is the holiday for you. Forget the stresses of the season and join us in a small, friendly and relaxed group. Meet new people and make long-lasting friends.

Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for solos and singles in beautiful locations in both the UK and Europe. We have an extra speciality in that we also design bespoke holidays for special groups.

  • Three and a half days
  • Refund guarantee
  • Expert Tour Guides
  • Three nights
  • Location: Shropshire Hills
What you get on a Secret Hills Guided Walking Break for Singles
  • Hotel bed and breakfast– en suite two nights/ three nights if the holiday falls on a Bank Holiday – Spring Bank or August Bank Holiday
  • Dinner- three course.
  • Lunch- except first day
  • Sole Occupancy- this is a singles guided walking holiday
  • Personal service
  • Expert guiding- friendly, local guides that know the area superbly well
  • Transport to walks start and finish as needed
  • Flexibility
  • No single supplement
  • A social, relaxed approach
  • Full joining details prior to your holiday
  • Our administration support from the point of booking to you joining the holiday

Hotel and Meals

Accommodation is single en suite rooms – no sharing. We stay at Buckatree Hall Hotel which is a country house hotel set in a superb setting underneath the Wrekin hill.  The hotel has a bar, and two lounges and is just 1mile from the M54 motorway at Junction 7 – just beyond Telford and 10 miles from Shrewsbury. The hotel set in parkland with a lake in it’s grounds is the perfect location for this Twixmas walking break.

Three nights- 27/28/29 December.

Dinner

is three course plus coffee and breakfast is buffet style – both in the hotels main restaurant. Dress code is smart casual.

Lunch

We have lunch at one of Shropshire’s lovely country pubs

Your walk leaders will make this weekend break relaxing and the wonderful walking will stimulate your enthusiasm for the wide outdoors.

Flexibility

We offer you the opportunity to stay additional nights, and many people extend their weekend as they wish. Just reserve what nights you need.

 

Great reasons to join us

There are other walking holiday companies that cover the  countryside but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….

  • We specialise in organising guided walking holidays for singles and solo travellers
  • We are a small friendly company
  • We have a loyal customer base who return again and again (so we must be doing something right) – read our testimonials page on the website
  • We offer a lot of flexibility – you can stay extra nights which we are happy to organise for you. We are also very flexible on the walks we provide, adapting to suit walkers and weather conditions
  • Our walk leading is second to none. Unlike some other large Walking Companies, we use LOCAL leaders who live in the area and who love their surroundings. They have expert knowledge of everything you need to know to make an area come alive.
  • You are safe in our hands – our guides are experts, fully qualified in first aid. Also, because of their local knowledge of the hills, they can respond to any situation that might for example demand cutting short a route. They don’t need to consult maps – they know the hills intimately.
  • Our leaders are all easy-going, genuinely sociable people who want to ensure that you have the best time you can with the rest of the group. They make the weekend fun by engaging with all members of a group, and ensuring that everyone feels part of the group experience.
  • We give great value for money. Because we recognise that lots of walkers holiday on their own, we have negotiated no single supplement deals with all our hotels to ensure the best possible deal.
  • We always use good hotels.
  • We have smaller groups than some of the larger walking companies, because we believe the social experience is much better in a smaller group. People can talk to everyone, especially at dinner where you can all sit on one table in a small group. Our numbers vary from holiday to holiday but an average group size would be 8-12.

Directions

Getting to our destination

By train – Wellington is the nearest station, some  3/4 miles away.  Contact us for a transfer to hotel from the station . See www.nationalrail.co.uk

By car –  the post code for your Sat Nav is SY66AG.

Full detailed journey instruction will be sent with your Joining Details prior to the holiday.

Itinerary

Our alternative to Christmas Blues
In between Christmas and New Year – a social walking break in Shropshire’s glorious hill country. Evening entertainment, prizes for silly things,  three days walking, stay as long as you want.
A perfect antidote for those post Christmas blues, designed as the alternative to shopping, endless TV, visiting relatives and the boredom that Christmas can sometimes bring. Just relax, bring your sense of fun, and go away refreshed in time for your New Year celebrations.

Relax and enjoy the antidote to Christmas with us.

The programme starts on the afternoon of December 27 (with a two hour “get to know you walk” ) – the whole programme being three nights and three and half days walking,

December 28th Full days walk – in the Shropshire Hills

December 29th Full days walk- from the Wrekin to Ironbridge

December 30th finishes at either 1.30pm with lunch or 4.00pm – a lovely walk in the Ercall Hill and woods area

Check out on the morning prior to the walk.

Grades and Difficulty

We walk between 8 and 9 miles per day. We walk at a steady pace, we don’t rush. We want you to enjoy our lovely scenery – these hills are a walkers paradise with good paths and an ever changing landscape.

There are hills to ascend – we go up to a maximum of 500 metres over two miles of walking, but the climbing is gradual. What’s the point of huffing and puffing, being exhausted then not being able to enjoy this fabulous land? Descending is not precarious, and is gentle in relationship to many walking areas.

 

Sample Walks

The following are examples of the walks we may do – dependent on weather, grade of walker etc.

Sample Walk One

A superb walk through Carding Mill Valley, ascending to the top of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. Walking along the heather-clad ridge before descending down one of the many delightful valleys for our lunch stop at a local hostelry. In the afternoon, we ascend Ragleth Hill and walk along its ridgeline with superb views in all directions. We finally return to Church Stretton in time for a cuppa.

Sample Walk Two

Leaving the hotel we ascend the iconic Wrekin hill. Over the top and join the Shrophire Way – through Little Wenlock and into Loamhole Dingle – the water course that fed the first Iron making foundry in Coalbrookdale. The walk splits into a longer walk – to the Rotunda and the Ironbridge, or a shorter one – along the old coach road to the Museum of the Gorge and onto the Ironbridge.

Coach return

Sample Walk Three

From the hotel – we skirt the Wrekin hill on a circuit round it and out into the Shropshire countryside- eventually returning to the Buckatree Hotel for lunch. In the afternoon – a 1.5 hour walk around the Ercall area, or simply get on your way home at about 2.15pm.

Sample Walk Four

We walk into the Ercall woods and take in Ercall Hill and the Ercall quarries – following a circular route over Wellington golf course and through the woods on the side of the Wrekin Hill. Return to the Buckatree Hall Hotel along the Wrekin woodlands paths footpaths.

Just arrive and enjoy.

Meet New Friends

Its all about meeting new friends. Each holiday is designed to be a friendly, relaxed and stress free occasion. Talking is as important as walking on Secrethills Walking Holidays. We don’t go in for discos, we may use an event that is taking place in the area we are in to boost the weekends activities – but its good, old fashioned chat that makes our short breaks successful.

“Make new friends that turn into old friends” – that’s our motto.

You might be surprised by what fun you’ll have with people who are older or younger than you during a holiday with us, and that’s exactly the sort of atmosphere we encourage; people find it very rewarding. It doesn’t matter what your reasons for traveling with us are, we’ve had people who are single, divorced or widowed, people who have partners that are unable to travel, and people who can’t holiday with their friends anymore as they’ve all got married themselves. There are people who want to make friends, see sights, and experience something completely new. Whatever your reason, we’ll welcome you with open arms and our friendly hosts will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Don’t worry if this is the first time you have ventured to join a group holiday – its always a bit daunting – but we will look after you and ensure that you get used to being amongst friends again. Trust us to to get you back into the swing of things.

Oh – by the way – its not a dating agency – over the years we have had people meet and fall in love – but that’s just chance. Our aim is that you make like minded friends – just relax and enjoy.

Just arrive and enjoy.

How to Book

To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.

Reserve online  – once you have chosen your holiday, click on Proceed Booking and complete the online form. If you have difficulty reserving online, please  contact us (tel: 01694 723600, email: info@secrethillswalking.co.uk) and we will assist you to complete your booking.

Payment

Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone. You may pay by the following methods when you book online…

  • Paypal – if you have a Paypal account, simply click on the link to the Paypal website.
  • Credit / Debit card – we use Paypal to host our credit/debit cards facility because it is a very secure system. So if you want to pay with a card, simply click on this option which will take you to our page on the PayPal website. Check in there as a “Guest” to enable your card payment. You do not need to have a Paypal account for this transaction.
  • We will also accept a Bank Transfer – you will find our account details on the booking form.
  • Finally, we will also accept a cheque payable to Secret Hills Walking Holidays and sent to: Secret Hills Walking Holidays, 35 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH

Please note than an initial deposit is required with each booking regardless of which payment method you choose. Your booking will be accepted when your payment (deposit or full balance) is received. Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

It is important that you read the terms and conditions before you sign the booking form.

Note – if you are reserving a holiday within a month of the start date then the full amount is due immediately and no deposit should be paid.

Location

A geological masterpiece – an area of Outstanding Natural beauty – an AONB- these hills are a walkers delight.

Rolling hills, but some interestingly magical summits, and lovely stream valleys that delve deep into the hills to provide excellent walking for the discerning walker. You will be enchanted by the magic of the Longmynd, the majesty of the Stiperstones ridge and the volcanic Stretton Hills with Caer Caradoc the flagship hill.

Added to this – the Severn Valley gorge, and Ironbridge – a world heritage site with plenty of walking and historical reminders of bygone industrial might.

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Reviews

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Elizabeth

Solo Traveller

A thoroughly enjoyable break, including the hotel’s entertainment – especially as so many of their staff are temporary students – they were great. Guided walking: Great guides, lovely walking, despite the quantities of mud. All was clearly organised, but it was nice to be left alone too once we got back to the hotel.

January 14, 2022

Gill Crippen

Solo Traveller

Gill Crippen – Beat the Xmas Pud, December 2019.
Hi Alan, I would just like to say how much I enjoyed my holiday with you and our group in Shropshire.
I really could not have faulted my time away. The hotel, the food, the walking and the friendship of the people I met was amazing. I had absolutely no concerns about being on my own and will most certainly book another holiday later in the year. Once again a big thank to you and the rest of the team for the happy time I had.
Kind regards Gill Crippen

January 4, 2020

Christine Fogg

Solo Traveller

Guided walking experience and organisation excellent. Leaders had safety in mind and were v knowledgeable adding interest to well-planned walks. They made appropriate adaptations to suit all members of the group when necessary. Couldn’t have asked for more. My holiday was the perfect end to 2019, thank you Alan. I hope to enjoy more walking trips with Secret Hills in 2020.

December 30, 2019

Jane Robinson

Solo Traveller

Reservation, organisation of holiday excellent and guided walking. Was very impressed with the last minute changes made to the walks to accommodate the needs of some members of the group.  Something that other tour companies wouldn’t necessarily provide.

December 30, 2019

Melanie Lambert

Solo Traveller

This was my first walking holiday and I really enjoyed it. I found it challenging in places but that is what I needed. Very well organised with friendly, experienced leaders.

December 31, 2018
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