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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.
The walking here, in this quiet, less touristy area of Madeira, is quite superb with a great variation of stunning scenery in all directions. Our solos guided walking holiday will introduce you to the very best walking in this beautiful landscape.
We specialise in offering guided walking holidays for singles and solos in stunning locations across the UK and Europe. Solos and Singles Guided Walking is our unique speciality – unlike other walking holiday companies. We also design bespoke holidays for special groups.
If you decide to book this holiday, please complete the Quotation Request Form in full – this is the first part of the booking process… (as per ATOL requirements).
Initial Quotation based upon flights information
What’s not included
We can arrange extra days at the end of your holiday/ coming out earlier.
We stay at the Whitewaters Hotel in Machico, the historical former capital.
Rooms at Whitewaters Hotel are bright and airy, thanks to large windows.
Equipment includes free Wi-Fi access and a flat-screen TV broadcasting cable channels. Private bathrooms feature a bathtub.
Freshly-baked muffins and cake are served in the mornings, while on-site Aguas Brancas Restaurant offers a menu with local and international dishes
A relaxing rooftop terrace with lounge chairs provides panoramic views of Madeira Island, from the Machico’s Mountains, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. The international airport is a 5-minute drive from the hotel.
We eat dinner together and there is a good variety of restaurants available to us, as well as the hotel restaurant.
On this holiday you pay for your own dinner- this gives you the opportunity to choose how many courses and sample the variety of food on offer.
We provide a simple – locally produced at the bakery opposite the hotel – a filled roll and piece of fruit for packed lunch. You may need to supplement this with your own energy bars/chocolate etc. Because of the nature of our walks there is little opportunity to stop for lunch at a cafe or similar on the walks.
Single supplement for sole occupation of a twin or double room is £18 per night.
This holiday has five days of superb walking with one free day in the middle.
Walking days are normally 9.15am to 5.00pm.
We use a minibus to take us to our walk starts and from finishes.
We use a local Madeiran leader to organise and lead our walks -supported by a Secret Hills Walking tour guide.
How to book a UK guided walking holiday AND holidays in France, Algarve, Douro Valley and Ireland
To reserve a place on any of our holidays, please follow these simple instructions.
Reserve online – once you have chosen your holiday, click on the booking button and complete the online form OR contact us by phone or email, and we will send by post or email, a booking form to you
OR you can call us direct on 01694 723600, and we will take your reservation over the phone. Please note we cannot take credit/debit card details over the phone; you can, however, post us a cheque. Alternatively, you can pay via the Pay Pal system attached to our website, which allows you to pay either by debit/credit card, or by using your Paypal account if you have one.
We will also accept a Bank Transfer and on request we will supply our bank details to you.
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.
Secret Hills Walking, 35, Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BH
Our Partners in Europe Walking
Secret Hills Walking are pleased to be associated with New Experience Holidays, who organise flights, accommodation and transfers for these holidays and provide you with ATOL security.
All your joining instructions and individual flight arrangements will be made by them. Once you have committed to a holiday, and have accepted the individual quote we send, New Experience will send you a reservation form and all deposits / final payments will be made to them. Secret Hills Walking is responsible for marketing and selling the holidays and for arranging your itinerary when you arrive at the airport in the country you are visiting. You will receive individual attention throughout your holiday from us.
ATOL Bonding – New Experience Holidays REGISTRATION
Insurance – you need to be fully covered
It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against travel, medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). Our partners New Experience holidays will ask for this information as a condition of reserving a place. If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is available only online from the UK Government website. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate travel insurance.
As from 13/12/21 – we will quote all our 2022 holidays in two stages
Stage one – the price for land only
Stage two – the flight cost from your selected airport to your chosen destination and return
The combination of the two will add up to the total price we are quoting you.
New Experience Holidays, our partners in Walking in Madeira, arrange all aspects of your flights. Flights to Madeira leave the UK on Mondays, and all the major regional airports have carriers going there.
We will endeavour to secure a flight from your nearest airport. and may offer you other cost effective options. Any additional supplement for your flight will be payable at the time of reserving your holiday. The flight is 3.5 hours. Funchal Airport is a modern one, recently built to take account of the increasing number of holiday makers to this all the year round destination.
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel – a ten minute journey along the fast motorway linking the airport to Machico and indeed many parts of the island. At the end of your holiday you will be transferred back to the airport.
We choose the walks from the many that are close to Machico.
Madeira is an island paradise with fantastic walking on the mountains and coast.
It’s 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 Secret Hills 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 weekend’s activities – but it’s 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 travelling 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 – it’s 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.
There are other walking holiday companies that cover Europe but we believe we offer the best value for many reasons….
Nestling at the heart of a wide bay on the eastern edge of Madeira, just a short drive from the island’s international airport, Machico is a pretty fishing town with plenty of tourist appeal and some of the most spectacular ocean views in Madeira.
Set in a fertile valley at the mouth of the river of the same name, the town is conveniently divided into two parts – the historic centre to the west and the old fishing quarter to the east – just 26km from the island’s cosmopolitan capital Funchal
Accessible via Madeira’s steep eastern flank, Machico is a lovely seaside town of broad avenues and pleasant squares shaded by plane trees. It’s also the spot where the two intrepid explorers, João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, made their first landfall on the 1st of July 1419, thereby officially claiming the island for the Portuguese crown..
But a local legend suggests that they weren’t the first Europeans to set foot on Madeira Island.
In fact, the town is named after an Englishman called Machim who found himself washed ashore at the very same spot after being shipwrecked with his petrified bride in 1344.
It was Zarco and Teixeira themselves who later gave credence to the story by recounting how they found a crude wooden cross with a Latin inscription, which they translated as ‘Here came Machim, an Englishman, driven by the tempest, and here lies buried Anne d’Arfet, a woman who was with him’.
Located on the north side of the town’s main square, the church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (Our Lady of the Conception) is one of the most impressive churches of any Atlantic island. Built in 1499 when Machico was Madeira’s capital, it is notable for its fine arched portal donated by King Manuel I, who also donated the statue of the Virgin in the church’s lovely baroque interior.
The east and northern parts of Madeira boasts some fine walks.
This part of Madeira is less touristy and relaxing- but walk round its centre and promenade on a balmy evening- it has all you need to enjoy both the fine walking from here – and the relaxing ambience provided by its rambling streets and lovely squares.
A most enjoyable and memorable holiday. Great company and interesting walks. The pace and distance of the walks suited me. Thank you for your attention and encouragement. I benefitted from Alan’s knowledge of Madeira. Couldn’t fault the organisation. I will be back!
Alan, Many thanks for a really enjoyable week in beautiful, sunny Madeira. Miriam and I, and our friend, Betty, really appreciated the Strolling and Exploring experience you personally organised for us – levadas, coastal walks and flowers everywhere! At the same time we know that the more ambitious walkers on the holiday experienced great walks lead by Honorio.
Everyone in the group was very friendly and we enjoyed spending time together during meals at the great restaurants you took us to. I will always remember the strawberry flambé dessert!
We look forward to exploring more Secret Hills with you on another occasion. Peter
It was a great week Alan and you work tremendously hard to give everyone a really good time. I enjoyed the island, the walking and the company.
Many thanks and see you again soonish. Hilary
Guided walking excellent. All good. Will recommend to friends.
I had never experienced a guided walking holiday but the selection of walks, the guiding (with Roberto and colleague) and Alan’s organisation of the walks, evening dinner arrangements, lunches etc were all excellent… I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, very sociable group and great walking / hiking experience. Many thanks to Alan and team.