Our boot ratings explained
'1 boot' walking holidays
Suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit and healthy, enjoys the occasional weekend walk and can walk for 2-5 hours on any given day. Some holidays involve shorter, steeper sections; others will include gentler, but longer ascents/descents. Trails are seldom totally flat so you should be prepared for altitude changes of up to 400m on some days. A head for heights is not necessary.
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'2 boot' walking holidays
Suitable for anyone looking to walk 4-6 hours and confident with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m. You don't need specific hiking experience, however, good health and reasonable fitness are important. There may be some sections on uneven terrain where scrambling is required. On certain holidays, you do need a head for heights - in such cases; this is specified on the individual holiday page.
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'3 boot' walking holidays
Fitness is important at this level as you can expect to be walking for 5-8 hours, including up to 1000m ascents/descents. High altitudes, climate and remoteness can also be a factor depending on your chosen destination. Compass reading skills and experience of walking in mountains is important, and you should have a reasonable head for heights. There is likely to be some scrambling required, although not rock climbing. Not suitable for under 12's.
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You’ll also notice a '+' symbol on a few itineraries, this is just letting you know that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading. So for example, our Catalan Classic walk is '1+' rating meaning overall it’s classified as a '1 boot' holiday but will have small sections that cross into the '2 boot' category.