To help you choose a holiday that best suits your level of fitness all our walking holidays are graded using our "boot rating system".
On the individual holiday pages (and in our brochure) you'll see that we've marked the activity level for each tour from 1 to 3. You can also search for your required activity level in our holiday finder too.
You’ll also notice a + symbol on a few holidays too. This is just letting you know that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than the overall grading.
For example, our Catalan Classic Walk is rated 1+ meaning overall it’s classified as a "1 boot" holiday but will have small sections that cross into the "2 boot" category.
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 short, 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.
Suitable for anyone looking for walks of 4-6 hours and confident with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m. You don't need specific walking 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; this is specified on our website where applicable.
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 12s.