Customer reviews: Walking holidays

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop and, where necessary, improve our services and ensure our walking holidays continue to be the best they can be.

Eveyone who travels with Headwater will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assesment of all aspects of their walking holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their walking holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Ms Nicolson on 23/09/2016

*****
Catalan Coastal Walk has it all: wonderful walks, stunning scenery and fabulous hotels - one of the best!

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Hodgetts on 23/09/2016

*****
The walks were well described and excellently waymarked, though we thought that certain sections were 2 boot+ especially with high humidity in hot weather. This is true of the continuous climb out of Spello on the high level route to Assisi, and the ascent to the Rifugio on the last day,which is ludicrously timed in the walk notes at 45 minutes. The CAI estimate is 70 and we did it in 80. The accommodation in Assisi is out of town but this allows for a truly super pool. Sadly the Tavola may not survive as the need for small investment was clear but not forthcoming. Victor and Filippo are lovely and super helpful but 3 power cuts in one day could have been avoided by investing in a small back-up generator. Also there are only the two of them - we heard that the day we left Filippo was stung on the mouth by a hornet - which meant no chef. It is worth noting also that without a car you are stuck at La Tavola with nothing to do if it rains - and boy can it rain! La Bastiglia and Le Silve are great, the latter is out of this world for views and food. We would seriously recommend an extra day at the start of the holiday to acclimatise and also to spend a day in Spello which is spectacularly beautiful and otherwise largely missed on the normal schedule. We fell in love with Umbria, which is Italy as you really don't expect - green, lush and verdant. The craft beers are superb - who knew the Italians were so into it. One range called Monasterio di San Biagio is brewed by the Agriturismo which runs La Tavola. Finally the Umbrian people were friendly, helpful and endlessly welcoming.

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

By Mr Armstrong on 23/09/2016

*****
See the box above.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Liebster on 21/09/2016

*****
While this walk was quite challenging in places, partly because of the high temperatures in early September, it was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. It was very well planned and the gastronomic aspects were excellent and exceeded our expectations. This is a much under-rated part of Italy and very well worth exploring. The views, the wine and the food are outstanding.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mis Horkan on 21/09/2016

*****
Beautiful verdant area to walk in. Fantastic views. Lots of options for rest days.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Conroy on 15/09/2016

***#.
Croatia is a beautiful country and we enjoyed the contrast between hilltop hotels and two nights on the coast. We did however find the walking tough going at times due to the heat at the beginning of September - 30+ degrees. Maybe that is why there were only 4 of us on the trip, others chose a cooler time of year! The organisation was excellent as we transferred hotels, our Rep and drivers were friendly and very helpful. The food was slightly disappointing as there was little fish on offer until we got to Opatije. The meal at Hotel Vela Vrata was very good, we wished we'd eaten there both nights. We shall await the new season's brochure and plan next year's holiday after checking the expected temperatures.

Chateaux of the Loire Walk

By Mr Heyes on 14/09/2016

*****
Our first holiday with Headwater but it won't be the last. We enjoyed seeing France from a different angle and at a slower pace.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mrs Tod on 14/09/2016

***#.
Meysset's food was good but not Gourmand-Tuna kebabs? Monrecour was lovely but we were in annex and didn't eat there as a wedding had taken it over! We couldn't eat in the Chateau due to a wedding.The restaurant ( Petite Tonnelle) in Beynac was excellent instead. the owner of Chateau took us there! Glycines was over the top,to us, food wise, and they tried to suggest very expensive wines! Laborderie was the best for us, good food, nice staff/owner! We had difficulty understanding the last day's route after Lac Rouge and there was an annoying delay at Meysset waiting for our bags due to a communication missunderstanding somewhere between hotel and taxi driver. We waited 90 mins plus for them when they were in fact there! We were not staying there that night so we were late arriving at our next hotel.Elisabeth is aware.

Exploring the Azores Triangle

By Mr Plimmer on 14/09/2016

*****
The Azores are just wonderful; superb sights and experiences. The accommodation was very good and the travelling well planned (though two flights were delayed). In my opinion though too many islands are visited in just one week and the inter-island travelling is significant. There is enough to do and see on Faial and Sao Miguel for a month let alone a week.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mrs Bryan on 14/09/2016

*****
Lovely route, fantastic scenery, quite challenging in some places and paths a little higher than expected for a person with vertigo.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mis Nair on 14/09/2016

***#.
A good holiday with manageable walks , nice weather and stunning coastal and countryside views . Best was Corfe Castle , a lovely little village overlooked by the impressive castle ruins. Accommodation fine except for the B + B in Weymouth ; room cheerless and austere , and location rather noisy ; was woke twice in the night by people shouting and swearing in the street below.

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Simkiss on 14/09/2016

*****
The group became a bunch of very friendly fellow holiday makers in no time. The local guide was experienced and competent.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs Johnson on 14/09/2016

*****
Overall - excellent.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Tait on 12/09/2016

***#.
A beautiful area of Spain particularly the coastline with some wonderful accessible walks . Longer walks can be challenging on the warmer days !

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Clegg on 30/08/2016

*****
Good summer walking in a lovely valley. Not as spectacular as the Jungfrau region, but impressive. Great to have passes for most (but not all ) of the walks. Good cooking at Alfa Soleil, though watch out - heavy handed in cooking with cream. Even in bad weather there are walks one can do.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Kelleher on 30/08/2016

*****
We had a fantastic time on the Classic Swiss Alps walking holiday. Everything was organised for us - from the flight to the journey to the hotel and details on the walks. The hotel staff were all very friendly and extremely helpful. The food was the surprise of the trip, it was delicious! The walks and the scenery was spectacular, and the suggested routes were all brilliant. There was also enough flexibility in the suggested guide to vary the hiking to your level of ability. Overall, we had a brilliant time!

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Mercer on 30/08/2016

*****
Amazing food, a warm welcome and wonderful hill top towns and rolling scenery worthy of an Unesco designation.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mrs Frames on 30/08/2016

*****
Overall had a fantastic holiday walking along the Jurassic coast. We were extremely lucky with the weather and pre-booked all but one of our evening meals (using Trip advisor) to ensure they too were of an excellent standard. The accommodation provided varied in style but all were scrupulously clean and offered an excellent selection of food at breakfast; the four star accommodation at the end of the holiday which included access to a heated outdoor pool and spa was especially welcome after all the walking. The route notes were excellent; very easy to follow.

Lakes and Mountains of Carinthia Walk

By Mrs Harrison on 30/08/2016

*****
a great holiday with a good balance between activity and rest and lots to occupy on rest days

The High Alps Walk

By Mr Barr on 30/08/2016

*****
We thought about doing a holiday like this before, but hadn't quite got round to it, so we jumped in at the deep end not really knowing what to expect. The country side is stunning and the views from the top we well worth the climb up. The organisation was perfect, the accommodation great, the food fantastic, and all the hotleliers were very friendly, just make sure you take a good pair of boots to avoid Hobbit foot. We will definitely do another of these trip through Headwater and would thoroughly recommend them to others.

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mr Byatt on 30/08/2016

*****
Excellent customer service, communication and support. Very good walking guides and local information. Wonderful location.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Paterson on 30/08/2016

*****
Quite demanding. 9 days is a long walking holiday.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Snape on 23/08/2016

*****
It was an excelent holiday but thought it rated a higher difficulty than one boot as it was challenging in places.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Ms Cutts on 23/08/2016

*****
Kandersteg is the most perfect setting - the beauty of the mountains, lakes and meadows is breathtaking! The walking options are fabulous - but remember to take your poles for those steep downhill sections! The staff at the hotel were welcoming and so helpful - a real plus. A wonderful holiday!

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Andrews on 23/08/2016

***#.
This was our second holiday with Headwater. The first was a group walk about 7 years ago in Tuscany which was outstanding. The hotels, the reps and the food were just as good this time, but the walking was disappointing. The walks were very isolated and much of the time either through boring woodland which all looks the same or vineyards, which also all look the same. I am a teacher and therefore have to holiday during School holidays. Unfortunately we could not find group walks to suit during this period. One complaint is that in all the hotels we stayed at we were allocated the worst rooms in the hotel by any standards. In Villa Beccaris, for example, we were the nearest room to the tradesmen's entrance. At Hotel Le Torri there was no air conditioning so needed windows open all night. We were given a room facing the street and were woken up very early by traffic noise. No balcony either.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Sheridan on 23/08/2016

*****
The holiday was extremely relaxing. Travel arrangements, accommodation, table booking and baggage transfer were all handled professionally without fuss or drama, giving us the complete freedom to enjoy our walking tour. The quality of the accommodation and the wonderful restaurants probably exceeded our expectations. Whilst not an inexpensive holiday we did we feel got value for money and lasting memories.

Literary Walking in the Lake District

By Mrs Madeiros on 23/08/2016

*****
we loved it. you make the right choices. you care for detail. you are committed and reliable. you do all the hand work. we just turned up and paid. great!

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

By Mr Burridge on 23/08/2016

*****
A very enjoyable active holiday with wonderful scenery.

Secrets of Aragon Walk

By Mr Horne on 23/08/2016

*****
Fantastic location with a variety of interesting and diverse walks in an unspoilt part of Spain. The hotel, hospitality and food can't be faulted and Miguel and Inma are fantastic hosts with detailed knowledge of the walks and surrounding area.

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Humphries on 23/08/2016

*****
An excellent holiday. Well organised and great hotels. The walks were fantastic with clear instructions. We took the telecabine to gain some height where we could and I would recommend that particularly on days 2 and 6. The grading of the walks is accurate.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Anderson on 23/08/2016

*****
We had a very good relaxed holiday, with Sarah giving alternative choices and lifts on days that were too hot to walk the whole distance Sarah is an exceptionally good rep Thankyou

Rivers and Chateaux of the Loire Walk

By Mr Lowe on 19/08/2016

*****
The local team gave us really useful practical tips and were very friendly The holiday exceeded our expectations in terms of pure enjoyment, accuracy of walking routes and notes and we particularly appreciated the views, suggested stops for refreshments and quality of the hotels we stayed in

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Hart on 19/08/2016

***#.
Landhaus Feldmeier exceeded expectations- an excellent room with plenty of seating and a balcony. Veggie food better than expected. Excellent and varied walking with options increased by good local public transport (rail and bus). A longish and not especially pleasant taxi ride to/ from Munich (no criticism of drivers). Hotel Opera was rather odd. Service was excellent - there seemed to be almost as many staff as guests. However, the room was rather weird and a bit shabby/ dirty (e.g. stained bright mustard carpet and grubby bed trim) and I found the hotel a bit pretentious. The location was excellent though with easy access to the city centre and the English Gardens.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs Monk on 17/08/2016

*****
A well structured, walking holiday on the Brittany coastline .

Chateaux of the Loire Walk

By Mrs Took on 17/08/2016

*****
This was a very enjoyable holiday exceeding my expectations. The walks and walking notes were great, the included meals were extremely good and the Headwater contacts, James and Hazel were excellent - very friendly and helpful. I loved having a day off between the walks to explore the area surrounding our hotels or to simply relax by the pool.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Ms Pilgrim on 17/08/2016

*****
We felt the weather played an important part in the conditions we experienced which made the walks more challenging. It is a beautiful area and the second half of the holiday was particularly beautiful and quite isolated. This holiday offers a mixed experience of history, nature and good food and wine. Any problems we encountered were minor and I felt that St Francis must have been a tough guy with his Forbes and sandals!

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mr Bryant on 17/08/2016

*****
Great holiday did not like the Hotel in Kobarid, we had a massive dining room no use to us, bed was really bad, toilet and shower of 2 star standard at best. You could not shower because there was no fixing for the shower head. The toilet had sealant around it like a two old kid had applied and the bath had been repaired such a bodge. bear pipes for radiator coming out of the floor chipped the tiles and a bath plug that did not fit the bath. Very very poor it was room 100. Breakfast was the worst of the hotels, evening meal was ok. This is probably the worst hotel for accommodation I stayed in Europe.

The High Alps Walk

By Dr Paget on 17/08/2016

***#.
High Alps walking tour is strenuous but rewarding. Certainly challenging in places. Well worth experiencing.

Walking in Davos

By Mr Beresford on 17/08/2016

***#.
We went in early June and many places in Davos and Klosters are closed - it is not a 'bustling city' at this time of year. A number of cable cars and bus services are not running at this time, so some walks are not possible, or a long climb up is required. The hotel was running on minimum staff levels for the first few days, although the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the accommodation was excellent. The half board dinners were generally disappointing and the restaurant did not meet 'the excellent reputation for its cuisine'. We had the 'a la carte' menu one night and this was far superior. Overall the walks and scenery were excellent which made up for a few disappointments in other areas.

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mrs Holland-webb on 17/08/2016

*****
We loved the Leutasch valley as the walks took us through meadows full of flowers with only the sound of bees, birds and cowbells. There was often at least one gasthof where we could sit with a beer and enjoy spectacular mountain views. The accommodation and food was very good and the hotel staff were very welcoming. The local bus, which stopped right outside the hotel, was always on time and we used it alot. We would recommend this holiday to anyone whether they just like to amble or whether they like to scale the heights.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Dudley on 17/08/2016

*****
Generally, very enjoyable - superb part of the world to explore; ideal time of year (our trip was not peak season); great to burn some calories during the day, then enjoy some fine food and drink in the evening; good mix of like-minded people.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs McDonough on 16/08/2016

*****
Well organised and great routes. Accommodation usually gives more of a local flavour than big anonymous chains.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Ms Schoenfeld on 16/08/2016

*****
Our trip we booked through Headwaters for a stay in Kandersteg, Switzerland at the Alfa Soleil was the highlight of a few weeks spent in Europe. The hotel was wonderful, and the hiking suggestions from Headwaters were great and provided us with all the information we needed to do some great hiking on our own. They scheduled our train trips and everything worked just as planned. It was great to have a home-base from which to do a lot of different hikes in the area. We were very pleased with our whole experience!

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mrs Clark on 16/08/2016

*****
The booking process was simple and supportive. The holiday exceeded expectation; not something I have said before. The accommodation was superb, food wonderful, welcome huge and help available when required.

Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

By Mr Spackman on 16/08/2016

*****
Our Headwater walking holiday contained the perfect mixture of beautiful and challenging walks with comfortable hotels and delicious French meals. We felt we were able to escape from the well-trodden tourist trails and really explore the countryside, knowing our luggage was being taken care of and there would be a crystal-clear swimming pool awaiting us at the end of another hot day.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Maddison on 16/08/2016

**#..
we were disappointed, Some of the walking was below expectations, there seemed to be a lack of continuity and some of the food left much to be desired. The catalogue entry was a bit ambiguous.

The High Alps Walk

By Mr Lewis on 16/08/2016

*****
For us in our seventies, this three boot walk presented a serious challenge, especially as the weather was unsettled and thundery. Hence the fact that we did indeed complete the basic circular walk without using local transport (except for a few ski-lifts), and without mishap, was a matter of great satisfaction to us. When the clouds cleared, the views were magnificent, and when they didn't clear, the views were still pretty good. The hotels and their locations were nearly all ideal places to recover between assaults on the sensational hills. This is definitely one for the serious walker who is in practice. However, should the body or spirit fail (and ours did not), there are more options for ducking out than we had been led to believe; plenty of local buses, for example.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Walker on 16/08/2016

***#.
The scenery was quite spectacular. The footpaths were quiet and on most days we did not see a sole whilst walking. I was disappointed not to see more villages, We did walk from Marradi but the start of the walk was on the outskirts so we were unable to have a walk around the town. Our guild did arrange for us to visit Ravenna on the Wednesday by bus and train, we enjoyed the visit and were happy to have a break from the walks for a day. The hotel was good, our bedroom had just been decorated and refurbished. Ercole and Roberta were very friendly and went out of their way for us. Ercole invited me into the kitchen to watch him and his chef cook, which was a lovely extra touch. James the Guide lived close to the hotel so we saw him everyday.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Dr Scally on 16/08/2016

*****
The walking was varied and interesting. The stretch along the river d'Elsa on the way to Colle di Val d'Elsa was the most interesting. Some of the hotels are quite busy with tour groups. The hotels also vary markedly. Hotel Terre di Casole was easily the best, particularly for service. One minot point however was that the room we were allocated the room (204), despite plenty of empty rooms alongside it that were a bit bigger. The reception staff and the main waitress in the restaurant were fantastic and we particularly appreciated that there were plenty of special options offered to us in the restaurant that were not on the menu but were suitable for vegetarians. The poorest hotel was Relais della Rovere. Reception staff were uninterested and the restaurant (not run by the hotel) was poor for vegetarians. The pool at Relais Santa Chiara was hopeless for swimming. San Gimignano was very touristic and not very pleasant. On the other hand, Volterra was very interesting and worth more time that it was allocated as a start/finish point.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Robson on 16/08/2016

*****
Superb holiday that we thoroughly enjoyed! It rained quite a bit - but don't let that put you off. The scenery is marvellous; out of this world in some places - especially the Dolomites with their marvellously jagged mountains and stunning turquoise lakes. The Drei Zimmen/Tre Cime trail is magnificent and certainly worth saving to last! The hotel accommodation was truly superb with a leisurely 5-course meal routinely included. Too good for us, I have to say! Not many British families in this area. Keep it quiet... do they know what they are missing?

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Wark on 16/08/2016

*****
Dobbiaco was a super location as a base for walking. The walks were well detailed and accurate and the views during the walks were quite stunning.

Chateaux of the Loire Walk

By Mr Clare on 08/08/2016

***#.
Some superb chateaux to visit along the route. Gentle walking. Beware of biting insects.

Chateaux of the Loire Walk

By Mr Turner on 08/08/2016

***#.
A really good walk across the Loire Valley. Highly recommended

Lakes and Mountains of Carinthia Walk

By Mr Brook on 08/08/2016

***#.
Whilst the hotels on the walking trip were very good they were generally a lot larger and less traditional than places we had stayed in before when travelling with Headwater. The exception was the hotel at Bodensdorf which had far more character.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Mellish on 04/08/2016

***#.
We loved Croatia and in particular the Adriatic riviera which was stunningly beautiful and relatively unspoiled. All the hotels were good and in excellent locations and Romina the rep was fantastic - extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The walking was more challenging than we have experienced on other Headwater holidays and not quite as interesting or inspiring. It was very hot walking in July and there were lots of mosquitos - it would probably be a better choice in May or September. We will definitely return to Croatia to explore this beautiful country further.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Woodhead on 04/08/2016

*****
Very well designed walking programme, with good notes and maps. All arrangements ran smoothly. Lovely country with friendly welcomes from all. Clean and well maintained paths. Beautiful flowers in the meadows even in late July. Very impressed that M Tours boss took the trouble to meet us and discuss our walking experiences. A memorable holiday, with an evening wedding in traditional costume at Bohinj, on our last night there,

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mr McMahon on 01/08/2016

*****
A very simple booking process. Quickly confirmed. Our times for crossing via tunnel/rail were good. An excellent local guide/rep. Hotels were of a good standard, food arrangements were excellent.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Caves on 29/07/2016

***#.
Some long ascents made for tough walking in parts but with the reward of good views. The spring flowers were wonderful. The stay at Motovun was enjoyable and the last 2 nights in Opatija a delight - pity there wasn't an opportunity to stay longer here since there was a lot to do and some great restaurants. We found Buzet disappointing. Romina (the local rep) was very efficient.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Pearce on 25/07/2016

*****
A marvellous combination of: exercise and relaxation in wonderful locations, staying in top hotels with everything superbly organised.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Lawrence on 25/07/2016

*****
Thank you Headwater - A superb well organised walking holiday in a stunningly beautiful part of Austria. All the hotels were of a consistanly high standard & our reps Jill & Colin were always mmediately available to answer any questions & to suggest alternative routes when the weather was against us.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mrs Love-fordham on 25/07/2016

*****
Great for a relaxing experience of every day France. Our sixth Headwater vacation in six years! The food was fantastic - even though two of us are vegetarians - every restaurant was really outstanding! The hotels have a lot of character - with the exception of Normandie, which was very good too just not as exciting. Sadly, the local train/bus issues make getting places less carefree - especially on stay-put days. Our rep, Stephen, did the best he could of making up for the trains/buses. Enjoyed meeting the local French people a lot -- they were very friendly. This hike is good for meeting the locals. The country side and villages were beautiful. We did two walking excursions not on the trip notes that were outstanding: The first made the hike 2 hours longer, but we hiked to the Notre Dame D'Orient at the top of a hill in Semizelles - this was a highlight of the day!! The regional notes have this suggestion. Absolutely worth the climb! The other was to an organic brewery just outside of St. Pere (Near Vezelay) - also a highlight of the day! Try the white beer! The Grotto near Vermenton was a lot of fun! Vezeley was the highlight of the trip - do not miss morning 7:00 prayers in the basilica!!!! The singing of angels!! Can't wait to plan our next Headwater vacation!

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Shilton on 25/07/2016

*****
It is worth it! Take up all the advice provided by your reps and live a little!

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mr Pryor on 25/07/2016

*****
They were happy to wait unitl 10,00 a.m. to collect our luggage in the mornings, which was great,as we were on holiday and didn't want to rush our breakfast, before walking. All the hotels were well chosen. The holiday was well thought out. We took the wrong route at Durdle Door and ended up on an extremely steep area, so listen carefully to the Rep's instructions. Our rep recommended restaurants for us and booked them, so we had a nice meal at Rick Steins in Poole, and several other nice places, that we might have missed otherwise. Make sure you take a sun hat, as there is not alot of shade on the walks. Expect to feel quite tired, unless you walk 8 miles on a regular basis.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mrs Hutchinson on 25/07/2016

***#.
The route notes from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald need to be improved. Several instances where unclear, eg says continue downhill but there is a 3 road junction with all 3 roads going downhill, unclear what is road and what is drive, doesn't tell you which way to go to get to hotel relative to the gondola station when you turn off the main road in Grindelwald - road splits and no info as to whether L or R. On arrival at Wilderswil by train, book says cross over the tracks to taxi, but arrived on the taxi side of the station so didn't have to cross tracks - a bit confusing. A note in the booklet about having to fill out name/passport number/date on the rail tickets would be useful. The pack lunch from Hotel Baeren was very poor.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Osler on 25/07/2016

***#.
Slovenia, even in high summer season, was relatively peaceful with fewer tourists than in other parts of the Alps. There were wonderful views on all the walks. There was a bit too much road walking on some days.

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Hills on 25/07/2016

*****
Brilliant holiday, fantastic views and flower meadows. Luggage transfers etc went smoothly and our hosts were welcoming especially at Les Sapins and hotel Renard. The walk is definitely tough especially if doing extensions and rest day walks, I found walking poles essential my husband managed without! Route descriptions re ridges for those worried about heights were accurate. Mont de Grange was very steep but worth the effort we were fortunate in having great weather for this day but still needed a fleece at the summit due to snow field. The food was generally good, we opted to buy our own lunch at the local bakers and grocers shops which worked well - note the supermarket described in our notes in Chapelle d'Abondance closed in March we couldn't find another but bought an excellent quiche at the boulangerie, and fruit from grocers just past the tourist info office. The Chalets du Mouet on the walk from Chatel to Chapelle d'Abondance was charming they do a lovely salad. Also the mountain refuge at Ubine is ideally placed for a stop, the food looked great, we took shelter and advantage of a hot chocolate which was very welcome on a wet and chilly day. We would recommend this holiday if you're fit but be aware that the temperatures vary considerably, we started at 28c and had 3 days at 9c! Being non skiers it was great to witness the alpine scenery.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mrs Elston on 22/07/2016

*****
A very enjoyable break - excellent support from the Headwater rep, fabulous walking supported by excellent notes and lovely hotels in beautiful countryside to recover and recuperate in - who could ask for more?

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Smith on 22/07/2016

***#.
The scenery in the Alps is stunning especially when the flowers are in bloom but the walking is quite strenuous so you need to be reasonably fit and well equipped.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mr Wallis on 21/07/2016

*****
Hotel in a beautiful location, welcoming and friendly staff, superb food and an excellent area for walking.A week was much too short!

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Ms Culshaw on 21/07/2016

*****
An excellent holiday. The small group size meant it felt very much like a private guided holiday but with the advantage of company.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr Smith on 20/07/2016

*****
Stunning countryside and food. Best reps we've ever had.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mr Boyd on 19/07/2016

*****
The holiday provided us with an opportunity to visit and explore an interesting part of England which was unknown to us and the walks were varied with some spectacular scenery. Apart from the walking itinerary itself, there were lots of places and sites to visit, including Portland Bill, Brownsea Island, Corfe Castle, the Swanage Railway, and by way of expedition from Weymouth, both of Thomas Hardy's houses near Dorchester. As usual with Headwater the accommodation was comfortable and thoughtfully chosen.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mis Rodgers on 19/07/2016

*****
Maderia was a beautiful location. Weather in June was pleasant. Hotels and food good. Walks varied and interesting. Overall a good experience.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs Lynn on 15/07/2016

*****
Good food, good walking and good organization.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Ms Gordon on 15/07/2016

*****
Stephen is a great asset to Headwater, he is outgoing, helpful and informative.Thank you again to the online staff of Headwater for a glorious 9 days!

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs High on 15/07/2016

*****
A much enjoyed and excellent holiday giving us the opportunity to see some spectacular scenery. we did appreciate the days restbetween each walk as the walks were fairly demanding and the miles covered were probably to our limit.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Steen on 15/07/2016

*****
An excellent walking holiday with a well chosen itinerary and beautiful scenery. Standards of food and accommodation were very high. We all had a great time.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mrs Triger on 15/07/2016

***#.
We had two varied weeks in France, interspersed with the 8 day walking holiday. I think we have come to the conclusion that staying based in one hotel (i.e. Kandersteg) is probably better for us than walking from hotel to hotel. We missed having a car on our 'rest' days in order to explore the surroundings. We also found 23kms rather too much for us! We got lost a couple of times following the instructions - better signposting in Switzerland! However, the food, wine and the beautiful countryside was much appreciated. Not often one walks only hearing birdsong and nothing else! Thanks Headwater for all your arrangements.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Goodfellow on 15/07/2016

***#.
Very nice holiday in nice locations, with excellent local guide, only spoilt by extremely poor accommodation at Hotel Conte in Perast and extreme tiredness on first day due to ridiculously early flight time from Gatwick.

The High Alps Walk

By Mr Parker on 15/07/2016

*****
Tough walk but very stimulating

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Walker on 15/07/2016

*****
Headwater take all the uncertainty out of your holiday: you know the hotels are going to be excellent in every respect, you know you are going to get picked up at the right time, you know the walks are going to be through beautiful countryside. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. We find the balance between a walking day and a rest day just perfect. This was our eighth holiday with Headwater and we are already talking about next year's.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mr Clugston on 15/07/2016

***#.
We (3, 60 something adults) had a good walking holiday in the Oberammagau area. The walks were varied, well graded and easy to modify as one cared to, and dependent on weather. Also plenty of other places to visit and experience. For eg, we chose one day to go to Zugspitz using the local bus, cog train and cable car and then walk around the Eibsee, about 7km, with spectacular views. An excellent add on. Accommodation at Landhaus Feldmeier was ok. We had upgraded to a deluxe room out the back which was great. Food generally good, certainly plenty of it, but we would have liked side vegetables/salad with the main courses. Some confusion in arrangements: no car to pick us up from Munich airport, and no record at hotel of our upgrading to comfort room: both issues sorted very promptly by Headwater / manager. Gift bottle of good red appreciated. Highest level of excitement was on our way to Oberammagau: 160km/hr in our replacement taxi, a Toyota Prius, with driver fiddling with his phone Sat Nav.

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr Bridge on 15/07/2016

*****
Austria is a lovely country and the people are friendly. We had a great time and enjoyed the walks. My advice to you and my only difficulty was because we choose Stansted it meant getting up at 3.am. This was ok but the problem was that when we got to our first hotel we were too tired to take in all the information that Colin and Jill gave us. Its not a complaint of them but if we could of had that information on day two after a good nights sleep it would of been better.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mr Forward on 15/07/2016

***#.
we appreciate all the information and support provided and i look forward to travelling with headwater again.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mrs Titley on 15/07/2016

*****
The guided Puglia walking holiday was fabulous. We had heard about Matera before out travels and we had time to explore the town and surroundings.It was an amazing place.Luigina, our leader on this holiday, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The 3 centres and scenery on the walk were quite varied. The free day was a good idea as it gave us the opportunity to visit Lecce.The holiday was a fascinating mix of history, geoography, culture and of course, food!

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Fairweather on 15/07/2016

*****
Wonderful high level walking with dramatic views and an amazing variety of wild flowers during the day, and a very comfortable hotel with superb food in the evening.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mrs Currie on 13/07/2016

***#.
Good walking with fantastic scenery.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Moyes on 13/07/2016

*****
If you want a very fine single-centre walking holiday in stunning mountain scenery then Headwater's Dolomites experience in the Southern Tyrol is perfect: varied, stimulating, hard work and very satisfying. As well as the glory of the mountains, the flower-strewn alpine pastures are a botanist's heaven.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mis Riley on 07/07/2016

***#.
Despite one of us not being able to walk very far we still had a lovely time. The hotel was in a lovely place and was a most relaxing place to stay.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Chapman on 06/07/2016

*****
A very well considered walking route with accurate and detailed route notes which helped to make the holiday very enjoyable. We opted to stay an extra night in one of the suggested hotels which worked out very well. We liked the independence and choice of pace the holiday presented even though we had the full back up of Headwater representatives there if we had needed them. The rating of 1 boot + for the Catalan Classic tour was appropriate as was the 'at a glance' write up in the brochure. Overall this walk/holiday fulfilled our expectations and introduced us to a lovely part of Spain.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mrs Hayward on 06/07/2016

*****
The Classic Swiss Alps walking holiday was a wonderful blend of a comfortable and welcoming hotel and varied walking. As a single centre holiday it was good to be able to access amazing scenery very easily and close to the hotel. The walks could all be tailored to suit ability, weather and level of energy by extending or shortening the suggested itineraries. The map was a great help in addition to the written descriptions. We were there at the end of June just before the hay cut in the village fields so saw the myriad meadow flowers before they were harvested, a process that was also very interesting to watch. The higher alpine meadows were the best we have ever seen anywhere and the waterfalls were impressive, fed by the melting snow. Kandersteg, where the holiday is based, is well served by trains and this was our method of transport all the way from England.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Ms Moore on 06/07/2016

*****
Wonderful holiday - excellent hotel in an amazing varied area for walking with stunning views round every corner. The buses and lifts - free with the complementary pass - make the high level walks (and/ or restaurants) so accessible. One of our best holidays ever and we will be back!

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mr Cooper on 06/07/2016

***#.
A lovely green area, with super footpaths and great views within natural unspoilt countryside

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Cross on 06/07/2016

*****
Helpful Headwater staff who made planning and booking our holiday easy. Oberammergau is a wonderful location, Hotel Feldmeier was excellent with friendly, helpful staff. As well as the fantastic scenery and walks there is plenty to see and do in the town. Free bus pass made it easy to get to nearby towns. Also good rail connections from the local station.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Gardner on 06/07/2016

*****
We had a lovely holiday and thoroughly enjoyed the walking from one hotel to the next. The route notes were very detailed and easy to follow (especially as we had the maps too). Also the folders in the hotels with customers comments were useful especially for finding restaurants. We particularly appreciated the wine carrying service. It was great being able to buy wine on the way and then find it all in our hotel room at the end. Our rep, Hannah, was very friendly and helpful especially in finding a restaurant for our first night in Turckheim when most restaurants seemed to be shut. We did all the suggested longer walks (even in the rain) and have arrived home feeling very fit! All in all it was an excellent holiday - many thanks to Headwater and to our rep Hannah for her help and encouragement.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Foster on 06/07/2016

***#.
The walk notes were very good, although some local information with them would have improved the experience. There was 1 mistake we found for the Strudelkopf walk where after leaving the Hotel Hohe Gaisl you reach a stream '...after just 350m' should read '...after just 35m'. This caused confusion as the official path has been diverted - correct per the notes (but the old one/route being shown on the map) and the old one/junction is 350m from this point!!

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Hewitt on 02/07/2016

***#.
This holiday was good and the temperature for walking was very comfortable, but it would have been lovely to see the sun more, and the spectacular views, which were sometimes covered by mist and low cloud. I was not very fit at the beginning and felt exhausted and sore after two days, so chose to miss the walk on day 3 and go with the bags to the next hotel and have a day resting, and reading by the pool. (The Porto Bay Serra Golf has a spa with treatments, and it is possible to book a leg and foot massage!). The walks were dominated by levada routes, so less varied than our previous walking holidays with Headwater, so it was really worth going on the San Lourentco peninsula walk which was wonderful

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Coulson on 01/07/2016

*****
This is one of the best walking holidays we have had with Headwater. Excellent walking notes guided us through a lovely and varied landscape. And the accommodation in all three hotels was of the highest standard; perfect locations too.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mis Lee on 01/07/2016

*****
An excellent holiday. Lovely sunshine and masses of flowers in the meadows made it especially beautiful. The walks were very varied and there were some interesting places to visit en route and on any non walking day(s). A very good centre.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Wilks on 30/06/2016

*****
We had a wonderful time - excellent hotel, interesting food and superb walking. If you like wild flowers, it was a stunning to see the variety and colour on display. It is a reminder of what we have lost with our 'improved' grassland and factory farming. What was nice was that we could tailor each day's walk with the help of the hotel staff according to how strenuous a walk we felt like and what the weather was like in various parts of the area.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mr Pearson on 30/06/2016

***#.
Challenging walks lead to magnificent and interesting views within this small area of France . We were rewarded with the most beautiful array of spring flowers including several varieties of orchid. The excellent hotel , where English is widely spoken meant a lovely homecoming each evening.Wonderful gourmet menu etc completed our day! Thank you!

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

By Ms Roy on 30/06/2016

*****
An enjoyable, varied and flexible holiday. It was possible to have long days or short days as you wished in a quiet and relaxed mountain area. Much less busy than the Alps but with beautiful scenery. We were given a very warm welcome wherever we went.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mrs Fairhall on 30/06/2016

*****
If you enjoy being in the open air enjoying the country then this holiday is great with very comfortable rooms and great food and places to see, I would recommend this to anyone.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mrs Conaghan on 29/06/2016

*****
This was a good mix of hiking and city . We enjoyed the beautiful Tuscan countryside and the guided tours of the wonderful cities of Florence and Sienna. The tour guide was helpful and completely knowledgeable. We also had a lot of fun!

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mr Johnson on 28/06/2016

*****
The holiday delivered everything we were hoping for and more. This was mainly due to the excellent tour leader, who went above and beyond the call of duty. As expected, she was very knowledgeable with regard to the actual locations and the walks, but she was also very helpful in her suggestions for places to eat, as not so many meals were included on this particular holiday. She is one of the best tour guides we have encountered and her sense of humour added to the enjoyment of the whole group.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Makin on 27/06/2016

***#.
GOOD HOTELS AND GOOD WALKS, THE WALKS WERE HARDER THAN WE HAD BEEN ON BEFORE, VERY WET GROUND MADE WALKING VERY DIFFICULT

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Bibby on 27/06/2016

*****
Brilliant! The Catalan coastal walk is challenging in parts, particularly when the weather is hot, but it is spectacular and the route notes were great (with one or two exceptions, see below) The hotels were all quite different, each lovely in its own way and the restaurants that were pre-booked offered varied and interesting menus.I would thoroughly recommend the holiday. Last year we walked in the Venito and we think the walks and accommodation in Catalonya are even better than those last year. Thank you Headwater.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Dr Sterland on 27/06/2016

*****
Good location for walking and other things of interest. Hotel was a bit odd although comfortable. Being larger than some it was not so friendly as some of the smaller hotels, although the staff we individually friendly there were quite a number.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Dr Sinclair on 22/06/2016

***#.
This is a beautiful part of the world, and the hotel and service were magnificent. Sadly we had terrible weather, with heavy rain each day, further snow on the peaks and biting cold wind. The paths up the mountains were often streams of water and fields little more than bogs. We had gone prepared for variable weather as it was mountainous, but not freezing cold and near constant rain. Teresa and her staff were very accommodating and the food was great. We did see a wild boar, mountain goats and fantastic birds and had a good rest

Castles to Coast Walk

By Ms Escott on 17/06/2016

***#.
I am undecided as to booking with Headwater again, as there were some issues throughout the holiday which marred the experience. These were not things that Romina could have resolved as they were booking issues. I plan on submitting an email to Headwater shortly detailing these.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Cheek on 17/06/2016

*****
We enjoyed our holiday however I must point out certain issues. The notes on page 3 of your Catalunya brochure are unclear - you have tried include notes for several holidays in one go using commas which results in it making little sense. In the first two lines you do not make it clear that you are talking about two different stations (Airport Terminus and Passeig de Garcia). I think you should investigate alternatives to having to wait at Passeig de Garcia station - it is busy, hot, no facilities, you are not allowed out of the station and we waited one and a half hours for the train. I think you should also give more information as to where to get off, it was luck we spotted the Viajuiga sign and managed to scramble off the train. Trail notes badly written and in parts not clear, there were two instances of them being totally wrong. Page 23 2nd para arriving at junction we could not understand which path to take so opted for the road route which says follow to Cala Joncois NO just the opposite is correct. Page 25 second column 3rd para on reaching T junction turn right NO turn left and at next T junction turn right. There are no road signs to help you.

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

By Mrs Rayden on 17/06/2016

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed the walks, which were interestingly varied, with marvellous views and clearly defined paths. The route notes were accurate and helpful, and the hotels welcoming, clean and comfortable. The Headwater team helped sort out problems with travel resulting from the French rail strikes, which was very reassuring.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mr Brady on 17/06/2016

***#.
The first thing to say is how friendly, welcoming, dependable and helpful we found Hannah. We are also aware of the amount of time and effort she put in to assist our fellow travellers after the lady injured herself. We took all the longer walking options and experienced some weaknesses in the route descriptions, which we passed on to Hannah so that she can check them out. We can understand why you chose the hotels that you did, but, while it was interesting to visit Turckheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, all of which are beautiful, we would prefer to have stayed in locations that were not so thronged with tourists. For example, hotels in Kientzheim and Sigoldsheim, very close to Kaysersberg, had English speakers and offered evening meals. Erratic opening times of shops, restaurants and cafes is also a bit problematical as you are setting off not knowing whether or not it is necessary to carry provisions. The cafe in Trois Epis and the restaurant at St Alexis Chapelle are cases in point. In the case of the latter, we would strongly recommend booking in advance. I'm sure Madame in Hotel Constantin would oblige. All in all, we had a good time, enjoyed the local delicacies and wine, the beautiful and varied countryside and, in particular, the lovely unspoilt little villages that we walked through. We now look forward to our next trip with you to Menorca.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Morrison on 16/06/2016

*****
A perfect way to enjoy the splendours of the Amalfi Coast from a perspective impossible for holidaymakers tied to the roads. The routes were planned so that each day's walking was different - from rugged cliff paths and breathtaking coastal scenery to peaceful lemon and olive groves and friendly villages. While this holiday does not have the same amount of walking we have had previously, we welcomed the days off as an opportunity to catch the ferry over to Capri and visit Pompeii and Herculaneum. All our 'standard' rooms at Amalfi, Positano and Marina del Cantone had wonderful sea views. We upgraded to be sure of a sea view in Sorrento and were booked in to the fabulous Belair Hotel - would really recommend this - and indeed the whole holiday.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr Clarke on 16/06/2016

***#.
Luke & Eleanor the reps couldn't have been more helpful and made the holiday a special experience. Taking the extra days to allow for visits to Sienna and Florence added an extra dimension to the holiday and would thoroughly recommend doing this as an addition to visiting the hilltop towns.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Doublet on 16/06/2016

*****
Great location and excellent Hotel with some fantastic walks for all abilities.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Kendrick on 16/06/2016

***#.
Brochure slightly misleading about Hotel Costa Dorada; the idyllic location portrayed was not accurate - next to a busy public car park, not an isolated location. We had upgraded rooms so they were fine. Others in the group were very disappointed with their rooms. Walks were good and our guide Alberto was superb. He really made the holiday.

Landscapes of the Luberon Walk

By Mr Kingsford on 16/06/2016

*****
Varied walking in superb countryside through pine forests, cherry orchards, lavender fields and vineyards, all of which which gave us a wonderful experience of Provence in all its glory

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Hall on 16/06/2016

*****
Great holiday, wonderful guides, beautiful weather,gorgeous flowers ,perfect walks and fabulous views.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Friend on 16/06/2016

*****
Sue and Dave are the most welcoming, well organised, hardworking , capable and fun hosts I have yet to come across on a walking holiday. From the moment we met at the airport I felt confident that I was going to have a great holiday. They have perfected the art of gauging the ability of the group and pitching the pace of walks accordingly. By always having one leader at the front and one at the back everyone can walk at a pace that suits. The food was of a consistently high quality. Freshly squeezed orange juice, cafetière coffee, fresh fruit cut and beautifully presented, yoghurt , toast and jams and something cooked too, breakfast was wonderful. Baguettes etc ready to collect before walks, lovely home cooked evening meals. Dave and Sue excelled themselves and we were all very happy and well fed throughout. Daves jokes. Well, what can I say? There is no conversational topic that doesn't lead to a joke from his vast repertoire. And they all made me laugh! Sue and Dave signposted what we could expect each day and created a relaxed and happy ambience though out. This enable the group to gel well. Our job was just to enjoy ourselves as they did everything else. Dave took our requests for music for our last night paella party on the terrace, downloaded all our requests, even though we came up with way more than he asked for and we had a lot of fun dancing to them. Dave even sent us a you tube link to a slideshow he made of the photos from our walks. Thanks so much Sue and Dave, your efforts were much appreciated and way beyond the call of duty!

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mr Salisbury on 16/06/2016

*****
Great holiday in beautiful location. Headwater team were excellent throughout.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Ms Feist on 16/06/2016

*****
A very good trip. Where scores have been less than excellent this is because I think the hosts could welcome guests with an offer of drink after a day of exertion - including making tea/coffee available. At times the hosts were not visible and when they appeared it felt awkward asking for a service of this kind with the exception of Pazo Santemaria and Casa los Semoza (the latter had a bar). Some of the accommodation may not be conveniently located so meant waiting around to be picked up. An arrangement whereby the guest could have a taxi as he/she arrived at collection point would be better. Also in some places it was cool/damp weather and bed linen felt a little damp. Heating not always switched on (noticeable feature when one is tired) and I had to ask at one place for it to be put on as I was quite uncomfortable. However, luggage was always transported exactly which was reassuring. Blanca the guide in Leon was excellent and Headwater have made a very interesting programme of accommodation - full of interest/quirky and beautifully located. Thank you.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Winter on 16/06/2016

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday in Menorca. The weather was extremely hot all week so we often shortened the walks which is easy to do as many of them are linear walks. Although most of the walks are coastal there is plenty of variety. The hotel is absolutely lovely, in such a peaceful location with beautiful gardens. We had a very warm welcome on arrival and the service throughout the week was consistently good. All the staff were helpful and polite and nothing was too much trouble. Our accommodation, the gardens and all public areas were kept spotlessly clean and the food was good and plentiful.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Farebrother on 15/06/2016

*****
The Salzkammergut is a fabulous area to explore and this is just a taster for future visits. As with all grading on the walking holidays, this one varies between 1 boot and 2 boots depending on the gradient and conditions, so 1+ is very much an average. Some of the steep descents when wet are very tricky underfoot. Our favourite hotels were the Bergrose and the Hollweger, for their location and warmth of welcome/comfort.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Jones on 15/06/2016

***#.
This was our third trip with you and all have been most enjoyable - the right length of walks and the grading worked out fine.

Contrasts of Alsace and The Vosges Walk

By Dr Bainbridge on 15/06/2016

*****
The balance of vineyard and forest was good. The towns and villages and castle were varied and interesting.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Sedgwick on 14/06/2016

*****
A good variety of walks with a good local guide through enchanting country side with magnificent wild flowers ( May is a good month for this holiday

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mr Wildsmith on 14/06/2016

*****
Interesting area; good length of walks; very helpful rep.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mrs Baker on 14/06/2016

*****
We enjoyed the challenges of walking in a beautiful landscape. The walks were varied and interesting. We also enjoyed time to relax returning home feeling refreshed

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mr Buckham on 14/06/2016

***#.
Despite a week of rain we were able to enjoy walking and the hotel was really good, though couldn't really appreciate the outside facilities. Only thing that would have helped would have been access to a drying room for waterproofs and boots.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Wallis on 14/06/2016

*****
Very pleased with holiday and organisation -excellent introduction to Slovenia

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mr Loaring on 14/06/2016

***#.
A wonderful holiday with excellent walks in beautiful countryside; staying in comfortable, well appointed hotels, which for us were marred by the fact that very few concessions were made to guests who did not eat meat, and therefore we did not eat very well throughout the week except on the evenings when we had to eat out at restaurants of our own choice (when we were very well catered for). However, one of the most attractive aspects of a Headwater holiday is to be accommodated in a comfortable hotel offering good cuisine at the end of a day's walking, and not having to go out again searching around for somewhere attractive to eat.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mr Curwen on 14/06/2016

*****
A lovely relaxing holiday in a great location and fantastic walking opportunities.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mr Duggleby on 14/06/2016

*****
Another excellent self-guided walking holiday from Headwater. Everything was up to the very high standards we expect from them. The entire 8-day holiday was a delight including the visits we chose (Padova, Monselice) on our days off. We chose to walk the suggested options for our last day off. The weather was poor but we had a fabulous 'extra' day of walking. This area of the Vento is so beautiful and the walking around the Euganean Hills was terrific. Sarah our lovely rep was superb. Thank you Headwater.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Honey on 14/06/2016

*****
Fairy tale ancient towns, which were lovely to explore. The wine, of course was delicious although we did not visit the vineyards on walks but indulged in the evening . The nesting storks were one of the highlights of the holiday. Do try to visit the stork breeding centre it was lovely with a lot to see as well as the storks themselves..

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs O'Brian on 13/06/2016

*****
Overall the holiday was thoroughly enjoyable. The walks were varied and a good length and covered some beautiful scenery. I think the 1+ rating was quite accurate - the walks were usually around 4 hours with some up and downhill sections but nothing particularly difficult. The accommodation was good as were most of the meals. Our guide, Tiago, was brilliant! He was knowledgeable, organised, flexible and just a really nice guy to hang out with. My only advice for future travellers would be to make sure to take insect repellent or a zapper for Tavira. The mozzies were like helicopters there.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Dr Rayner on 13/06/2016

*****
We had just the right balance for us of challenging walks with wonderful views, days off, options for wet weather and guaranteed luxury accommodation. We also made friends with two other people who were doing the same routes as we were. Instructions sent in advance and on arrival were helpful, and we knew that we could call on our holiday reps to help us in any emergency. We were able to learn about Austrian culture and food without feeling that we had given up all of our home comforts.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs Moffett on 13/06/2016

*****
We enjoyed it. very much. Steve was very good at adapting to our limited capacities.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Cranmer on 13/06/2016

***#.
Tougher walking than expected. Most days finished with steep climb. Hotels variable, rep. super. Countryside lovely. We decided to have a rest from walking on Day 3 and hired bikes which was a pleasant change.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Henderson on 13/06/2016

*****
Headwater take care of planning process of a walking holiday. They provide efficient and reliable travel arrangements, excellent and interesting accommodation and a superb variety of walks with comprehensive notes. Our guide had walked the routes shortly before to double check their accuracy, attention to detail that reinforced our confidence. Evening meals are arranged for the first night at each location, giving us opportunity to explore, if we wished, on other evenings. In fact, our greatest concern was which wine to drink.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Robertson on 13/06/2016

*****
Excellent holiday. Be sure to carefully check the travel details if you have requested any changes or non-standard arrangements.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mr Hughes on 13/06/2016

*****
We decided to combine the Highlights of Montenegro Walk and Delights of the Dalmatian coast Walk. We took the first date in May. Imagine our surprise on waking on the first morning, to find a thick layer of snow had fallen overnight and was continuing to snow quite heavily. We hadn't anticipated snow at all and ended up wearing as many clothes as we could! However it made the mountains and forests look even more beautiful. It started to melt the next day and conditions were very slippery. Poles were needed by most people. In Croatia the temperatures soared into the 30's and we found the walks on day 5 and day 7 very challenging, steep, stoney paths,very hot. We felt this was more than a one boot holiday. The first hotel in Dubrovnik was five star and very nice but not necessarily needed for a walking holiday, especially as we had virtually no time to use the facilities. We had great guides and drivers and everything was very well organised. We had an enjoyable holiday in amazing scenery.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Keeley on 13/06/2016

***#.
Very enjoyable week in a lovely part of Italy. We found the walks varied and interesting, though more challenging overall than the 2 boot rating - particularly the first and last day's walking, which involved some long and fairly steep ascents and some difficult descents (not just because of the rain - a lot of sustained scrabbling down loose chippings which was very tough on the knees). The walking instructions were overall accurate and easy to follow, though part of one route - from Assissa - was closed, and obviously had been for some time (we were not told about this before setting off) and on the final day at several points on the walk to Spello we got briefly lost due to the lack of clarity in the instructions. The hotels varied - Le Silve was oustanding in terms of location, accomodation, food and service, with La Tavola not far behind. Le Terazza is a bit far out of town - we would have liked to have stayed in Assissi - but we found the restaurant, food and service there fine. The food (particularly for vegetarians) and service at La Bastiglia was poor - fortunately when we returned to spend an extra night in Spello the restaurant was closed so were were booked into another much better restaurant - 'The Wine Drinker'. Late May is a good time to walk in Umbria, lots of wild flowers and new growth and not too hot.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Dick on 13/06/2016

*****
We had really good walks in quiet, beautiful countryside in a part of Europe that is so far relatively unspoiled by excessive tourism. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and the group of 13 got on very well with each other.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Ms Kay on 13/06/2016

*****
Bermuda is a first class holiday destination. Walking round much of the island is a great way to experience the culture of the island first hand. Headwater enabled us to do that.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Weymouth on 13/06/2016

*****
I am really happy with Headwater in all aspects except, perhaps, the standard of accommodation (at times). Although, in this instance, you do advertise that the hotel's accommodation will be a standard room, there are no definitive descriptions of standard compared to other rooms/prices. The room we were offered would have 'sufficed', but when staying for a length of time I think it is evident that a more comfortable room with more amenities would make the holiday that much more of an enjoyable experience. That is difficult to deduce from your literature. (We upgraded at El Milano Real as soon as we arrived). When using your company in the past (on Inn-to-Inn walks) there have been other instances where we have felt a little let down by the quality of hotel.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Butterworth on 13/06/2016

*****
The walks are strenuus enough that we felt a glow of achievement on finishing each one, but not so difficult that we sruggled as occasional hikers. The mix of agriculture and woodland walking surrounded by birdsong is wonderful. Adding an extra 3 nights in Venice staying at the Hotel Kette made the whole holiday one to remember for many years.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Emerson on 13/06/2016

*****
1/ Never give up the Morvedra Nou; one of the most relaxing and enjoyable hotels we have stayed at. We had a junoir suite with a patio overlooking the pool - the best in the house. 2/ I know this was only a grade 1, but any experienced walker could have done a lot more. We spent some spare time on the beach. Would not be so good at high season, would be too hot and crowded. 3/ 'Would you take another holiday with Headwater?' - I think we have done them all. at least at grades we can manage now. I am well in the 80-90 bracket - not in your age scale! - but I think we started with Heaswater in 1998. I have all the notes and paperwork in boxes in the attic. 4/ I was worried about French Air Traffic Control industrial action, but we were notaffected.

Headwater response

Dear Mr Emerson, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. Please be assured we value all of the feedback we receive and use this to help us continue to improve and develop our holidays for future customers. It is lovely to see you continue to enjoy your walking holidays with us; we value you as a loyal customer dearly and look forward to welcoming you on your next holiday in the future. Yours sincerely, Lisa

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Cross on 08/06/2016

***#.
Definitely a two--boot walk, especially the day to Almadabra Park hotel, which was the longest and had some quite hazardous sections on the coast path.We were in late May and had some disappointing weather, and there was no question of swimming in pools or on beaches. Hotels were good, although the dinners at the Monterey/Porto Christo were poor - dinners and breakfasts at other hotels and restaurants were good. Francisco our taxi driver did the job OK but he speaks only Catalan and a little French.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Craig on 08/06/2016

***#.
A very good experience with lovely location, accommodation and scenery.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Godsall on 08/06/2016

*****
We were very pleased with the walking routes and overall package, plus interesting days out in Cordoba and Malaga. The hotel in Zuheros was slightly 'simpler' than we'd normally choose but they worked so hard to provide excellent service; taxi was great too. A well planned holiday in an area we would not have discovered apart from through your brochure - we rate Headwater highly.

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mrs Marsden on 08/06/2016

*****
The holiday was everything I hoped for and expected. Beautiful location and weather with lots of wild flowers I had hitherto only seen in books. The people in the group were a good mix, we all got on well together and our common interest cut across the wide age range. Our guide Stephanie was wonderful in every way . She was friendly and personable with a good sense of humour and was a fund of knowledge on the the location, historical background, flora and fauna. We could not fault her! The website was easy to negotiate and very user friendly.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Abrahams on 07/06/2016

*****
Excellent concept well executed

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mrs Parsons on 07/06/2016

*****
A friendly guide,very good knowledge of area,fantastic lunches. Great walking,a lovely group of people,will book another trip next year. Thank you Headwater.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Grierson on 07/06/2016

*****
A very well organised holiday with superb Sardinian hospitality and comfortable accommodation. Alberto's extensive knowledge of the history, flora, fauna and geology of the island added to a wonderful week's experience as did his 'surprises and adventures'!

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Greenbank on 07/06/2016

*****
We had tried to book this particular holiday in previous years but the dates didn't work out. It was well worth the wait as it has to be one of our best Headwater holidays - and we've had quite a few. Piedmont is a wonderful place to visit, the walking was as expected - it's a hilly place! The hotels were all good and all had their own special elements. We enjoyed eating in different places each night- and what an excellent standard of food was on offer.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Loch on 07/06/2016

***#.
Madeira is an excellent year-round easy walking destination. The custard tarts are to die for

Secrets of Aragon Walk

By Mr Sherrard on 07/06/2016

*****
The holiday was booked as it offered a wide variety of scenery and it didn't disappoint. Driving to walks in the first week of May was pleasurable as the roads were virtually empty, the landscape interesting and tourism minimal. I was pleased to have the satnav for the drive from Bilbao to Uncastillo. The wild flowers at this time of year were stunning; the Puy Mone walk being the star. The vultures and kites were seen in the Lumbier gorge and at other times. Smaller birds including larks, fly catchers and bee eaters were seen and added interest to the dramatic scenery of the Las Bardenas walk. Miguel, our hotelier, provided map printouts to compliment the Headwater route directions and advised on the walks to do each day depending upon the weather. The home produced salads and meats used in the pack lunches were delicious.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Randall on 07/06/2016

***#.
Overall very good - excellent walks with very often a choice to extend or reduce length/difficulty. We found most of the walks easier than we expected but maybe that is our own walking experience here in the UK (Dartmoor) Accommodation good although the beds were cold and seemed damp at our last stop - maybe a problem with being at the beginning of the season while temperatures were still low. Out taxi driver was excellent, courteous, helpful and always on time.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Officer on 07/06/2016

*****
Excellent holiday all round. Information provided in the brochure was accurate. Headwater team very helpful and efficient in booking and administering the holiday.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs Lewis on 07/06/2016

*****
We are 2 female friends and booked single occupancy of rooms. We felt hotels were well chosen and variable, but all interesting and overall comfortable . We got a bit sick of the Pilgrim 10 euro menu, but also had some superb meals. The walking was excellent, and easier than we had expected. We enjoyed the independence of being self guided. There were a few minor faults in the daily walking guide and we have offered to come in and point them out. We live in Chester and decided to Travel from Liverpool to Madrid and spend a night there rather than at Heathrow. We did find that the schedule on Day 1 was a bit over-heavy. Everyone was exhausted that night. But, overall this was a Brilliant holiday! And May was a very good choice this year.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Fuller on 07/06/2016

***#.
Beautiful Island and walks. Morvedra Nou is a lovely small hotel. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were very good, continental style with plenty of choice. The evening meals were a bit hit and miss unfortunately. You are given the menu in the morning and there is a choice of two of each of the courses. Choose wisely!

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Hewson on 06/06/2016

*****
What a great way to see the Amalfi/Sorrento peninsula. The walks take you through stunning scenery away from the roads - areas that you would definitely not see from a car or a bus. The Walk along the Path of the Gods is breath taking. You also get the opportunity to see a wonderful array of colourful wild flowers. Don't miss Ravello and the two villas with their stunning gardens. The walk back to Amalfi from Ravello is very interesting for its industrial archaeology. The Capodimonte and Luna Convento Hotels were particularly luxurious and we had great sea views. The food in both was very good with plenty of choices. We had booked 2 extra nights in the Capodimonte and were told before leaving the UK that we had half board on one of the nights so we were delighted to find that in fact the price we had paid included dinner on all four nights. Pompei and Heraculeum are very interesting and a must. If you are going to see them by train from Sorrento, it is a good idea to go early afternoon rather than morning as the trains and the sites are less busy then. Headwater take note:that we did see a snake crossing the path before Massa Lubrense. My husband said it was only about 2 feet long but I think it was more like 6 feet!! It was jet black. The internet says that this type is completely harmless and in fact is a good garden aid as they eat pests. If visiting Massa Lubrense on your way to Sorrento, it is worth walking right down from the main square to the terrace overlooking the sea and going down the steps to the restaurant 'Il Cantuccio'. It serves great food in a shaded terrace adorned with colourful flowers and with wonderful views of the sea and Capri. All in all - what a great holiday! Janet Hewson 31 May 2016

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs Ing on 06/06/2016

*****
A relaxing holiday in an unspoilt part of France. The coastal scenery is fantastic and the uncrowded stretches of beaches a joy to behold. What really made the holiday was Steve. He was so helpful and accommodating we were made to feel quite special.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Morgan on 06/06/2016

***#.
Southern Tuscany is beautiful and the food fabulous. Villa Acquaviva is a beautiful place to stay with much of its produce organically home grown.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Boyce on 06/06/2016

*****
Great holiday with truly excellent food and accommodation! You really should take the detour to Novello Junction on day 6.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Shortman on 06/06/2016

*****
We had a wonderful weeks walking, the hotel was in a lovely hill top village. The walking was good in wonderful scenery with beautiful wild flowers and birdsong.Antonio and his staff looked after us really well and we also enjoyed our day trip to Córdoba. This was our twelfth trip with yourselves and one of the best.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs MacLeod on 06/06/2016

***#.
Very well organised trip. Varied walking; enjoyed walking along the levadas but views often restricted by trees. Misty on some days so some high level walks would have been good.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Hansen on 06/06/2016

*****
Fantastic walking, great variety. Very enjoyable holiday. One of our best headwater holidays

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Charlett on 06/06/2016

*****
Vistas of Valencia was an excellent holiday. The hosts/guides were exceptional. The accommodation was comfortable and characterful. The food was excellent. The walks were sometimes quite challenging but accomplished without difficulty for people who are reasonably fit and walk regularly. The scenery was stunning.

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr Soutar on 06/06/2016

*****
Such a beautiful area and we enjoyed the walks - even in mixed weather conditions! All the hotels were excellent - the staff friendly and welcoming and all meals and wines were delicious. There was plently to keep us occupied on our rest days. Altogether, a perfect holiday!

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Ms Poole on 06/06/2016

*****
It was great to have such a complete break and while we didn't it the support available from the rep it was reassuring to know that assistance was only a call away. We particularly enjoyed moving on from town to town and having the rest day in between walkis created a great deal of variety as we got to see other towns. We particularly liked Villa Lussana and the food was really good there - it was also the first walk we didn't get lost on so there was a great sense of achievement in arriving there!

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs Feerick on 06/06/2016

*****
The Camino is a wonderful experience. The walking can be challenging so you need to practice before your holiday. The accommodation was mixed, breakfast tended to be a disappointment. The star of the show for us was Rectoral de Goian. A wonderful place with great food and a sincere welcome. Overall the accommodation is lovely and given the standard that some of the pilgrims use it is pure luxury. The bag transfers and pick ups ran like clockwork.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Eamer on 06/06/2016

*****
Peaceful location, excellent coastal and inland walking away from the crowds

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mr Ingram on 03/06/2016

*****
A varied walk, first days along the magnificent coast and latterly along the river and into the forest. Comfortable Hotels and excellent food!

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Galleymore on 03/06/2016

*****
Romina was a fantastic representative, both very professional and friendly. When my suitcase failed to arrive from Gatwick, and I had to wait 2 days for it to catch me up, she lent me a waterproof walking jacket and walking sticks.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Clayton on 03/06/2016

*****
This was our first holiday with Headwater and we really enjoyed the whole thing. The walks were just what we wanted (helped by excellent weather) with varied terrain and views, we had no problem following the route notes (so hardly bothered with the maps provided) and found the lunches provided by the hotels were more than enough for us. Our rep (Romina) was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The hotels were all great and the local restaurants, especially in Motovun and Opatija were excellent and great value. There're plenty of local wines too, which were not expensive and really good! The region is beautiful, the people we met were friendly and we can't wait to go back.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Price on 03/06/2016

*****
Some of the walks were challenging. The second day's walk was long at 12,5 miles. Buzet was not a good centre for tourism. The old town was beautiful but nothing there really as was the new town. Unless you wanted to walk back up many steps from the restaurant in the new town, you had onlt the one restaurant in the old town. Food was not brilliant. We ate there on the second night and and they started packing up at 9pm. They did not even ask us if we wanted a dessert or coffee. Just wanted us out. And this was a Saturday night!!!! The walk on the escarpment was beautiful but it was impossible to find the path down again. The notes said it was a hard to find path but it was IMPOSSIBLE. There were four of us and we failed. If the paragliding naturists want their privacy then they should put clear markers where we should go!!!! This was meant to be a 7.5 mile easy walk We used our OS maps to find an alternative roiute but it meant the walk was 11.5 in total.. In the blue book, others had written the same problem. and we did mention to the rep.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mr Propert on 03/06/2016

***#.
This is a holiday of variety. In walks, from vineyards, open country and woodland. And in the towns too, from small hamlets to busy Auxerre. There is a lot to listen to and look at along the way - and we found Burgundy deserted - but that may just have been May. Stephen Miles is newish to this post, but is thoughtful and showed great care. We presume that the instructions about the train back to Auxerre on the last walking day will now have been changed to 'Stephen picks you up opposite The Mairie'. Note that our comment about food at Vermenton relates to the breakfast. The evening meals - both at La Fontaine for us, were excellent. No-one could have been more helpful than Mark and Alison at Vermenton. The meals at Chablis had the Bistrot BEFORE the hotel, and both were very good indeed.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Dr Smith on 03/06/2016

**#..
Very poor because of the Herdade do Touril experience.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mrs Alleston on 03/06/2016

***#.
Well organised in principle with well chosen walks, but local knowledge was disappointing and led to some problems. The hotels were all fine with good to very good breakfasts and mostly in a good location. Bearing in mind that this was the first departure of the season, the area was already very crowded and the lower path from Vernazza to Monterosso was unbearable, verging on dangerous because of overcrowding. They are talking about limiting numbers: the sooner the better! Bear in mind that you need dry weather to walk safely on many of the paths, which can be steep and rocky. Headwater were very helpful in organising a transfer to Camogli where we privately extended the trip after Portovenere.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Ms Tonge on 03/06/2016

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and the walking routes .Each place we stayed had a different character and the hotels were generally of a high standard-particularly Hotel Due Mari in Sestri Levante. We also enjoyed the included restaurant meals on the terrace at The Sporting Hotel. As the whole area is up market it is not cheap eating out on all the other days. The walking was varied and very scenic.We were lucky with very good weather throughout-however we would echo previous comments about the steepness of some of the paths and slipperiness in wet weather. The walking route directions were very good and detailed. We would advise in the Cinque Terre park starting as early as possible and going as high as possible to avoid other walkers as it is very busy there!

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Christy on 03/06/2016

*****
Splendid trip - delightful area, some very well-selected places to stay and eat and excellent logistics from our two guides, who were great fun to be with. This holiday really delivered what was promised on the website and is a great way to explore the area.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Dodds on 03/06/2016

*****
We thought Zuheros and the HotelZuhayra were both charming and beguiling - extraordinarily peaceful and calming - we were very sorry to leave and it took us some time to grow accustomed to the comparative mayhem of Granada . The taxi arrangements in Zuheros were quite remarkably efficient hts off to Maria and her brother - we would return to Zuheros tomorrow if we could = perhaps a progressive walk around these white villages might the na idea

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Ms Lewis on 03/06/2016

***#.
A really interesting week in beautiful locations. On the walks we enjoyed the wonderful wildflowers, birds and butterflies and beautiful coastal views. We much appreciated the visits that had been arranged to Segesta and Erice - full of interest. Nicola, our taxi driver, was really excellent - friendly, offering information and always on time and very well organised. The walking was great, well off the beaten track but on reasonable footpaths - all in all, a very good week.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Homer on 03/06/2016

***#.
I find the website a bit 'clunky' to navigate but Ok once you get used to it. The holiday was accurately described and I enjoyed it. The casa Carrascal operation is very well run and gives a very good service to clients.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Bauld on 03/06/2016

*****
Gozo & Malta, a great combination for peace & tranquility & great walking opportunities in Gozo at Ta Cenc plus all contrasting attractions of Malta!

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Ms Coates on 03/06/2016

***#.
Walking with confidence and accommodation with comfort.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Preston on 03/06/2016

*****
From the moment we received our holiday information pack we were excited as it really whetted our appetites. We also had a post card from our Rep, Hannah saying that she hoped we would have a good trip and she looked forward to meeting us at the station in Colmar and giving us her mobile number in case we needed her. This was a very thoughtful gesture. So, even though I had a bad back and had to be transported around by Hannah instead of walking, the overall holiday was wonderful.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Hartley on 03/06/2016

*****
We never imagined walking through vineyards could be so varied and interesting; the countryside was beautiful and the villages charming. The hotel staff all looked after us very well. Our Headwater rep was absolutely delightful and could not have been more friendly and efficient. We did not see a see any UK cars nor heard any other British people but most people we spoke to replied in good English when we spoke to them in our basic French.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Higginson on 03/06/2016

*****
The holiday notes for Coastal trails of Minorca were pretty accurate. Overall we found the island delightful and at this time of year absolutely stunning with all the wild flowers in full bloom. Very easy to get around and not too crowded. We also were blessed with the weather which was in the low 20 C range

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Thornton on 03/06/2016

*****
The Morvedra Nou was the kind of friendly, family run, quality hotel that we always hope we'll find but all too rarely do. The rooms may be compact for some people but we were very comfortable, especially given the spacious private terrace. The food was good, fresh and well presented. We were very happy with the choice of two dishes each day, though would have liked the chance to try the cheese for which the island is famous - either as an alternative to dessert or as an extra small course. But we would thoroughly recommend the hotel and the programme of walks, which were all surprisingly different, considering this is a small island. It was our first trip to Menorca and we found the holiday perfect for those who like an active morning and lazy afternoon!

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mr Watson on 03/06/2016

***#.
A good holiday with excellent walks, but bear in mind this is run by Exodus, so hotels not up to the usual Headwater standard.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Monzani on 03/06/2016

***#.
This was an excellent hotel and Sue and Gordon really looked after us. The food was great and the facilities were super. The walks were mostly good for us although quite testing for me in places. They were relatively short but in my opinion were greater than a 1 boot+ probably more like a 2 boot. My particular problem is that I suffer from severe vertigo and this resort is nearly 600 meters above sea level with very steep winding roads and many of the higher ones had no barriers. The local taxi drivers were really good but nobody should talk to them when driving because they use their hands to answer. Our guide Elaine was excellent and very understanding. However I backed off the last walk because it used 4x4 trucks to go high up, across winding narrow tracks and the walk was a bit hairy too. Don't get me wrong overall it was a great holiday.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Pattinson on 26/05/2016

*****
Tiago and Hugo were excellent guides using very well planned routes. They were very friendly and flexible in their approach. Everyone in the walking group was very friendly and sociable. Tiago was a fount of knowledge of birds and plants and was keen to pass on this knowledge.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Hay on 26/05/2016

*****
A varied week with an excellent guide

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mr Hamilton-viall on 26/05/2016

***#.
We enjoyed it and had a lot of fun, but it could have been even better with a few tweaks. Some of the walking notes certainly need reviewing as we wanted to enjoy the walking, not stand scratching our heads wondering if we had the right path. An explanation of the GR markers would have been really useful as we had to find out what they meant by trial and error. Also there were markets or events on some days that it would have been nice to know and arrange our days off to coincide with. As regards hotels the Monrecour was superb, the labourderie very good and the Meysset OK. Les Glycinees we found varied. The location was great, the room ok. The food at the hotel varied from some of the best ever eaten to some of the worst. Our picnic sandwich was inedible. Generally it did not have the same feel as the other hotels. Also tea or coffee making in all hotels would be appreciated.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mrs Sodring on 26/05/2016

*****
This was the best holiday we have taken with Headwater! Despite imperfect weather, the walks were wonderful (even though the vultures did not fly when it was raining); we saw the Rivers Tarn and Jonte both as green and peaceful and in full spate after rain. For those interested in wild flowers, this is a perfect holiday in May - the deciduous woods and meadows are full of them - lilies, orchids, asphodels ... and there are many birds besides the vultures in the trees. Besides walking the main walks we also visited Montpellier le Vieux - do go and take the red route, the rock formations are stunning : Aven Armand - more commercialised but the stalactites are amazing: Vulture Museum (don't go on a wet day, there are no live vultures to see); finally, on our return journey to Toulouse, the Roquefort Society Caves - most interesting! The hotel, food, local wines, beer & picnics were excellent with wonderful service from the staff.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mr Cheetham on 26/05/2016

***#.
For keen walkers who want a holiday organised for them, including luggage-transfer, and are prepared to pay, this is an excellent holiday, but not for the faint-hearted or unfit, as although the distances seem short, the walks are often very strenuous, and there are frequent opportunities for stumbling over loose surfaces, especially on descents. The route descriptions are meticulous, and well-marked,and there is really no need for map-reading. The evening food is often expensive, especially at The Haven, where there is really no local alternative.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mrs Jackson on 26/05/2016

*****
This was a well designed holiday with a good balance of walking and sightseeing . The group size was just right. I doubt we could have had a better leader. Elisabetta was a delight to be with. She was charming, witty, knowledgeable , interesting and keen to ensure we were involved in decision making wherever it was possible . Her recommendations for places to eat were excellent.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Dryburgh on 26/05/2016

*****
Had a great holiday. Eleven off us in the party and we all got on well together. No cliques. Wine tasting on the Sunday got us all going.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Kaye on 18/05/2016

*****
Outstanding food in lovely hotels. Top class local support, advice and guidance. Stunning walks through fascinating medieval villages, shady forests and patchwork quilts of colourful fields.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Grant on 18/05/2016

*****
The holiday was excellent and the walks sufficiently challenging without being too onerous although some of the climbs are pretty severe and you need a head for heights on some short stretches of the levada walls. If you want superb views this holiday is great but if you suffer any degree of vertigo this is not the holiday for you.

Walking in the French Caribbean

By Mr McPoland on 18/05/2016

*****
This holiday was promoted as a walking holiday, but in reality, the climate made walking difficult - temperature 32 Celcius, heavy rain most days and very humid. For people of average fitness, it proved tiring, so that we did more sightseeing, and particularly beach days (the beaches are excellent and uncrowded). It was also necessary to drive everywhere, which detracted somewhat from the experience. A gorgeous location, but not really suitable for the typical Headwater holiday maker.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mr Exell on 18/05/2016

*****
A wonderful guide lead us through a fascinating part of Italy and along the way we enjoyed superb local cuisine and wines.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Cottam on 16/05/2016

*****
A great way to see different areas of a country and meet new people.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Hamilton on 16/05/2016

*****
This was a hub Hotel walking holiday enabling us to select the walk to suit the daily weather with the expert and sound advice of the Rep Teresa (hotel owner). Having car hire we were able to spend the rainy day in Salamanca - where the sun shone! The first week in May found us trudging through snow on one walk and waltzing through spring flowers on another. All great fun. Ibex herds added to the entertainment on one of the walks. The Blue Book was up to date with additional helpful comments. Hotel staff were superb as was the cuisine and the views from the hotel.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Broome on 16/05/2016

*****
FANTASTIC!!!

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Floyd on 11/05/2016

*****
VERY well organised. HIGHLY efficient. Excellent hotels. Hard to beat

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Drane on 11/05/2016

***#.
Great holiday if you are fit and active. Some of our group struggled as they were expecting gentle strolling. Anyone expecting high quality accommodation and fine dining would be disappointed On arrival we were told that no sea view rooms were available even though we had paid for one booked months ago. The hotel staff had little idea how to deal with this situation. Consequently we were highly disappointed. Eventually they found one, although it was nothing like the standard of accommodation that we were expecting, having recently stayed on La Palma with headwater. We notice that Exodus have more information in their brochure.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Aiken on 11/05/2016

*****
Our only criticism is that of alternative departure airport does make a huge difference to the cost. The airline we were booked with is a low cost budget alternative, but we would have done far better to book independently. Any perceived benefit by having a 'package' booking was lost when flights were changed and no explanation or option was offered by Headwater. This is our 6th or 7th walking holiday with Headwater so we obviously happy overall, but the personal touch has been lost over the last few years. It is now much more of a 'package' and we would point that out to friends considering a walking/activity holiday. We have organised our own holidays of a very similar nature and that results in at least a 25% reduction in cost along with the benefit of being an independent booking at the destination - i.e. a higher value individual to the hotel.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Ms Burrluck on 10/05/2016

*****
A pretty perfect holiday. Headwater were very well organised and my reps, Brian and Olivia, were totally fantastic - helpful, very efficient and totally reliable. I was walking on my own and they texted me to ensure I had reached my destinations safely. The walks were wonderful and the instructions very clear. Everywhere I turned there was a picture postcard view. This is a wonderful area of Spain to visit - I did the Catalan Classic Walking holiday and walked every day, even though I didn't have to but there was so much I wanted to see. Wonderful that there was always hot water for a good soak in the bath when I got back to my hotel. I didn't want to come home although, to be honest I couldn't have kept up the walking for many more days.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Ms Cozort on 09/05/2016

*****
Beautiful region, fantastic scenery, good walks but not too strenuous.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Allan on 06/05/2016

*****
Hotels selected were superb (a higher standard than we would normally select for ourselves - that is one of the real pleasures of travelling with Headwater). Pick ups and tranfers were seamless and enjoyable - it was a delight to hear the drivers laugh! Food through out was excellent. Check out board arrangements - Grand Hotel Capodimonte actually provided half board for the duration of the stay (and not just the first night!) and this included a free salad buffet every evenning. Towards the end of the first day walk from Ravello to Amalfi (after the ruined foundry) there is a restored warehouse called Agricola Fore Porte converted to a restaurant/cafe where you can drink fresh lemon juice - a delightful family run business witha multi lingual daughter. Well done Headwater another excellent holiday!

Birding in the Alentejo

By Ms Pitt on 06/05/2016

*****
This was a wonderful week in a magical place - very remote in the beautiful hills of the Alentejo. Frank and Daniela made us so welcome and comfortable. They really put themselves out to make our stay a success. It was like staying with old friends. This is the perfect holiday for those who like to get away from it all and learn more about birds, with good company, good food and a truly beautiful spot. The early starts [eg 5am] were tough but well worth it, as dawn is the best time to see the greatest number of birds. I definitely plan to return. Many of our fellow guests have been back several times.

Birdwatching in Extremadura

By Mrs Heal on 05/05/2016

*****
We had a great week with a wonderful guide and we saw some fantastic birds. However, it was very relaxed and not at all 'twitchy'. Extramadura is a beautiful, unspoilt region and well worth a visit.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Corris on 04/05/2016

***#.
The walking was varied and enjoyable although the weather could have been better.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Everett on 04/05/2016

*****
The holiday was a variety of sight-seeing and walking and I felt that the mix was just right for exploring aspects of Cuban life. I found the history of the island very interesting, and we were able to find out much about how Cubans live today in our travels and by talking to local guides. The walking was varied through forests, farms, botanical gardens and along the beach, but in all cases it was easy. Our guide was excellent and helped us make the most of our time in Cuba. He answered all our questions and arranged extra activities for us such as a driving tour of Havana in an old American car! This holiday is one of the most interesting and enjoyable holidays I've had for many years.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Ms Bartlett on 04/05/2016

*****
I could not fault the hotel staff, who were all very friendly and extremely helpful. The walks were beautiful and April proved a lovely time of year with all the spring flowers.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mis Brooks on 03/05/2016

*****
It was really great because we made it so. Headwater played very little part. The last walk was inadequately replaced with no warning or alternative. The second hotel was silly. You did not get a proper breakfast you had to pay extra. It was not to the standard of the other hotels was a strange choice. At the 3rd hotel there was nothing to do. We could not walk due to the weather. So this too was a strange choice. There were no reps what so ever. It did seem very expensive for what was provided. The taxi company used was excellent we were lucky to have the same driver 3 times. He really was wonderful with lots of recommendations for us. His name was neillo please pass on our regards.

Birdwatching in Extremadura

By Mrs De fonblanque on 03/05/2016

*****
A delightful and fascinating holiday with a charming and knowledgeable guide, lovely company, splendid accommodation and beautiful scenery.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Ritchie on 03/05/2016

*****
We enjoyed this holiday enormously although we spent quite a bit more than 5 hours on the walks between hotels so we didn't take the recommended walks on the days in between. The first walk is the hardest.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Hill on 03/05/2016

***#.
A unique culture and experience

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Barrowcliffe on 03/05/2016

*****
This is a fascinating insight into a country and culture that has a great deal to offer, with so much packed into 10 days. Idiosyncrasies abound, but this is not just another Caribbean island. It's also changing rapidly, so it should be sampled before some of its charm is lost as the rest of the world begins to make its mark. The arrival of the American tourist is already driving this transformation, especially in Havana, and the only weakness of our holiday, as compared with earlier versions, was not being able to stay in central Havana at the Saratoga. Being able to wander around the city independently is a pleasure and this is much easier to do if you are staying close to the old city.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Stevens on 03/05/2016

*****
Very enjoyable, well organised and good general standard of accomodation.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Story on 03/05/2016

*****
The standard of the holiday was as good as expected - what really made this holiday so enjoyable was Tony and Ludmilla - their warm welcome, personal touch, and their knowledge of the area was second to none.

Walking Portugal's Land's End

By Mrs Webster on 03/05/2016

*****
We felt we were in very good hands with Tony and Ludmilla who could not have done more to make our overall experience so good. They really are so good at the job and it makes such a difference to have friendly and approachable people to enhance the experience. They helped us with train and bus times when we left Sagres at the end of the Headwater holiday - they have been the best agents we have come across!

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Dean on 29/04/2016

*****
An excellent holiday if you are interested in spring flowers and migrant birds. The island of Marettimo was the highlight as was the stay in the tranquil and delightful Baglio La Luna. Our Taxi driver was particularly helpful,flexible, informative and friendly, and always came on time. The flight times could have been better - we had a 4 hour wait in Rome. However I think this could not be avoided. Our highlight was 3 new orchids we had not come across before. All the walks took us much longer than the notes indicated as we spent so much time looking at the amazing flora or this lovely island.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs King on 27/04/2016

*****
An excellent holiday with exceptionally helpful guides.a good variety of accommodation

Walking in the French Caribbean

By Mr Brownscombe on 27/04/2016

*****
We had never been to the Caribbean before and found this a good introduction to find our way around. The days in Paris were enjoyable and got us in 'French mode'. We loved the vibrant colours, the warm weather and the lush vegetation of Guadaloupe and Martinique. The hotels on both the islands were good with friendly, helpful staff and really excellent meals. We especially appreciated the wonderful selection of fresh fruits and yoghurt at breakfast. We liked the fact that everything was French and almost all the other tourists were French which seemed to make it feel more exotic. The high points for us were walking in the rain forest, the visit to the ÃŽles des Saintes, the fantastic beaches, clear blue seas and great snorkelling. We did find there was a lot of driving and that the roads were sometimes very busy with traffic jams near the large towns. It might have been better to be based in two different places, especially on Guadaloupe.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Gates on 27/04/2016

*****
For a carefree holiday with attention to detail and comfort this ticked all the boxes.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Eynon on 26/04/2016

***#.
Very interesting and enjoyable. Wide-ranging

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mr Jones on 26/04/2016

***#.
Great holiday if you like volcanos

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Curwen on 26/04/2016

*****
A superb holiday. The walks are out of this world - such a beautiful place, quite magical. The hotels had excellent facilities which is just what you need after a day's walking. Well done Headwater!

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Jennings on 26/04/2016

*****
Walking notes were excellent, the hotel was very comfortable if maybe a little formal for us. We had no problems getting around the island but it was very windy while we were there and some of the cliff edge walks were a little scary

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Thornton on 26/04/2016

*****
Relaxing, interesting and enjoyable blend of easy walking and sightseeing.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Ms Yih on 26/04/2016

*****
Returning! Many thanks

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Holmes on 25/04/2016

*****
An excellent holiday with an interesting and varied range of walks and activities. Well structured to give a decent impression of the Algarve region as a whole. The website and brochure provide a pretty accurate description of the holiday. The local guides were informative, helpful, friendly and very considerate of capabilities of different group members. My first experience of such a holiday, would happily do something similar again!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mis Whittaker on 25/04/2016

***#.
I have been on many Headwater holidays, mostly guided when traveling on my own or with one friend but some self guided when with a group of friends. When travelling on my own Headwater provide accurate information about what to expect and provide a safe environment for me. I know enough about how they operate to anticipate accurately what the holiday will be like. Of course the other members of the group are a main factor but I have always found that they work well together. This is often helped by the guide understanding group dynamics.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Saunders on 25/04/2016

***#.
We very much enjoyed our holiday. The walking part was not as good as many we've experienced with other companies. This was partly because of its discontinuous nature - walking the Vermillion Coast with Sherpa gave us a full, continuous walk from the start in Colliure to the end at Cadaques. And apart from the 'Path of the Gods' and the walk from Ravello through the valley with the old iron works and paper mills, it was, in parts fairly mundane, particularly the last section to Sorrento. Our extension enabled us to see Herculaneum and Pompeii, and climb to the top of Vesuvius. We also took trips to Capri and to Napoli. So, all-in-all, the holiday was a great success. However, we would have been prepared to pay more for something that was slightly more interesting - better walks and better hotels. Having said that, the Luna Conventa was magnificent! Although the Capodimonte was very good in most areas, many English people we spoke to thought the quality of the dinner very disappointing.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Smith on 25/04/2016

*****
If you go to Sicily with Headwater You will find they have done all they oughter You can swim, you can walk You can eat or just talk Your holiday will be just what you boughter.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Ms Elliott on 25/04/2016

*****
The walks were excellent and very accurately described and graded. Excellent options presented for the rest days. Ludmilla, our rep, was really helpful and had very good personal knowledge of the area and all the walks. Views were spectacular, especially on the coastal sections of the walks, and the wildflowers and bird-life were both wonderful. The slow-food restaurant at Vila do Bispo (A Eira do Mel) provided the outstanding meal of our trip. Hotel meals were generally pretty good, though the breakfast at Vila do Bispo was rather limited both in variety and quality. The weather was pleasantly cool for walking but, if you want to swim in the sea, you should probably go late April or May!

Walking in the French Caribbean

By Mr Dane on 25/04/2016

***#.
We had a great holiday, because of the varied landscape, brilliant beaches, cultural mix and food. Also the welcome and service at Jardin Malanga made the stay in Guadeloupe really special. We loved the Caribbean but we are not sure a walking holiday at the time of year we went was the best thing for us. The temperature in Martinque ranged from 28-31degrees. We were always up by 7:30 having breakfast and out before 9o'clock....but by the time we drove to our allotted destination and embarked on a 9km walk, we ended up walking in the blazing midday sun, often up a steep incline which was just not enjoyable. Guadeloupe had torrential rain as well as heat, and although you can't control the weather,we were ill prepared for the rain, especially stuck on the side of a volcano 300m from its rim. We spent most of our Guadeloupe stay driving north or east to get out of the mountain range with its rain!

Walking in the French Caribbean

By Mrs Goldsmith on 25/04/2016

*****
Walking in the French Caribbean was a wonderful experience. You do need to be prepared for all weather conditions; mostly very hot and humid particularly when walking away from the coast, but also some huge downpours (a particularly wet, albeit very enjoyable, volcano walk!). The coastal sections were our favourites, with the warm Caribbean wind to cool us down a little. The catering (both dinners and breakfasts) was superb at both Jardin Malanga and Plein Soleil; the latter was rather leisurely in style. Claire at Jardin Malanga was a charming hostess. We had a room upgrade at Plein Soleil; it was well worth it to have the terrace and plunge pool. Both of our hire cars were small which was good for parking etc. but the hilly terrain could make them struggle rather! The access road to Plein Soleil was incredibly potholed and difficult to drive along.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Pro Mitchell-borts on 25/04/2016

*****
Teresa was extremely helpful. The hotel was lovely and the food was plentiful and delicious.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs Champion on 25/04/2016

*****
A very beautiful and undiscovered part of Spain. Well worth a visit. Great hotel locations, good food, very good service. We would love to visit this area again.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mrs Evans on 25/04/2016

*****
Great walks experienced with excellent help provided by Rambling Roger in choosing the best walks for our needs. Fantastic vistas and variety of terrain and flora. Even had time for visiting the Botanic Garden on way to the airport before the flight home. The Gran Canaria map was an order of magnitude better than those for many holiday locations. Plus very friendly, charming and helpful hotel staff providing good food. What's not to like.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Hilary on 25/04/2016

*****
A few suggestions a) Update your travel notes to refer to the actual kilometre-markers which are now in place b) Arrange the final leg so that your clients have the option to be in Santiago for the midday pilgrim service in the cathedral c) The staffing of the Casa de los Samozo was a source of great amusement, somewhat lacking experience, but all was still delivered d) Hotel Petit Palace was noisy but the location was perfect But overall the holiday surpassed our expectation and we will certainly consider Headwater again

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Smale on 18/04/2016

*****
Enjoyable relaxed holiday with an excellent guide, Tiago, who introduced us to the lovely and varied countryside which was enhanced by the magnificent show of wild flowers. The walking was considerably harder than on other 1boot holidays, and deserved to be labelled as 1+ boot.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Harrison on 18/04/2016

*****
Great holiday, which gave us an excellent insight and understanding of Cuba.

Cuba Uncovered

By Ms Brackx on 18/04/2016

***#.
Classifying this as a walking holiday gives the wrong idea to sporty people (there was far more being driving around and taking in the sights than walking). But once I had come to terms with the fact that this was more of a sightseeing tour, I enjoyed it very much. The wonderful Cuban landscape, culture and atmosphere plus our lovely guide Jorje contributed enormously to us all have a great time. Thank you.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Johnston on 18/04/2016

*****
Outstanding walking area. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Moysey on 18/04/2016

*****
A most enjoyable holiday - the organisation and transfers worked well and the hotel was a 'gem', friendly and relaxing and with helpful staff. The walking notes were easy to follow although care was needed on some paths where stony. Overall splendid walks in beautiful scenery with many spring flowers.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Taylor on 18/04/2016

*****
Madeira is a beautiful, friendly and welcoming island, ideal for gentle exercise and relaxation.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Schafer on 18/04/2016

*****
Summary: Beautiful Hikes, Great Meals. Wonderful Hosts The Hosts: Hardworking couple David and Sue will do their best to make sure the holiday meets all your expectations. The Hikes: With an exhaustive knowledge of the surrounding area David and Sue ensure that best hikes in the area are chosen each day. During our trip, low clouds enshrouded the peaks on one of the days and they substituted two shorter but equally beautiful hikes at a lower elevation. We are avid photographers and they customized one of the hikes, dividing the group so that those of us who wanted to take advantage of enjoying the beautiful wildflowers could do so, while the other were able to accomplish the longer hike. The two boot difficulty level properly described the hikes. Several hikes had some short but steep ascents and loose stones so a hiking pole(s) may be helpful. Lodging and Meals: Casa Carrascal is quirky updated townhouse in the middle of the small village of Parcent, Our room, the Segovia suite was furnished with a double bed and and antique couch and chairs. The ensuite bathroom was nice but required that you duck under a beam to reach the area with the toilet/shower. The weather was cool and overcast during our stay and we were unable to take advantage of the outdoor terrace and the indoor common space outside the dining areas is very limited. Although WIFI is available in the bar just up the street, it would have been nice to have it available in the house. The meals were excellent!!! Breakfast consisted of a choice of yogurts, fruits, cereals, and a hot items that changed daily. Pack lunches were a choice of baquettes along with fruit, a sweet snack and a large bottle of water. Dinners were absolutely fabulous! Wonderful appetizers, a choice of delicious entrees, and a nice dessert, all complemented with a choice of white or red wine.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Faulkner on 18/04/2016

***#.
Hiring a car gave more flexibility and allowed us both to walk following some of the route, especially the Fisherman's Trail and so to see the coastline, as well as having more time to explore other parts of the region. Ludmilla was outstanding in giving helpful, discrete and unintrusive advice

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Ms King-smith on 18/04/2016

*****
A delightful few days' walking in lovely, remote, unspoilt countryside. I enjoyed the birdlife and spring flowers particularly. The Portuguese we encountered were personable and friendly and spoke excellent English. My friend and I loved the food and wine - our reward after a day of walking! We got a lot out of what was, objectively, quite a short holiday.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Ms Burrow on 18/04/2016

***#.
Gozo is rather small to provide long enough cycle rides. We did not expect wind and would have found it helpful to be told about how windy it can be. It was a lovely holiday with enough variety to keep us interested. The Cornucopia food was very disappointing and the breakfasts unappealing.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Simpson on 18/04/2016

*****
Very comfortable accommodation. Good walking. Quiet. Excellent bus service from outside hotel to all parts of island. Suited us well for relaxing walking break.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Payne on 18/04/2016

***#.
I have been on Headwater walking holidays before (not for at least 8 years ). I now have a partner and I needed to convince him that the holiday would be enjoyable. My partner is in good health and fit but he is 82 years and he was nervous that the walking would be difficult. I persuaded him that a 1 boot would be fine but it was harder that I thought it would be. When I first telephone Headwater to enquire about the holiday the telephone rep was most helpful so I suggested that my partner telephoned so that he could ask for the information he needed - this time there was a different rep and she was not so reassuring. However we enjoyed the holiday and will attempt another with Headwater..

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Randall on 18/04/2016

*****
This was a brilliant, relaxing holiday and a fantastic introduction to Spain which we had never visited before. Wonderful countryside, a gem of a hotel, lovely food and really helpful staff and walks guide. It couldn't have been better.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Townsend on 18/04/2016

*****
Accommodation at Hotel Finca was super and everyone on holiday there were very friendly, especially the five Singapore ladies who we were walking and dining with. They were great company.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mr Cameron on 06/04/2016

*****
Varied and interesting trip with excellent driver and enthusiastic and knowledgable guide

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Beal on 06/04/2016

*****
Our third holiday with Headwater came up to usual high standards. Our representative Ludmilla was excellent and efficient. Although we had no problems we were confident that, had there been, she would have dealt with them promptly. We particularly enjoyed the delightful village at Pedralva - something out of the ordinary.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Pro Beevers on 06/04/2016

*****
Great.......good walking , excellent notes and maps , good weather and good support. Requests for extra historical information promptly supplied by Ludmilla. Wonderful flowers, butterflies and birds, ! Food was excellent both in hotels and in the towns and Ludmilla advised us about local perceves speciality...and how to eat them. A good variety of places to eat. Only suggestion is handrail or handrope in Pedralva cottage ( long flight of thirteen stone steps down to loo.....) Wonder if L and T might keep a reference book of Flowers and Birds of Portugal in the van they could lend out... or we could consult?

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Pontin on 06/04/2016

***#.
We enjoyed our holiday despite unseasonal weather. We were not prepared for narrow roads and tortuous bends when driving, especially with the steep gutters on the insides of the roads. However, we managed to stay out of trouble! We learned that the islanders are hardier souls than we because many restaurants kept their doors flung wide while people were dining. Take warm fleeces with you for dining out! The Melva Suites Hotel was another cold experience where the dining room had no heating and our room had only a portable oil filled radiator to keep us warm. I would thoroughly recommend Las Tirajanos Hotel though because it was very comfortable, had a bath as well as a shower (very necessary after a long hike in the rain!), wonderful views and private terraces.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Kenward on 06/04/2016

***#.
Excellent group holiday with good accommodation and very well organised. Wine included was good. Varied program & walking harder than expected for one boot but lovely. Walking guide lovely & encouraging!

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Mitchell on 04/04/2016

***#.
We had a very good holiday, the hotels were ideal and well located. We had no contact with any Headwater representative in Tenerife. Before the holiday your staff were concerned about oldies like us tackling the walks in Tenerife and did their best to put us off instead of helping us find a solution locally.

Headwater response

Dear Mrs Mitchell, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. It was lovely to read you had an enjoyable holiday overall. We were however sorry to read you did not receive your welcome brief. As highlighted in your holiday information booklet, due to the logistics of this holiday, we do not have a dedicated Headwater rep based in Tenerife, although, we do provide an in person welcome brief on arrival and offer 24/7 emergency assistance should this be required. However, due to the varying times our customers arrive, we ask that you contact your rep pre travel to arrange a suitable time for this, we are sorry if this was not clear. In future, the rep will also try to contact our customers on the evening of arrival and where possible, will deliver the welcome brief over the phone as required. Our sales team are experts on the holidays they sell, having tested them directly. When customers are seeking guidance on holiday suitability, our main goal is to ensure we provide thorough information to ensure our customers have the best holiday experience possible. We are sorry you do not feel this was delivered on this occasion. In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Kind regards, Headwater customer service team

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Ball on 04/04/2016

***#.
Enjoyable notwithstanding some poor weather.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Dr Loken on 30/03/2016

*****
As usual with Headwater Holidays, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on this holiday. The locations were varied and interesting, the local guides did an excellent job, and the walking was very enjoyable.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Ms Hood on 30/03/2016

*****
Friendly, well-organised and exactly as described.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Ms Chandler on 30/03/2016

*****
A unique holiday experience that fully met our expectations. Would highly recommend

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Lamb on 29/03/2016

*****
This was our first guided walk, after many years of self guided holidays. We enjoyed the relaxation which came from not having to worry about anything at any time.Our guide Tiago was expert at assessing the capabilities and personalities of the group. We were able to go at our own pace, taking as much time as anyone needed to appreciate the wild flowers, birds and scenery. His passion for his country was inspirational and educational.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mr Moore on 29/03/2016

***#.
Excellent for seeing wildlife. Local guide Erika and driver Rono greatly enhanced this holiday with their expertise and knowledge- a lucky combination as Rono was a wildlife enthusiast himself. Some of the walks were not '2 boots' however heat especially during the latter part of the holiday dictated length of walks. Most of the hotels were very good/excellent and those which were not of the same standard compensated by location. Excellent boat trip and night walk which were highlights.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Wallace on 29/03/2016

***#.
Really enjoyed holiday in Bermuda. Beautiful island. Excellent walks. It is an EXPENSIVE destination, and therefore (for us) Special, But we don't regard Coco Reef as meeting 'special'. Fabulous location, but it's a bit tired, could do with freshening up, and no apparent sign of management involvement- maybe that's the Bermudian way? Furthermore its close to a Bermuda College, and during our stay a group of students were also resident, who although decent kids, kept different hours to us, and on 2 occasions kept us awake into the early hours. I don't think hotel management is doing itself any favours by mixing them with holidaying guests. Restaurant food excellent, but menu needs regular update, a bit 'samey'after a week.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Kershaw on 29/03/2016

*****
Excellent first holiday with Headwater. Nothing was too much trouble. They even arranged for me to see England win the Grand Slam on TV in Pedralva! Walks were beautiful and the guides were easy to follow.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Siddons on 24/03/2016

***#.
The varied microclimates of Gran Caneria provided a range of varied interesting walks. Away from the tourist venues on the coast the island provides a great venue for walking. The network of paths was great and mainly in excellent condition which was an eye opener. Generally use is low so you get lots of space to yourself, great views and opportunity to enjoy the island.

Walking on La Palma

By Mr Pattison on 23/03/2016

*****
Another great guided walking holiday, despite unseasonable weather, Very varied and interesting walks, good hotels, and good food and wine. Javier dealt very well with the challenges presented by an unwell fellow traveller, and the changes forced on us by the weather. He judged our capabilities well in arranging a substitute walk which we felt was the best of the holiday.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Ms Ringer on 23/03/2016

*****
This was a very well planned, smoothly run holiday. All our connections/transfers/taxis operated like clockwork. We were very well catered for and the Finca had everything we needed for an extremely rewarding and relaxing holiday. Our guide, Nick, was very attentive and inclusive and happy to impart his knowledge of the area. We loved the challenge of walking in the morning and then plenty of time in the afternoon to chill around the beautiful grounds of the Finca - lovingly developed over the years by our hosts Sue and Gordon. All the staff were very accommodating and friendly. We couldn't have asked for more. Thank you everyone involved.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Spencer on 22/03/2016

***#.
Casa Carascal was dark, oppressive and the time we were there, cold. Heaters and extra blankets were happily supplied, the fire was lit 1 hr before dinner. Not enough seating for number of guests indoors. Outside area totally enclosed by walls. Neither conducive to socialising before or after meals. Could do with updating re paint in rooms and new bed covers but they were I guess, in tradition with the building. I acknowledge that mountains demand respect and health and safety rules demand acknowledgement but felt Sue was a little over enthusiastic! In her approach. Prefer to make my own judgement re use of poles and my walking style over rough scrambles. She was however helpful to those who had difficulty. At dinner, it would have been good to have been offered tea or coffee at the end of the meal, it doesn't take long to arrange. It was grudgingly granted when asked for on the last night! Wifi would have been appreciated. Excellent food! Good portion sizes. Good wine.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mrs Rome on 21/03/2016

*****
Overall very good, only minor improvements needed on mid day meals- not needed when travelling for prolonged time-could be more snack based when having a three course evening meal.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Emmett on 21/03/2016

*****
We found the first day hard: getting used to a new car, parking in a busy town to get lunch as suggested by the guide, an awkward and long drive to and from the start point and a very challenging walk. Rather too much for the first day. We suggest an easier itinerary for the first day would be preferable. We enjoyed a rest next day in the delightful little beach resort near the hotel. We enjoyed the transit day; an amazing drive and excellent FLAT walk near Mt Teide! The drive down into Garachico was exciting but we had got used to the car by then. Being in the centre of town was great. We found the walk in Teno Alto the best of all because of the diverse landscapes and exciting ridge walk. We had a second rest day with a pleasant and rewarding drive to Punto de Teno and some beach time. Finally we did most of the Masca Ridge en route to the airport. Unfortunately we were thwarted by a no entry sign on a gate not mentioned in the notes, but after wasting some time looking for a different route, clearly going through it was the best way forward. Overall this was a really good holiday, a few challenges but that is part of the fun. We were pleasantly surprised by how interesting and beautiful we found Tenerife to be, helped by the perfect weather we enjoyed.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Lloyd on 21/03/2016

***#.
Very different from our usual breaks, it was hard work but worth it. We would never have found these gems, and driving to them along the twisty mountain roads was half the adventure! The hotels were lovely, although quinta roja was a pain to get the bags and suitcases from the car, it was more than worth it.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Ms Day on 21/03/2016

*****
A very enjoyable holiday, that matched our expectations derived from the description of it in the brochure.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Daum on 21/03/2016

*****
We had an excellent holiday and Gran Canaria has stunning and varied scenery. The walking was hard, at times, but very rewarding which made it all worthwhile. The Hotels were very different in character but enabled you to visit and experience the contrast between the North and South of the island which are very different. The food in both was excellent and the warm welcome and hospitality we received at Melva Suites stood out.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Simms on 21/03/2016

*****
The Finca el Cerrillo is a wonderful place to stay in a beautiful location. We were extremely well looked after and the organisation was seamless. The walks were, as stated in the brochure, very gentle and leisurely. We would definitely consider returning especially If some more challenging walks were on offer.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Quant on 16/03/2016

*****
The hotel was excellent - beautiful surroundings and facilities. The food was varied and plentiful and you were spoilt for choice with local dishes included. The staff were very friendly and Gozo is a lovely unspoilt place where you felt safe to walk in the countryside and enjoy the wonderful scenery. It was a place to relax and unwind. The walking routes took you through a lot of different scenarios and gave options to visit sites of interest.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Butler on 16/03/2016

***#.
Nice hotel with friendly staff. Coastal walking was good. Some of the walks involved long stretches on road, and although there is not much traffic, this is quite tiring.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Bertels on 15/03/2016

***#.
Excellent holiday, well described in the brochure. However I thought the walks were a bit short so there was quite a lot of free time at the Finca. While the Finca is a really lovely place it was a little remote so if you wanted to go into the village/town there was a very steep walk down the ravine and back up the other side. I am sure later in the season the Finca is a lovely place to stay with swimming pool and lots of outside sitting areas but in early March it was a bit chilly. I wasn't too keen on the wine tasting in the morning before a walk. We seemed to spend a lot of time eating. We only had picnic lunches on 2 days which meant a lot of food was provided both at lunchtime and in the evening. I would have been happy to have longer walks and more picnic lunches.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Sinanoglou on 14/03/2016

***#.
Though the rating (one boot+) is accurate, I would have preferred longer walks on most days. The use of three locations in three very different settings is an attractive feature as is the superb seafood. The village of Pedralva is an unusual and well-chosen base from which to explore Portugal's west coast. The use of a Portuguese partner organization (A to Z Adventures) and local guides works extremely well. This is an ideal holiday for those who enjoy half-day walks in a variety of landscapes covering a region that stretches from the river border with Spain in the east to the Atlantic beaches and sea cliffs in the west. The guides are well-informed and very attentive.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Harris on 14/03/2016

*****
A good strenuous holiday for an elderly single traveller. The guides and the other travellers were good organisers and excellent companions. No complaints.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Heyes on 09/03/2016

***#.
Rather a long time in coaches travelling, perhaps unavoidable. Las Terrrazas had two free afternoons to walk round, one is enough! Some suggestions for the last day in Havana would have been helpful. A great group that we went with. 10 seemed to be just right.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr McNab on 09/03/2016

*****
Gozo is a small island but packed with interest. We loved the Hotel Ta Cenc, its architecture, location, friendly service and very good food. The walks were excellent and took us from quiet villages to fantastic coastlines through terraced valleys. It was sunny and mild and just what we needed after a very wet and very windy winter..

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Merry on 04/03/2016

*****
This was our first Headwater holiday & we were impressed. The hotel is a real gem with impeccable service & wonderful food. Dietary requirements were known about by both hotel staff & our guides. Both guides were helpful & knowledgeable about the locality, flora, fauna etc. They also provided great picnic lunches. The idea to go to a local market one day to choose picnic items was a good one. We had not visited Tenerife previously & being situated in the quiet town of Garachico was lovely. There was plenty to occupy us there on the free day. All in all this was a splendid holiday, the walks varied & interesting. We were only a small group, 2 couples only but we seemed to gel which is always a bonus. We really have no criticism to make. Wonderful & we'll book with Headwater again.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Auger on 04/03/2016

*****
The walks were varied and well within our ability, although we appreciated having a day off on the fourth day. The guides (Andreas and Javier) were very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna, geology and history of the island, which added enormously to our enjoyment. We couldn't fault the hotel (San Roque), and especially liked having a Jacuzzi bath to revive our muscles each evening, before dinner. The chef produced delicious and varied meals both on the set menu and the vegetarian alternative.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Dr Harris on 04/03/2016

***#.
A holiday in which you get away from the crowds and experience the country intimately, complemented by good food & accomodation

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Dr Holloway on 04/03/2016

***#.
We had an enjoyable walking experience in Gran Canaria and in general the walk instructions were excellent although there were some mistakes that were mostly corrected by the local guide at an initial meeting on arrival. It is worth asking as many searching questions from the local guide at this point.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Bumfrey on 04/03/2016

***#.
A very scenic island with lots of walking opportunities, some of which can be quite challenging. Friendly and comfortable hotels.

Walking on La Palma

By Mrs Mendoza on 04/03/2016

*****
This was the second Headwater holiday I have been on which was guided by Javier. He is a fantastic guide and so knowledgeable. As well as walking he showed us lots of flora and fauna and lots of other interesting things. All the walks were very interesting and the views were great It was good that we stayed at two hotels, both very interesting.

Walking on La Palma

By Mrs Gatward on 04/03/2016

*****
The hotels, our guide Javier and the fellow-travellers were all excellent - unfortunately the weather wasn't as good as I'd hoped but nothing can be done about that. I think Javier realised when he had to re-arrange our final walk (due to snow) that the alternative was a bit difficult for me - but I got there! I have to say everyone else thought it was wonderful!

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Wildsmith on 03/03/2016

*****
Excellent varied walking on the coast and on the Levada system. Good variety of hotel.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs George on 25/02/2016

***#.
Stunning scenery and great walking destination. Great climate for Jan/Feb.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Worsley on 25/02/2016

*****
Met our expectations exactly- no hitches throughout.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Mattingly on 25/02/2016

***#.
Excellent hotel & guides. One or two walks do require a head for heights (this was pointed out in brochure).

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Pomfrett on 25/02/2016

*****
Probably the best walking holiday we have had in Europe. A decent walk each day but you could do other things if you wanted. 3 of the five walks were really beautiful and the other two were good. Accommodation was fine and the reps were helpful. The notes were clear and easy to follow.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Woodruff on 25/02/2016

*****
Well organised holiday with an excellent local guide.

Walking on La Palma

By Mr Rayner on 25/02/2016

*****
An excellent holiday with an exceptional guide (Javier) who was passionate about the geology, geography, and natural history of the island of La Palma. The walks were well chosen and we saw different aspects of the island. He was adaptable - when the temperature dropped to 5C with a wind speed of 34kph he decided to forego the high altitude ridge walk for one further down the mountain. He took us to an interesting selection of restaurants so that we could experience local cuisine. And he was a good and careful driver and had a fine sense of humour.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Harper on 24/02/2016

*****
A great experience with a young enthusiastic guide. The only disappointment was the weather.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Brown on 24/02/2016

*****
Perfect combination of varied and scenic walking, great hospitality, delicious food and comfortable accommodation.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Kell on 24/02/2016

***#.
We very much enjoyed our week in Gran Canaria. The walks we did provided panoramic views of the island and fortunately all the days we walked we were blessed with excellent weather and visibility. We opted out of the last walk on the Sunday because of poor weather conditions which seemed to affect most of the island. On balance we found the walks more strenuous than 2 Boot might have suggested, especially on some of the steep descents. We were quite stiff after 3 consecutive days but happily recovered quite quickly during the day's transfer. We do a lot of walking and exercise regularly at the gym so would stress the need for physical fitness to do these walks. See comments below about the Hotels. San Bartolome is so central really that on balance all of the walks can be accessed from there though it might involve a little more mountain driving which some folk may not appreciate.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Holland-webb on 22/02/2016

***#.
Cuba is a fascinating, colourful and vibrant country. A place to relax, enjoy the music and the rum and definitely, forget it is the 21st century.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Cross on 22/02/2016

*****
I thoroughly enjoyed this Headwater holiday, of which I have had many. Luckily our small group all got on well with each other - important for a guided holiday. You can rely on the excellent guide (Javier) and the excellent hotel San Roque, and Garachico is a pretty little coastal town. What you cannot rely on - in mid-February in Tenerife - is good weather for walking every day. Cloud and/or rain, plus high winds, are a real risk. Javier was intelligent and flexible, taking us back to the 'always dry' Teide National Park more than once, after we got a soaking on one lower altitude walk.Would go walking again - probably to another of the Canary Islands - but in April/May, not February.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Underwood on 22/02/2016

*****
Fabulous weeks walking holiday our guide Javier was brilliant each day was a fun filled day, great walking routes and with an extremely pleasant knowledgeable young guide. Would recommend 100%

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Huddlestone on 17/02/2016

***#.
An enjoyable winter break in milder weather with an interesting variety of walking, without being too challenging! The hotels provided excellent facilities for rest and recuperation with good dining and comfortable surroundings and some stunning views in places.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Ms Swiecicka on 17/02/2016

***#.
Can't really comment on standard of accommodation normally offered by Headwater as we upgraded wherever possible. At Costa D'Oiro (where we paid for superior room) we were put in room 3016 (I think) which, we later realised, has to have been the worst of all the superior rooms in that building (ground floor, in the back left-hand corner of the building) - the bathroom facilities were modern but the room itself was very dark and cramped (had a 3rd bed in it so nowhere inside to sit or even to put our cases). The patio was dark & dingy and only got the sun for about an hour or so around breakfast time (which wasn't much use to us as the room was not 'ready' for us to go into until after 1pm). The superior rooms on the other side of the building (i.e. facing the small road) were much brighter and bigger but we were not given the option of changing. We wouldn't have minded a room at the back of the building had it been on the 1st floor level as this would have been much lighter but we very much got the impression that we were put in that room to make it easier for cleaning - i.e. all the rooms to be cleaned were together on the ground floor. The restaurant was closed in the evening so comment re food relates to breakfast only, which was good. I would not stay in this hotel again.

Headwater response

Dear Ms Swiecicka, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback, we were pleased to see you had an enjoyable holiday overall, however were sorry to read of your dissatisfaction with your room at Hotel Costa d ‘Oiro. We have discussed your comments with the Hotelier; he was also disappointed to receive your feedback and is sorry this issue was not resolved during your stay. This hotel is not one we normally use for our walking holiday, however we do use it on our cycling holiday and the overall feedback received is good. However, we do appreciate we cannot afford to let our standards slip, so will continue to monitor all feedback received and will work closely with our hotelier to ensure they are delivering the standard of accommodation our customers have come to expect. In closing, we would like to thank you for your constructive feedback and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater customer service team

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Cockram on 05/02/2016

*****
An excellent holiday all round. Everything was looked after for us both by Headwater and the local guide whose knowledge was exceptional on every subject and for whom nothing was too much trouble. Accommodation superb and just what was needed at the end of a day's walking.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Bowen on 05/02/2016

*****
An excellently run holiday in a beautiful area. Our guide was always prepared to go the extra mile to make our holiday a success. Walks were excellently prepared and led with extra visits such as to a banana plantation thrown in. He even took us to the market on the first walk day to show him what we all liked in our picnics which were amazing! He also avoided a long wait at the airport on our leaving day by taking us to a nearby beach unencumbered by our luggage and returning for us later. We recommend him very highly.

Walking on La Palma

By Mrs Morris on 05/02/2016

*****
Superb leader - sociable, knowledgeable, charming, considerate. Excellent hotels, especially the Hacienda, where the staff were charming and the quality of the accommodation and surroundings excellent.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Ms Freeman on 04/02/2016

*****
Although flights were arduous with 4-hour stopover in US, on the whole flights were good. Costa Rica is a fantastic place and our guide Pedro was so enthusiastic about the country and wildlife and very interesting on political and historical details which greatly enhanced our experience. We travelled in a small (4) group which although initially I was doubtful about, in fact worked out well. The driver of the bus was very good and we got to places in comfort and in promptly. The walking was fantastic. Some walks were quite arduous but not impossibly so and always very interesting. Highlights for me were the night walk in the forest near Cebadilla and the boat trip through the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. The final hotel at the beach at Playa Hermosa was a wonderful end to the holiday.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mr Whitley on 04/02/2016

***#.
Costa Rica is a fantastic country for wildlife and fauna, however doing a walking holiday there may not be the best option if you are going primarily for the flora and fauna. Getting there and back is painful going via the USA; if BA bring in a direct route from LHR then that will be much the best option. The people are lovely, and our guide (Erika) was always smiling and very helpful.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mr Kerry on 04/02/2016

*****
The guide was very good at getting us to places when there was no one else around which made things more exclusive. In addition it was our idea before we went to have the boat trip at Cano Negro in the afternoon which was a great success. We had the river to ourselves, saw 23 different types of bird and even the guide saw things she had never seen before, like howler monkeys on the ground.

Walking on La Gomera

By Dr Simpson on 04/02/2016

*****
Wonderful trip and made even better by out guides detailed knowledge of the area and his ability to swap walking days to suit the conditions - stayed in the woods when cloud cover was low. Everything was wonderful except that we had no hot water in our room at 7 am (it got going by 7.40) and again at 6 pm. This was because our room was a long way from the centre of the hotel and / or the system couldn't cope with lots of people all wanting hot water at the same time. I raised the issue with reception twice and was assured that the hot water boiler came on at 7 am, but this certainly wasn't sufficiently early to supply us. Compeletly wonderful hotel in all other ways, so this was a pity. I would certainly recommend this holiday to anyone, but it's ceratinly 2 boot!

Walking on La Palma

By Mr Ridley on 04/02/2016

*****
Another excellent holiday with Headwater

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Booth on 29/01/2016

*****
Both the guided and self guided parts of the holiday were excellent. We were taken to parts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria that were spectacularly beautiful, rugged and interesting.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mrs Riddaway on 28/01/2016

***#.
Hotel Las Tiranas is a very pleasant friendly place to stay with excellent faciities including a lovely swimming pool and wellness centre. The very extensive buffet breakfasts and lunches mean that it is possible to find plenty of food to please anyone's tastes. Lots of pleasant places both inside and out to sit and talk or just relax. Hotel Melva Suites has a very minimalist design and is set in grounds covered mostly with small stones and few plants. It has no facilities except a restaurant but this was friendly and the food was good. Breakfast was very limited and cold and provided in the corner a huge hall. The whole experience would be much improved if breakfast was to be served in the restaurant.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Hirst on 25/01/2016

*****
Northern Tenerife is dramatic and beautiful. The walks were very varied, with stunning views and much of interest along the way with excellent, knowledgable local guides. Our hotel was charming and after a day of walking it was lovely to relax each evening round the pool and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mr Learmont on 22/01/2016

***#.
We stayed in two hotels, the Tirajanas and Melva. Our stay in the Tirajanas was very enjoyable; there were a couple of niggles (separate charge for wi fi and use of safe in room) but overall amenities excellent, service and food both good, walks from hotel great (albeit quite physically challenging). We did not think the Melva was a good choice for Headwater customers - it was a long distance from the walk start points; the atmosphere and location were bleak; the food slightly odd - an excellent quality evening restaurant (even though menu choices were odd e.g. scrambled eggs and artichokes, anchovies with a small tomato) offset by a really poor breakfast in main hall (warm water from a thermos for tea/coffee; no fresh bread etc.). The rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped but the exterior was like a car park and not appealing at all. We enjoyed our visit to Gran Canaria but were we to go again we would prefer to stay for the whole week in Tirajanas and steer clear of Melva.I trust this is helpful.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Jamieson on 19/01/2016

***#.
We did all the walks in the itinerary except the Las Casas de Afur as it promised to be simply a descent of 700m on difficult footing followed an unrelenting climb (or bus trip) back up. As reasonably fit 70s we coped with all the others, but considered most to be at the top end of Headwaters two boot category because of the generally rocky terrain and occasional need for a head for heights We found the individual walk descriptions out-of-date. In several cases there had been welcome improvements such as better waymaking and resurfaced roads (the Chamorga walk). But on the Los Organos walk we had to retrace our steps after 4km as a key section of path has been closed on safety grounds since at least February 2015. Yet Headwater still included the walk in our package. As all the walks are some distance from the hotels a lot of driving is involved, much on twisting mountain roads; we did 700km in seven days (including 60 minutes each way for the aborted Los Organos walk). Not a problem for us, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea. While sun hat, sunscreen and water are rightly mentioned as essential, layers of clothing and gloves are equally important as most of the walks approach 1000m (2000m in the case on the Teide National Park). In the winter months it can be quite cold at those altitudes, especially on cloudy days. As for hotels, the Finca Salamanca is adequate, but lacks atmosphere. The Quinta Roja in Garachico (a lovely town with traditional architecture) is very good and is close to a range of restaurants. We enjoyed the fish restaurant, Aristides, just cross the square. In neither hotel did the staff show much knowledge of, or interest in, the Headwater programme of walks. Overall, the holiday was a great way to explore the far corners and roof of Tenerife, but the balance of the overall programme and the individual walk descriptions need more attention to detail by Headwater.

Cuba Uncovered

By Ms Tomkins on 19/12/2015

*****
The holiday gave a real opportunity to experience life in Cuban cities and the stunning countryside.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Simms on 14/12/2015

*****
Holiday was well organised by helpful staff. Flexibility on departure airport is a big plus.

Walking on La Palma

By Mis Nair on 09/12/2015

***#.
A good holiday in a beautiful island, with good weather and a helpful and obliging guide. NB ; Picnic lunches during the walks were a little excessive . It might be better for each person /couple to choose what they want for lunch before purchasing it to avoid leftovers / carrying excess loads.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mrs Longfoot on 07/12/2015

*****
A beautiful country, lots of wildlife and lush countryside.

Walking on La Palma

By Mr Shore on 07/12/2015

*****
Hacienda de Abajo is a fabulous hotel - best staff ever, wonderful food, beautiful accommodation and stunning tropical gardens. Hotel San Telmo is charming, tucked away in the side streets and perfectly located for walking in Santa Cruz. Our guide - Javier - was an outstanding source of knowledge on the history, geology, flora and fauna of the islands. I recommend this holiday.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mr Poole on 04/12/2015

***#.
Hidden Tuscany is in an interesting, quiet area. It is necessary to travel significant distances to get the best out of the holiday and the area, as is probably true of Western Europe in general, will be at its best in Spring/Early Summer.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mrs Farebrother on 04/12/2015

***#.
Cinque Terre walking can be quite tough. The distance that is given in the Notes does not really prepare unwary walkers for the ascent and descent to be expected for the day.We recommend that Headwater publishes the distance AND the metres of ascent/descent for each day and option. It adds considerably to the challenge/enjoyment, depending on your point of view! We were fine, others could be taken unawares by the climbing expected. We loved the terrain and the experience. We were very fortunate with the fabulous weather for early October. In wet conditions, some of the paths would have been impassable and dangerous, so it is important to emphasise that the weather will have a big impact on the holiday experience in the Cinque Terre. We were a bit shocked by the sheer number of tourists and walkers in the five Cinque Terre towns. Considering it was 'end of season' in early October, the towns were crammed with tourists and it was only on the remoter paths that we managed to shed them. Headwater should emphasise that, beautiful as it is, the Cinque Terre region is one of the most popular walking/tourist areas in the World and can get very crowded. The walking notes were generally very good but the maps were truly awful. Not only did they not cover all the routes in the notes, we met other walkers who had far superior maps to ours. The maps by KOMPASS appeared to be some of the best. Our maps either didn't show some paths or didn't show them accurately in some instances. Elisa knows the territory like the back of her hand so we suspect she doesn't pay too much attention to maps! Whereas for us, we needed to be able to navigate with them AND the notes, and without her.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Baron on 04/12/2015

*****
A very enjoyable holiday with excellent guiding and accomodation

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mis Heath on 03/12/2015

*****
Memmo Baleeira was lovely to stay at and it would have been good to have stayed there longer. Mira Sagres was alright and Pedralva was very basic (food in evening was adequate but you had to be careful what you chose). Walking along coast and in wooded valleys was lovely but could be tedious inland (flat and featureless scrubland at times). Ludmilla was great and very helpful - we like her a lot!

Walking on La Gomera

By Ms Findlay on 01/12/2015

*****
La Gomera is a largely unspoilt island with wonderful plants and stunning views. Great to learn so much about its history and natural history, enjoy lovely walking and sample local food. An excellent guide and good company from our fellow travellers. Would thoroughly recommend this trip!

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Ms Wellsted on 01/12/2015

*****
Stress free excellence! I loved every minute of this holiday principally because all arrangements went super smoothly, the hotel staff, accommodation and location were way above my expectations. The week flew and the walking was thoroughly enjoyable. Would I go with Headwater holidays again? Absolutely.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Scott on 01/12/2015

***#.
An excellent holiday , helped by the weather!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mis Haill on 27/11/2015

*****
Truly memorable holiday with excellent guides leading us. We saw a huge amount of the Algarve and the walks were varied and interesting, though perhaps a little bit harder than I was prepared for. My first visit to Portugal and I hope not my last.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Marsh on 27/11/2015

*****
Bermuda is friendly, beautiful and relaxing. We followed all walks but one and wished we had had longer to do more (the walks didn't leave enough time for visiting museums etc). Coco Reef was a lovely place to stay.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Ms Lang on 27/11/2015

***#.
It was a good holiday. Just too much rain.

The Sahara and High Atlas

By Mr Smith on 27/11/2015

*****
It was a very enjoyable holiday with a good mix of walking, culture, fantastic scenery and relaxation time.

The Sahara and High Atlas

By Mr Kirby on 27/11/2015

*****
The Es Saadi hotel was excellent but suffered from road noise if the room was at the front, the food was good but with poor portion sizes, the Karam Palace hotel was good, slightly noisy, the buffet dinner lacked variety, the Palais Asmaa hotel is in need of some renovation, the food OK but nothing special. The walks were as described except for the 7 1/2 mile from Amizmiz which started with a long up hill drag and finished with a steep down hill over very rough ground, not good with tired legs.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mrs Chaplin on 18/11/2015

*****
Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, Tony and Ludmilla were very helpful, the route notes accurate and the walks were lovely especially the walk from Vila do Bispo to Sagres-the coastal views were fantastic! All the hotels were very welcoming, but we especially liked Pedralva it is a real gem and the food was great too! There was plenty of choice of restaurants on the days when we had bed and breakfast at the hotels and we found all to be very good value for money.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Mowat on 17/11/2015

***#.
The walking part lacked purpose. The walking is very limited and although the local guide in Trinidad was very informative and made it worthwhile, the first local guide we had for 2 days in La Moya did not explain very much about the plants, animals, birds and terrain. He marched on ahead with our guide and left us behind. His English was poor and in all the walks there should have been a local guide in front and our guide at the back to ensure safety. Our own guide was excellent and imparted knowledge of the history of Cuba which made it a very good holiday

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr Schafer on 17/11/2015

*****
We took our trip in late August. The trip was very well constructed and we thoroughly enjoyed the mix of hiking and exploring days as it gave us a chance to enjoy the beauty and culture of the areas we were visiting. This was our first self-guided Headwater trip (4th Headwater trip overall). The local reps Colin and Jill were very helpful, providing updated route notes and suggestions for things to see and do during our hiking and off days. The route notes were accurate and easy to follow. The hotels were all very nice and with the exception of the Hotel Bergrose, were all centrally located. ( The Bergrose was in a beautiful, quiet setting 20 mins out side of town.) It was very warm during our trip (~32 degrees) so we had to sleep with the windows open. The central location of the hotels made for rather noisy nights and we ended up sleeping with earplugs. The hotels and food were otherwise excellent across the board. This is a wonderful holiday.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mr Simpson on 17/11/2015

*****
An excellent holiday with a like minded group of people. Our guide Nino went out of his way to ensure everyone got what they wanted out of the holiday. He changed arrangements to suit the weather and ensured that everyone was happy with what was happening each day. Pleasant walking( despite slightly inclement weather at times) through lovely countryside and interesting historic sites. Unfortunately it was too cold for our swim in the Adriatic . Alberobello is a very pretty town with its large concentration of Trulli. Matera is a fascinating city with its ancient settlements and interesting history.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mis Chappell on 13/11/2015

*****
An excellent holiday with a good insight into the Cuban life & culture. Our guide & driver were excellent, looking after the group well. Compared to other Headwater Holidays, I would describe this as a sightseeing holiday rather than a walking holiday as only a few short walks, however humidity made walking difficult sometimes. A highlight for me was the walk around the village of Vinales & enjoying mojitos at a homestead with a spectacular view! Swimming in the Caribbean at Trinidad was very special!

Walking on Gran Canaria

By Mrs Hutchinson on 13/11/2015

***#.
First hotel was in a lovely location but we didn't get the basic cleaning and breakfast service we would expect. We weren't expecting luxury here but basic cleaning and services. Also nobody was available who spoke English for most of our stay here. Obviously in a rural area we shouldn't necessarily have expected this but it would have been very helpful.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Green on 09/11/2015

*****
Good combination of interesting but not too taxing walks, four or five hours a day, and pleasant pampering by staying at good hotels with pools and saunas,(very important to soothe any aching muscles !) Local people that we encountered seemed uniformly friendly and helpful and the landscape, whether we were being driven or walking through it, was never less than fascinating and often simply amazing, a combination of peruvian highlands and alpine villages !

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Ms Spencer on 06/11/2015

*****
we had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves though the level of the first walk (the longer route) seemed to be harder tan 2 boots especially given the temperature. In view of the steep ascents/descents on parts of this walk it might be helpful to suggest sticks as essential. We spent 4 nights in total at the hotel in Spello and for 2 of those nights we were unhappy with one of the beds which was a sofa bed and not really suitable for an adult. We were very tired on our first night so put up with it but when we asked for this to be changed on our return there were no staff able to change the bedding until the following day. This wasn't satisfactory. Two of the nights we spent at this hotel were on wednesdays which meant we ate at a different restaurant; this may have been just as well as the menu(which was short) didn't alter on the 2 nights we ate there.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mr Grant on 04/11/2015

*****
An excellent mix of walking ( none of which is too taxing at least in the cooler October weather ) and sightseeing . The trip will give a good exposure to several of the main must see places in Tuscany. and also shows some of those places less visited by tourists. We were very fortunate in having a great guide in Elizabetta . It was perhaps a mark of how good she is that she was warmly welcomed in each new place we visited . My main tip for future travelers is to go to the Uffizi as early as you can as it can be crowded . Booking in advance is to be recommended and it is best to phone ( you go through the options by pushing the telephone key pad - it is all in English and then you have a very brief discussion with an English speaking member of staff . The advantage is that you will get a wider availability of times to visit than you do booking online and some people according to tripadvisor don`t get their confirmation email ( TripAdvisor has a section on booking for the Uffizi which is v helpful ) . You can book up once you are in Florence for the next day if you go late in the afternoon the day before ( a couple of people did this and got early slots ) but i don`t know how many slots will be available for those going along the day before and many people will want to see the Uffizi and may not want to wait and see if they can get in and when . The last thing you want to do is to queue up on the day - people were being told it would be a 2 hour wait to get in at 10am on the Saturday we were there !!!

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr McKerchar on 03/11/2015

*****
Hotel absolutely first rate - fantastic tranquil location; we were very well looked after; food was simple but good. Menorca delightfully quiet when we visited (October) but weather perfect for walking. Walks were straightforward if perhaps a trifle short. We skipped the town walks and added two other walks of our own that I would recommend 1. Santa Galdana to Saint Thomas via GR 223, returning along coastal path - just be aware that to leave Cala Trebaluger you need to use a cave passage. 2. Cala Tuqueta to Plagues de Son Saura (out & return via coastal path - we did not find the green route marked on the map but we did not spend much time looking).

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Horsfall on 02/11/2015

***#.
We thought this was upper two boot level, but very enjoyable walking

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Dr Hodgson on 31/10/2015

***#.
A holiday in two parts ...the rural hills with lake, birds, flowers and superb hosts followed by clifftop walks, beaches,birds, Going in October we did have a bit of rain but this only stopped one day's walking and we were still able to fully enjoy this unspoilt part of Portugal.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mrs Shore on 31/10/2015

*****
A really good trip.With a good blend of self directed walks and guided up Stromboli and Etna.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Kettle on 28/10/2015

*****
Exceeded all expectations. Very relaxing. Party of 10 ideal size to get to know each other. Excellent introduction to Andalucia

Birdwatching in Extremadura

By Mrs Probett on 27/10/2015

***#.
Walking &birding good in both centres. Esther, our guide, was very friendly and tried to do her best for us.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Jones on 27/10/2015

*****
Can't speak too highly of Sarah - Headwater is fortunate to have someone with such high standards, thoughtfulness and warm personality.. She was very attentive and concerned about a couple on the cycling holiday,one of whom had sustained an eye injury while cycling. Villa Lusanna was particularly good in terms of welcome, food and friendliness. Some years ago we did the walking in the Loire valley holiday. The standard of food, accomodation and route notes were much better in the Venetian Hills holiday. .

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mis Harper on 27/10/2015

*****
A brilliant holiday, our guide Antonino was excellent, he looked after us very well and went out of his way to make sure we were always well looked after and very well fed. Transfers during the walk went like clockwork. An incredibly interesting part of Italy; as it was cold and wet we all agreed to visit local caves instead of the beach and they were magnificent. One boot was the right classification, there was some 'scrambling' over rocks and through vegetation, the rest mainly rocky/stony tracks with minor ascents and descents.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Jones on 26/10/2015

***#.
Good holiday and very good walking, well organised and good fun.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Stevens on 26/10/2015

***#.
This had the potential to be an outstanding holiday with excellent guides but they were let down by two of the hotels. It would have been helpful to have details of the spa treatments in advance and to book in advance as the Spa was often fully booked. It was also pretty shabby although the treatments good. More information about the area and history of the are would be a good idea too.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mis Jameson on 26/10/2015

***#.
This was a new holiday and the Guides were excellent. The walks were varied and interesting. A mix of capabilities were catered for by using two vehicles but only because our group size allowed it. The hotels were varied as were the areas. I knew of the Poussada at Tavira and have stayed in the area before, We were particularly pleased to be able to return to a favorite restaurant in Santa Luzia. Although the weather wasn't at it's finest for our holiday we completed all the walks. The complex at Petralva was very interesting and had the best showers and hot water. However, the room was damp, others requested to be moved, this should be sorted out because the overall resort,concept and area was lovely. Our last morning's breakfast appeared to have them short handed but was fine. The bartender was knowledgeable and made our stay very enjoyable. The Hotel at Monchique was made up of a number of buildings some older than others. Our room although old was spacious but the hot water and decor was struggling a bit. Food for the first two evenings was a set menu and not very good nor was the service. This was the first time I have had difficulty with language in the Algarve. The bartender was particularly out of his depth. The last night the food was offered at A La Carte and was much improved as was the young lady taking orders and serving ( the kitchen too was much improved). The visit to the local distillery was fantastic and although the food in the hotel could have been better we thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. We did not receive walking notes or a detailed walk itinerary ( I assume because it was guided) but this left us never really sure of plans and routes for the next day. We were given the holiday briefing but ten days in one go was too much to take in. This was our fifth Headwater Holiday and perhaps quality did not quite match up to others but I think with some assistance from the hotels it could easily achieve the expected level. There were nine of us on the tour and think we all enjoyed the experience.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Wehl on 26/10/2015

*****
Our Croatian walking holiday was a wonderful experience. The villages were picturesque and stunning in their location and ambience. The walks were through diverse terrain of natural beauty and the food was delicious. Highly enjoyable and thoroughly recommended by us both.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Beddow on 26/10/2015

***#.
The travel arrangements were good. The information supplied for the walks and local places of interest was very good. The directions to the hotel were clear. The hotel was in a lovely location and it was family run. It was very clean. There was no bar and no refreshment facilities in the form of a bar or restaurant available during the day, but if asked for specific items, staff would provide drinks and snacks and it was possible for guests to make their own hot drinks at any time. The dinner menu was varied and the standard of food in the restaurant in the evening was excellent.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Fairclough on 26/10/2015

*****
Very enjoyable. Felt like we had seen and experienced the real Spain, not touristy and commercial. We speak no Spanish and very few people spoke English but we got by and all the meals were wonderful, trying different things. The walks were very good some more challenging than others. We did go wrong but never too badly. Not sure if the mistakes were due to vague directions or just misinterpretation of instructions (we easily go wrong in England!!)

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Ms Bevan on 26/10/2015

*****
A busy holiday but a great introduction to Tuscany and the Cinque Terra. The mixture of sightseeing and walking was what I wanted and left me feeling I'd like to return to see more of the region in the future. We were a full group of 8 from diverse backgrounds and locations but we gelled well. Much of the success of our trip was due to our guide Elisabetta, who was wonderful throughout - from her excellent driving skills to the endless humour and patience she showed guiding us through menus and sharing her invaluable local knowledge! Our official city guides in Florence and Siena were also excellent and gave us interesting and thorough introductions to their cities.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Jenkins on 23/10/2015

***#.
Overall an enjoyable experience, but our least favourite headwater holiday (our 5th). Why? Flights from Heathrow involved a very tight connection at Vienna which was from a different terminal and meant going through security there. Made the connection with less than 10 minutes to go before departure- very stressful! Hotels were a real mixture. Loved the Miklik hotel (fantastic staff and super room despite a few issues with a shortage of hot water for our very large bath) and Kranjska Gora - we would have happily stayed there all week. Room at the Hotel Jezero by the lake had a fantastic outlook but the shower had a cracked shower tray and no plug for the sink. Hotel Hvala - wonderful welcome and the room was huge but needs serious modernisation and new beds! Hotel Mangart - the fridge wasn't working (fixed the next day) and breakfast on the first morning was poor with disinterested member of staff. Much improved the following morning and got offered eggs and bacon (possibly by the manager). The transfers by M Tours were punctual and efficient- beware there was a strong smell of smoke in some, although none of the drivers smoked whilst we were travelling. We nearly missed the train connection as we were not told that we were travelling on a car transporter which was in the station some 25 minutes before departure time. We even asked the station master whilst the train was there... Luckily one of the men sitting in his car on the train shouted at us to get onboard realising we were with M tours This meant running about 80 metres with suitcases down the gravel track alongside the train to the one carriage where the conductor had to haul us up nearly 5 feet to get us and our luggage onboard as there was no platform! Slovenia is lovely and the walking was of good 2 boots standard. Autumn was further advanced than in the UK and the weather was changeable so would advise going early September not at the end like we did. Considering Slovenia was very cheap, we thought the holiday was overpriced but presumably the number of transfers had a bearing on this.

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Cameron on 23/10/2015

***#.
Spectacular views of the Mediterranean from the mountains above Menton and Monaco.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Moore on 23/10/2015

*****
David and Sue are excellent hosts and guides. They have a real knowledge and enthusiasm for the area which is reflected in the walks. We had one day of rain and they quickly adapted the programme to suit the conditions. Walks were varied and excellent giving a real flavour of the area.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mrs Copeland on 22/10/2015

*****
Excellent our escort Elizbetta was wonderful she made our holiday helpful witty charming

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Griffiths-pear on 21/10/2015

***#.
A good holiday with great scenery and enjoyable walks. A notable absence of birds in the Zingaro Nature Reserve (October) but the vegetation was still very green, despite the heat .

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Tonner on 20/10/2015

*****
Transfers were seamless - friendly drivers and always on time. Good variety of locations and hotels. We feel that we saw most of the Amalfi and Sorrentine peninsular because of the walks organised for us. And probably saw a lot of places normally not seen. We were a little disappointed that we were the only Headwater clients that week but it was apparently at the end of the holiday season. The weather although warm was unpredictable at times and we had one very wet day on which we had to abandon our walk halfway and catch a bus to our next hotel. The food arranged was varied and delicious. Sorrento was an ideal base from which to visit Capri and explore the historical sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum amongst others. We had an and extra couple of days at the Grand Capidimonte hotel which was in a good location to walk down to Sorrento and was the perfect place to end our holiday, it was excellent in every respect.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Steggles on 20/10/2015

***#.
Overall we enjoyed our holiday - it was an extremely peaceful location and the service at the hotel was always excellent and friendly. We have a few suggestions for improvements, mostly on the food side. Breakfasts were a bit disappointing - few healthy options available and limited choice. The evening meals in the restaurant were of a high standard and again the service was excellent. The only slight downside from our perspective was that we thought there might have been a different fixed (market) menu every day instead of a standard restaurant menu which offered only limited daily specials (and not every day). Over the course of a week we found ourselves struggling for choice a bit and often had to repeat meals or ask the chef to omit certain ingredients (which they were happy to accommodate) to find something we liked. This is really only an issue if you are staying for a longer period or are less fond of a what was a predominantly meat-based menu. I would also highly recommend upgrading the hire car as we had a very basic Fiat Panda with an underpowered engine which struggled on the numerous hills and hairpin bends - definitely worth considering an upgrade.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms McGrath on 20/10/2015

*****
This was an excellent holiday that was really made by the superb service from the hosts, Sue and David. Nothing was too much trouble, they worked incredibly hard to ensure the whole group had the most enjoyment out of their holiday. Their knowledge of the walks was incredible and their good humour and patience second to none. The food was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the week. I walked and climbed to a level I had not reached for a number of years and felt a tremendous sense of achievement . I have already passed on details of the holiday to work colleagues.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Moseley on 20/10/2015

*****
Lovely area, very peaceful with enjoyable walking. Great to visit Padua on our rest day. Added on a day and night in Venice at the end of the holiday which would highly recommend.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Ms Olson-williams on 16/10/2015

**#..
Disappointing

Birdwatching in Extremadura

By Mrs Tilley on 16/10/2015

***#.
Good overall. The time of year for the particular holiday needs to be better considered as it is billed as a birdwatching holiday and it is the wrong time of year for that. Quite a lot of the birds had left. The weather was also very hot so the countryside was very dry and the few birds that were around were hiding from the heat. I would suggest looking again at the best times to make sure you catch the migrating birds that you suggest people might see on your list. The accommodation at the Palacio Viejo is a pure delight - as is the owner, Carmen.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mr Sanderson on 16/10/2015

***#.
Most enjoyable holiday which was well organised. Hotels were just right for our requirements. Our minibus driver Nicola was superb - always on time and nothing was too much trouble. Temperatures up to 39 degrees were a bit of a shock in mid September which meant some of the walks were very testing when there was a lack of shade.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Compton on 16/10/2015

*****
The Amalfi CoAst was beautiful and the walking challenging at times. There were a lot of steps on all of the walks. Our guide Lucia was extremely informative about everything and catered well with some who did struggle. Lucia was with us from breakfast all day and took the evening meal with the group.The coach drivers were very good, not fast and furious like most Italian drivers. Suggestions were given for our day off and a group of us went off to Heraculeum for the day by bus and train, a beautiful place to visit. The hotels were a very good standard with lovely views. The Bellavista had a busy road outside which was quiet at night, but the food was above standard and a wonderful choice every day. It was away from nearest village.The Hotel Garden had the best view and near to the centre of Ravello.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Jones on 16/10/2015

*****
It was a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. The walks were varied and beautiful, sometimes challenging, but we coped. It was especially nice to have a local guide with insider knowledge of the region. The food was authentic and delicious at the hotels, and Lucia took us to very good local delicatessens to buy sandwiches or to excellent restaurants at lunchtime. We especially enjoyed the international group of lovely people.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Elcome on 16/10/2015

*****
Although Ta Cenc is a lovely hotel with a great location it cannot be really classified as a typical 5 star/top of the range hotel; the bedrooms/bathrooms are rather dated, there are not staff always available to help/advise. We had to search for things rather than them being provided. Hotel staff were friendly, the food particularly the breakfast buffet and in the restaurant (il Cantra) at the beach were excellent. Having stayed in a number of 5 star hotels this isn't one. However, we really enjoyed ourselves at the hotel and had no complaints. Gozo was a lovely surprise (the lovely weather helped!) with pretty villages, friendly people and a very efficient bus service. However, overall there is too much walking on roads; we recommend that people use the buses to avoid some of this (a 15 euro pass for 12 trips was great value and we could use it on Malta) There are also additional walks we were told about including one of the best walks we did from Gharb up to the coast and then along to Marsalforn which is part of the coastal walk; there is a brochure called the Gozo coastal walk - perhaps George could have told us a bit more about where to get bus passes, other walks and local information and a bit more about the hotel. Whilst pleasant we had the impression he has done it so many times before he has become a bit stale! On Malta the Phoenicia is a great location; it has a 5 star appearance but the breakfast buffet wasn't as tasty as Ta Cenc; the serving staff, while many of them, were not too attentive to our needs. It did not have the same friendly feel as the Ta Cenc - there was no personal feel, they were going through the motions rather than making any real effort. If you want any clarification of the above please let me know; hopefully this 'summary' adds a bit of colour to the ratings above. Overall we all had a really great time and would recommend it to anyone but people need to know what to and what not to expect.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Robertson on 15/10/2015

*****
Easy to book and everything arranged well. Headwater always have interesting hotels in lovely locations. A guided holiday adds so many interesting features to the trip and no worries about getting lost !

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Kilpatrick on 15/10/2015

*****
This was the best walking holiday I have had in recent years. Casa Carrascal is a lovingly restored house situated in a delightful Spanish village. Each bedroom in the hotel is different giving a lovely quirky feel to the place. While there is no Wifi (no bad thing in my opinion) this is available in the very welcoming hostelery just across the road. The walks, which are accurately described as two boot, are varied so that every day you are walking different terrain but always with spectacular views. I was slightly concerned that I might not be able to do all of them but David and Sue (who are excellent leaders) keep a close eye on everyone and present alternative walks if they think you might experience difficulties. Add to that tempting menus based on local produce cooked to perfection by David and you have the makings of a great holiday. All you have to do is enjoy it all!

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms O'Dell on 15/10/2015

*****
I was very pleased with the help and service I received from Headwater. The holiday was very enjoyable and I would certainly recommend the Valencia walking holiday.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Satterthwaite on 14/10/2015

*****
Great fun. Our reps were extremely helpful. We will definitely do another walking holiday.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mrs Watson on 14/10/2015

*****
Great walking with an excellent meal to come back to

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Ashcroft on 14/10/2015

*****
Excellent in every respect

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Latham on 13/10/2015

***#.
Gozo is a lovely location. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring the island and will likely visit again to see more. We'd be unlikely to stay at Hotel Ta Cenc again though ... Hotel service was a mixed bag - front desk were ok, bar/restaurant were good, housekeeping were good. Room was poor. Mould on the walls and a very strong smell of damp which was reported to reception but they were unable to do anything and there was no offer of an alternative room. Our clothes smelled of the damp by the end of the week as well. The kettle leaked, and was replaced. A leg fell off the bed, and was promptly repaired by staff. The room and hotel in general was tired-looking and really needs some TLC. Food in the main hotel restaurant was ok, but we needed a change after about 3 or 4 days. Breakfasts were very good, though. Make sure you try the honey rings!! An evening meal at the Kantra restaurant was excellent, despite the stormy weather. Charging for wifi in the rooms feels like nickel and diming the customers in the 21st century.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Riddaway on 12/10/2015

*****
A good holiday made especially interesting by Romina the local Rep. She is a lovely person, very helpful and very knowledgable and very willing to share her knowledge of the area. All the hotels were good and their locations very specacular . We wish we could have stayed longer in Hotel Sveti Jacob but had to return home. One night is not enough to enjoy the many attractions of this beautiful place.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Pro Davies on 12/10/2015

**#..
The holiday was disappointing. Onward travel from Barcelona airport was so awful the thought of having to make the return journey hung over the rest of the period, such that I changed my flight and went home a day early, using bus rather than train. If you use Passeig de Graca station you need to supply the timetable - there is no way of identifying if you are catching the right train (and there's a train every 2 minutes) and it is an awful place to wait.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mrs Greenbank on 12/10/2015

***#.
We enjoyed our visit to a part of Burgundy that was new to us. The walking was varied, not too strenuous with good maps and mostly clear directions. The hotels and the meals were excellent. Having a Headwater rep to welcome us and be on hand if needed really made a difference.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mr Cunningham on 12/10/2015

*****
I reckon a good deal of planning and research has gone into preparing this holiday. It was a perfect balance of walking, sightseeing and doing what you wanted to do. It was also flexible enough to be able to change plans on one occasion to take in an unexpected, extra trip. Tuscany is my favourite holiday destination, so it would be difficult for me not to enjoy myself, but the incomparable Elisabetta Piseddu, our guide, took my enjoyment to another level. I really enjoyed her company. Among her many accomplishments - apart form managing a disparate gang of Aussies, Yanks and a lone Brit - was to knock up a classic vinaigrette salad dressing during one of our lunches that would have added £10 to a UK restaurant bill. And our immaculate guides in Sienna and Florence, whose names unforgivably I haven't noted, were passionate and entertaining. Always an attractive mixture. Passionate and entertaining. What more could I want? Grazie mille, Elisabetta.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Munden on 12/10/2015

*****
A fabulous quiet and beautiful area of Spain but within easy reach of some great cities. El Milano Real is a perfect base for the many and varied walks on offer through this unspoilt National Park with its great food and wine and accommodation. The highlight for us was a 'birding' walk with a local biologist who was just superb. The only down side was that we didn't get maximum benefit from Teresa (and Paco whom we didn't see at all) but on the other hand all their staff were excellent. Had to book our own hotel in Madrid as Headwater's was strangely booked although available through booking.com!

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Ms Melliship on 12/10/2015

*****
Our holiday was the perfect combination of supported and independent: you do have to be prepared to sort out a lot of things for yourself, which we really like. Yet, Sarah was always available if we needed help. The itinerary was thoughtful and had great variety every day. We got a lot of satisfaction from completing all the suggested walks. Our rest days were extremely busy days as there is lots to do in the region - we enjoyed the chance to have these days to explore and do something different.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs MacLeod on 09/10/2015

*****
Excellent holiday; very interesting area of Spain to visit. The walks were varied with spectacular scenery. The hotel was well located and there was often something going on in the town square in the evening. Hotel staff friendly and helpful and the food was very good. I know the Spanish eat late but the 8.30pm evening meal was the only downside particularly when we wanted to have an early breakfast so we could start walking before it got too hot. Since Headwater clients have their own menu maybe an earlier sitting could be considered.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Williams on 08/10/2015

*****
We had a wonderful stay in Hotel Acquaviva. The location is beautiful and the hotel is within reasonable walking distance of the nearest village, Montemerano, as well as the thermal springs and village at Saturnia. There are many other ancient villages and historical sites within 1 to 1.5 hours drive, along winding but un-busy roads. The coast is well worth a visit, as is the truly beautiful city of Orvieto. Our holiday was a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Southern Tuscany.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Donnison on 08/10/2015

*****
The team at the hotel couldn't do enough to help. A decent range of walks nothing too strenuous but just right in the unseasonably high temperatures. Cordoba was a stunning place to visit so would strongly recommend this on the free day. We enjoyed having the extra days in Granada as a counterfoil to the tranquility of Zuheros.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Stather on 08/10/2015

*****
1. We felt that the Quinta do Furao hotel was ahead of the others because the staff were genuinely helpful / friendly, the restaurant served excellent locally grown food and typically Madeiran cuisine. 2. One flaw in the route notes was on Day 6 - the 2nd line on the 2nd Paragraph on page 22 - starts with 'At the T-junction of paths, turn right.....' We think it should say 'turn left!' Another (more minor) point is on Page 16 (last but one paragraph) mentioning the Tofa Mini Mercato - which we didn't find but suspect that the name has changed (they were in the process of re-vamping the shop with another name and coloured purple. 3. I would especially like to express my thanks to Donna Webber for her close attention to detail and patience when exploring the flight / accommodation options that made our holiday enjoyable during the period we had available. And also for Emma Glasgow for making exceptional steps in a very tight timescale to ensure that we received the route notes / maps etc through the post that were essential to our holiday. Thank you both

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mr Clark on 08/10/2015

*****
We greatly enjoyed our holiday and got to experience a wonderful part of Sicily, including the beautiful Marettimo Island. The only problem we encountered was that for the first 4 days there was a strong Sirocco wind which meant that the Zingaro reserve was closed, so that we couldn't do the suggested walk on our first day. It would have been nice to have had an alternative offered to us either by your local agent or the hotel. We were also worried what would happen if the ferry back from Marettimo was cancelled (we weren't given any info on this, yet it seems to be a common occurrence) - but in the event this wasn't needed.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Harris on 08/10/2015

*****
Our walking holiday on the Amalfi coast was wonderful. Our guide Luigi knew the area incredibly well and his knowledge and expertise was central to our enjoyment of every walk. He paced the walks well and there was always enough time to enjoy lunch or a coffee on the way! The 2 hotels had wonderful views and the food each night was excellent as was the company in the group. Overall it was a a great way to see the area and very relaxing as everything was so well organised. We would certainly choose a similar holiday again.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mr Dentith on 06/10/2015

*****
THIS PARTICULAR HOLIDAY ,THANKS TO THE HOTEL AND THE WEATHER WAS ONE OF THE BEST HOLIDAYS WE HAVE HAD WITH HEADWATER. THE WALKING IN PARTICULAR WAS SUFFICIENTLY CHALLENGING AND ADAPTABLE . SPECTACULAR VIEWS . THE AREA ITSELF WAS VERY INTERESTING, FROM ALL PERSPECTIVES. GOOD NOTES AND GOOD MAPS.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Griffiths on 06/10/2015

*****
A delightful area, away from the usual tourist spots. An attractive, friendly hotel and village. Varied walks with lovely long-distance views. Care needed on the stony tracks and paths after a prolonged period of dry weather.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Ms Assheton on 06/10/2015

*****
This was my first holiday with Headwater and I really enjoyed it. It was well organised, the accommodation and food was very good and our guide was really good, helpful and very knowledgeable.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Heard on 06/10/2015

*****
Wonderful,all walks easy instructions to follow with small useful details personally put in buy Lucy the Rep who was full of good and helpful advice. Locations all good. All hotel staff spoke good English which really helped as we do not speak a word of Portuguese. Food good. All transfers spot on nice friendly drivers who gave local history as we traveled. Although a walking holiday found it very relaxing as we walked at our own pase and all the walks different so plenty of scenery to stop and take in. This was our 1st walking holiday and regard it as a total success exstreamly happy with Headwater and would book with them again.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Hurst on 06/10/2015

*****
The walking exactly as described in the itinerary. For the intrepid, on the Caldeirão Verde Levada walk it is worth exploring beyond Caldeirão Verde towards Caldeirão do Inferno. The first 1.3k is easy, then their is an ambiguous option of continuing along levada or climbing steeply on well maintained steps signposted 'Caldeirão do Inferno 0.8km'. We chose the latter. The step take you up to a much higher level levada and a maze of tunnels and bits of old railway track. There is a yellow and red way marker here that seems to indicate this is the official route. Unfortunately we didn't have time to explore further. On day 5 we would highly recommend the São Lourenço walk - but do go early before it gets busy. On days where transfers are provided, it is worth verifying that the driver knows where he should be taking you. On the Caldeirão Verde Levada day we were half way to Funchal before we realised the driver had mistaken our destination. Quinta da Bella Vista is not a 5 star hotel. It has an air of faded luxury, but they need to focus on the basics like cleanliness and service to earn their 5 stars. The bedroom wing needs a freshen-up - e.g. the faded / stained carpets replaced. The 5 course meal and service in the half-board restaurant was ok, but didn't really live up to expectations. The 'production line' catering was obvious and service perfunctory. Having said that, there are some interesting public areas - the pool / bar, old house and gardens. Having after-dinner drinks and coffee by the pool with views over Funchal was memorable. The Quinta do Furao and Serra Golf were fine hotels in their different ways.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mr Allan on 06/10/2015

*****
We had an excellent holiday in Slovenia. We loved the countryside and enjoyed all the walks; the WW1 sites added a further interest. We particularly enjoyed our stays at the Miklic and Jezero hotels. We extended our holiday by 2 nights at Lake Bohinj, which is beautiful and had several walks to add, and a further 2 in Ljubljana and could recommend that as an option.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Duncan on 06/10/2015

**#..
Disappointing.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Rev Pearson on 06/10/2015

***#.
A lovely way to get to know a charming island, in a luxurious hotel. Gozo is easy to navigate around and the paths have been upgraded recently. A very enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Bell on 06/10/2015

*****
Lovely hotel on the beautiful island of Gozo. Natives very friendly!

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Guthrie on 06/10/2015

*****
Apart from the rail debacle, the content of the holiday was stunning. The nature of the medieval villages was quite breathtaking and more reminiscent of Walt Disney cartoons or even pantomime scenery. The vineyard walks were very enjoyable, as were the visits we made to the wineries! In addition the Riquewier 'Council' offer conducted vineyard walking tours, together with wine cellar visits every Friday throughout the summer until harvest time in September WITHOUT CHARGE!! (BUT possibly only in French and/or English). Another Vineyard 'special' (which I don't think you are aware of) is the 'Spirit of the Vines' a line of seven groups of wooden statues representing a modern interpretation of mankind's integration with the vines over the centuries. This is a surreal eye-catcher, not to be missed and is just outside the village of Bergheim. Best to get directions from the local Tourist Office.

Following St James' Way

By Mrs Bathe on 05/10/2015

*****
This holiday provides a stress-free camino experience for those who either do not wish to or cannot carry a full back pack. Accommodation and meals are of a significantly higher standard than is available in the hostels and dormitories along the route. As well as completing the 100km required for the compostela, it combines some interesting earlier sections of the camino as a bonus. The guided tour of Leon provides an excellent introduction to the camino combined with the visit to the impressive Cathedral and other historic buildings. It is well worth extending the holiday to spend two nights in both Leon and Santiago de Compostela.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mrs Gatward on 01/10/2015

*****
Montenegro was graded one and a half boots - I think two boots would be more accurate as some of the walks were more challenging that those in the holidays I had recently with Headwater on the Amalfi coast and in the south of France. Having said that, the country is very beautiful and unspoilt and although some of the bus rides from Perast were long (over two hours) the countryside was so interesting I didn't mind at all - despite the hairpin bends!

Birdwatching in Extremadura

By Mrs Spencer on 30/09/2015

*****
Excellent guide who was very knowledgeable with birds and nature, and without his expertise it wouldn't haven't been so enjoyable.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs McMillan on 30/09/2015

*****
This was our first holiday with Headwater and we were very impressed. It was a good balance between walking and relaxation. The programme was put together very well: no walking on the first day, a gentle first walk the following day and then the longest walk mid-holiday. By the time we tackled the mountain walk, we were feeling fitter and more able to take on the challenges. It was good to relax by the sea for the last two nights and we enjoyed the coastal walk. It was a great way to discover a new area and we really enjoyed the beautiful countryside in Istria. The hotels were very good and the food was excellent. We would like to single out Romina for particular attention, she was absolutely delightful, intelligent, responsive and very caring, she did a marvellous job. Thank you Headwater, we are very keen to use you again in the future.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr Creswell on 30/09/2015

***#.
Wonderful scenery, good friendly hotels, tough walks but worth it! Mosquitoes, especially the new 'tiger mosquitoes' are a real problem it would seem even in September so take lots of insect repellent and a spray to do your room before bedtime. I covered my legs and sprayed my arms for walking when I realised this and that did the trick!

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Hickling on 30/09/2015

*****
Lovely village and some good walking. The vultures were impressive. Maybe more attractive in spring when the flowers are out. All the trvel arrangements worked flawlessly. The food at the hotel was very variable and a little disappointing at times. The walking was all in quite a small area and there was some repetition of sections. But overall it was a very enjoyable trip. Staying in a single location is definitely more relaxing than moving on every day. The bat cave in Zuheros was an amazing place, and a visit to Granada was definitely worthwhile. We were lucky too that our visit coincided with the cheese festival in the village

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mr Swetman on 30/09/2015

***#.
We thought the Xander Hotel was OK but not brilliant, rooms were quite hot at night with no air conditioning so didn't always sleep that well. Most staff helpful. We had one very wet day and there was no drying facilities which we would have thought would be available for a walking holiday. We did think that the 1 & 2 boot walks were a bit tame compared to what we usually look for, we did have a much more challenging week with Exodus (appreciate you are part of the same group) the following week in the Dolomites. In summary, a good week but not an excellent one.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Dimond on 30/09/2015

*****
A wonderful opportunity to have a 'safe adventure!'. Euganian Hills are a beautiful, unspoilt area to explore, the vineyards and olive groves were a delight, and the views amazing.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mr Horstead on 29/09/2015

*****
Stunning scenery, well chosen itinerary and hotels, knowledgeable and helpful guides. A busy programme.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mrs Reeves on 29/09/2015

*****
An excellent holiday in every way. The food and wines were amazing and it was a most interesting region to explore.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Jamieson on 29/09/2015

*****
Well-chosen walks in a scenic area with classic limestone features. Can be rocky and stony underfoot in places, but all walks within Grade 2 definition. Arrangements at Hotel Zuhayra are excellent; Antonio was always helpful and the staff went out of their way to provide good, friendly service.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Taylor on 29/09/2015

*****
From the first contact with Headwater until we left our Hotel the service was excellent. The Hotel was small, comfortable and the staff very friendly. The walking notes were fantastic, and the walks took in some most wonderful scenery. Cannot fault the holiday at all. Thank you.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mr Tucker on 29/09/2015

*****
Overall holiday was very enjoyable and notes were excellent. Quality of food at Hotel Alpenruh was fantastic. On slightly negative side - we found out that Hotel Baeren had fully booked for a conference and we were put in a room which was off the first floor function room. This was not of the same quality as first room and was noisy with staff clearing later away later following function downstairs. Seemed like we were the easy option to relocate? Food at Hotel Alte Post was very basic and not of the same quality as other hotels.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mr Asteriades on 29/09/2015

*****
We have been on a large number of self-guided Headwater walking holidays. This was in many ways the best in terms of scenery and walking. For those who suffer from vertigo it does have a few 'moments' but you can invariably negotiate around these.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Potts on 29/09/2015

*****
Excellent walking , wonderful food and welcoming host

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Cross on 29/09/2015

*****
A super holiday - no faults found! Only comment is that 'two boots' did not quite fit our perception, compared with other Headwater 'two boots' holidays that we have taken. We would call this holiday 'two and a half boots'. Not because of distances but because of combination of gradients/ascents, narrow paths with steep drops, and much rough and rocky terrain which demands continuous concentration. Not a holiday for anyone suffering from vertigo.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Houghton on 29/09/2015

***#.
Very well organised from start to finish

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mr King on 29/09/2015

*****
Very good well balanced trip

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Smith on 29/09/2015

*****
A fascinating area of Spain with varied landscapes from rugged mountains, to terraced hillsides with vineyards and fruit trees, gently flowing streams, Pine woods and open flat plains with Evergreen Oaks. Also abundant wildlife with dozens of bird species, wild mountain goats, Black cattle, and horses. Ancient walled cities and quaint villages. All within two hours of Madrid.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Gagnon on 29/09/2015

*****
This holiday was superb. The scenery was unspoilt mountainous terrain and pastoral along the river valleys. Well away from tourist areas. A good variety of walks ranging from easy to quite challenging, with very accurate walking notes. We did Rio Tormes, Laguna Grande, Villages of the South to name a few. Saw 45+ species of birds. Weather in September was cool at night but got into low twenties in the afternoons. Typically 7 degrees warmer on the south side of the Sierras. We took the ferry from Portsmouth to Santander and drove down - very pleasant. The hotel was great and Teresa was a wonderful hostess.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Dr Emerson on 29/09/2015

*****
Headwater Holidays always provide excellent care and services, and value for money vacaions is well chosen resorts and hotels. The only thing left to chance is the weather.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Walker on 29/09/2015

*****
Superb - staff & food at Hotel unsurpassable. Italian Maps not up to OS Standard (no surprise there!). You should have noted the new (2014) skilift available to take walkers down from Klammbachhutte (or a 20 min walk from Klammbachhutte) saving 4km of descent out of 5.6km. Mountain Hut food was way higher in standard than we expected Brilliant Holiday!

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Prior on 25/09/2015

***#.
The Hotel Conte in Perast, its staff and its service were excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed being there, much more so than at the hotel in the mountains. What a pity that there are not more local walks in that lovely coastal area; although the boat trip in Kotor Bay was most enjoyable. The walks in the mountains (Durmitor NP, Tara River Canyon and Lovcen NP) have spectacular scenery but are somewhat dependent on fine weather for full enjoyment which, unfortunately, was not always the case for us - disappointing! Overall, though, a good holiday.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mr Murison on 25/09/2015

*****
The undiscovered Tuscany walks were very enjoyable and the Locanda Senio in Palazzuolo was superb with a wonderful atmosphere created by Ercole and superb food created by Roberta. We'd love to return!

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Bowie on 25/09/2015

*****
Excellent with wide range of walks accurately described and graded. Very good hotel with delicious food and very helpful staff.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Black on 24/09/2015

*****
well organised travel. route descriptions were accurate and easy to follow. beautiful scenery and well away from the crowds

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Patten on 24/09/2015

*****
Good value and well thought out

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Johnson on 23/09/2015

*****
Really enjoyable week with everything thought of and attention to detail. Excellent route notes.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Ms Butterworth on 23/09/2015

*****
Excellent, wonderful area and wildlife. Archaeology and geology easy to see and museums excellent. We hope to go agin to see the spring flowers.

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mrs Everson-davis on 23/09/2015

*****
Challenging and varied walking in spectacular surroundings, with the additional bonus of a comfortable and friendly hotel base providing excellent cuisine.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Ms Kyle on 23/09/2015

*****
Well organised with brilliant walking notes we were really pleased with all aspects of our trip and would definitely consider booking another holiday with you again. Thanks

The High Alps Walk

By Mr Knowles on 23/09/2015

*****
Very well planned and organised. We made a change to our itinerary which Headwater took in their stride. Very impressed with the hotels which were exactly to our taste, not too posh for walkers!

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Eidahl on 23/09/2015

*****
Sue and David have an excellent concept. Have never met anyone so devoted to their customers as themselves. We could have eaten out on the evening we were at Valencia to give them an evening off. They were our chauffeurs our cooks, our guides, and entertained us too. Marvelous cooks, but we would have been just as happy with a choice of fewer alternatives of each course. I would return again. The walking on the Vistas of Valencia was really, really stunning. What can beat that??

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Nicolson on 23/09/2015

*****
Having enjoyed many Headwater Holidays, this one surpassed expectations - which were high to begin with! David and Sue could not have been more helpful and sociable. Casa Carascal is a lovely base and the food exceptional. I learned more on this holiday than on any other - from local history, butterflies, birds and of course, David's jokes! Both David and Sue shared tips on walking properly on the different surfaces - their attention to health and safety for everyone was to be commended. The group gelled very well - that was a real bonus. New friends have been made. All in all, Headwater have a real winner with this holiday and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Campling on 23/09/2015

***#.
Headwater take the pressure of organising your holiday off you and have never disappointed us in their attention to detail.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Wilkinson on 23/09/2015

*****
An excellent holiday. Why [in no particular order] wonderful scenery and excellent walking routes superb group of walkers - we all got on well together, all of us at a similar standard. great accommodation with 2 very welcoming hosts and their staff excellent meals at all times - at the Finca and in the villages a very knowledgeable guide well organised transport throughout the holiday

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Hill on 23/09/2015

*****
Booking straightforward. Transfer to and from Malaga airport efficient. Great welcome at the Finca. Excellent food including local dishes. Food and wine from local source. The Finca is located in spectacular countryside enabling walks to be varied. Our guide Nick supplied us with information of the area-the history and customs of the local people, the fruit production on the hillsides-avocados, olives, grapes etc.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mrs Charlett on 22/09/2015

***#.
Well planned holidays which offer something different to the traveller who wants to experience the country in more detail.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Masters on 22/09/2015

***#.
Beautiful area with well chosen hotels that have excellent cuisine and wines. The Italian signposting system for footpaths is not consistently good, so walkers need to be alert.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Banham on 22/09/2015

*****
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, albeit the weather was a little disappointing. The accommodation was excellent, and the food outstanding. We did not feel that the walking route instructions were as clear or as accurate as those on our 2 previous holidays with Headwater, but no harm done! Would definitely recommend to like minded friends.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Christy on 22/09/2015

*****
A really excellent week - well organised and planned, allowing us to concentrate on the splendid walks. I hadn't been on an organised walking holiday before, but I will certainly try some more of these trips in future, since they allow you to get to places that you might not try on your own.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Jensen on 22/09/2015

*****
Vistas of Valencia is one of the best walking holidays we have done with Headwater. Sue and Dave, our wonderful hosts just make everything work and nothing is too much trouble. The accommodation, food and walks are all excellent. Just a brilliant holiday.

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mr Campion on 22/09/2015

***#.
everyone has their own preferences and interests and what we liked might not appeal to others, so decide what is important to you and investigate whether that is part of the holiday you are looking at.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Tremayne-smith on 22/09/2015

*****
It was the first time for us with Headwater so we were slightly apprehensive but everything was excellent but mostly the choice of hotel. We are now looking forward to our next Headwater holiday to Gozo which is already booked.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Gray on 22/09/2015

*****
A wonderful holiday from start to finish, the accommodation surpassed our expectations and the food was some of the best we have had, especially in the Finca. The air of calm around the place made us relax from the first day, thanks to Sue, Gorden and the rest of their lovely staff. The walks were well led by Nick who was very knowledgeable and made the point of talking to everyone in the group and making sure all were OK as some days it was very hot. Would recommend Headwater to friends without any hesitation, thank you.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Unsworth on 21/09/2015

***#.
A good holiday we both enjoyed. The hotels were in great locations, most with fantastic balcony views. Transfer between hotels was prompt in clean modern vehicles. The walks came with good route plans, occasional misleading directions, but no great dramas. Went through some fantastic small villages and great views, especially the walk of the gods.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Ms Winch on 21/09/2015

*****
Lovely holiday with very welcoming local people

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Sadler on 21/09/2015

*****
The representatives Katie and Jim made the holiday truly wonderful. They were extremely helpful with nothing too much trouble.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Wakefield on 21/09/2015

*****
Wonderful variety of walks and scenery with comfortable hotels and good food.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr McGregor on 21/09/2015

***#.
Beautiful area but let down by inattention to detail. Disappointing largely for small but cumulative reasons.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mrs Lammiman on 21/09/2015

*****
Great walks with spectacular views. We liked the mix of b&b and half board . Ended our holiday with two extra days in Pisa / Lucca with more walking ...but but well worth it .

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Cooper on 21/09/2015

*****
A good holiday in stunning locations and using the various transport options very creatively. Expensive- but that is probably a reflection of the cost of the area

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Jones on 21/09/2015

***#.
Good walking in a stunningly beautiful Country though the geography meant some long drives to access them. Hotel Zabljak though looked good, once experienced felt cheap....bathroom fitments all loose, no plug in a tiny washbasin, shower that flooded the bathroom, awful food, undrinkable coffee! Not up to what we believe are Headwater standards. Hotel Conte stunning location very good food until last evening when our group played second fiddle to a wedding party. By the time we were offered dessert, very late, there was only ice cream on offer. Dubrovnik Palace Hotel fabulous a brilliant way to end a good holiday.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Ward on 21/09/2015

***#.
The holiday provides plenty of views of this country of contrasts during walks and (longer than expected) minibus transfers. Our local guide Olivera helped to explain much: from tourism on the crowded coasts to the many deserted buildings. Zabljak area provides mountain walks and scenery, so take warm layers as air can be cool if sun goes in (the hotel looks good, but only rates 2*). The village of Perast is a gem and fairly quiet in September, luckily 20mins drive from busy Kotor where the ocean liners stop. Hotel Conte really is 4*, with super food. All walks can be rugged from 1 to 2 boot (sturdy shoes and poles useful even on town walls of Kotor), and sometimes views hidden by low (wet) clouds (so thanks to our safe drivers). Not much evidence of wild life as we missed migration season.

Headwater response

Dear Mr Ward, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire following your holiday to Montenegro, Please be assured that all of the feedback we receive whether complimentary or critical is valuable in helping us to continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future and is well received. We were pleased to read you had and enjoyable holiday overall, taking in the contrasts this area has to offer. Since receiving your feedback and as we continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future, we have made some changes to this holiday for the 2016 season. Firstly, we have changed the hotel in Zabljak to a 4 star located in the heart town, we have also increased the rating to a 2-boot holiday; we hope you will agree that these changes will help enhance an already interesting and enjoyable holiday. In closing, we would like to thank you for travelling with us this summer and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater Customer Service team

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mr Fisher on 21/09/2015

***#.
You enabled us to visit a part of Sicily we could not have done on our own. The area was beautiful, the walks good and we enjoyed the company of fellow travellers. Thank you

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Ms Best on 21/09/2015

***#.
The trip was very enjoyable, and was made more so because of out great guide. Luigi was helpful, knowledgable, well informed, and good company. The walking was interesting and varied, and, although the group had a range of abilities, it worked out well. It would be good to have some free time at Pompeii - I heard this mentioned by several people in the group. The food in the 2 hotels varied in that the evening meals in Ravello were excellent, but the breakfasts weren't great. The staff there were very helpful. The breakfasts at Massa Lubrense were really good, but the evening meals weren't good, and were sometimes almost inedible because they were so salty. Some of the staff were very unhelpful also.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mr Harrison on 21/09/2015

*****
Undiscovered Tuscany, was as it says, undiscovered and unspoilt. The walks each day showed a different aspect of the local hills and valleys of this region. The food and wine were unbeatable. The hospitality of the hotelier Ercole and staff was excellent.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Daniels on 21/09/2015

*****
This was such a very well organised package holiday that we felt that we were independant travellers, but with the safety net of a rep, if required. We managed the pace, stops and route ourselves and had a truly excellent break.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs McInnes on 21/09/2015

*****
This is my 10 th Headwater holiday,this time I convinced three friends to walk the Camino de Santiago with Headwater. Our group of four were very pleased with Headwater and are looking at more holidays with them.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Broad on 21/09/2015

***#.
Menorca is a lovely island, incredibly pretty and very easy to get around. The Morvedra Nou hotel is in a perfect setting if you want peace and quiet. The gardens and pool area are so relaxing, the bird song is the only thing you'll hear! Unfortunately, we were unable to upgrade at the time of booking, to one of the larger rooms, and although our room was spotlessly clean and had a sunny patio, we did find it on the small side. Not a big deal as we were out walking most days. The walks were excellent, sometimes really off the beaten track, great wildlife and fabulous scenery, quite a few 'wow' moments as we came round a headland or walked through the gorge to the caves. Our only gripe, was the food. Breakfast was fine, plenty of choice but dinner was very hit and miss. There was no comparison to the food photos on the hotel website, and the portion sizes and combinations were very strange. Sometimes the starters were far too big, and the main course would be just a large piece of meat/fish with one small potato if you were lucky (no veg). There was only one evening out of ten, that we both enjoyed the whole meal, which was so disappointing. Honestly, neither of us are fussy eaters, but we have never left so much food on our plates, and not once did anyone ask us about it.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mrs Price on 18/09/2015

***#.
This was one of our very best Headwater holidays. We liked the mix of walks and sight-seeing. We felt very well looked after.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr Lawrence on 18/09/2015

***#.
Relaxing yet active walking holiday - lovely locations and good back up if needed

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Knight on 18/09/2015

***#.
Wonderful range of walks. Alberto was the best guide we have ever encountered in our many walking holidays. His knowledge of the history, geology, flora and fauna of Sardinia was extremely wide and very well presented. He was very kind, friendly, efficient, sensitive to our needs and flexible in adapting the itinerary to best meet the weather conditions. We cannot praise him too highly.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Graham on 18/09/2015

*****
This was a really good holiday, excellent in all respects except that the walking notes, generally of high standard, let us down badly at one point. We explained to Lin where this was and hopefully this will be sorted out

Headwater response

Thank you for taking the time to pass along your comments, it is wonderful to know that you had such a lovely holiday. Your explanation of where the notes went wrong was indeed passed along and, as we always try to do, your suggestions were taken into account in order to improve the experience for future customers. Once again many thanks from your team at Headwater.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mr Hunter on 18/09/2015

***#.
Disappointed with the hiking trails in that there wasn't sufficient variety of environment and experience ( too much forest trail and tarmac) Routes of reasonable length, would have preferred higher altitude experience . One route had an indistinct and hazardous section leading up to the road into Kobarid. This path needs repair and clearance ( potential for serious accident). M tours staff excellent.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Allen on 18/09/2015

*****
A selection of lovely, varied walks amid beautiful mountain scenery in an unspoilt area. Slovenia also has a fascinating if somewhat turbulent history and the route notes (and rest day booklet suggestions) included historical references which added to our enjoyment of the walks and area. If you enjoy turquoise rivers, watching rafting/kayaking/canoeing/fishing on them; are not worried by suspension bridges; like birdsong, butterflies and wildflowers (even in August) we think you would enjoy this holiday. High quality regional 'slow food' ( i.e.not processed) was delicious. The Slovenian people we met were welcoming, friendly and helpful. This was our eighth holiday with Headwater and we felt that the walking level was consistent with other two boot holidays we have taken with you.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Beard on 18/09/2015

*****
Excellent experience - very well organised and delivered. All the walking notes were accurate and easy to follow. The hotel is ideally located to access a wide range of excellent and beautiful walks

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mis Smith on 17/09/2015

*****
This was our first Headwater walking holiday, and it has definitely lived up to our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the mixture of walks, as well as the cuisine and rest day activities. Jim and Katie are excellent reps, and definitely contributed to our memorable experience. Many thanks!

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Ms Friswell on 17/09/2015

***#.
Had a great holiday overall with good food and interesting walks. Loved the visit to Pompeii. Very much enoyed our stay at the first hotel, although found the second one too noisy as our bedroom was on the ground floor and had a busy road directly in front of the hotel. My experience with a guide (my first holiday with Headwater was self guided) was excellent. Luigi was full of really interesting information about an area he clearly loves. He was helpful, considerate and with a great sense of humour. He made every walk into something special and cant recommend him highly enough.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mrs Hollis on 16/09/2015

*****
An excellent week in Sardinia. Our guide, Alberta was responsible for making the holiday so memorable with his fantastic knowledge of the history, geology, plants and animals of this beautiful island. He has a lovely manner and was greatly liked by the group. I was disappointed initially that the group was so small, being only five but we all got on well so it became a luxury with plenty of space in the vehicle and a very personal service. The boat trip on our free day was exciting and showed us the magnificent coastline and caves.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mr Howell on 16/09/2015

*****
Perfect holiday. Beautiful countryside, great walks and the pools at the end of every walk were a real treat. Also there was the perfect mix of culture and countryside. All the hotels were very good, the walks varied. Headwater holidays take the stress out of the holiday, once you have booked, all you need to do is turn up, relax and enjoy. We wanted to attend our son's wedding at the beginning of our holiday, in the area, and Headwater made it possible to combine the wedding, the walking and some extra nights in Pisa! The staff at the office give you an excellent service!

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mrs Smyth on 15/09/2015

*****
Alberto - our guide was fantastic - knowledgeable - kind - patient - fun - punctual - and always smiling ! The highlight of our trip. Not to mention his delicious picnics !

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mr Hodgetts on 15/09/2015

*****
Walking in the Alentejo (Costa Vicentina) provided the contrast between Fabulous Frank's creation of paradise in the interior - 4 miles off the nearest tarmac road - and the most stunning cliff top walking I have ever done. The latter is definitely not for the vertiginous but if you're OK with sheer drops on one side the views are fantastic. The walking on the coast, on the Rota Vicentina sometimes felt like a mini-Sahara as some parts are through deep soft sand but we came back fitter with thighs that can shell brazil nuts! The walking in the inland section was delightful through cork oak and eucalyptus forests - hardly saw a soul all day - and the lake swimming at the Quinta was heaven at the end of a hot days plodding.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mr Whitehurst on 15/09/2015

*****
Great opportunity to visit famous sites in UK within a structured organised and well supported walk

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mis Davis on 15/09/2015

*****
Brilliant all we wanted

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Dr Gompertz on 15/09/2015

*****
A great holiday.. enjoyable as other HW holidays we have had!. A little too hot...perhaps we should have waited for 2 weeks later in September.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Harris on 15/09/2015

*****
We usually travel independently but found that Headwater offered a hotel package more cheaply than we could buy ourselves and there was the additional benefit of the route notes which were excellent. My husband is the navigator of our team, but having tried Headwater, if I ever needed to travel on my own, I would be confident about using their notes and routes which were exceptional. We went to the Dolomites and had superb weather which made for a stunning holiday with plenty of walks to choose from. I would certainly use Headwater again.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mr Blunt on 14/09/2015

***#.
Lovely locations. There is so much choice of what to do on your spare days. Although the walks are not too strenuous you do need to have enough food and water with you as there are few places on route where you can stock-up. Do take your time following route instructions as markers are not always immediately obvious and can become difficult to see or disappear entirely.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mrs Carrington-bro on 14/09/2015

*****
This was our second holiday with Headwater and again we had an excellent holiday. It was very well organised and the walking notes were easy to follow. The holiday certainly lived up to its name of being a gastrnomic walking tour - the food was delicious throughout and all four hotels were very friendly. The walking was pleasant but suffered a litlte in comparison to our first hoiday with Headwater (Umbria) as the Dordogne is a busier area than Umbria. Our top tip would be to visit Le font de Gaume when staying in Les Eyzies - there are a limited number of tickets issued each day and 52 of these go on sale each morning at 9.30am. The receptionist at the hotel suggested we shoud be there by 7.30am, as September isn't peak season and as she predicted we weren't the first, we joined the very orderly queque as nos 11 and 12; it was a magical experience seeing original paintings that are 14,000 years old. We came home feeling very relaxed and ready to book another Headwater holiday.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Ms Griffin on 14/09/2015

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September is a poor choice for a walking holiday on Gozo. The interior is typically very hot and humid and the landscape very dry and baron. There are few trees on the island and the sun beats down on you all day. The coast is lovely and there was, at times, a small breeze, but most of the suggested walking routes are not coastal. We were told by locals that the landscape is lovely and green, with lots of wildflowers, around May,and the temperatures more suitable for walking. Ta Cenc is a comfortable hotel but more like a -4 star hotel, rather than a 5 star.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Tait on 14/09/2015

*****
Excellent except for Marco Polo, slightly long transfer. The area was beautiful walking very good for all abilities.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs McDonagh on 10/09/2015

*****
difficult to fault,made by extreme helpfulness from local agent,Liberata

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Turrell on 10/09/2015

***#.
walking is more challenging than described with gravel underfoot often making the going tough and slippery. Be prepared for no evening entertainment with locations very dull in September. Learn some german as majority of signs did not translate for visitors.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Boff on 10/09/2015

***#.
We enjoyed our holiday but did not feel that much of that enjoyment was due to Headwater, I'm afraid.

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mrs Wright on 10/09/2015

***#.
Gererally good. Your suggested walks tended to go through forest paths too much for our personal liking. We prefer to be about the tree line walking on the tops of the hills, with the ability to view the surrounding area all the time going down to any villages that we may see on the way. We found that too much time was spent following forest trails with only the occasional view. Your notes were helpful and we followed two of them, the Frenchman's walk and the Day One walk but after that we did our own. For your interest we had an excellent walk, covering over 30 miles, when we reached Sedam Alm at approximately 1,666 metres. We deviated along the way and made 3 stops for refreshments but it including all that it took us about 9 hours. It would take less without deviations! Interestingly some of the gusthof stops had a 'stamping' system whereby walkers could get a card stamped along the way. Much like the pilgrim paths. You may like to look into this? The hotel was good but the food was really only average. The hotel room, which we had upgraded to was very good and I would recommend an upgrade to anyone. We didn't participate in the pool/spa facilities as we were always too late back from our walks, so really we were paying for something that we couldn't use. We found an excellent restaurant in Weidach were we had two evening meals, as we were fed up with the hotel food. Bus service good. Chair lifts good. Manager and David (waiter) had good attitude and were extremely helpful. I hope this all helpful for you

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Browett on 09/09/2015

*****
Fantastic walks, fantastic guide, fantastic area, can't wait to go again

Walking in Bavaria

By Dr Hodgson on 09/09/2015

*****
A really lovely holiday: excellent walking, and a chance to enjoy the special culture of the area.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Varley on 09/09/2015

*****
The Park Bellevue hotel was an excellent walking and cycling base in terms of its location, the options available and the standard and service of the hotel and its team. The local bus and rail transport and connections were frequent and very reliable and the provided Mobil card was fully utilised. The walks suggested in the holiday pack provided ample options for all abilities and the enclosed maps coupled with the standard of signing in the Dolomites showed there was much more to try if needed. A great holiday, helped by wall to wall sunshine for the first 4 days!

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Fraser on 08/09/2015

*****
Excellent holiday; fantastic hotel - which would it seems would be hard to book into directly (unless doing so a couple of years ahead). Used Headwater 3 times now which I would not have done if I did not regard them as a good company.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mrs Taylor on 07/09/2015

*****
Well organised, extremely good hotels in lovely locations. First class food and service. The whole experience was wonderful and would highly recommend it to those looking for a similar holiday.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs Bush on 07/09/2015

*****
We loved this walk. Accommodation on the whole was as good as it could be given the isolated nature of some places. We were particularly impressed with the helpfulness of staff at Headwater when BA cancelled our outward flight the evening before our journey so we didn't miss any of our holiday. The arrangements went very smoothly. The weather in mid July was very hot-unusually so according to locals- so if you suffer from the heat, earlier or later might be better!

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Ms Read on 04/09/2015

*****
Really enjoyed the location, and the food etc at Locando Senio. We very much appreciated the catering for our strict vegetarian diet. They took it very seriously and offered a good range of veggie food. Walking notes were good, and it was a pleasure to relax into the whole few days of walking with confidence in the notes. Liked hotel touring very much. Clean and very central to Bologna. Helpful staff.

Walking in Bavaria

By Ms Hancock on 03/09/2015

*****
A great holiday with fantastic walk suggestions that we used in conjunction with the map to explore the area.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Collins on 03/09/2015

*****
Dolomites and Venice were spectacular

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mr Taylor on 01/09/2015

*****
Excellent holiday in an excellent location... 10 out of 10. Looking forward to returning.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Ms Savage on 01/09/2015

*****
Excellent hotel, food and location.

The High Alps Walk

By Mr Versteeg on 01/09/2015

***#.
We really enjoyed ourselves on the High Alps Walk. We were very pleased that we had built in additional days (taking the holiday to twelve) to provide variety and be 'tourists' We really enjoyed 'Belle Dimanche' - the annual Fair high above Chatel. (next year it's on weekend around 21st August) Cloisters at Abondance very interesting. In twelve days we had two dull and one very wet day(be prepared); rest of the time very good. Can be hot.

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Hine on 01/09/2015

*****
A good holiday. The weather was not kind to us, but the hotels were very helpful about this, offering drying room services. The notes were very helpful. Accuracy was a problem in only one area where substantial redevelopment work was being done on the tracks. The fact we had a good map (supplied by Headwater) with us, meant this was not a major issue. One of the hoteliers summed up the area as being good for cows and cheese! The walking is therefore mainly through pasture (often quite high), but which was very pretty, if a little muddy in the rain. Some of the views (when it was not raining) were magnificent. Overall, despite the rain, we had a relaxing break.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Maddison on 25/08/2015

*****
Most enjoyable holiday, great walks, beautiful scenery and lots of wine tasting along the way.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mr Still on 24/08/2015

***#.
Well researched, well organised, varied walks to interesting towns with an attractive mix of accommodation all supplemented by an excellent local rep.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Russell on 24/08/2015

*****
I joined this vacation basically to walk through some lovely countryside and to see a lot of historic buildings in Spain. That was pretty much what I got. But in addition very enjoyable stays at the hotels where the staff all spoke great English and were really helpful. The guides made some very useful suggestions that saw me undertake day 2 hikes on day 1 and 2 . Good advice for the middle of summer and it enabled me to get back in time about 3.30 to enjoy the wonderful situation of Castell de Emporda. The Coastal phase was beautiful and after the completion of the hike and I stayed a few more days at Begur.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mr Gray on 24/08/2015

*****
A very enjoyable mix of interesting walks and good hotels. Probably best-suited for adults whose idea of a good holiday is not sitting around on a beach.

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr Stephens on 24/08/2015

*****
It is a varied holiday of mountains and lakes with plenty of opportunities for wild swimming and the potential for great photographs from high places. Some days are longer and / or more arduous than the 1 boot. Note that if travelling through Frankfurt airport, you may be subject to security and / or passport checks despite only being 'in transit'. Also, be aware that the gates between connections can be some distance apart, so the 1hr 20mins between flights that we had was just sufficient to catch the onward flight. Very good holiday although temperatures were higher than expected.

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr Severn on 24/08/2015

*****
Excellent - we had a fab holiday!

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Walker on 19/08/2015

*****
A fantastic holiday in a beautiful area of Italy. So great to look forward to a refreshing swim in the hotel pool at the end of each day's walking, and feeling we have earned our glass of Prosecco and delicious meal. Always lovely to receive a warm welcome at the hotels and find our room and luggage ready and waiting for us.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Pro Beevers on 18/08/2015

*****
Very attentive hard-working reps. Quite challenging walking in terms of ascent and sometimes difficulty underfoot especially in wet weather. Possibly two boot. Pretty villages with plenty to do on days off. Startlingly poor 'welcome' in Seewinkel left us fuming but was very much the exception. Excellent food throughout and interesting hotels generally.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mr Cook on 17/08/2015

*****
A very enjoyable experience in one of the lesser known (for Americans, at least) areas of France.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Frew on 17/08/2015

*****
Great Holiday. Some amazing Italian meals.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Taverner on 17/08/2015

***#.
Lovely location with excellent walks. Plenty of shade so, although 35 degrees in the first week of August, not too hot to walk (just). Not at all touristy 😄Breakfast was a bit of a let down but the evening (all vegetarian) meals were very nice.... although my husband was craving a burger by the middle of the week! No courses were repeated during the week and the food freshly prepared and well presented. We enjoyed the pasta making demonstration. Do check your bill on leaving - an extra bottle of wine had mysteriously appeared on ours.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Ms Halliday on 13/08/2015

***#.
Very relaxing holiday. Loved Maremma, interesting and varied walks, stunning unspoilt locations. Villa Aqua Viva was set in beautiful gardens surrounded by picturesque countryside, elegantly furnished and impeccably clean. Wonderful views from the swimming pool and the restaraunt. Staff were friendly and helpful. Was a little disappointed by the food. Some dishes were delicious but others were poor. Shower cubicle in deluxe room was tiny and the other room, although comfortable, did not meet the advertised deluxe criteria. 5 hour delay and missing connection marred return journey. Treated poorly by BA staff at Rome airport, lots of queuing and no information about where we would spend the night or new flight times. When we arrived at Heathrow, BA staff there had booked us into a hotel and booked new flights but there was no consultation about flight times. We arrived home very tired as we did not get to hotel until 12.45 am and were up again at 5.45 am to get an early connecting flight.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Laurie on 13/08/2015

*****
Do not stay at the Hotel Zabljak. See our separate email to you. We were surprised at your recommendation of the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel - it is so different to what you offer elsewhere!

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mr Hardaker on 13/08/2015

*****
An excellent circuit of the Bernese Alps staying at good standard hotels run by friendly and helpful people. The walking notes were well written and accurate, allowing the map to stay in the bag.

Walking in Davos

By Mis Ng on 13/08/2015

*****
The service staff at the hotel provided in the package for the Davos walk was excellent at Hotel Meierhof. They were very attentive, and the hotel had really great facilities when it was raining (pool, sauna). Please note that the directions on the notes for the walks (which is the primary aspect of the holiday) are often wrong! I found myself halfway through a 10 km hike completely lost in the middle of the mountains, and I was fortunate I had my smart phone on me with googlemaps on it. The notes they provided me with needed a lot of updating. This was particularly dangerous as I was hiking through some rather difficult terrain and received wrong directions halfway through a very difficult walk. If you decide to go hiking, it's highly recommended you take either your smart phone with a maps app on it, *and* strongly recommended that you have some kind of map skills as well as a physical map when you go hiking. The scenery is beautiful, however the level of difficulty of the walks is much harder than you might anticipate as the pathways were often quite challenging, the 'descent' that they describe in the directions often means a very, very steep slope that could be very dangerous if raining. This is for people who are relatively fit and are mindful of trekking through some mountain terrain with a walking stick even if you are relatively young. The rest of the holiday was absolutely wonderful, but the hiking aspect is very challenging and you can't rely on the directions of the notes they give you as a general guide.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Howard on 13/08/2015

*****
Excellent experience. A privilege to walk through such a beautiful and little known part of Spain!

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Howarth on 13/08/2015

*****
Having taken 6 walking holidays through yourselves and Inntravel in the French Alps, Swiss Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, this holiday is the favourite of them all for both my wife and I. This was a new region for us which offered a good variety of terrain and landscapes. The unexpectedness and beauty revealed as each walk progressed made this a gem of a holiday. Would definitely recommend whole heartedly.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mrs Hayton on 12/08/2015

***#.
The combination of good walks, comfortable accommodation and good quality evening meals provided us with a relaxing and enjoyable weeks holiday . Knowing that our Headwater rep was available on the end of the phone if we did needed anything was a bonus.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mrs Weaver on 12/08/2015

*****
Our first walking holiday and first with Headwater. We had a great experience and will come back. A few errors in notes we will send details to you.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mr Burke on 12/08/2015

***#.
Our location was excellent and we were well looked after but your currency pricing policy for Euro residents is unfair and uncompetitive. I estimate it doubled the cost of our holiday.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Hart on 12/08/2015

*****
We had a simply brilliant and superbly relaxing week at Locanda Senio. Everything about the hotel was faultless (great vegetarian food, friendly and helpful people, and a gorgeous location). It is perfectly possible to enjoy a break here without doing any serious walking and whether you want to hike 20km+ each day or just potter around the village and environs you should find something to suit! The travel arrangements also worked seamlessly.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Bryant on 11/08/2015

*****
Hotel is in great location, all walks are very close and varied. Hotel was comfortable, our room was old in terms of decor, but others have been recently refurbished. The evening meals were pretty good (mainly meat, very little fish), breakfast was rather bland (limited selection mainly bread). Packed lunch was welcome, but was a sandwich only, which was quite lacking compared to other Headwater packed lunches.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Dr Lewis on 11/08/2015

***#.
Slovenia is an amazing unspoilt gem. The people are really friendly, and everyone speaks English (and Slovenian, German and Italian!)

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Willson on 10/08/2015

***#.
Holiday lived up to gastronomic label with a good selection of restaurants. Hotels are comfortable. Quality of walks is satisfactory but more work is needed.

Headwater response

We are so glad you enjoyed the hotels and the gastronomic restaurants. We always aim for more than satisfactory and your suggestions regarding the walks were passed along and have been considered as part of our process of continuous development. We are happy to say that the walks have been improved for 2016 and we hope to see you again soon. All the best from your team at Headwater.

Walking in Mozart’s Lake District

By Mr North on 10/08/2015

*****
Loved this holiday although the walking was quite tough. Because the weather on the first day of walking to another hotel wasn't good, the slippery, narrow path deserved a rating of more than 1+Boot. Maybe an alternative walk at a lower level for such conditions could be offered. We diverted off the path onto a logging track for safety reasons but this made the walk longer so still tougher than expected. For us most of the walks definitely needed the + as part of the rating.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Young on 10/08/2015

*****
An excellent holiday that exceeded our expectations in a fabulous mountainous environment. Accommodation was superb.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Clare on 03/08/2015

*****
This was such a memorable holiday that we will always remember. The countryside is stunning and the walks allow you to take in some superb views of the hilltop villages and vines. Each hotel was excellent, with either amazing views at breakfast, or a welcoming pool or superb menus. The evening meals were an experience in themselves. We are not food buffs in any shape or form but I don't think we have ever eaten so well before in our lives. The walks can be challenging at times although in late July we were setting off with the temperature in the mid 20s which reached the mid to high 30s in the afternoon (take plenty of water bottles!). If you like walking, fine wine and superb food this is the holiday for you.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mis Bernstein on 03/08/2015

***#.
All the hotels were lovely and all the staff everywhere were welcoming and helpful. The walking was a little disappointing in that there was a lot of road-walking and two very boring long slogs from the town of Meursault to the station and from the station at Gevrey-Chambertin to Les Deux Chevres. The meals in the evening were marvellous and memorable. The villages were very pretty. Disappointing that there was no truffle hunting. Lin was an excellent tour guide and everything ran like clockwork.

Headwater response

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate all customer feedback and are pleased that you enjoyed such a wonderful, memorable holiday. Regarding the road walking and the slogs to and from the station on day 2, we have taken these - and other - customer comments on board and for 2017 have made suitable alterations. The route no longer follows the roads and the train station no longer features. The new route follows footpaths and tracks, and very occasionally quiet lanes, through woodland, vineyards and mediaeval villages, from just south of Dijon to the wonderful wine village of Gevrey Chambertin. We believe this has greatly improved the walking. We were sorry to read that you missed the truffle hunting during your holiday; this activity is only available between Thursdays and Mondays. We were also pleased to see that you thought our Rep Lin was excellent. She will be delighted to hear your lovely feedback. We would like to thank you for constructive comments and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Kind regards, Your Headwater customer service team.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Truelove on 31/07/2015

*****
We had a really good week's walking, albeit in 40 degrees! Croatia was fabulous and we would return in the future. Your representative Romina Brumnic was absolutely excellent and nothing was too much trouble for her to arrange - a real asset.

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

By Mr Stansbury on 31/07/2015

***#.
Notes need to be refreshed - paths have changed in places (wind damage) and other minor inaccuracies. Craigdarroch Inn room disappointing - it was over the kitchen and smelt of cooking all night. Rooms need to have bathrooms not shower-rooms to help recover after each day's walking. Timings for walking need to take into account bus times in order to have realistic expectations of where and when to stop for lunch (3rd and last days)

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Ms Toward on 30/07/2015

*****
Enjoyed the holiday. Not many tourists in the area- good. Quiet and relaxing. Very much left to your own devices.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Rogers on 29/07/2015

*****
you get to some amazing places using well marked parks and good public transport one of the best walking experiences in Europe

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Coonan on 28/07/2015

***#.
Jim and Katie Illingworth, the Headwater reps, were absolutely fantastic - the best we have ever had; from the postcard we received a few days before our trip to their solicitous and detailed advice about the routes, the travel arrangements and thoughtful attention to detail e.g. Katie suggested that we buy a multi pack of bottled water which could be transported with our luggage every day. In addition as we experienced a heatwave during our trip, they suggested ways of shortening the walks to make them more manageable. They also recommended excellent restaurants when an evening meal was not included giving us lots of choices. Francisco, the taxi driver who transported the bags (and us on some days as it was so hot and we didn't want to walk) was delightful despite his lack of English and our lack of Spanish!

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Parker on 28/07/2015

*****
Delightful holiday experience from start to finish. The hotels were lovely and the walking varied. It's a good way to get to know a small part of Burgundy and appreciate the lovely scenery as there was plenty to do on the rest days too. The hotels were all well chosen and the neighbouring restaurants of a high standard. We especially appreciated being taken into Beaune by Lin for our last dinner, which was especially good. We also appreciated the chance to buy wines en route and collect them at the end.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mr Valk on 28/07/2015

*****
Very enjoyable walking in spectacular countryside, along well signed and maintained paths, guided by excellent route notes.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs Turner on 27/07/2015

*****
Having enjoyed a previous Headwater walking holiday in Tuscany that was also rated '2 boot' our assessment is that this holiday to Croatia was much harder and a reasonable level of fitness is essential. The hotels are all OK although we were a little disappointed that the swimming pools were indoor. At the Hotel Vela Vrata you had better like truffles! Day 5 walking instructions could be better. As part of the packed lunches (variable quality!) you receive a single small bottle of water - this was wildly insufficient especially in the intense heat of July. Overall though a great holiday, Croatia is beautiful.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mr Powell on 27/07/2015

***#.
Well organised and did what it said on the can!

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Dentith on 27/07/2015

*****
This is a true three booter there isn't a lot of level walking , have good comfortable boots and poles ,I think, are essential. Do use the lifts if they are working ,it's no fun walking up those gradients with a working chair lift over your heads. The views from the tops are dramatic on clear days. The walk timings are pretty accurate.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mrs Love-fordham on 24/07/2015

*****
Challenging hiking with amazing views and a good choice of things to do on non hiking days. First two hikes have very few other hikers which I like. Last two hikes were much more public and busy. On a whole, the area has been developed as a vacation spot and one encounters masses of tourists from Asia and India in the towns and any attractions - never on the trails. It is a bit overwhelming. There isn't much of an opportunity to encounter Swiss culture. We enjoyed the hikes, the views were wonderful, but we were a bit dismayed that there were so many tourists to contend with and that we rarely encountered Swiss people to chat with. There is no local rep so you depend on the hoteliers - all were very good except for Hotel Baren.

Walking in Davos

By Mrs Langleben on 24/07/2015

*****
The fact that we have been travelling with Headwater since 1996 speaks volumes. This should be recommendation enough

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Ms Druce on 21/07/2015

*****
From the minute we booked with Headwater we have had excellent service. Even though we never dealt with 1 consultant - bit confusing as we had many people reply to our emails - everyone who did reply knew exactly what the previous person had said or done. Would perhaps be better to deal with 1 consultant. Our reps who fetched and dropped us off were great - even messaged to see how the day went and when they knew the weather was going to be extremely hot warned us and said they could pick us up at an earlier location if need be. They also recommended things to do on our days off which was great. The Hotels were very very good - we could not complain about anything. Value for money I do not know how to answer as for us coming from South Africa with the weak Rand - it was very expensive but that cannot be a judgement on the overall value as we would have no idea how a person earning pounds would have found the price to be.

Exploring the Azores Triangle

By Mrs Brennan on 21/07/2015

***#.
The Azores Triangle trip was full on, non stop, apart from the free day on the Tuesday. We joined the Exodus group, who were International with mixed activity abilities. Very challenging walking. The itinerary was changed according to the weather conditions, to accommodate us holiday walkers. It became a joke ' wonder what Bruno will change today ' It was a friendly group who gelled very well, looking out for each other. Could have done with extra days stay to recover. Loved the holiday, thank you.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Hayes on 21/07/2015

*****
As a holiday focussed on easy walking, gourmet dinners and luxurious accommodation, this ticked all the boxes. Beautiful country of the Cote D'Or, gorgeous little villages and towns and everywhere Burgundy wine production continuing all around you. All three hotels were superb. I walked in July 2015, so arrived somewhat dusty and sweaty at what are very upscale hotels. No problem at all (but worth reassuring guests it isn't an issue). Walking directions were generally good, with some issues flagged to Headwater in separate email. Just a few tweaks needed, and as it is the first year of this tour, some teething troubles expected. If you want to seriously investigate wine, doing so during your day's walk is not really practical. I'd suggest researching before you go, possibly setting up cellar visits via Headwater, if they will do it, or knowing which vignerons you want to visit and then using your rest days to get along to see them. But you can just wing it and you can thoroughly enjoy this holiday if, like me, you know nothing about wine. It's a good place to start to learn. Last but not least, I would single out Paul and Yolanta at Les Deux Chevres in Gevrey-Chambertin for wonderfully friendly advice, practical tips, suggestions and laid-back accommodation. If you want to know more about the area, its wine, history and so on, they are a mine of information. ALAN HAYES, WEST LONDON, JULY 2015.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mr Hunter on 20/07/2015

*****
An amazing time

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Stocks on 20/07/2015

*****
A great holiday with varied walking options available, Village had great atmosphere and opportunities for shopping and sightseeing away from just walking. We extended our trip with 3 nights in Munich at the hotel recommended by Headwater which was a super place and gave us chance for a bit of culture and city life after the scenery!

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Ms Hole on 20/07/2015

*****
Lovely quiet hotel in a small hamlet with good access to great walks and buses/ trains. Excellent food, the gala evening meal was particularly memorable. Good selection of wines and other drinks at a reasonable price. Nice indoor pool with excellent spa facilities.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Ms Harrison on 17/07/2015

***#.
Very enjoyable. The first two walks in the Durmitor NP were fantastic, definitely my favourite.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Hurrell on 17/07/2015

***#.
Overall we really enjoyed it. However we were not quite prepared for the steepness of some of the walks. This is not down to Headwater but rather our own lack of research. The views were spectacular. We also felt that the times given for the length of each walk was rather optimistic even for us who enjoy walking in all terrains.

The High Alps Walk

By Ms Rose on 17/07/2015

*****
We had a fabulous time, beautiful weather, gorgeous alpine flowers and a hard enough walk to feel we had earned our delicious evening meals.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mr McPoland on 16/07/2015

***#.
The hotels were all very different, but uniformly good, and provision for Vegetarian Food was excellent. Austria is a spectacular country to walk in. Some parts of the walks were in my opinion rather more challenging than a 1 boot designation would imply, so it came as a bit of a surprise to my wife, who isn't a regular walker, but we coped. Way-marking is excellent, so the route notes were quite a bit redundant, and sometimes inaccurate or misleading. The rep gave us handwritten amendments. I would have thought in this day and age, it would be simple to keep a master copy of the notes up to date via the Internet, and only printed on demand, rather than as I assume, get an old copy from a stockpile which had been printed some time ago. These are minor niggles, and we both enjoyed the holiday very much.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Walker on 16/07/2015

***#.
We had a very good room in hotel Jezero with 2 baloney's. However on the Saturday evening 13 June the hotel had a private function that consisted of very loud music right under our room which meant that we could not go to sleep until it was over. The music went on until 2.30 which is too late,.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mrs Priest on 16/07/2015

*****
Elizebtta helps make Italy magical, she looks after you and helps you get the most out of your holiday. The places visited, the food and the people you meet are excellent.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Ms Clark on 15/07/2015

*****
Fantastic walking area if you like wild, remote stony terrain. Incredibly windy at times and also challenging steep downhill sections if these are not your forte! Superb coastal and inland scenery. Great to have suggested walks for free days especially as the weather wasn't really good enough for swimming and relaxing. The local taxi driver was great, carrying on the luggage and when we finished the last day's walking early we phoned him and he picked us up. He also helped us sort out an earlier train to Barcelona. We had the same reps in Tuscany last year and once again they were brilliant, providing extra route notes and e mailing changes. The initial briefing by phone worked well and we were delighted when they joined us for our last evening meal. They really go the extra mile to make things go smoothly. The hotels were all excellent and we liked the variety in the evening meal arrangement. Adding on 2 nights in Barcelona was the icing on the cake. The hotel there was of a lower standard, a very small room,but we did expect an ensuite room and not one with a bathroom down the corridor. We would have liked to have known this in advance and been given the chance to upgrade. Overall, a memorable holiday!

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mrs Jacobs on 15/07/2015

**#..
Pleas read my document sent to Lisa copied to Tina James

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mr Boyce on 15/07/2015

*****
Country and scenery superb - a real eye-opener! Walking on the challenging side of '2 boot'. The longest walk was actually easier than some of the shorter ones due to the terrain. There are places to stop on the way, you should take advantage.

The High Alps Walk

By Mrs Glover on 15/07/2015

*****
Well organised trip that met all our expectations. New walking guides provided during trip as a result of changes to routes.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mr Tribe on 15/07/2015

*****
Very good worth doing, may do it again, great food and beer, watch out for the mountains they are not the same as the hills in Kent.

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mrs Grassie on 15/07/2015

*****
I have never felt so relaxed going back to work! It was fantastic :))

The High Alps Walk

By Ms Steenman-clark on 14/07/2015

***#.
The Chablais region is certainly very beautiful but with the excellent hotels in the valleys a lot of the walking was up and down farm/ski/access tracks or roads to the higher level, flower strewn, paths with the fantastic views. These tracks, especially in the heat we experienced, were quite brutal and did detract somewhat from the overall pleasure of the walks.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mis Lloyd on 14/07/2015

*****
This is an excellent and very relaxing holiday. The walks were well planned and very well led - picnics were wonderful! Unsurprisingly, in early July, it was hot but setting off early made the most of the cooler hours and enabled us to explore the towns and villages at leisure. Our guide, Salvitore, was really excellent - attentive, charming, efficient and knowledgeable.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Ms Andrychowska on 14/07/2015

***#.
Hotel staff excellent. Train noise bad in rooms.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Shread on 14/07/2015

*****
Excellent holiday based in a perfect location for walking. Local transport facilities (bus/train) were first class

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mr Langford on 13/07/2015

*****
Excellent. From our arrival to departure our Rep Ross tailored our stay to suit what WE wanted. He really went the extra mile to sort any issues created by rail strikes and unusually hot weather. He was always on time ( in fact early). There was never a feeling of being rushed or hurried which made our holiday really great. He had also ensured that our directions for the walks were totally up to date and accurate. The accomodation was always excellent as were the meals provided. The highlight has to be our stay at Vermenton! Such attention to detail...amazing. We will do another one next year.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mrs Johnson on 13/07/2015

*****
A very interesting walk through small villages in Burgundy with the highlight being Vezelay. Auxerre is a lovely old town worthy of an extra day there.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Pro Campbell on 13/07/2015

*****
Walking in the Footsteps of St Francis was a gem of a walking holiday and we felt thoroughly refreshed by it . The walking was well paced and the guide notes excellent. The National Park was stunning with a variety of scenery and the two places we stayed in the park were absolutely gorgeous. Assisi was also a lovely city to visit. It was our first time holidaying with Headwater and we are already planning our next.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Wood on 13/07/2015

*****
We like the freedom of walking independently with excellent meals at the end of the day and the convenience of the luggage being transported between hotels.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Brown on 13/07/2015

*****
Overall rate Slovenia Alps Adventure very highly. The Route notes need updating e.g Take the path to the right where the road changes from concrete to gravel. - In fact the path is where the road changes from concrete to tarmac - the tarmac has been there several years. One of many examples where the route notes were out of date. The route notes for Bovec to Kobarid directed us onto the road due to a land slip, the local guide told us the path was passable with care, we did not try this as we had both had bad backs prior to the trip and did not want any scrambling. However the other couple took the path and said the path was completely clear. The local guide should have known this. We walked 4 miles on a busy road because we were not told the path was clear.

Walking in Davos

By Mrs Keen on 13/07/2015

***#.
Wonderful walking in Switzerland as long as you have good weather. The packed lunches were the same every day better not to include in hol price.Also you forgot to inform us of the local taxes payable ar end of holiday,an extra 64 franks

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Ms Allison on 10/07/2015

***#.
I feel that the room we were offered was definitely not delux. We paid an extra £54 per night for a room that I would struggle to call standard. You could hardly move in the shower as the cubicle was so small. We took a cross country skiing holiday with Headwater a couple of years ago in Dobbiaco and the room we had was far superior and we had no extra money to pay. I was really disappointed. The hotel we stayed at was in an amazing setting. The food was good but I am vegetarian and had to have the same thing 3 times as there aren't that many alternatives.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Lewis on 08/07/2015

***#.
A beautiful but very popular and busy part of Italy. Seeing it by means of a walking holiday is an excellent way of minimising the experience of crowds and seeing parts that most tourists do not see. Many of the views are spectacular and some of the foot paths are not to be missed. The end of June is a hot time and walkers need to be able to cope with that. All of the hotels provided typically friendly Italian service.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Ford on 08/07/2015

*****
Footsteps of St Francis (Self-Guided) This was our first holiday with Headwater having previously used other well-known leading walking tours companies. We couldn’t fault the organization of Headwater both in the UK and the local rep Vlad. The walk notes were clear and precise without being to wordy. The amendment that Vlad recommended for the last day following the Roman Aqueduct was superb and good finish to the walking programme The hotels were excellent the only slight downside was the Assisi hotel La Terraza where it was a 1Km outside of the town, the food there was good but certainly not up to the same standards as the other 3 hotels. La Tavola dei Cavali at Satriano was an absolute delight it was welcoming, peaceful and gave us a most relaxing stay. the only noise was the sound of bees and birds. Le Silve di Armenzano was also a delight with a most welcoming drink of cold water immediately on arrival after a very hot day of walking, a wonderful location to watch the setting sun whilst having dinner La Bastiglia at Spello our hotel for the start and finish nights met the same standard as the previous two hotels with wonderful views from the Terrace. We are already looking at other possible Headwater Holidays Mike & Jean Ford July 2015

Gastronomic Walk in the Tarn

By Mr Buss on 08/07/2015

*****
A superb location for walking and an excellent hotel - the staff were friendly and always very helpful. Travel arrangements - flights and car hire all went smoothly. Exactly what we had hoped for. We also extended the car hire for a further three weeks and delayed our return flight for the same period. Headwater arranged this for us when we booked and everything went according to plan.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Clark on 08/07/2015

*****
This holiday was one of the best we have had.Tuscany was beautiful and the chance to see it on foot made all the difference. The hotels were terrific and the food amazing.We will be back next year.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Johnston on 07/07/2015

*****
Excellent holiday. All arrangements worked well except initial briefing - see below. Local transfers were excellent.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs Richardson on 07/07/2015

*****
It was unfortunate that, having made the booking for this holiday, when the maps and walking guides were forwarded to us, they had been incorrectly copied so that every even page was missing. It took a couple of phone calls to sort this out. Also took a bit of time to clarify travel arrangements to and from the airport. This made us feel a little vulnerable though, actually, the arrangements were absolutely spot on - all the taxis arrived on time and were of a very high standard. The representatives in Italy were exceptionally charming and helpful. The description of the walks was a little misleading as some sections involved quite a lot of climbing and, in one case, scrambling down a rather precipitous, overgrown gully with loose rocks and stones presenting quite a challenge. The evening meal at the Capodimonte was dire, especially in comparison with the Punta Campanella, which was absolutely lovely. Breakfasts at the Casa Albertina were poor and I have marked the location as 'poor' because I thought it was harsh to expect your customers to climb all those steps to he hotel after the most challenging walk of the holiday involving, potentially, the descent of 1,000 steps through Positana at its conclusion. You will note, however, that I would book with your company again, and am considering the cycle ride along the Danube for our next adventure! Your staff in the UK are, without exception, very charming. It was unfortunate that our walking guides were not complete at the outset but it was a wonderful holiday so thanks to everyone involved.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Ms Whiteaker on 07/07/2015

*****
The walking trip in Brittany was excellent. Our rep was brilliant, going out of his way to ensure we had everything we needed and more. The route notes were thorough and the walking itself was on lovely trails.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mrs Jenkins on 07/07/2015

***#.
Contrasting walks in a beautiful area of Switzerland. The two walks to the Oeschinensee and the Doldenhornhutte are particularly challenging with many steep or tricky paths often very narrow and across waterfalls or shale slopes. Essential to have a head for heights and walking poles. These however were the best walks with terrific views. Do the extension to the Daubensee walk as the views at the final destination are well with it. The Alfa Soleil Hotel is a good 3 star hotel and our junior suite was excellent and worth the upgrade. Our one complaint of the room would be the shower and the sudden change of temperature when running going from very cold to scorching and dangerously hot; we had to be be swift to move out of the range of the spray when this happened. Breakfast is not as varied as other Swiss hotels we have stayed at and there was a huge additional charge if you fancied eggs and bacon. The food overall was inconsistent and not up to expectation following all the reviews and varied from poor ( tough poached chicken and lamb curry one night) to very good on the barbecue evening. However, great value holiday overall for Switzerland which is very expensive. PS the house wine is very good and at 22 Swiss francs per 50cl, a bit of a bargain.

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Dr Patel on 07/07/2015

*****
A tranquil location with panoramic scenery in the heart of rural Tuscany that is an excellent hub for some beautiful hikes. Deserted trails and an opportunity to walk back in time along Etruscan trails, vie cave, tombs and grottos. The hedgerows and fields are abundant with wild flowers under clear blue skies. Vivid images of the familiar profile of hilltop hamlets with their red tiles and iconic church towers and valleys green with vines and Cyprus trees will provide happy memories for years to come.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Fairweather on 07/07/2015

*****
This was an excellent holiday where the standard of food and accommodation fully justified the description 'gastronomic'. The walks are interesting and quite varied with the combination of woodland, vineyards and picturesque villages, but it is a new route, and as it evolves I think that some improvements can be incorporated: Day 3 seemed a bit early for a free day and perhaps the amount of walking on tarmac could be reduced.

Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal Walk

By Mr Gray on 07/07/2015

*****
This is the perfect holiday in which to experience the grandeur of the Highlands while using a brand new, but sparsely populated, long distance trail. The accommodation en route is of the highest order and compares favourably with similar Headwater packages on the Continent. I sincerely hope it is a success as I would dearly love to repeat the exercise.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Magnier on 07/07/2015

*****
We were very happy with the holiday from the headwater point of view. Accomodation i would not be happy with.Compared to other places we visited in the area the level of english spoken in this hotel was very poor,even when we asked what something was on the menu ,the waitress didnt understand us .Thank you for the bottle of wine which we appreciated very much.the walking was superb and the guides provided for the walking were very good. Beautiful country and people were very friendly and most helpful.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Hutton on 07/07/2015

*****
This is an excellent hikers holiday with well described routes and terrific scenery. On return the hotel and its chef is first class in providing the ideal evening.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mr Murray on 03/07/2015

*****
A really relaxing and enjoyable holiday giving us the opportunity to visit some lovely areas of Italy. The Headwater representative was well informed and really helpful allowing us to enjoy our holiday to the full.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Ms Hopkins on 03/07/2015

*****
It was a brilliant holiday - everything was well organised and went according to plan. The scenery was superb, the walks were more challenging than expected because of the extremely hot weather (38F one day!) but loads of shade and wonderful views helped us through. Our local rep was brilliant and there was more than enough information from Headwater for us to find interesting things to do on our rest days. All the accommodation was good but Villa Lussana was a holiday highlight. Thoroughly memorable. Thank you!

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mr Boyce on 02/07/2015

*****
Exceeded expectations, scenery gorgeous, hotel friendly and helpful staff

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mrs Maddison on 02/07/2015

*****
We had a brilliant time in Croatia; it was our first time there and we can't wait to return. Our guide, Krsto, was very informative and helpful, and the itinerary was interesting.

Dordogne Gastronomic Walk

By Mr Strong on 02/07/2015

*****
Beautiful region of France. Didn't see a soul whilst walking and the hotels were quiet which suited us! Representative was very friendly and helpful.

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

By Mr Bedford on 02/07/2015

*****
Excellent. Location stunning. Views wonderful. Food, apart from one meal, great. Hotels good 3 stars. Local representative very helpful. Overall a most enjoyable, although tiring, holiday.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Aitken on 02/07/2015

*****
We walked through a beautiful quiet unknown part of Italy meeting friendly people in small hotels and rural towns and felt welcomed everywhere.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Dr Cobner on 02/07/2015

***#.
The walking and travelling around the Dolomites was excellent. Unfortunately neither hotel was situated in a quiet location and mosy y nights we were disturbed. In Toblach there were open air rock music festivals opposite the hotel on the first two nights and on the third night the railway company decided to carry out maintenance till 5am outside our room. We also had two days of gunfire from the nearby military firing range. The hotel room and service/food were,however, excellent. Our room in Venice was situated overlooking the alleyway leading to the hotel. This was full of people all night and we did not get much sleep. The room itself was very comfortable and the staff very helpful.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Hayward on 02/07/2015

*****
Easy to use and inviting

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Dr Black on 01/07/2015

*****
Montenegro is a beautiful country, fantastic mountain scenery and Kotor Bay is wonderful. We didn't bring walking poles due to the 1+ grading but I would have found them very useful on some of the walks, especially the last day walking to Godinje. Can't comment on Lake Skadar boat trip as that wasn't possible for us. Our guide Sinica was great, very considerate and obviously knew all the walks well. We have had some wonderful holidays with Headwater and this was one of the best.

Jungfrau Peaks & Glaciers Walk

By Mr Tattersall on 01/07/2015

*****
The holiday was stress free, everything was as explained or advertised . The walks were maybe tougher than we expected , but that is not a negative reflection on the holiday We would definitely do another similar holiday, this was our 6th Headwater Holiday, but not our last

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Wright on 01/07/2015

*****
Walking in Bavaria in June was just amazing. The wild flowers were beautiful to see in the meadows. Oberammergau is ideally situated with easy rail and bus access to the wider area.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Collins on 30/06/2015

*****
A good mix of scenic, coastal, country and historic town locations for both walking and overnight stays. Introduced us to a lesser known area of Spain. While most of the walking had excellent scenery and moderate challenges, some sections were slightly tedious on tracks/roads rather than paths. However these were marked walking routes on the published maps, and it is difficult to see what alternatives were viable to get you to the next place of interest. No gain without pain! Walking instructions were excellent throughout.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Thomson on 30/06/2015

***#.
A very enjoyable holiday with taxing walks and great accommodation. In 30 degrees heat we found some of the hikes a little hard at our age.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Price on 30/06/2015

*****
Excellent walking area with a wide variety of routes. We made great use of the local travel card included in our holiday which allowed us unlimited travel on both buses and trains anywhere throughout the Bolzano province.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Kendrick on 30/06/2015

*****
Very good indeed. Great location; walks sufficiently (but not too) challenging. Great food. Sometimes bus service arrangements to walk start end points a bit fiddly (we were put off from one of them by this). Easyjet baggage drop and general service at Venice airport (as distinct from the flights themselves which were fine) very poor.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Alsop on 29/06/2015

*****
It is an excellent format - two nights in each place is just right and the distances and terrain were sufficiently challenging for us to feel we deserved the increasingly good food as we progressed through the walk.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Buckenham on 29/06/2015

*****
I seem to have ticked 'excellent' just about every question; the reason being that we have rated this holiday amongst the best FIVE we have done in the last 18 or so years. The description 'Gastronomic Walk' just does not do the holiday justice....'MICHELIN' should be added!

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Collier on 24/06/2015

*****
An excellent guide, wonderful walks and very agreeable fellow travellers. We would always recommend small group holidays - they are so much more friendly.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Ms Waddington on 24/06/2015

***#.
Wonderful walking trip - could definitely be done more challenging walking options outlined in route notes & more of the coatst covered. It really is a turquoise coast when the sun shines!

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mr Shaw on 24/06/2015

*****
This was our first visit to Sicily and we thought the Secrets of Sicily programme gave a fantastic introduction to the relatively unknown northwest of the island. We very much appreciated the inclusion of visits to Segesta and Erice en route to our second and third destinations.The great highlight was the walk, on the final full day, around Monte Cofano.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Dr Simpson on 23/06/2015

*****
One of the best Headwater holidays we have done. Croatia certainly more than lived up to our expectations. Everything about the holiday was excellent and the people there were universally warm and welcoming. A wonderful contrast between the hilltop towns of Motovun and Buzet and the classical seaside villas of Opatija. It will be difficult to better this holiday!

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Boyd on 23/06/2015

*****
Enjoyable walking in attractive countryside with plenty opportunity to visit historic places such as Dijon and Beaune, staying in remarkable small hotels, and eating amazing food and drinking some of the world's best wines.

Gastronomic Burgundy Walking

By Mr Ball on 23/06/2015

*****
Excellent local arrangements and facilities. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs McGaw on 23/06/2015

*****
Wonderful holiday in beautiful surroundings. Good hotels each of which had their own character. Excellent walking notes. Our local reps Audrey and Chris were a very pleasant and helpful couple and they did a sterling job in a quiet but very efficient manner, we couldn't have asked for better!

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Collingham on 23/06/2015

***#.
Well organised; great choice of places to stay with walking well directed and right amount of effort per day. The Camino is not the most beautiful route we have walked but communion with fellow travellers made it feel special. Only comment would be O Coto. Finished short walk to Casa de la Somoza by lunch and really not much to do that afternoon. While the hotel was adequate it was not the sort of place you could amuse yourself in for an afternoon. The common parts were a bit gloomy. We went for a walk! that afternoon. A pity about baggage handlers' strike in Madrid, main problem was that we had our walking poles taken from us in Stansted in spite of the fact that my husband had checked with Ryanair that we could get them through security. This is categorically not true. We had to store our poles in Stansted at cost to ourselves and buy poles in Leon.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Barraclough on 23/06/2015

*****
Marvellous scenery, excellent hotel, notes and route signing very good.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mr Berzak on 23/06/2015

*****
Excellent location and region for walking. Maps and route notes provided were really useful and accurate. Hotel was comfortable and clean with excellent food and a good wellness area which was not used at all by other guests at the time we were there. This was a bonus for us. As we were early in the season, suggested walks were not crowded but we are sure at peak times things could be different. Overall we had a great holiday and will use Headwater again for another similar trip.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mis Riley on 22/06/2015

***#.
We decided not to do the guided walk up Stromboli as we didn't feel we were fit enough to cope with the steepness, the ground conditions and the dark and it wouldn't be fair on the guide or other tourists. I felt this could be an excursion which could be optional as we couldn't really decide until we got there and saw the conditions. We did book an evening boat trip round the island instead, but this got cancelled because of the weather conditions. None of this spoiled our holiday - we just spent a day relaxing instead. The guide walk up Etna was fantastic and we felt quite proud that accomplished it without mishap and that we were probably the oldest couple in the group. Our guide, Salvo, was brilliant - please mention him in any correspondence. The transportation from place to place was excellent as were the hotels. We didn't actually stay in Hotel Rocce Azzure but in their sister hotel nearby which was beautiful. Thank you Headwater for another wonderful holiday.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Whitehurst on 22/06/2015

*****
The key to my holiday was the flexibility in booking the travel arrangements via Birmingham. This allowed me access to an excellent holiday using a local airport

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Ms Sampson on 19/06/2015

*****
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience; a lovely lazy way of booking a really good holiday - everything is provided for and has been thought of. Excellent.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Bryant on 18/06/2015

*****
Great holiday very much as described, good hotel, great food, nice walks.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Kelly on 18/06/2015

*****
This was our ninth holiday with you! The walking was fantastic, if a little arduous at times! A beautiful country, lovely people. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, as ever! Many thanks!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Prior on 17/06/2015

*****
Good variety of walks, with our excellent guide (Tiago), enabling various enjoyable views/experiences of the Algarve. Tavira especially attractive (although we had the best weather there), with plenty of excellent restaurants and scenic/architectural attractions and sights. We particularly liked the coastal/cliff walking at this time of year (early April) with such a varied range of beautiful flowers. All-in-all a great mix of sights and experiences in the Algarve.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs Jenner on 17/06/2015

***#.
We enjoyed the walking, loved the hotel in Amalfi which was exclusive and liked the hotel in Positano. However we were the only English amongst a large tour party of Germans in Marina del Cantone and the Hotel Capodimonte was ghastly, appalling, dreadful and full of low cost package holiday tourists and the dinner in the evening at the hotel made me feel closer to my grave.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Carter on 17/06/2015

*****
This was our first holiday of this type and was not sure what to expect, the route notes given were easy to follow we were collected on time at airports/ train stations /hotels. The agents were excellent with a full briefing one in person and one over the phone and both came back to me with requests that I made for additional information. The accommodation throughout the holiday was of a very high standard, all very clean and with excellent quality of food. Well done Headwater we will have no problems in booking through you again. Nick & Sue Carter

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Dr Livsey on 17/06/2015

*****
All went smoothly.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Ms Birch on 17/06/2015

*****
Beautiful countryside, it was lovely to see so many wild flowers and butterflies (we went at the end of May). There was a good range of walks, all challenging in their own way but with fantastic views as a reward. You do need a relatively good level of fitness as it is hilly and we,d recommend boots as suggested by Headwater as the tracks are very rocky in places. Our favourite location was Motovun, with it's cobbled streets and bars and restaurants overlooking the landscape below. There was little to do or see in Buzet, so make the most of the circular walk whilst you are there. We found all of the hotels to be of a very high standard and the service was good, the room we had in Hotel Sveti Jakov in Opatija was stunning and the hotel was in a lovely quiet part of the town.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Curwen on 17/06/2015

*****
A superb holiday in stunningly beautiful countryside. Great walking conditions and routes through varied terrain, sometimes challenging and always rewarding. The hotels were first class and staff everywhere were friendly and helpful. The final days in Opatija were relaxing and the effect end to a great holiday. Thank you Headwater! NB. We feel that the route notes for days 4 & 5 could do with adjustment as things appear to have changed on the ground. I would be happy to offer suggestions. Please advise how you would like these to be supplied.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Crowther on 17/06/2015

*****
Met our needs brilliantly. Superb scenery. High level of service and comfort.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Dr Luton on 17/06/2015

*****
Great walking on good paths. Excellent scenery and wonderful alpine flowers. Consider Berne as a day off destination.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Ms Gane on 17/06/2015

***#.
It was a beautiful location and we had some lovely walks and saw amazing flowers. The hotel owner who was supposed to give us some guidance was not as helpful as he could have been. He raced through some information on the first evening and gave us various passes not all of which he explained.After that, he told us about one bus route being unavailable and arranged for us to travel on it when it became available. However when we asked questions subsequently, in particular if a route was Ok, he said it was up to us if we went on it. In fact it was challenging with some landslides on steep mountainside and frozen snow partially covering a fast-flowing stream through which we had to paddle. The breakfast and packed lunches were great. Dinner was positively gourmet. (Whisper it low, but we would have preferred something simpler with fewer courses so that there was time for a walk afterwards). Mark-ups on the wine in the restaurant were enormous. We were also rather startled to be charged for tap water every night.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mrs Strickland on 17/06/2015

*****
The only problem with our holiday was that we did not receive the good quality maps which were promised and which we would still like to receive! Our walking holiday in Dalmatia was our first experience of a group holiday, so we weren't sure quite what to expect. Fortunately, our guide, Sanja, took us all in hand and her good humour and efficiency made all the difference. We cannot speak highly enough of her. We were also fortunate in that we got on well with all the other members of the group, and the atmosphere generally was very good. We didn't do quite as much walking as we had hoped - the first day was virtually rained off - and we spent quite a lot of time on the minibus, but it was worth it to be able to enjoy three such excellent locations in one week. Some of the group thought the standard of food in the first few days was not high enough. We're not complaining but we would have been prepared to pay a bit more for a wider choice. Anyway, it was a most enjoyable week and we would certainly consider going on another Headwater holiday.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Marritt on 17/06/2015

*****
Very good overall. Rating of 2+ is right because some parts were quite tough. Please do not quote surname in any promotional material

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Hobbs on 17/06/2015

*****
The advertised holiday - gastronomic Barolo walk - sounded rather grand, but appealed as a special birthday present - a walk between nice restaurants in a pleasant part of the world with decent hotels in which to stay over. We were a little unsure about dress code and level of difficulty in the walks before we set off. Upon being met by our tour guides, Peter and Rachel, we were soon reassured that the holiday would be informal and enjoyable. Our first hotel - Villa d'Amelia - was absolutely fantastic in every way starting with the welcome by the reception staff, the standard of the room and the facilities (including an outdoor heated pool, sauna and steam rooms). The restaurant was on another level - a Michelin 1 star - that delivered great food with special service with an emphasis on the customer as star of the show. This standard set the bar high for the rest of the holiday and our next port of call, after our first walking day, was in Grinzane Cavour staying for 2 nights at an excellent bed and breakfast with outstanding views and eating within the castle at another Michelin standard restaurant (although not yet awarded the coveted star); service here was brilliant - the chef and his wife ran the show with the help of 2 more serving staff and a kitchen brigade. At the end of an exquisite tasting menu with paired wines, the chef introduced himself to each table. His wife was charm itself and chatted and responded to our questions and comments throughout the 2 meals in a very engaging manner. The rest of the holiday comprised 2 nights in Castiglione Falletto and 2 nights in Monforte d'Alba - both at excellent hotels in brilliant locations - and a final night returned to the Casa d'Ameila. Food could not generally compare with the first three nights, although the restaurant l'Argaj in Castiglione Falletto produced wonderful food in a setting looking out towards Barolo that would be hard to better. Overall this was a brilliant holiday. The walking was just enough to make one ready for another (!) fine dining experience but not enough to be physically draining. Staying 2 nights in 3 of the locations proved to be a great idea - preventing the need to pack everything up every day and allowing time to appreciate the locality as well as giving an option for a circular walk or resting on the second day. If you are reasonably fit and active and you like good wine and fine food then this would be a great holiday and my wife and I would thoroughly recommend it. Some of the walking instructions were ambiguous - resulting in a few additional miles being walked - and the terrain would be challenging underfoot in places if wet. We walked at the end of May and the heat on some days was strong; in July or August I can imagine walking being hard work and thirst inducing..

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Owen-jones on 17/06/2015

*****
Beautiful area for walking and excellent food and wine.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs McRill on 17/06/2015

*****
I have been travelling regularly with Headwater for many years. This holiday certainly came up to expectations and I can recommend it wholeheartedly, it was one of the best. Rachel and Peter (our reps) were extremely helpful, always positive and cheerful, a great bonus; the temperature was higher than we had expected for the first week in June, hovering around 30'C and we were able to shorten our walks thanks to their efforts. The hotels were very spacious and comfortable and the food and wine were excellent, truly a gastronomic feast, apart from one restaurant which didn't match the high standard set by the rest of this holiday. Overall this was a great holiday.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Little on 17/06/2015

*****
Generally very good.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Beck on 17/06/2015

*****
Thank you, Headwater: we would never have thought of visiting Bermuda if your brochure had not suggested it as a base for a walking holiday, and we would have missed a treat. A delightful destination, with friendly and helpful people, a comfortable hotel in an attractive beach-side setting, some lovely walks along the old railway trail and the stunning coastline, and a range of places to visit and learn about Bermuda's fascinating history, customs and society. The accessibility of all parts of the island and its excellent (and entertaining) bus and ferry service make it easy to 'pick and mix' elements of the recommended walking routes. We made full use of this flexibility so we could spend time in some of the museums and historic houses that help bring Bermuda's rich history and culture to life, as well as exploring the various nature reserves that feature in some of the walks. Highly recommended (and we found May a perfect time to go - warmth and stunning flora).

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Davis on 17/06/2015

***#.
A walking holiday visiting several locations in one area. All the planning, hotels, transport etc is done for you so you can concentrate on the walks and enjoying yourself. Hotels and food very good. The one problem we had was some glass on the floor in the bathroom at the Quinta de Belle Vist. Eventually this was cleared up thoroughly. Minibus driver (lady) at Quinta de Furao was particularly helpful and friendly.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Robinson on 17/06/2015

*****
We both found this trip very enjoyable. The walking is relatively easy but very rewarding, and remarkably varied. The accommodation was top rate with good quality meals and excellent service. The location of Quinta do Furao is really great. Taxi collections and drop offs were faultless. In fact the whole trip from leaving home to returning was just perfect. One of our favourite trips.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mis Monteith on 17/06/2015

***#.
Very enjoyable introduction to North West Sicily and the Egadi islands. Each location was full of character and accommodation was attractive and comfortable. Particularly enjoyed accommodation near San Vito where owner Daniela is a charming and very welcoming host and gave us a great introduction to Sicilian food. Beautiful views on the walks, especially in Zingaro nature reserve and on Marettimo. High temperature and very strong wind made walk around Monte Cofano a bit of an endurance walk at the end. However, lemon granitas in café at the pick up point and paddle in sea helped recovery.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Robbins on 17/06/2015

*****
Walking level was good. Leaders excellent. Hotel / food very good.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Sheardown on 17/06/2015

*****
It was a lovely holiday and we saw lots of things that visitors to the region wouldn't normally see. However, we feel that you need to be fit to undertake it. We are used to walking in the Peak District but still found some of the days quite challenging. We travelled in May when the weather was reasonably warm for most of the week. We feel that later in the summer when the weather was hot the walking would have been very hard in places where there wasn't shade.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Dunn on 17/06/2015

*****
A really excellent holiday in a relatively unknown but attractive location, with a superb hotel and a very helpful and knowledgeable hostess, and a good choice of walks. But for goodness sake improve the return directions to the airport - saying 'reverse the outward route' is hopelessly inadequate for negotiating the motorways of Madrid!

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs Clifton on 17/06/2015

***#.
A holiday for not-too-serious walkers but definitely one for foodies.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mr Raffay on 17/06/2015

*****
The holiday exceeded our expectations. Our rep, Sarah, was extremely helpful and friendly. We enjoyed discovering this beautiful part of Italy.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Mrs Main on 17/06/2015

*****
This holiday took us to a lovely area that we'd never have known about if we'd not come across it through the Headwater website.We wondered how we'd cope with our first mobile holiday, but it all went so smoothly that we had no problems; rather, we found it interesting to stay in 6 very different hotels in 9 nights! Having read other comments and seen the weather forecast, we went prepared for all conditions. Yes, it rained a bit, but it was warm rain without wind - nothing like the Scottish variety and we were lent a giant Italian umbrella in Este for our visit to the market and the rest of this lovely wee town. Because of the Giro d'Italia our first [non walking] day was a bit disrupted but Sarah was able to drop us off in Téolo to see the race [and it's vast entourage] go by. As my husband is a very keen cyclist who normally watches this on TV at home, this was a real treat and much appreciated. We also appreciated that one of her first acts on collecting us from Vicenza station was to offer us each a bottle of chilled water.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Bauld on 17/06/2015

*****
Excellent. We enjoyed the combination of great walks during our peaceful relaxing stay at Ta Cenc on Gozo and our extra nights at the Phoenicia enabling us to explore the fascinating city of Valletta.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Woodgate on 17/06/2015

*****
My 2nd camino walk holiday, a different personal experience but excellent, Galicia & Spain at its very best, Headwater organisation & bag moving en route is superb hassle & worry free,

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Sutherland on 17/06/2015

***#.
Excellent accommodation and staff. Food variable from excellent (breakfast mainly) to indescribably bad for some meals/courses in the evening. English translations of menus were unhelpful. ('Meat Soup' turned out to be a bowl of pasta shells in a chicken stock. Marinated fish was a mystery). Wines excellent. Walks were great.

Headwater response

Dear Mr & Mrs Sutherland, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday feedback. We were pleased to see that you had an enjoyable holiday overall. Although, we are sorry to see that you did not enjoy the meals at dinner. Ordinarily, this hotel receives good feedback in this area, however, we realise that we cannot allow our standards to slip, and therefore we will monitor the feedback we receive for the meals to ensure we are delivering the high standards our customers have come to expect. Thank you for highlighting this feedback to us. We would like to thank you for traveling with Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater customer service

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Gingell on 17/06/2015

*****
A most enjoyable week spent on a delightful, unspoilt island with comfortable accommodation and varied and interesting walking opportunities. Driving on the smaller roads in Menorca can be challenging at times, particularly the fairly long stretch between Ciutadella and the hotel which is narrow, winding and lined with unforgiving limestone walls - make sure you insure your hire car excess! Ciutadella is a delightful town to explore and the Menorcan people are charming and very helpful to visitors.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mrs Iredale on 17/06/2015

***#.
I did enjoy the holiday as that particular area of Italy is very interesting also our guide Adrianne did his utmost to make it so. I felt it should be described more as a sightseeing holiday as the walking was not very challenging or exciting. I was disappointed that a lot of the walking was on minor roads rather than paths.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mrs Cockburn on 16/06/2015

*****
Fabulous holiday in great location. Walking was delightful. Accommodation was brilliant - only downside was the food where there was little if any choice and it was not to our taste.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mr O'Brien on 15/06/2015

*****
Excellent holiday,warm welcome everywhere. Walks were lovely and we were very fortunate to have great weather!

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mr Rodesano on 15/06/2015

***#.
This was an excellent varied walk and well constructed taking in coastal paths, forest and river scenes and the beaches were superb.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mr Hamilton on 15/06/2015

*****
We had a fabulous trip in perfect weather. Ross the Rep was first class. He goes the extra mile , is particular on detail and plans ahead. The rating for the walks is right, not as testing as our usual 2 boot but with gentle climbs to give interest and the spectacular views. Thank you and thank Ross.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mrs Belchambers on 15/06/2015

***#.
The holiday was made perfect by are wonderful guide Sanja . This was my first visit to the Dalmation coast it is truly the very best coast line I have ever seen so clean and the people so friendly . The group were both interesting and good fun we were 14 and I do think that was perfect . The food on the whole was some what disappointing it would have been nice to have eaten in the hotels . My only other comment would be the grading I felt that all though we did not do a great deal of walking some of the walks were very testing and more like a 2 boot . This was my first time with Headwater I will be traveling with them again very soon hopefully . Denise Belchambers from the Cotswolds

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Brown on 15/06/2015

***#.
Walking around Assisi there is great countryside with wonderful views in a very quiet area. Eating a picnic at about 1000m at Refugio Maddonna della Spella with great views all around was a wonderful reward for the strenuous walk to get there.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Dunbar on 15/06/2015

*****
Good holiday which did exactly as stated. Good food, good wines and walks mainly through vines. Lovely area and villages.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr McLeod on 15/06/2015

***#.
Accommodation etc extremely good. Hilltop villages attractive although deserted. The walking through vineyards does become a little repetitive, but last day walking through woods was more interesting.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Gilliard on 15/06/2015

*****
Varied walking in beautiful locations. Lived up to descriptions in the brochure. Lovely holiday.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Moran on 15/06/2015

*****
It was a very relaxing holiday and the Ta Cenc hotel was fabulous.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs Lawrence on 15/06/2015

*****
A superb holiday experience that we will always remember. Headwater's advice & organisation was faultless.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Preshaw on 15/06/2015

*****
Another good Headwater holiday. We loved the island, the walking and swimming in the sea, but should have gone in May, June was a bit too hot for us and we were surprised how busy the beaches were. It was different getting a car at the airport and driving ourselves to the hotel and, once we had learned how to negotiate the narrow roads to and from the hotel, we loved having the opportunity to explore more of the island and plan our own sightseeing each day in addition to the walks. The hotel is a gem and being able to return to this tranquil country retreat each day and relax on your own terrace or swim in the pool before going for dinner made the holiday for us. The accommodation, food and service were all excellent. There was so much choice for breakfast including local cakes and pastries and in the evenings we enjoyed a good selection of Menorcan dishes served by friendly, attentive and helpful staff.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Mrs Triger on 11/06/2015

*****
This was our second visit to the Alfa Soleil in Kandersteg. We were incredibly fortunate to receive a double upgrade to their new Loft apartment!! We had booked a new junior suite and we believe we were given this because there were a large party of elderly people staying and possibly some of them had booked the Loft, only to find there was no lift. This really made our week's stay as it was spacious and beautifully furnished giving us room to spread out and to also enjoy the enormous terrace with views all round of the mountains.The weather held up every single day and what with this, and the excellent food provided by Nico, we could not have had a more enjoyable stay.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mr Morrison on 11/06/2015

*****
From butterfly filled valleys to dramatic cliff tops with storks soaring overhead - this fabulous holiday certainly showed us the 'Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina.' Every step of the way was a delight. Would definitely recommend it. As for Frank's Barranco da Estrada ... what a magical discovery!

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mr Masterman on 11/06/2015

***#.
This was a varied and fairly novel trip which took us up three volcanoes and introduced us to the delightful Aeolian islands. The only things that marred it were the delay at Milazzo (referred to above), the food at Hotel Giardino sul Mare - which reminded me of boarding school meals in the 1950s and simply wasn't good enough - and the fact that the Hotel del Corso in Taormina, whilst run by a delightful and helpful family, is in the Main Street and very noisy at night meaning we were frequently woken by late night revellers. We suggest you offer an upgrade at the Excelsior Hotel, which is in a superb position and not that much more expensive. And has a pool! We also wish to point out that there is no need to be picked up at 8 am for the Etna trip as we then had to wait for one and a half hours at the Rifugio as the guided climb didn't leave until 10.30 - and,we were told, always has done. Your local reps did not appear to have any experience of our itinerary or of the Etna tour and were not really able to answer our questions satisfactorily.

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Napier on 11/06/2015

*****
Choice of venue for walking very good. Notes extremely helpful, reps very good with local information. They were also very helpful when needed to help with a blistered foot on a bank holiday.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Schafer on 10/06/2015

*****
As others have said in reviews, excellent hotel, hosts and food, The walks were relatively easy with very nice scenery,

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs Senior on 09/06/2015

*****
All the arrangements worked well, the route guides were, with one or two minor wrinkles, very clear and accurate, the maps and information were good, the drivers always turned up on time. The hotel in Sorrento was very centrally placed and convenient for the train station and the ferry terminal, which was important to us.

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Mr Brook on 09/06/2015

***#.
Need to look carefully at transit times in Frankfurt. Did not like eating in a separate dining room in Hotel Zur Post - the service in this restaurant was very slow so much so that the waitresses apologised to us!!! However these are minor details and generally the holiday was very good.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mr Clegg on 09/06/2015

*****
An excellent holiday with a nice combination of sightseeing and walking in the beautiful Dalmation Coast. A good holiday was made great by the fantastic Sanja Reiter who was an outstanding guide. As a PhD student of Croatian history she brought a special advantage for briefing us and telling the story of the region and the country. One slight disappointment was the limited choice of dishes as we always seemed to be 'off-menu' and it was especially hard for one of us a non-fish and seafood eater. And Headwater can't help Croatian food! But overall not too bad and the breakfast buffet at Dubrovnik Palace Hotel was outstanding. Don't miss this super holiday.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Carrington-bro on 09/06/2015

*****
We had a wonderful week away, we enjoyed being able to sightsee in Assisi and then to escape into the beautiful countryside where we saw hardly any walkers and few cars. We thought that the 2 boot grading was accurate, there were some uphills that made us feel that we had deserved our dinner - there were only a couple of stretches of steepish downhill. This was our first self guided walking holiday and we found the notes and map provided excellent - we were glad that we took our rep's advice of an alternative route on the last day - going to Collapino and having lunch at the Taverna di Silvestro and then following the path of the Roman aqueduct back to Spello - a really good end to the walk. The scenery along all of the route was pretty but the last morning was spectacular with a wonderful panoramic view. The hotels were well chosen and we enjoyed the variety between them. La Terraza was not in the same league as the other 3, but the staff were very friendly and whilst the food was not 'gormet' it felt 'honest', we would have preferred to stay right in Assisi but appreciate the appeal of a swimming pool and also delivering suitcases to the middle of Assisi would probably pose a challenge for the Headwater rep. We dined extremely well at our other 3 hotels and particularly enjoyed our stay at Le Silve with its tranquil setting and lovely views. Our top tip for packed lunches is the Bottega dei Sapori in Assisi's main square where our sandwiches were made to order with delicious ingredients from the owner's farm. Our only regret was that we didn't have time to add on a day to the holiday and visit Perugia. Ann and Nigel Carrington Brook

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Bradburn on 09/06/2015

*****
Fabulous combination of hard exercise, exploration, good food and wine.

Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

By Mr Martin on 09/06/2015

*****
A unique experience that gave great opportunities to see parts of the country that we might not see if we were traveling independently. Following the route notes gives you the confidence to venture further, knowing that you could then get back to your route. Having a rep at the end of the phone just in case anything went wrong gave us a sense of safety and security and proved invaluable when I was unable to walk on the final day.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Small on 09/06/2015

*****
Casa Rural santa maria-would have been helpful to know that he would pick up from the town as the extra km was not good on a v hot day.La Posada de Muriel-the hosts had changed! The breakfast of one piece of toast was not enough for a long walk and certainly could not be described as a buffet! Pazo Santa Maria-should have informed us of the most direct way to get to it as it is also a bit out and at least a 20min walk from the track as described.Rectoral de Lestedo-it would have been very helpful to have known that there was no option of drinks(tea, coffee or anything else for the three hours before the meal,which was poor.It would be useful to suggest that walkers go into the cafe about a km before the accommodation as going back doesn't seem sensible and we were ok with water (from the tap)

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mrs Ramsell on 09/06/2015

*****
Interesting and active. Enjoyment of meals could be improved by more choices on the menu(at least three including salads). If necessary in a smallish establishment these could be pre-booked in the morning. HW selection of hotels is VERY GOOD and we always enjoy their slightly off beat locations and warm atmosphere. We know that other HW guests will be like -minded people we can engage in friendly conversation and exchange anecdotes about each walk with in the evenings.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mr Burton on 08/06/2015

*****
Be aware of possible High wind disruption on Island

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mis Puritz on 05/06/2015

***#.
A very good holiday for sightseers who want to do some walking as well. The Dalmation coast must be one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

Highlights of Montenegro Walk

By Mr Treavett on 05/06/2015

*****
A series of walks in varied locations.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mr Duggleby on 05/06/2015

*****
An excellent walking holiday in an undiscovered and little known part of Italy.The village of Palazzuolo is a delight and the hotel wonderful.Walks are fairly tough and you need to be prepared. Walking poles were essential.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mr Emerson on 04/06/2015

*****
Very intereesting tour, with good local tour guides. Could have done with more free time in Dubrovnic so a closer hotel might have been useful. However, the facilities and beach at the Hotel Dubrovnic Palace outstanding.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mr Lewin on 04/06/2015

**#..
Sanja , our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about almost anything we asked . She has a great sense of humour and it always seemed that she was enjoying her time with our group and not just doing a job . Would have liked a whole day to discover Dubrovnik . Holiday spoilt by poor quality of lunches and evening meals .

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mr Dane on 29/05/2015

*****
We were lucky with the weather. This area of Tuscany is a delight, unspoilt with hardly a tourist insight. The walks took us through some spectacular scenery and the route directions ( apart from those from the airport) were accurate and easy to follow.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Mellowsfacer on 29/05/2015

*****
We all thoroughly enjoyed this well constructed, luxurious walking holiday. Piedmont is a stunning region with few tourists and the best food and wine we have ever tasted throughout Italy. The hotels, restaurants and walks selected exemplified the high quality of the area and overall was excellent value for money. Thank you so much to Pete and Rachel - they couldn't do enough to make sure our holiday went smoothly and were so enthusiastic and friendly.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Ms Sternshine on 29/05/2015

***#.
As ever, well organised, well thought out. Reps taking time to 'read' the group and provide appropriate guidance. If you like to walk , a great idea as you will always be shown routes/trails that you would be unlikely to find otherwise. No wasted time on the holiday planning the next day/days. Really good food.Other people in group friendly & convivial. Would suggest anyone considering this holiday should be sure they are happy to spend a lot of time walking up and down deep stepped inclines as this describes most of the terrain.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mr Sinclair on 29/05/2015

*****
Headwater holiday was well organised using good hotels, a totally superb guide and lovely walking routes - couldn't really ask for better. We enjoyed the walking, the guide, the food and will certainly have another holiday with Headwater

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Ms Peevers on 29/05/2015

*****
If you're a regular walker then this holiday is a lovely way to see a glorious coastline and visit Pompeii and Capri, all in 8 days but we never felt rushed. If you've never been on a walking holiday this would be an ideal first-time trip; good exercise but not strenuous and after your walk you can sit in a bar and enjoy a beer and that 'good tired' feeling. In Ravello and Massa Lubrense there are local buses which will take you back to your hotel if you've had enough for the day.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Vandenberghe on 29/05/2015

*****
I thoroughly enjoyed this holiday - the walking was tough in places, but manageable for me. The food and hospitality were superb and could not be faulted. Would go again!

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mrs Moxham on 29/05/2015

***#.
This is a classic walk which also includes extra interest such as a tour of Leon and the ability, due to transfers, to stay in some lovely establishments. This part of Spain is very beautiful and we walked through lovely little villages and farms. The flowers, particularly on the first day, along the way were stunning. Lots of places to get snacks and drinks. The Camino is so well signposted that there is very little need to consult notes and maps so it is easy to enjoy the walking.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Plumb on 29/05/2015

***#.
Although we had to look after ourselves the notes and guidance we were given were excellent. Sensible notes about our airport arrival, car hire, hotel, and walks told us everything we needed to know.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Ms Perrin on 28/05/2015

*****
Great week, excellent walks and perfect hosts, nothing was too much trouble for them and David's cooking is fabulous.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Huddart on 28/05/2015

*****
The warmth of the welcome at El Milano Real was exceptional. Teresa was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and the walks. She advised us about matching walks to the weather. The food was outstanding in quality and presentation. The route notes were exceptionally accurate. This was one of our best walking holidays ever.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Fennell on 28/05/2015

*****
A very enjoyable experience overall; the hotel is very comfortable and the food is first class, but some of the directions for walking in the quarry areas in the west of the island are wrong or inadequately explained, so some trial and error was involved.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Ms Teevan on 26/05/2015

*****
Our guide, Angelo, really lived up to his name. He went more than the extra mile for us: organising picnic feasts which were inexpensive, and negotiating terrific and generous group meals at bargain prices with a huge range of antipasti. He is a wonderful standard setter for other guides. I particularly liked our stay in Matera which is fascinating. A swim in the Adriatic en route was a treat too and I found the archaeological site near Ostuni very interesting. Overall the walking on this holiday was just the right level for my expectations, as advertised, and the weather was good for walking, despite the forecasts.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mrs MacE on 22/05/2015

*****
Good walking with excellent notes. Excellent accommodation. Helpful local rep. Perhaps overpriced.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mr Allen on 21/05/2015

*****
It was a great holiday, in a friendly and relaxed country, thank you. Having gone from the tranquil hills & lakes to the sparkling cliffs & sea we understand the full significance of 'Contrasts..' in the title. Particular thanks to Nelson the taxi driver who looked after our transfers in a very helpful and reliable manner.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Bishop on 21/05/2015

***#.
Beautiful location, average breakfasts, excellent evening meals although limited menu.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mr Braide on 20/05/2015

*****
Well organised trip, excellent guides and friendly group. Lots of interesting activities and enough space to go our own way from time to time.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Jackson on 18/05/2015

*****
First time and we loved it.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Mitchell on 18/05/2015

*****
Delightful walking week in very pleasant hotel.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Adler on 14/05/2015

*****
Wonderful walks and spectacular views.

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mr Gibson on 14/05/2015

***#.
Excellent guide volume of ,steps hard going . Appreciate hills have to be climbed but a variation of routes to the top where practical ... Luigi did try to address as best he could. Prefer not to have dinners in hotels every night ... would have been nice to sample local restaurants in that evening. Second hotel was poor (food aside) . Broken mirror in the first room allocated . Broken shower head in the second, roof terrace grubby... bar not staffed.. beer warm . Out of town location by busy road was disappointing. Luigi made the holiday

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Prior on 14/05/2015

*****
We did this holiday two years ago and loved it - hence the decision to return. We think the new programme makes it even better, especially in hot weather, which we had! The mix of walking, visits and sightseeing exactly hit the spot for us. Gordon & Sue are, as ever, wonderful hosts; Jenny was a first-rate guide; and the local drivers were also first-class. Well done to all at the Finca - we cannot fault your excellent service, food and attention to detail!

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Goodall on 13/05/2015

*****
lovely hotel, beautiful location and scenery, reasonably demanding walks.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Ms Elliott on 13/05/2015

*****
This was the first holiday of this type that we have taken. I have had some health issues so was concerned that this might be a problem, but there was complete flexibility regarding which walks we could do, and the grading of the walks was so accurate, that this simply wasn't an issue. The hotel was really lovely, the briefing from our holiday rep was extremely useful, and all the travel arrangements worked perfectly. We are very impressed and are hoping to be able to take another holiday with Headwater in the Autumn.

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Toombs on 12/05/2015

*****
Alberto was an outstandingly good guide, whose knowledge and enthusiasm added substantially to my enjoyment of this holiday. The picnic lunches that appeared from his rucksack were fantastic, and his concern form our well being and enjoyment genuine and appreciated.

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Townsley on 12/05/2015

*****
Excellent guide who made a lot of effort to ensure that we had a great holiday. Got to see some very different aspects of the French Riviera. Great walking, good food and good company.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Newmarch on 12/05/2015

*****
A great week from start to finish. Excellent hotel. In particular Teresa the hotel owner, whose local knowledge, weather reports and enthusiasm were invaluable. A beautiful location to explore with varied and interesting walks.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Williams on 12/05/2015

***#.
Very good holiday, we were made to feel very welcome at the hotel El Milano Real. Good mixture of walking options, some fairly challenging. Worth visiting the south side of the Sierra de Gredos for quite different climate and flora.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Mr Mottram on 12/05/2015

*****
Very friendly and helpful staff at the Hotel who took an interest on what we did each day. Delightful scenery, good weather and interesting walks at thee right level of difficulty.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Lipscomb on 12/05/2015

*****
Sue and Gordon offer a wonderful warm welcome and the friendly informal atmosphere at the Finca is very relaxing

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Dr Garwood on 08/05/2015

*****
Overall a very interesting and excellent holiday. Beautiful country with varied scenery and an amazing variety of wildlife. Very well looked after by our excellent guide Jorge Arias and driver Suri Herrera. They both ensured that it was an excellent holiday and nothing was too much trouble for them. Although the Bosque del Mar was excellent we would have preferred another day walking or staying on a nature reserve rather than a day on the beach.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Ms Glass on 08/05/2015

*****
Our walking holiday in Portugal was a delight. Everything worked so well and the area is outstandingly beautiful particularly in April with so many spring flowers in bloom. I would highly recommend this region/ holiday.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Cameron on 07/05/2015

*****
Excellent holiday and a lovely area of Spain with great food and wine

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mis Ross on 07/05/2015

*****
David and Sue worked very hard to give us an excellent week. The walks were super and the food and accommodation were excellent. They get everything just right.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Edwards on 07/05/2015

*****
The holiday was well planned and organised but, because we were in one hotel, we had the flexibility to change the order of the walks to suit ourselves. This meant no pressure to be at a certain place by a certain time - very relaxing.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Smith on 05/05/2015

*****
A really good holiday. Excellent Hotel and walking in a very quiet area. Will email some more detailed commets direct.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs Darwin on 05/05/2015

*****
Wonderful location with excellent and varied walks; lots of interesting birds and flowers; the hotel observatory was a bonus. Teresa's local knowledge and advice were excellent

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mr Jones on 05/05/2015

*****
Very good holiday, lots to see and well guided. Good value for money and very companiable group of people on walks.

Birding in the Alentejo

By Mrs Reynolds on 29/04/2015

*****
An extremely enjoyable and informative birding experience, enhanced by the warm hospitality of our hosts, Frank and Daniela . I would thoroughly recommend this holiday for 'old hands' and new birders alike!

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Greenhill on 29/04/2015

*****
Walking in Bermuda was described well in the brochure and ideal for those of us who don't want a sun/beach /pool holiday. The bus/ferry service was excellent for getting around either before walking or after, we sometimes split the walk over 2 days as we stayed an extra 3 days and decided that to go to the end point (often a sightseeing place) and walk back, rather than start by walking. Everyone was very friendly and willing to show us the way if we were unsure. The maps and the guide notes were good. We added in going on the glass bottom boat and swimmimg with the dolphins as extras but readily available.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Cant on 29/04/2015

*****
The really good thing about Headwater holidays are the people who go on them. It is good to be in a small group so you get a chance to get to know everyone. On this holiday there variety of mountain flowers was amazing but I was surprised by the relatively few birds. David Eaton was really helpful to all those who had cameras making sure that the pictures were really good and providing advice on apps for sharing and editing.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mrs Cullum on 29/04/2015

***#.
Headwater were very poor on administration I had to request both confirmation invoices and twice request travel documents which had to be courried to us 9 days before we left which was poor considering we had to book our seats with Easyjet. The hotels were not as comfortable as they should have been as we were cold in them.

Walks in Puglia and Matera

By Mr Allan on 29/04/2015

*****
Puglia and Basilicata a truly inspiring choice. We were inspired by Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli in 'Italy Unpacked' and this holiday fully met our expectations...........though the food not always quite so great- needed more green vegetables! Our Guide was delightful and charming. We learned that living in a cave has draw backs - high humidity - but still worth staying in the Sassi ! We also loved walking around hill top towns.......delightful!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs McTurk on 28/04/2015

*****
Fantastic way to see the real Algarve. Well organised walks with experienced local guide and comfortable hotels and good food at the end of the day!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Ward on 28/04/2015

*****
Excellent mix of walks, scenery and wildflowers made this holiday wonderful. Certainly 10 days is needed to cover such a wide range. The food was generally excellent in the hotels, and in Tavira the restaurants O Castello (arrive early or book) and the Tavira Lounge (by the river) are well worth a visit and just a stroll from the hotel. We found the village hotel of Pedralva unique and very friendly and a super contrast to the first hotel. Monchique hotel is less special, but the restaurant was again excellent. A particular commendation to our guide Tiago for all his cheerful assistance and smooth driving: thanks for the birthday cakes.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mr Beal on 28/04/2015

*****
On our holiday we found the attention to detail and the help from the reps was outstanding. The detailed route notes in particular were very helpful and made the walking a pleasure. We will definitely travel with Headwater again.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Fort on 28/04/2015

***#.
Cuba is worth going to but you must be prepared to be hassled, expected to pay tips for everything, prices for most things over the top(especially hotels) Interesting 3rd world country wanting to overcharge for every ting it can get away with Cuba needs to send senior people who will listen to learn from other experienced travel countries

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Cooper on 25/04/2015

*****
David and sue were really wonderful leaders for our walking in the mountains, and very friendly and helpful throughout. They cooked really good food, and we felt as though we were very well looked after all the time. Sue and david are such good cooks, I really liked everything. My wife, who is vegetarian, felt that some of the dishes provided could have been a little better, but this is said not as a criticism, more as a way of adding a further challenge for david.....we think he would welcome this.....huge thanks for fabulous holiday. Phil and Ana cooper

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mrs Thomas on 22/04/2015

***#.
There had been comments that the walking on this holiday was too challenging, but I would have preferred longer walks.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Clothier on 22/04/2015

*****
Excellent, well organised holidays with good company, first class accommodation and guides - and above all, personal service that cares!

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Lay on 21/04/2015

***#.
The weather was unusually cold and very windy, and there was no heating in the Marettimo Residence, but a heater was supplied at Baglio la Luna. Even so, we sat in bed in the evenings in our fleeces to keep warm, playing scrabble. After the final walk,which took less time than expected, no facilities were open in the village of Cornino (not even the public conveniences). When he arrived, our lovely taxi driver Nicola drove us straight to San Vito Lo Capo so we could find a coffee and a desperately-needed loo. Full marks to Nicola for help and service throughout the trip; he even carried our bags up to the 2nd floor B&B in Trapani. (The amazing emergency B&B was like being on a set in an episode of Inspector Montalbano - a surprise addition to the holiday.) The walks were enjoyable, but some of the paths on Marettimo and at Monte Cofano had been eroded by water over the winter and consisted mainly of loose fallen rocks of random sizes. Sticks are very much needed, especially for descents. There are many dogs wandering around in this area of Sicily; we were not attacked at all, and one followed us all day on our walk to the Semaforo. We could only reward him with a drink of water, poured into a plastic carrier bag, in a hole in the ground at the picnic site. However, the dogs leave poo everywhere, so you need to watch your step!

Headwater response

Dear Mrs Lay, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire and for your constructive feedback. Please be assured that all of the feedback we receive, whether complimentary or critical, is valuable in helping us to continue to improve and develop our holidays for the future and is always well received. Firstly, I was sorry to see the weather was unseasonable cooler than you had expected, although, despite the colder temperatures, we were happy to see this did not deter you from making the most of your holiday overall. We were also pleased to see you found the walks enjoyable, and would like to thank you for your feedback regarding the winter erosion on a couple of the paths, this feedback has been passed on to our local agent, they are in the process of checking all of the routes, so will make this area a priority. We have also passed on your complimentary feedback regarding Nicola, our agent will ensure this is passed on, I am sure Nicola will be delighted to hear you appreciated his efforts. Thank you also for your feedback regarding the local dogs. Whilst we appreciate, they did not cause you any bother, it would be useful to ascertain which area this occurred in, so we can report it to the local comune. (I will telephone you directly for this information). In closing, we would like to thank you for choosing Headwater and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater Customer Service team

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mrs Jarvis on 20/04/2015

*****
Despite initial concerns with hydrofoil sailing we had an excellent holiday. The highlights of which were the Stromboli evening walk and the Mount Etna walk too. On both of these walks our guides were knowledgeable and friendly. I am not keen on heights but the Stromboli walk is fine and very safe so please don't be put off by the warning in the brochure as I nearly was! I would also recommend doing the first Stromboli walk on the day you arrive as there is a bit of climbing and you may not want to do both on the same day if it is very hot, unless you are super fit of course! The Esso petrol station on Lipari no longer exists in the main harbour, it has been replaced by a tarmac triangle on which sits a pretty orange and white boat, the bus stop is opposite this. When we were in Taormina one of the paths up to Castelmola was also closed because the cliff face was being netted to make it safe, we had to retrace our steps and go via the road, not sure how long this will be the case though as there was a lot of netting in place already on our visit. it was however well worth the detour for the amazing views.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Tuck on 20/04/2015

*****
Excellent holiday, Gozo in the spring is a great place to have a walking holiday. The hotel is first class, very welcoming and good service and food

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Ms Thornton on 17/04/2015

*****
My fourth Headwater walking holiday but the first based in one place. Loved the small, friendly hotel, and the flexibility to chose our walks according to mood, weather and stamina. Also the chance to take day trips to Cordoba and Granada.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Corrie on 17/04/2015

*****
It was a great holiday as we were a group of 7,made up from friends for a 70th birthday celebration.The walking was the hardest I have ever done(I am 72 and fit) but it was great fun and a real sense of achievement at the end of each day.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Robson on 17/04/2015

*****
An excellent location, good walks with knowledgeable guides who paid close attention to our safety, charming hosts at hotel and comfortable rooms with excellent food in the hotel and in nearby bars/restaurants - arranged by hotel

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mis Chappell on 13/04/2015

*****
From the moment we arrived our guide Tiago made us feel at home and made our holiday an enjoyable experience. Thoroughly enjoyed the varied walks and the wildflowers were spectacular, especially on the Fisherman's Trail. By the end of the holiday, we felt we had seen many aspects of the Algarve, from the Spanish border all the way to the west coast, and from the seaside at Tavira to the mountainous village of Monchique.

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mrs Peniket on 13/04/2015

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We felt the walks were well planned and the hotels well chosen. We thought Eduardo Dias should have been more informative. On day 6 directions were inaccurate. Second para on Day 6 Camacha to Funchal at a ' T-junction of paths' we should have turned left, not right as indicated in the notes. Also other inaccuracies. At Serra Golf we booked a double room and were given a twin.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Stephens on 13/04/2015

*****
Ideal for walking in more natural and unspoilt areas with good standard of accommodation. Warm and mainly dry weather made the walking very enjoyable although be prepared for windy spells. The importance of tourism to the area came across in the warm welcome we received from most of the Portuguese. Our introduction to the area by the Headwater rep. Tony Lewis was invaluable and his walking notes made navigation easy. Both Tony and Ludmilla made the holiday appear seamless in its organisation and they were very friendly and supportive.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Menzies on 10/04/2015

*****
This is the third holiday we have had with Headwater and was the best yet. Tony could not have been more helpful and is clearly a man who loves his work. The walks were all superb with a huge variety of scenery. The notes were very clear and made it is easy to find our way. The accommodation was all to a high standard. Pedralva is a real gem and we were sorry to leave such an away from it all location. Choice of food for dinner at Memmo Baleeira was a bit limited unless you like pizza but they made up for this with the most superb breakfast choice. We also had the restaurant virtually to ourselves on the first night but on our return on Good Friday it was packed out with families. Quite a contrast.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Barber on 09/04/2015

*****
Excellent holiday with good and varied walks and lots of interesting limestone scenery. Hotel was a welcoming base with friendly helpful staff and lovely food.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Crook on 09/04/2015

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Much prefer guided walking holidays - I could have put together this package myself.We got lost a few times as the island is very well signposted and it would help if there was a few suggestions where you could go to the toilet and eat/drink.On one of the walks it should be emphasised you need to take a packed lunch.The hotel though excellent in many ways had dinner too late[7pm onwards] which meant you couldnt go anywhere else say for a folk evening or pub quiz because they started about 7.30.As the hotel didn't have anything on in the evenings unless you missed dinner[which we did] you were a bit trapped at the hotel.The rep didn't make any suggestions as to what was on in other locations - the pub quiz on Friday in Xlendi was really good and there are some excellent restaurants there to eat.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Conaghan on 02/04/2015

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We really enjoyed our holiday with you. We didn't meet our rep which was unfortunate ( he was unwell) . I had hoped that he may contact us later in the week. We followed all the walks which we enjoyed. We both thought that the Island was rather more suburban than rural. Really enjoyed the bus trips and Bermuda.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Lecutier on 30/03/2015

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We realised that one boot is probably our level. We consider ourselves to be reasonably fit. However that is reasonably fit for a 64 and 68 yr old!We found the walks that we did very demanding and it took us a lot longer.Maybe the memory is very selective but I don't remember the 2 boot walks in Majorca being as strenuous. The weather was also against us so we only managed to walk for 2 1/2 days. The moving on day we decided to have a day off . In fact when we reached the Teide National Park it was1 deg C and snowing. The car in front was struggling to move forward and skidding in the middle of the road. After a while we realised we were not able to continue as he was skidding and sliding back nearer us. We carefully did an almost 18 point turn and descended back to the coast! Incredibly as we travelled the coast road to Garachico it was 21 deg C in one area.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mis Pearson on 30/03/2015

*****
We felt that the reps Tony and Ludmilla were excellent and helpful at all times. They are great ambassadors for Headwater. We were disappointed with the evening meal offered at the Hotel Memmo Baleeira. The service was slow, the food cold and over seasoned for our tastes. We found an excellent alternative restaurant in the town and went there on our last night. We would have preferred to have had an 'eat out' option in Sagres rather than having the evening meal included.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Walter on 26/03/2015

*****
The best Headwater holiday yet. Fantastic Guide, leading at just the right pace and giving lots of local information about his wonderful country.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Pryor on 26/03/2015

*****
Lovely new experience. I enjoyed the variety. Nice not to have to start walks before 10.00 a.m. The group were great and we all got on very well. Lovely having a leader, who told you about things. Wish you had more guided holidays. They all said they preferred Headwater, because of the standards of accomodation, so lots of good quality hotels will be great for other holidays. We all agreed that we are less keen on the three stars! It was nice eating in sometimes and out at other times, and so you never knew what interesting thing was going to be provided next. They were great walks and I loved everything about the holiday. We all liked the length of the holiday aswell. ie a week.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Pattison on 23/03/2015

*****
Another great Headwater holiday. Varied walking, good and interesting hotels, good guides. Some thought it merited 2 boot status, but it was fine for us.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Mendoza on 23/03/2015

*****
Wonderful week spent in Tenerife. Javier was a great guide, He was so knowledgeable about the volcanoes,trees,wild flowers and he bought a wide variety of food for the picnics! The Hotel San Roque was a jewel of a hotel. All the staff were so cheerful and helpful.The food was delicious every day. The hotel was so calm and peaceful.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs White on 23/03/2015

*****
A very enjoyable week at an excellent hotel with delicious food and friendly staff. The local guide was charming, knowledgeable and helpful. The walking was interesting and very varied.

Walking on La Gomera

By Ms Tennant on 18/03/2015

*****
La Gomera is a beautiful island - greener than some of the other Canary Islands. The parador is a magnificent hotel with a lovely garden. I was lucky to have enjoyed a holiday with a really good group of people. The walks were tough owing to the precipitous nature of the terrain but I feel very fit and healthy now!

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Dr Jones on 16/03/2015

*****
Well organised, great places that we would not find on our own, excellent rep who gave us a 5 star experience . We felt completely relaxed and enjoyed every minute of our holiday .

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Farebrother on 16/03/2015

*****
The combination of a small group (only four of us) and a really enthusiastic young guide in Javi made this a lovely holiday. The weather was disappointingly cool for Tenerife and it is not the cheapest of your holidays but the standard of hotel and cuisine for a walking holiday was much higher than we are used to....

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Barker on 16/03/2015

*****
With headwater you most certainly get what you pay for. Great organisation, accommodation, walks and fantastic guide. We had fun, ate well and felt fitter at the end of the week, brilliant. Thank you.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Loken on 13/03/2015

*****
The variety of places and activities were excellent! The 4 walking days were varied and interesting, and the city visits very informative. Our guide (and local guides) gave us a lot of historical information about the revolutions and Cuban history, which gave us a better understanding of the people and the places we visited. Although Cuban food is generally bland and uninteresting, our guide used his initiative to find several varied and more interesting restaurants. Altogether, a wonderful holiday.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Sledge on 13/03/2015

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Good news !

Walking on La Gomera

By Mr Johnson on 13/03/2015

*****
Good points: Loved La Gomera, stunning scenery, good choice of routes. Our guide was excellent - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable etc.. Transfers, minibuses and all arrangements were looked after. Hotel was characterful and had lovely gardens. Food was good. Rooms were spacious. Not so good: We were not impressed with the catering arrangements on the Thomson flight. On the outbound flight food was offered at about 10.30 - we had only recently had breakfast and our next meal was at 9pm. Inbound the food available was mostly junk - healthier options were not available. Toasties tasted of cardboard. We did not think the hotel merited its fourth star. The rooms were a bit tired - poorly lit; shutter would not close; french window jammed; shower leaked onto floor; etc.. Service in the restaurant was slow (on the last night when we wanted an early night dinner took 2 1/2 hours!

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Steinbock on 11/03/2015

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Lovely island with great walks. Eating and drinking out can be expensive

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Britton on 09/03/2015

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The Two Boots rating was optimistic - this was markedly harder and rougher than our previous Two Boots holidays. The length of the drives to the first two walks was excessive - perhaps a hotel can be found nearer the Anaga peninsula?The Las Casas de Afur walk was very slippery on the descent, not a good way to start the tour! Various paths in the Los Organos woods are closed at present, so we had to create our own walk. The parking for the Masca Ridge walk was very congested - an alternative would be useful. It all came together at the end of the week, with excellent weather on the last three days, and Garachico is a very appealing resort.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Robertson on 06/03/2015

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Although we are very fit over 60s we all found the walks tougher than expected due to rocky and steep terrain, damp weather making surfaces slippery and precipitous paths. We found walking poles to be essential especially on slippery descents. Scenery spectacular as was flora and fauna.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Walker on 03/03/2015

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Bermuda was excellent Costa Rica was a rushed experience rather than a holiday; there was too much road walking! We were disappointed with the Flora content

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Dr Foley on 03/03/2015

*****
Walking the Algarve's Wild West is a lovely break in the dull winter months of Northern Europe. Wild flowers, blue skies, dramatic coastal walks, great food and wine make this an ideal, well-planned short holiday.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Cunnah on 02/03/2015

*****
It was as described and very well organised and thought through

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Hampshire on 02/03/2015

*****
Unfortunately the weather wasn't good. There was a blanket of low lying mist, rain or cloud every time we left the coast for the mountains which meant we didn't have the views. Fortunately the group and Lilly, the guide, were excellent.

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mrs Spencer on 26/02/2015

*****
Recommend how wet and cold it can be in Costa Rica in the 'rain forest in February!! Didn't expect the level of cold and damp and should have taken warmer clothes.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Shahbazian on 26/02/2015

*****
I would like to make known to yourselves what an excellent team Sue and David in Valencia were, they really were amazing

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Sodring on 25/02/2015

*****
Although neither of us was fit enough for the steep climbs (we had both had bad attacks of flu for the previous month) we had a great time. A few notes : Day 2 - fabulous flowers on the mountain! the fences have been repaired, newly sorted path from café to old building with boards along the way for enjoyment of all. Also - all roads from bottom to top have been resurfaced and were perfect (no bumps and edges clearly marked). Day 3 - Rather slippery path down through woods - goats had previously slid down making some sections slightly difficult, otherwise great walk, just caught the 15.45 bus by one minute! Day 4 - it should have been a wonderful drive but we drove in in almost white-out! then couldn't find the start of the walk in the forest (along with many others) however, we did a short walk and then enjoyed locally caught trout in the café. Day 5 - A very cold, foggy day so decided not to climb the steep mountain but to take the car to the top and have a short walk from there. Enjoyed lunch at the hostelry up to along with many other walking parties. Day 6 - wonderful weather and fabulous Masca ridge walk (we didn't bother to descend to the view points but stayed up top in the sunshine to enjoy our picnic). Day 7 - Long but interesting drive to Tiede where we began the suggested walk but finally decided to take the gondola to the top station : perfect weather and the views were amazing! Having only recently climbed Etna, it was so worth while going up top and seeing all the different colours of rock etc as opposed to Etna's grim black. We wished we had had more time to explore Garachico and will return there and the surrounding areas of Tenerife in future. Many of the villages have such beautiful architecture and we would like to try the really 'local looking' restaurants where we believe we could try even more local dishes than those served by the more European establishments.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Naylor on 20/02/2015

*****
Our holiday in Tenerife was beyond our expectations. Javier, the guide, could not be more helpful. For example he gave up an evening ( and half a night) to take us to the Carnival and provided us with suitable costumes! The walks were a superb balance, each different and of consistent high quality. The hotel was first class. The staff could not have been more helpful and the food was memorably good. There was only one other couple on the holiday and we got on with them very well indeed. All in all a memorable holiday. We will be back.

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Patterson on 13/02/2015

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An enjoyable holiday but far too much car travel (often on narrow mountain roads) for the amount of walking. It is perhaps a little too early in the year for this destination as the weather was quite wintery with low clouds on the mountain paths.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mrs Hills on 13/02/2015

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The walking aspect of the holiday was great but the Coco Reef was a disappointment. The hotel needs to be refurbished and better maintained and the main hotel receptionist who was on duty during our stay was disinterested to the point of rudeness. Bermuda in the winter is an ideal walking holiday destination, but visitors need to be ready for a virtually empty hotel with a skeleton staff.

Headwater response

Dear Mrs Hills, Thank you for taking the time to provide your post-holiday feedback, it was great to see that you enjoyed the walking aspect of your holiday. Although, we were surprised to read of your disappointment with the Coco Reef. Ordinarily this hotel receives positive feedback. However, we realise that we cannot afford to let our high standards of accommodation and service slip, and have discussed your feedback with the hotel manager. He would like to offer an apology for the poor service you felt you received from the reception staff, and assures us this will be addressed immediately. There are also plans in the pipeline to replace the soft furnishings in the rooms and public areas. Whilst we realise this does not impact on your holiday, we hope that it goes some way to show we take the feedback we receive seriously. We would like to thank you for travelling with Headwater this summer and look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Headwater customer service team

Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

By Mr Schafer on 09/02/2015

*****
Overview: Wonderful trip with excellent opportunities for wildlife sightings on hikes across several different ecosystems Guide/Driver Our guide Perdro was excellent! He had an uncanny ability to spot and identify wildlife that we would have otherwise never seen. Pedro has an in depth knowledge of the varied species that inhabit the different ecosystems we were able to visit, He allowed us time to observe the habits of the wide variety wildlife we encountered. On multiple mornings he offered pre breakfast bird watching walks around the hotel grounds. He educated us about the history of Costa Rica in an informative and engaging manner. Our driver Walter provided us with safe, reassuring transportation while working with Pedro to help spot wildlife along the routes. Walter also prepared several wonderful picnic lunches/snack breaks. He had a good working knowledge of English and was eager to learn and practice. The HIkes The hiking was varied and interesting traversing forest trails, dirt tracks and paved roads. The two boot rating seemed accurate as there was some elevation change incurred several of the hikes. The use of local guides on the Monte de Barva, Arenal Night hike, and Cano Negro boat tour enhanced the overall experience and the extra set of eyes allowed for additional wildlife sightings. As described in the program literature, several of the hikes involve long transfers, but they were scenic drives through the countryside/small towns. The Wildlife We were able to photograph over 100 different animals including 80+ species of birds. Make sure you bring your binoculars! The Hotels and Meals With the exception of the Canon de la Vieja lodge the hotels and meals were wonderful. Lodging at Canon de la Vieja was more basic and the meals there were uninspired buffets. The other hotels were well appointed with a breakfast buffet and excellent dinners ordered from a menu. Beers averaged about $3. Wifi was available but slow/spotty in the rooms. All the hotels had wonderfully landscaped ground with a fair amount of wildlife. A torch/flashlight is advisable for returning to your room after dinner

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Howell on 03/02/2015

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Cuba is interesting and because of the state of tourism (30% of GDP) they are trying hard. Basically it is a developing country and should be judged as such. Our tour guide (Giovanni) had a mantra which he mentioned to us ' Remember T I C' meaning 'this is Cuba'. In other words make allowances for a country that has for the last 55 years been shunned by its neighbour the USA , and development has been delayed. We found it intriguing and hope that if the Americans do start to come that they will not swamp the place like happened 55 years ago during the american puppet regime that then existed. Let's hope that any change will be gradual-but they do need investment. Sermon over! A most enjoyable trip- walking was not in our opinion at all arduous, the food on the whole leaves a lot to be desired but we were warned so no real complaint on that score. In the hotels the Buffet Breakfast was very good especially in Havana and Trinidad.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mr Attwood on 03/02/2015

*****
Fascinating country at an interesting time. Excellent knowledgable guide.

Secrets of Tenerife Walk

By Mis Logue on 03/02/2015

*****
Holiday was a great break in January from depressing UK grey skies. It was also warmer than UK at about 15-16C. Tenerife presented several different landscapes, all of which were fascinating. It did help if you liked the colour black - I had never seen such huge lava flows. Hotel San Roque was really good, v good breakfasts and dinners and the picnic lunches produced by Juan Miguel, our guide, were lovely, comprising local, fresh ingredients.

Walk the Algarve's Wild West

By Mr Jones on 03/02/2015

*****
Although weather in Portugal is unpredictable in January, it is warmer than UK and has more daylight hours. However the wild atlantic was wonderful to see in strong winds. The trails were wonderfully peaceful, and the coastal scenery stunning, fishermans trail was probably the most spectacular coastal walk we have ever seen. The 6 day walk was very well put together, with a variety of countryside terraines, ridge walks, cliffs and beaches. Pedralva was a fascinating place to stay, and as there were so few people there we were entertained and educated in local cuisine by their very amusing 'French' waiter. As an add on we had a 2/3 day stay in Lisbon, lovely city, and it is a must to sample the patische do nata, available in most cafes.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Harris on 03/02/2015

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This holiday matched excellent, varied walking, beautiful scenery and wonderful food in the beautiful parador. Lunches at typical restaurants on two days were a superb idea and the unique experience was much appreciated.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mr Langley on 03/02/2015

*****
Excellently organised and guided. Fascinating island to visit.

Heart of the Pyrenees Walk

By Mr Maitland on 07/01/2015

*****
Varied walking, generally on quiet routes. Good views on all the walks. Gavarnie and Lac D'Ourrec were especially good - take the offer of the lift on the Lac D'Ourrec day if you can as it gives you more chance to explore the high meadows etc. Excellent welcome in each hotel, food generally very tasty, local and varied. Especially enjoyed the local trout at Ramonjuan and everything at Les Pois Sont Rouges in Argeles! Transport options worked well. For Gavarnie - we managed to get up and back to the waterfall with a very quick detour up to the Cabine des Soldats in a total of 6.5 hours but that was really pushing it (for us). So we managed to use the bus that arrived at 10am (on a Sunday) and left at around 5.30. If you missed out the Cabine (which was ok for views but great for Marmots) then it would have been a comfortable walk. Definitely recommend going there on the best day of weather as it is spectacular! Thanks Headwater - another great holiday!

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Neininger on 31/12/2014

*****
I can put in one word GO It`s worth it

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mrs Harman on 08/12/2014

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We enjoyed ourselves enormously. Both the hotels were great and staying in a little harbour town during a storm was certainly interesting. The weather was mixed and stopped us doing all the walks but I had bought a walks book for Tenerife and that was really useful as it had alternatives for the days when it was raining and cloudy in the mountains. Someone on your website suggested it and I really recommend anyone to do that. The recommended walks were good but we found them rather harder than expected and Everything took Longer both walks and driving. My partner works overseas a lot and is used to all sorts of driving but the timing was a bit optimistic. Also the instructions are not always very useful, partly because they are somethimes out of date. However, the map you provided was excellent. Overall it was a lovely holiday. We liked the contrast of the two hotels - the country stay at Salamanco with its botanic garden and swimming pool and being right on the square at Garachico. The receptionist at Garachico (Erasma) was most helpful re restaurants and we had some delicious evening meals at a variety of restaurants.

Walking on La Gomera

By Mrs Scott on 08/12/2014

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On the whole a very good holiday but the two lunches were unnecessary and pretty awful! We would have preferred to have had just picnics which were delicious

Headwater response

Dear Mrs Scott, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. It was lovely to see that you had an enjoyable holiday in La Gomera. I have passed on your feedback regarding the lunches to the programme manager; she will discuss your recommendations with the local guide to ensure the meals provided are of the standard our customers expect, thank you for your constructive comments. We look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Lisa

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Dent on 28/11/2014

*****
Excellent hotels with 4 evenings enjoying a la carte Michelin one star dinners. Great food and wine throughout. Map directions adrift on a couple of occasions but overall ok.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Smith on 28/11/2014

*****
A very good week's walking with opportunities to see the culture and history of Gozo, whilst accommodated in a comfortable hotel of good standard. The local people are most welcoming and helpful. The only dark cloud is the continuance of the Maltese habit of shooting small songbirds, which is no longer necessary 'for the pot'. Any open area is blighted by the presence of pathetic looking men in camouflage clothing, sheltering in stone hides, waiting to shoot small birds trapped on the ground by their wires and nets, using large bore shotguns. The sporting etiquette of only shooting a bird that is flying, and thus requiring some skill, most certainly does not apply! Walkers must be continually aware of wires that stray across footpaths and the potential field of fire from these hides.

Headwater response

Dear Mr Smith, Thank you for taking the time to write in with your feedback. It was lovely to see that you enjoyed your week in Gozo, taking in the sights and sounds this unique region has to offer .We were also sorry to read of the upset the bird shooting caused you and Mrs Smith. Please be assured that we have passed on your comments to our local agent and have asked them to highlight your feedback to the necessary governing body in Gozo. Yours sincerely, Lisa

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mrs Corns on 24/11/2014

*****
Good variety of walks, some site seeing. Our guide was knowledgeable and was keen to show us as much of his country as poosible.

Cuba Uncovered

By Mrs Davoll on 24/11/2014

*****
A superb holiday to a beautiful country with a fascinating history. We saw how local people live, and meeting them and visits to their homes were highlights.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Campion on 24/11/2014

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Slovenia is a lovely country. The walking could be a bit more challenging in the hills rather than predominantly in the valleys, but to an extent that is a result of the risk management around the holiday. The walks were a good length generally and the notes were good enough if you use the map and ask locals where there is any doubt - for example the 'suspension bridge' noted to cross to avoid the landslide between Bovec and Kobarid was actually a concrete road bridge, and in fact we used the 'closed' route from Bovec to Kobarid anyway after talking to some of the local residents. Hotel Mangart and Jezero were great, clean, modern hotels. Hotel Hvala had good food but is in serious need of room updates and would not get more than 2 stars in the UK. All the staff at all the hotels were very good. We would recommend staying on in Bohinj for a few days at the end and making use of the discount visitor card for the transport systems, and some great high level walking at the top of the Vogel cable car lift

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs Cole on 24/11/2014

*****
I did find the notes back to the airport from the Gredos mountains very difficult, as it said 'reverse your original notes from Madrid Airport'. I thought this very lazy as we were taking many motorways and A roads and they were not clear to start with. There was plenty of space on the page and it felt as though we were being ignored at this stage.

A Walk Through the Algarve

By Mr Schafer on 21/11/2014

*****
The Walking the Algarve trip offers participants a wonderful variety of of walks, accommodations and food. With walks that include the beautifully rugged coast and the mountain region of Monchique, one has an opportunity to experience much of what the Algarve has to offer. Our guide Tiago was excellent. The hikes were interesting and varied with the coastal portions being our favorite. The regional cuisine served at the hotels was very good with our favorites being the picnic at the Distillery and the dinners at Pedralva. All in all a wonderful Holiday!

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Martin on 21/11/2014

*****
An invigorating holiday in an excellent and very enjoyable location.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mr Brock on 17/11/2014

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Great holiday, brilliant walks, great food and superb way to increase your knowledge and taste of italian wines. Unfortunately the journey home (and originally before it was changed the outward journey) was a total pain. This left us both with a bad taste in our mouth and spoiled the overall holiday experience. When we were dragging our suitcases around Milan train station wandering where the airport was we were cursing Headwater. At this stage we had already been on the road for over 4 hours, 2 hours from hotel to Turin and 2 hours by train to Milan. When we eventually came across a coach that was going to Milan Malpaso Airport we had to fork out 20 Euros for another 1 hour 10 minute coach journey to the airport. Coach stops first at the terminal we dont want and everyone gets off. We dont speak Italian and have no idea whats going on, Luckily a helpful stranger told us to stay on coach. The irony of course is Headwater give you all these walking directions/cycling directions but leave you to guess your way home.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mrs Maingay on 14/11/2014

*****
Very pleasant. And we enjoyed our visits to Granada and Cordoba,the latter easily done by public transport

Highlights of Tenerife Walk

By Mr Pomfrett on 14/11/2014

*****
a great variety of interseting walks in fantastic landscapes

Marvels of Madeira Walk

By Mr Deacon on 07/11/2014

***#.
Overall we enjoyed the holiday, and especially liked the first hotel. But we did not think that Quinta da Bella Vista was five star. Some features are excellent but the room we were shown first was poor: no balcony, faded fittings and an unpleasant musty smell. In the event we had to pay an additional 30 Euros a night to get the sort of room we expected. This was negotiated for us by the MB Travel office, who were very helpful. Looking on Trip Advisor, the hotel seems to offer two standards depending on the building one is in, one excellent and the other adequate at best.

Headwater response

Dear Mr Deacon, Thank you for taking the time to complete your post-holiday questionnaire. We were delighted to see that you had an enjoyable holiday overall. Although, were sorry to hear of your disappointment with the Quinta da Bela Vista. Ordinarily, this hotel receives positive feedback from our customers. However, Please be assured that we realise we cannot afford to let our standards of accommodation slip, therefore. With this in mind, we have passed on your feedback to the hotelier and we will closely monitor the new feedback we receive for this hotel over the coming season. Thank you for your constructive comments; we look forward to welcoming you on another of our holidays in the future. Yours sincerely, Lisa

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Ms Roberts on 05/11/2014

*****
We had a lovely week in the mountains. We loved coming 'home' to the Finca after our days walking. Christine's cooking was an inspiration and we enjoyed our evening meals enormously. Jenny's guiding was safe and interesting and she gauged the pace of the walks perfectly. Sue, Gordon and Alison organised everything perfectly and all arrangements went like clockwork. We did not need to think about anything-wonderful! Thank you to Mari our taxi driver who negotiated the bends and hills expertly without making me feel sick.

Hidden Valleys of Córdoba

By Mr Cumming on 04/11/2014

*****
All aspects of booking and organisation went without hitch. Taxi arrangements and driver were again excellent!

The Sahara and High Atlas

By Mrs Henderson on 03/11/2014

*****
A brilliantly planned holiday made even better by our exceptional guide, Rachid, who spoke excellent English, gave us just the right amount of information, answered all our questions and was genuinely friendly, kind, caring and had a very good sense of humour. We felt it was especially important in a country like Morocco to have the way smoothed by the guide in places such as markets, cafes and hotels. Abdul, our driver, was also excellent - very careful, cheerful and reassuring throughout. We were very lucky to have such a good group. By chance seven out of the eleven of us were involved in the visual arts!

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mrs Blake on 03/11/2014

*****
Disappointed because Headwater had informed us that an area (the Kantra bay and café) would be unavailable because of filming - only to arrive and get message that whole swathes of land were inaccessible and our Day 1 walk wasn't possible. (We were able to walk the start of the route, but then had to turn around.) Film unit security was spread across a wide area from close to the hotel, and we were challenged regularly by security personnel if we got anywhere near to the unit. We hadn't been given to understand that the restrictions would be so all-enveloping. We believe filming will continue until November.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Mitchell on 29/10/2014

*****
A most enjoyable week, blessed with good weather and walking of a well-chosen standard. Good accommodation.

White Villages of Andalucia Walk

By Mr Gibson on 29/10/2014

***#.
NOTE : Did not stay at Pousada Delmonte completed in error ! Finca and hosts ( Sue and Roger ) was excellent . Difficult to appreciate the countryside as most walks were steep climbs and descents .consequently most time was spent looking at footing ! Would have preferred more walking on flat ....but I guess that's Spain !

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mr Davies on 28/10/2014

*****
A delightful holiday satisfying my need for aesthetic, athletic, intellectual, emotional stimulation....& all so easy....in one gem of a town!

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mrs Bowen on 27/10/2014

**#..
I have put fair for value this time, our 9th Headwater holiday, as the standard of the notes was poor and this is what we are going on the holiday for. I have written a separate email to explain. Also the Cerca do Sol was situated too far away from the coastal route and the 4km walk back on the 2 days was long and boring. The room was disappointing after the other 2 places as small and no terrace to sit out or put boots etc. Lovely helpful people though and ate there on the second night which was excellent. One other point at the Herdade the first night we were expected to eat octopus for our main course so I declined and was offered a dry and tasteless pasta dish cooked for the children which was inedible so I went hungry. The second night however the meal was delicious and enjoyed by all.

Islands of Bermuda Walk

By Mr Pittam on 27/10/2014

*****
Bermuda was an excellent choice for a walking holiday & Coco Reef a great hotel. The food was better than our expectation. Walking was very easy just unfortunate that the storms had blocked the Railway Trail & paths. Just very unfortunate to have 2 storms hit within one week but cannot fault the care , help & advice given to us by Headwater - esp Lisa - & Tim who arranged taxi to airport etc

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Constantine on 27/10/2014

***#.
overall most enjoyable . hotels certainly adequate but food could have been better . possibly wine & certainly water should be inclusive with meals . walking good but too much roadwork cf. trails/tracks off road . guide good . travel arrangements good .

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Grant on 27/10/2014

*****
The walking was relatively easy although there was more need to carry your own picnic lunch than on other holidays as there were few opportunities to pass cafes/restaurants. Walking was scheduled for every other day so we needed to arrange things to do on days off. In addition, there was probably less 'sights' to see than on previous holidays unless by independent travel on the non-walking days. However, as usual, the arrangements were superb and everything went smoothly including the lovely warm weather in October.

Walking in Davos

By Mrs Bishop on 27/10/2014

***#.
We were a little concerned as to whether the three train connections we needed to make to get from the airport to the hotel would work but in the event everything dovetailed perfectly. The hotel was well located for access to/from the station and bus stops, and the walking was varied and interesting, making full use of the lift systems, and covering all different sides of the valley. The food in the hotel was good on some evenings but only average on others - the starter on the first night for instance consisted of tiny cubes of cheese and a few salad leaves and the main course looked as if it had been kept warm for a while, rather than being freshly served. Something to be aware of is that during August, when we visited, Davos is a popular destination for Hassidic Jewish families, with many hotels and apartment blocks being completely taken over so if you are expecting a traditional Swiss experience, you may be disappointed. Visitors should also compare Headwater prices (we paid around £1500 per person for half board) as against about £850pp charged by Inghams for the same week for full board.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mrs White on 27/10/2014

*****
This was our first walking holiday since we were teenagers and our first holiday without children. It was an excellent introduction. Good quality accommodation, a beautiful area and well guided walks. Sometimes the notes were a little unclear and we deliberately avoided a couple of walks that other travellers had said were difficult to follow but we only lost our way on one of the walks and think this was because there had been substantial recent tree felling and logging that obliterated the tracks. Our host Theresa was excellent and took her responsibilities very seriously in ensuring we were safe and happy. We also had the pleasure of meeting other headwater guests and spent some meals and walks together which was an added bonus. In summary, a well organised and enjoyable holiday.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

By Mr Ruffler on 27/10/2014

***#.
I have a friend who is doing this trip next year and I have recommended your company

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Barker on 24/10/2014

***#.
Overall the holiday was as expected, we have been with you before. We do enjoy the holiday. Having said that, the hotel in Assisi was poor, the basement restaurant was soulless. I appreciate that it was probably chosen because it had a swimming pool. We would rather have stayed in a more upmarket hotel in the centre of Assisi rather than the outskirts with the swimming pool, and our 18 year old is in agreement. We could've looked around Assisi in the evening, and the rest day was spent looking around the churches, so not much time to lie by a pool. A more comfortable hotel with nicer food would've been appreciated! A choice would be nice. The pool at La Tavola was impossible to sit by due to the flies, not sure whether that was due to pigs close by or the earlier summer weather causing an increase in fly population.

Birding in the Alentejo

By Mr Williams on 23/10/2014

*****
This holiday is suitable only for keen birdwatchers or, maybe in the spring ,for those interested in flowers. There are kayaks and a sailing dinghy available. Local walking is limited. There is no opportunity to leave the hotel to visit local towns. No television or DVD service. Bring a book or use extensive library. The bird watch trips involve leaving very early , 5.30am , and driving on very rough ( and deserted) dirt roads. It is not comfortable and nervous passengers will not be relaxed. That said , the quality of the guiding and information received about the bird life is superlative. The hotel itself has character and the ambiance is one of a house party. Meals are communal around a large table although individual tables will be available if preferred. My wife and I loved it.

Birding in the Alentejo

By Mrs Jackson on 23/10/2014

***#.
The prime activity of the holiday (birdwatching) was very good and Frank actually included additional opportunities (e.g. close to Faro Airport after he picked us up). However, the subsidiary activities were somewhat uninspiring. The walks offered were not very interesting and the water activities were minimal. We would have been prepared to pay for a visit to an historic site, if this were possible (realising that the location made this difficult). However, we did enjoy the holiday overall and we were well looked after by Frank, Daniela and the staff.

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Morrison on 22/10/2014

*****
Challenging walking with a comfortable hotel at the end of the day.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Hainsworth on 22/10/2014

*****
There were a lot of tourists in the National Park, but the two days walking either side of the park were far less crowded and we met more local people. It was lovely to be able to swim in the sea when you had finished a walk.

Walking in Bavaria

By Mr Tucker on 22/10/2014

***#.
Good. But the food was uninspired, with too much use of factory-made sauces. The deserts were dull - ice-cream almost every evening. No fruit available at breakfast and the yoghurt was definitely 'off' on one day. Staff nice but their English very limited - it is incorrect to say that the family speak the language.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mrs Tindall on 21/10/2014

***#.
Aeolian islands and their volcanoes are sensational and therefore we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The hotels were fine but did not justify the high price paid for the holiday especially as we were self guided (apart from the Etna trip) and had to pay and make our own arrangements for transport to the islands. The weak link was the Sicilian Agents who never kept in touch especially as we found out that nobody had walked up Stromboli since August and we had to ring for info on this on the morning of our walk! We wasted time here and could have been given alternative suggestions. We will travel to the islands again but independently, staying on Lipari and travelling between the islands on a daily basis. it definitely would have been cheaper.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Dicks on 21/10/2014

*****
Very good - except for single room supplements which seem very high

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mr Lavender on 21/10/2014

*****
We had a challenging and enjoyable week. The views from the mountains were spectacular and we were very lucky to see a family of wild boar. Sue & David were very informative during all aspects of our walks. The food was all prepared daily and was very good. We would recommend this walk.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs George on 21/10/2014

*****
The Dolomites are stunning and the walking was varied and challenging. The route notes were excellent and the self guiding was easy. The hotel was exceptional, with delicious food. The village of Dobbiacco was very well placed with good bus connections which made walking in different areas easy and enjoyable.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mrs Sodring on 20/10/2014

***#.
This holiday involves not only walking but a lot of travelling (not fully described in the brochure) by boat and minibus. The necessary boat journeys require extra cash as fares are not included in the cost of the holiday. Also food, though of high quality, is expensive in Stromboli and Taoramina. Studying books on the history, geology, flora and fauna of eastern Sicily and the Aeolian Isles made this trip particularly interesting.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Lewis on 20/10/2014

*****
The combination of a fine hotel location, dramatic countryside and superb food made this a unique holiday which brought us new and welcome experiences. We chose walks that ranged from beautiful countryside rambles to testing mountain ascents. In view of the excellent local advice, it is easy to tailor the nature and difficulty of the walks to your own abilities and inclinations. In addition, the gastronomy was first class.

Walking in the Sierra de Gredos

By Mr Curwen on 20/10/2014

*****
The Gredos is a wonderful location for walking holidays and Milano Real provides and excellent base. This holiday offers lots of walking options from dramatic high level mountain views to idyllic river valleys resounding with tinkling cow bells and trickling streams. We had a fascinating day in Salamanca when we fancied a change from walking and the journey through the mountains added to our enjoyment of the day. Last but by no means least, Teresa and Paco were superb hosts and nothing seemed to be too much trouble to make sure we enjoyed our stay. We will definitely be back.

Brittany's Emerald Coast Walk

By Mrs Barrett on 17/10/2014

*****
Fantastic coastal walks. Distances are reasonable but remember as it is coastal you drop from cliff tops to sea and back up again. Fantastic beaches, well worth a return visit on the 'day off' from walking.

Chianti Classic Walk

By Mr Larcombe on 17/10/2014

*****
We really enjoyed the holiday. Katie and Jim were very good representatives. There has been a problem with an outbreak of horse flies and so they went out of their way to suggest an alternative walk that avoided walking through woods. This was really appreciated. My only issue was the last walk between Casolare Le Terre Rosse and Park Hotel Le Fonti. I found this walk to be too long especially as the last couple of miles was up hill. Luckily it was a relatively cool day, if the sun had been out I don't think I would have been able to complete the walk.

Lakes and Mountains of Carinthia Walk

By Mr Howell on 17/10/2014

*****
Excellent mix of well chosen walks, in well chosen regions, with well chosen hotels. We know we can trust Headwater.

Undiscovered Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Barnes on 17/10/2014

***#.
Walks were fairly strenuous but scenery magnificent - lovely unspoilt village - excellent food.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Mrs Maddison on 17/10/2014

*****
This must have been one of our most enjoyable holidays. There was never a dull moment. Fascinating region , great walks and great towns and villages to explore

Catalan Classic Walk

By Mrs Holmes on 16/10/2014

*****
An interestingly varied holiday with wooded hills, inland country and scenic coastal walking, giving a good taste of the area. We particularly enjoyed walking via some of the beautiful mediaeval villages included in the route of the second walk. Also, we really appreciated having route notes for some suggested 'rest-day' walks, especially as this holiday is relatively short. The three hotels were also quite different and all had a charm of their own - we thoroughly enjoyed each one. This holiday would suit those looking for variety and a balance between activity and rest. The walks were well constructed, with some challenging sections, but not too exhausting, so there is a sense of achievement at the end of the day and tired legs are soon revived by a gentle swim and a good dinner! Thank you, Headwater, for a great holiday and we hope to be back for another one.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Grant on 16/10/2014

**#..
We enjoyed the rest days and some parts of the walks were very enjoyable with spectacular landscapes. However, overall we felt that the holiday was not exactly as described. It is called a 'Coastal Walk' but it is, in fact, rather a tough mountain hike as the walks focus inland in dry arid and often rather inhospitable terrain. The holiday description states 'once you begin walking clockwise around the peninsula, the sea is your constant companion'. The sea is not your constant companion, as for the most part, it is far off and out of sight. There are no villages at all (bar one small one just before El Porta de la Salva) on the walks, pretty,'cute as a button' or otherwise. A lot of people would enjoy this but it could be clearer in the holiday description. A lot of the climbs and descents are steep and rocky and in one place you do have to do a small bit of rock climbing. The trails are often on loose rocks and stones and narrow.There is quite a lot of scrabbling required. I think this should have been flagged in the holiday description with better photos. I would have rated the holiday difficulty at least as a '2 boot +.' Cadaques is certainly the highlight but all the hotels were excellent and welcoming. Recommend the restaurant 'Can Rafa' in Cadaques.

Classic Swiss Alps Walk

By Dr Banyard on 16/10/2014

*****
Everythiing worked just as it should. We were very happy indeed with our holiday. My wife's dietary restrictions were coped with very efficiently and without fuss by the hotel. Thank you very much!

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs O'Carroll on 16/10/2014

*****
I enjoyed looking through the website which was very informative. The whole holiday was very well organised; being met at the airport and being given chilled water bottles when we got in the mini bus was great. Our reps couldn't have been more helpful; they stopped at a shop on the way to our hotel so we could buy food and water for the following day's walking, they offered us equipment and leant us waterproofs. We felt very well looked after and listened too. For us this was the ultimate, stress free holiday! The walks were quite long and it was hot, but the terrain was pretty easy and we never found ourselves struggling - there was always the knowledge that there was a lovely hotel with pool and meal waiting for us at the other end. As a family we are fairly active, but not very fit - my husband plays racquetball once a week and I go for a daily 50 minute dog walk which proved to be enough to allow me to enjoy the walks. Our children all do sport at school and our eleven year old found the walking easy!

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Gorman on 15/10/2014

*****
Holiday was very enjoyable. Good but not intrusive support from local representatives who gave some very useful hints and were always contactable. Hotels were very excellent with one notable exception.: - one notable exception - Hotel Terre di Casol, see below for more details, - the welcoming receptionist at Casolare LeTerre Ros who had no interest in helping us locate our forwarded luggage (which had arrived).

Contrasts of Sardinia Walk

By Mr Lambert on 14/10/2014

*****
It was an exceptionally enjoyable, stress-free holiday. Exactly as described in the Headwater brochure and all aspects were efficient and well executed. We were very lucky to be with a great group of like minded people (7 in total). Maggie, our guide, was amazing. Her contributions to the group dynamic, her local knowledge and incredible enthusiasm for Sardinia made our holiday. She was a lovely person to spend our time with and we were delighted when she chose to join us on her day off for a boat trip! All the other staff we came into contact with be it at the hotels or on our days out (the river picnic for example) contributed to a wonderful experience. The hotels were fantastic. The Hotel Sa Muvara in the mountains was wonderful - great accommodation, attentive staff, lovely food and the views were amazing. The Hotel Costa Dorada on the coast was perfectly located by the sea; again good accommodation, delicious cuisine, great staff and a lovely outlook. Both hotels made you feel you were staying somewhere special, immersed in the local culture and that you were not staying in some bland building presented with international cuisine. We felt we completed our holiday having had a taste of the real Sardinia. Having never previously taken a holiday with a group and guide, we are sorely tempted to take a similar trip.

Delights of the Dalmatian Coast Walk

By Mrs Spencer on 14/10/2014

*****
Croatia is a beautiful country with miles of unspoilt coastline , lovely islands and friendly people . Dubrovnik is a fascinating city and the waterfalls at Krka were spectacular .The holiday was extremely enjoyable and our guide Sanja was very helpful and a delight .

Following St James' Way

By Mr Dyer on 14/10/2014

*****
We would like to say how fantastic the man was who gave us the mini-moke ride from our hotel back into Portomarin and how hard our hostess (Maria) worked to keep everybody happy in the Casa de los Samoza. The food in Rectoral de Goian was amazing! For the world's best bread and butter pudding go to O Muino de Pena>

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Sillett on 14/10/2014

*****
Wonderful holiday, with fantastic food and wine and one absolutely amazing hotel (Le Silve). Good two boot walking, especially on the first and last days. If you like walking in Italy you will love this holiday.

Slovenian Alps Walking Adventure

By Mrs Keen on 14/10/2014

*****
The scenery is wonderful and the walking excellent if a little challenging on occasions.

Walking in the Venetian Hills

By Pro Beevers on 14/10/2014

*****
Good walking, good accommodation , food and wine. Interesting cities and towns to visit.

Walking the Alsace Wine Trail

By Dr Darke on 14/10/2014

*****
The joy of not using a car for 8 whole days was amazing! The walking was lovely, the grape harvest in full swing, the hotels EXCELLENT with good breakfasts and all arrangements extremely convenient and clear. Flying from Bristol is such fun compared with the toil of Heathrow/ Gatwick. Staying in Paris for the first night makes good sense, and the TGV is superb! There is only one snag...not having a car to bring home all the excellent wines! The Co-op at Turckheim is surely one of the best in France.

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs Higgins on 13/10/2014

*****
Could not fault Headwater for their excellent customer service and organisation. I'm not even going to look at other companies now for any future walking holidays.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Mr Rogers on 13/10/2014

*****
A really fabulous holiday to a lovely area which we had not previously heard much about. Very enjoyable!

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mrs Love-fordham on 13/10/2014

***#.
This is our fourth Headwater trip. Our favorite trips in order are: 1) Alps 2) Dordogne 3) Amalfi Coast and 4) this one. All of the others have been 5 star plus. I don't even know how to rate this one. There were so many highs and lows that it is hard to average them. The hotels, Le Silve and Le Case, are spectacular and took care of every need. I can't say enough good about them. The food was exceptional in all hotels except the Assisi hotel where you eat in a nondescript big undecorated basement room. The hiking was perfect and challenging, but the trip notes were unenthusiastic and lacked the usual Headwater info bites and optional side trips - so we made our own side trips. The trip notes need some important updates - we did not get lost, but others did multiple times and their confusion was understandable. We had awesome trip mates that we had not met prior to the trip. The highlights of the trip were: 1) Being in Assisi for the Feast of St. Francis and being present for the parade and seeing the Prime Minister of Italy, 2) Vistas from the Rifuggio de Madonna (they rival what we saw in the Alps), 3) Le Silve and Le Case hotels were amazing places of rest and solitude. I think this trip had the potential of being my very favorite, but needs the kind of attention that Headwater is so great at on other vacations.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Cattaneo on 13/10/2014

*****
A beautiful place to visit and explore. The accommodation of a very good standard and in lovely locations. We did find the walks very interesting, challenging at times but about the right length, however we did use an app on a smart phone, which indicated we walked a few K further than the instructions stated. We also felt some of the walks did need to be re-done, especially the walk on day 4 from Diano D'Alba which we found very confusing to get out of and were told by the rep to take a different path at one point, which totally threw us off route, although we did find our way with the help of some locals.Although we understood why there was a walk on Day 7 back to Benevello, it was rather tedious. Our restaurant selection for the evening meals was on the whole very good, but we did find it difficult to find something we could eat at the Villa D'Amelia, mainly because of our own diet of not eating red meat. The Locanda del Centro in Castiglone Falletto was really not very good. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Ms Tomkins on 13/10/2014

*****
The islands of Sicily walk was a very varied holiday, the highlight being the visits to the volcano at Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mrs Thompson on 11/10/2014

***#.
We enjoyed this holiday andwere pleased with our choice as we had excellent weather (contrasting with rain every day in the Austrian Lakes last year!) - but we do have a major reservation about the coastal walking (the days 2 & 3 'inland' walks were fine). On day 4, the coastal walk takes you away from the coast over the last section (south of Cavaleiro). This is a wide flat, rather boring gravel/sand track with little of interest - partiularly at this time of year when crops have either been harvested or burned off by th sheat of the sun. You are too far from the cliff top to be able to see the beautiful coast. We were then invited to re-walk this route (with only minor variations and in the opp. direction) on Day 5 as part of the Touril Loop. We thought this was a bit silly and walked up the coast path to the lighthouse, and back the same way. We could of course have stuck to the coastal path on Day 5 and we would suggest you specify this in future, omitting the (unnecessary) 'Touril Loop'. You could then perhaps introduce a further day's walking south of Cerca do Sul or - if that proves impracticable, just make the holiday one day shorter. We thought that Day 7 contained by far the best of the coastal walks because you were able to see so much more of the beautiful coast from the trail. On days 5 and 6, quite a bit of the walking seemed to be just that little bit away from the cliff top and the path a bit flat and tedious at times. (When you do get the view though it is certainly spectacular!). The Cercada do Sul is a bit of a dull treck away from the coast path - again on a flat, rather boring path and, again, repeated on Day 7. We accept there's probably not much you can do about this if there's no other suitable accommodation. And, finally, we would suggest you build meals at the Cercado do Sul into the holiday. There didn't seem to be much to offer in Brejao....and it's a bit of treck down a dull flat paved road to get to the village from the Cercado. (We did have a look but didn't fancy the walk back in the dark so ate both nights at the Cercado). Wouldn't want you to think we didn't enjoy our hol. It was fine and the orgabisation / admin was faultless as ever. No problems at all with travel arrangements. Just a bit disappointed with some of the walking (lots of it was good!).

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mrs Potts on 10/10/2014

*****
Varied walking, great countryside and wonderful, welcoming accommodation with excellent food. An ideal holiday with real feel good factor

The Amalfi Coast Walk

By Mrs Edwards on 10/10/2014

*****
Thought the walks were a bit tame. The best walking was on Capri where I stayed for 4 nights after this holiday. Suggest splitting the holiday between main land and island. Lots of trouble with bites. Lovely food Luigi was a great guide. I would like to do more intensive walking with him.

Tuscany and The Cinque Terre

By Mrs Butler on 10/10/2014

*****
An excellent holiday which gave us a wonderful introduction to Tuscany. Great combination of sightseeing and walking. Elisabetta is a real asset and looked after us all well. We particularly enjoyed the meals she organised and our group of 8 gelled well. The Puccini concert in Lucca followed by our group meal in a slightly alternative restaurant was one of the highlights.

Exploring the Cinque Terre on foot

By Dr Haberman on 09/10/2014

***#.
We enjoyed the walks but felt let down by the quality of accommodation and food.

Islands of Sicily Walk

By Mis Saunders on 09/10/2014

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We have been on many Headwater walking holidays - both guided and independent walking, but felt Islands of Sicily (nicknamed by us ' Volcanoes of Sicily') was a different experience, and by and large a good one. Hotels are all of a good standard and are in good locations. Breakfasts are fine - not exceptional, but fine. Dinners in the hotel in Lipari are good and there are lots of restaurants for when you dine out. The walks are interesting, the views great and the volcano walking a real experience. Be warned though the trips to see Stromboli and Etna are weather/ volcanic activity dependant. We were not able to do to the night walk on Stromboli. However you can do the day walk independently in the late afternoon and get to see the lava flow (from a safe distance of course) at night. The path down is easy - but don't forget your head torch! We did do Etna, which was a real experience. The slightly frustrating element of the holiday is the amount of time and effort we spent on getting the Hydrofoil tickets and checking timetables - the times in the notes and the advertised time at the ticket office are not always the time the boat with actually leave and it wasn't always clear when the ticket office would be open to check/ buy tickets. Having said that, if you are OK will that little bit of uncertainty/ adventure you'll have a great time!

Austrian Lakes Walk

By Dr Garwood on 08/10/2014

*****
We've been on quite a few Headwater holidays & we've never been disappointed

Castles to Coast Walk

By Mr Whitehurst on 08/10/2014

*****
Very good walking holiday with excellent accomodation. Croatia is a lovely country to visit, the people are friendly, there is plenty to see and the prices are reasonable.

Catalan Classic Walk

By Ms Morgan on 08/10/2014

*****
We had a wonderful holiday. The walking was a dream and took us to so many beautiful places we had never heard of. Two of the hotels were a bit basic for accommodation and we would have liked to have the option at Hotel Rosa to upgrade to a suite if we had known. Garbi first day the room was basic but on the last night we had a great room, much larger and with a view. Will be back....

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Petch on 08/10/2014

*****
Couldn't fault it. Even the weather was excellent. Looking forward to next year's brochure.

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mis Rodgers on 08/10/2014

*****
Enjoyed the whole holiday. Walking and hotels were great and the scenery was fantastic. Enjoyed barcelona and the trip to the Dali House. Overall a good variety of experiences in the time.

Following St James' Way

By Mrs Hughes on 08/10/2014

*****
Overall it was a great holiday. We throughly enjoyed ourselves.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

By Mrs Davies on 08/10/2014

*****
This Headwater holiday is definitely a cut above other European holidays that we have enjoyed with you. Villa d'Amelia and Villa Beccaris were exceptional in every way, and throughout we enjoyed excellent local cuisine and wines. We would happily do it all over again!

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Dr Mason on 08/10/2014

***#.
The holiday was very enjoyable, the location was great, but the walks were challenging in the heat, even in September. The local food was delicious.

Undiscovered French Riviera Walk

By Mrs Leitch on 08/10/2014

*****
Excellent group walking holiday in beautiful coastal countryside. Lovely walks to medieval villages and great to use the local buses and trains to get to high up villages. Good mix of walking and exploring local life. our guide Stephanie was absolutely excellent in all respects, encouraging, organised, helpful and she joined in with the group so well. Lively group diinners in the hotel. Menton good base for holiday, plenty of shops plus interesting places to vist. Hotel was by the seafront, excellent location. Rooms were very small though and the ones at the back were noisy with street noise. Pace of the walking is dependent on the ability of the group, ours was mixed but everyone joined in well and were patient when it got slower on steeper descents.

Vistas of Valencia Walk

By Mrs Nanda on 08/10/2014

*****
a superb holiday wonderful hotel and amazing hospitality

Volterra to San Gimignano Walk

By Mrs Wakefield on 08/10/2014

*****
A superb holiday. The scenery was spectacular and moving from hotel to hotel makes the holiday interesting and varied.

Walking in Davos

By Mr Griffiths on 08/10/2014

*****
The holiday was what we had hoped it would be. The wonderful weather made the walking and views the best they could possibly have been (apart from one afternoon of rain). The hotel was comfortable and the staff were friendly, kind and helpful, The wine in the hotel was extremely expensive - when we requested house wine we were told that a delivery was expected and that there was none........ So we didn't have wine with our dinner. We are not big drinkers but would have enjoyed a glass of wine with our evening meal.

Walks in The Italian Dolomites

By Mrs Deane on 08/10/2014

*****
Excellent location for seeing the Dolomites. Friendly, family run hotel. Instructions for the walking routs and the use of bus/train were very good

Connoisseurs' Tuscany Walk

By Mrs Ames on 07/10/2014

*****
The hotel was excellent - food wonderful, service could not have been better and a great location. The walks were interesting and varied with the advantage of being able to do longer or shorter versions. This is our third holiday with Headwater and we can highly recommend the company. If there is a choice we would suggest flying to Rome rather than Pisa as we found it a long drive (3 hours) after already travelling to gatwick and flight to Pisa.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mr Smith on 07/10/2014

***#.
We have used several walking holiday companies and you are thus being compared with your peers. The booking process was poor, uncertain and had to be regularly prompted by me. It took ages to get any proper confirmation. You continually tried to send out documents by email and not by post - good for you, rotten for me - I am not going to print them - you should do so. Your walking notes were a disappointment. We often felt that they had been written by someone whose first language was not English. They were lacking in detail, imprecise and sometimes confusing and wrong.They are flabby in size with small print. On walk number 5, where we had been deceived and delayed by your directions, this section had to be repeated the following day. Fellow walkers at the hotel had given us their notes for the same section from Inntravel, so on that second day we had both sets of notes with us. We would never have made the mistakes that occurred if we had been using the detailed, better formatted and more user-friendly notes of Inntravel. The last point that I want to make concerns your suggestion in the main brochure that after the walk on Day 5 we should 'have a paddle at Praia do Tonel.' The 'beach' there is about 75 feet vertically below you at the foot of steep cliffs. The only access is by a narrow, loosely surfaced and almost vertical gulley created by rain erosion. Ropes have been fitted at a couple of points meaning that one would have to abseil down and haul oneself up again. It would be dangerous on a mountaineering holiday but simply lethal for many people. I am an experienced walker but would only attempt this if suicidally inclined. There is a notice there warning to stay clear because of possible rockfall. There is only one explanation: the person who wrote the notes has never seen the beach!

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mrs Makin on 06/10/2014

***#.
Travel arrangements were good, hotels were easy to find and all but one was well maintained. Walks were very well described, distances were not accurate and the number of steps was a joke but the walks were clearly described an the views were wonderful. We saw many rural areas of the Amalfi Peninsular that most people will never see, they don't know what they are missing! are missing The rest days are a very good idea and gave us chance to do several things we wanted to do, ie go to Pompeii and Capri, without the break I think that the last few days would have felt like hard work.

Contrasts of the Costa Vicentina Walk

By Mr Lipscombe on 01/10/2014

***#.
The hotels were stayed in were all quite different and we enjoyed the variety of style and locations. The walking, particularly along the coastal sections, was excellent.

Secrets of Sicily Walking

By Mrs Clark on 01/10/2014

*****
Headwater holidays are ones where you can count on the arrangements made and simply enjoy the holiday you have chosen to take.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr Marroney on 01/10/2014

*****
Walking in Gozo is almost too good to share. By turns breathtaking (cliffs) and relaxing. Returning to Ta Cenc every day was bliss.

Walking on Gozo - Calypso's Isle

By Mr MacKenzie on 01/10/2014

*****
Well organised, lovely hotel and location. Good well described walks. Very good holiday. Thoroughly recommended.

Walking the Coastal Trails of Menorca

By Ms Stewart on 01/10/2014

***#.
Wonderful hotel in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with friendly, helpful staff. Close to some of the best beaches on the island.

Chablis Vineyards Walk

By Mrs Sharp on 29/09/2014

*****
Well put together holiday ensuring something of interest every day. The half board element can be a bit restrictive although most places were ok with making changes for a supplement. The only place we had a problem with this was Hostellerie de Clos where we were basically told what we were to eat with no choice given at all. As it happens we were ok but foie fras to start and pigeon to follow might not be to everyone's choice. The hotels were quite varied but generally good or better. Our least favourite was Hotel de la Poste in Vezelay. It's pretty tired and we had a poor room (102) which was at the front of the hotel and directly over the Bistro. You might think Vezelay would be quiet but the lorries are relentless from about 4.30am. Our rep Ross could not be bettered. He put his heart and soul into making sure we had a good holiday and was endlessly patient - as well as very good company.

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk

By Mr Caffyn on 29/09/2014

***#.
Efficient but lacks character..

Walking in the Leutasch Valley

By Mrs Smith on 29/09/2014

*****
Overall very good

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

By Mr Abrahams on 26/09/2014

*****
Well thought through and excellent administration meant we could concentrate on our walking

Catalan Coastal Walk

By Mr Lewis on 26/09/2014

***#.
For us aged 79 and 74 the walks were challenging but we very much enjoyed our holiday in a beautiful area of Spain.