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Our top holiday moments of 2016

No matter where you travel to, there are guaranteed special moments to be experienced. Whether it’s enjoying a spectacular view during a picnic stop, chatting to locals as you’re passing through a pretty village, or cherishing the feeling of the coastal air through your hair as you whizz along on your bike…on a Headwater holiday […]

4 quirky New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world

Sparklers, party poppers and champagne at the ready – it’s almost time to bring in 2017. 2016 has been a dramatic year with plenty going on, including the UK voting to leave the European Union, Rio hosting the Olympics and Paralympics, and Donald Trump being chosen as the new American president! But does every country welcome in […]

5 wacky Christmas dinners from around the world

Christmas is a time for celebrations; a time for getting together with loved ones to eat, drink and be merry. Here in the UK, the traditional festive feast consists of a golden skinned turkey, a glistening joint of ham, goose-fat roasties, mounds of seasoned vegetables and gravy – and of course, everyone’s favourite tasty treat, […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Country Skiing: Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Country Skiing. Alessia Francini-Beaumont, our resident cross-country skiing instructor, has given you a general overview of the winter sport and taught you about the best techniques, now you will find out what to pack – from equipment to clothing. This is the final part of her guide, so happy skiing […]

Where’s hot in February for a walking holiday?

February 2017 is probably going to be a month of change for you. The motivation for your new year’s resolution will have slowly but inevitably decayed into nothing, and maybe you’ll be taking your last step into Europe as an EU citizen. One thing remains constant though: the cold. The gigantic claw of old Mother […]

5 most breathtaking sights on the island of Madeira

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an object that isn’t immediately enhanced by having the word ‘Madeira’ before it. Madeira cake is delectable, Madeira wine is outstanding, and Portugal’s Madeira islands are a treasure trove of wonderful sights. Here are five reasons why your flight ticket should feature the word ‘Madeira’ this winter. 1. Monte Palace […]

New for 2017: Villas & Cottages by Headwater

Relaxed and active villa and cottage holidays in France and Spain… With more than 30 successful years’ experience organising walking and cycling holidays, where you really experience a destination on foot or by bike, we like to think that we know our stuff. One way to ensure we’re meeting our customer needs is by listening […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Cross-Country Skiing: Part 2

Cross-country skiing trails take you away from the busy main ski pistes and lift queues you get caught up in when downhill skiing, and give you a different perspective of the surrounding countryside and mountains. You will probably have read Part 1, where Alessia Francini-Beaumont, our resident cross-country skiing instructor, answered some common questions about the […]