About Us

What We Do

Abel Tasman, New Zealand

Langdale Walking Holidays provides quality walking holidays for people looking for something a little different. They will appeal to anyone who has a taste for adventure but also appreciates a high level of comfort and service. Our programme includes relaxing cultural tours, walking holidays of varying degrees of exertion from a stroll to a full-on hike, more adventurous activities include rafting, kayaking and skiing.

In order to retain the individuality and exclusivity of our holidays, only a limited number are planned each year, with each trip carefully researched and meticulously planned. The itineraries are unique and change each time we return to a destination. Each tour is accompanied by an experienced tour leader and we always use local English-speaking guides.

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Activities

Seven Day Rafting Expedition, Colorado River

Cultural exploration on foot is often, though not always, the main theme of our holidays. Destinations are primarily selected for their natural beauty and for the range of exciting walks or cultural attractions they offer. Routes are carefully planned and our guide is always on hand to point out interesting features, flora and fauna, and to give us an insight into local culture.

We try as much as possible to get off the beaten track and explore little-known regions and wilderness areas. Great importance is attached to maintaining a low impact on the environment by sticking to footpaths and respecting the natural surroundings and their delicate ecosystems.

Each holiday has its own comprehensive tour itinerary and full details of that particular holiday, which we believe gives you a better chance of selecting the right holiday for you. Proof of this is an average of 70% repeat business on each holiday - much higher than is usual in the travel industry.

Grading

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In order to make it easier for you to decide which holiday best suits you, each tour has been graded Easy, Moderate or Hard. It is difficult to be precise about these gradings because, even assuming a reasonable level of fitness, what is easy for one person is more difficult for another. They are mostly based on distance, altitude, type of terrain and the amount of elevation covered and they should be taken as a guideline only.

We are acutely aware that couples may have differing levels of ability, and in nearly all cases there are alternative, easier, walks on the 'Moderate' and 'Hard' holidays. If in any doubt please get in touch and we will attempt to set your mind at ease.

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Accommodation

Camping in Oman

After each day's activity we return to the comfort of high quality hotels or luxury villas, with the emphasis on comfort and character. Simple but clean huts or lodges are used in remote places where other accommodation is not available. Most holidays are half-board; added touches include welcome receptions, and a chance to experience a variety of dining venues and local entertainment.

Friendship

Walking in Patagonia

Langdale travellers have come to regard themselves as part of an extended family. The friendliness and companionship of these groups of like-minded people mean they are equally suited to those travelling with a partner or alone. As the size of each party is restricted to a manageable number, a strong bond of friendship develops between group members, often continuing after the holiday is over. Reunion weekends in the Lake District, Cotswolds and Gower have become popular occasions, where old friends meet up to share memories and discuss future adventures.

Our Environmental Ethic

All our tours involve great respect for the natural surroundings in which we travel. We aim to introduce you to delicate ecosystems while, in our own small way, helping to preserve what remains of wild places.

We ask everyone not to collect or pick anything from these places, and not to leave any litter - particularly fruit peel etc. as this takes a long time to biodegrade and could attract wild animals, thereby endangering their lives.

Whenever available we reserve non-smoking rooms in hotels and lodges, and respectfully request that, if you are a smoker, you do not smoke in the presence of other clients - particularly on walking trails, in vehicles and at meals.

How We Started

David and Langdale Group, Utah

Langdale Walking Holidays began in 1991 when David Fairs led a party of 30 to Nepal. Since then the holidays have grown in popularity and new destinations and activities have been added every year, travelling to some of the most spectacular and beautiful parts of the world.

David's taste for adventure began in the Army where he gained experience in expedition leadership. He left to join a major travel company as their Overseas Manager, and then when he was the Managing Director of Langdale Leisure Ltd in the Lake District David hit upon the idea of organising holidays that combine high quality accommodation, interesting activities and a touch of adventure.

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