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Choosing the right self-guided walking holiday – how our grading system works

Choose an Inntravel self-guided walking holiday

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If you’d like further information or advice on any self-guided walking holiday, speak to our friendly reservations team on 01653 617002.
Walking holidays in India & Morocco
We also offer walking holidays in India and Morocco on which your party is accompanied by its own local guide. The same grading system is used for these guided holidays as for our self-guided holidays.

We have a self-guided walking holiday for everyone, so broad is our selection, with routes to suit all levels – from gentle coastal strolls to high-mountain hikes – and a wide choice of destinations, from north Norway to Sicily, and from Portugal’s west coast to the Greek island of Crete. Part of the joy of an Inntravel self-guided walking holiday is that you explore as individuals, not as part of a group, following our detailed route notes and maps at entirely your own pace.

We use a numeric grading system to help you choose the self-guided walking holiday that is right for you. Grade 1 holidays explore the easiest of paths while, at the other end of the scale, grade 3 holidays promise plenty of ascents and descents each day.

Naturally, the grading of individual holidays is subjective and within each holiday you will occasionally find some days slightly more challenging or easier than others, but the following descriptions should help direct you to the right holiday.

Choose a grade 1 self-guided walking holiday if you’re looking for…

…generally easy walking with few ascents / descents, but perhaps the occasional long day.

Choose a grade 1-2 self-guided walking holiday if you’re looking for…

…easy-to-moderate walking with some ascents / descents, and occasional longer days.

Choose a grade 2 self-guided walking holiday if you’re looking for…

…moderate walking on varied terrain, with some long days and regular ascents / descents.

Choose a grade 2-3 self-guided walking holiday if you’re looking for…

…moderate-to-challenging walking on more rugged terrain with significant ascents / descents on most days. Compass skills may be required (check the individual holiday).

Choose a grade 3 self-guided walking holiday if you’re looking for…

…challenging hikes, featuring long days with significant ascent / descent on challenging terrain. Compass skills may be required.

Choose a flexible walk if you’re looking for…

…the option of easier or harder routes, so that you can tailor most days to your requirements.