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Launch of Self-Guided Walking Holidays

Published October 02, 2017 by


After a very successful year of providing Guided walking holidays during 2017, we are pleased that our 2018 dates are now available to book.  Catch our Early Bird Offer for a reduced price if you book a 2018 guided holiday before the end of November.

We also now provide self-guided walking holidays for our most popular route ' The Prior Richard Way, via Ripon Cathedral ' between St. Mary's Abbey, York and Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, Yorkshire  This holiday is totally flexible in that it can be taken at any time of year, and you can take as long as you like to walk it.  Check out our self-guided walking holiday page.


Also exciting, is that Tony is about to embark on walking an ancient route between Rome and Canterbury, following the footsteps of St. Augustine who founded Canterbury's Benedictine Abbey in 598 ( which remained a Benedictine monastery until 1538 ).


Tony will walk a total of 2500 km / 1550 miles in 3 chunks, the first of which will start on Saturday 14 November.  He will finish his journey during 2018.


This route will then be made available on our website for you to download / use the walk instructions and / or GPS co-ordinates so that you can also walk this route.
So, watch this space or our home page for links to his blog.


We hope to see you soon !





Walking Holidays with Abbey Walks

Published January 24, 2017 by


Not only do we provide free downloadable walk descriptions and GPS coordinates for short, medium and long distance linear and circular walks in the UK, but we also offer UK Walking Holidays for our most popular routes.


These walking holidays can be treated as opportunities to walk in beautiful English countryside, or as pilgrimage routes enabling you to follow journeys made by monks in the 12-14th centuries.


Check out our Walking Holiday page our routes and prices, and our frequently asked questions.


We hope to see you soon !




Don Stevenson proves you're never too old to walk!

Published January 09, 2016 by


Adventurer of the Week: Auburn’s Don Stevenson, who is driven to walk,  starts a 1,000-mile walk on his 80th birthday.


The retired pastor, Marine and truck driver estimates he’s walked about 60,000 miles since 1998, each step to raise money and awareness for a cause. Many of his 21 long-distance walks have been dedicated to a friend.


“Knowing that I’m doing it for someone else gives me a great feeling,” the Auburn man said. “It sounds selfish, but it is really rewarding to know that I’m helping others.” Read more

Posted in The Olympian




Walk Japan's 750-mile Buddhist pilgrimage to visit 88 Temples.

Published January 02, 2016 by


For centuries, religious pilgrims, and latterly thrill-seekers and those wanting to “find themselves”, have undertaken a month-long trek across northern Spain, along the Camino de Santiago.


Few, if any, of the 200,000 or so people who complete the walk each year will realise that it is now being used as a blueprint to market and promote others around the world. About 500,000 mostly Japanese Pilgrims walk the Way of the 88 Temples, a 750-mile path through the island of Shikoku’s Buddhist past.

Read more

Posted in the Independant




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