The start of the season 2024

16th April 2024

After what has been a long soggy winter, we are delighted to have customers out walking with Shepherds Walks Holidays.

Whilst it has been a long winter and we have not had clients out walking with us over the past few months, believe it or not it has been our busiest time of the year.

There is so much to do to prepare to deliver the best UK walking holidays and a lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes in order to continue to provide our premium service.

We welcome visitors from all over the world, so it is paramount that we have everything in place to ensure the best customer experience.

2023 was a highly successful year and it is important to plan to make 2024 a great one too.

It is extremely critical to look at customer feedback and listen to any queries or questions the 2023 season may have raised.

Looking back over the last year, we received some fantastic feedback from our customers and some amazing reviews from new clients and our base of returning walkers.

From large groups, families, work colleagues, solo walkers and dog-friendly holidays, we are able to provide our premium services and give the best customer experience to our walkers – A flawless Holiday from Steve & Gary 2023.

Planning for the best UK walking holidays.

When we begin planning for the year ahead it is important to look at a number of factors to ensure a flawless year ahead. Whilst we cannot control the weather for a UK walking holiday, we can control the service that our customers receive and we aim to provide the best quality walking holidays in the UK.

There are a large number of things to consider when putting dates together from planning accommodation and booking baggage transfers before even adding any information to our website for the year ahead.


Things for us to consider -

  • Check dates of Bank Holidays and any special dates near a holiday where accommodation may be at a premium.

  • Check dates of any major events happening near any walking holidays, an example – The Great North Run. Events like these make it difficult to book accommodations.

  • Check staffing availability for guided walks and choose dates. Make contact with our guides and provisionally choose some dates.

  • Touch base with accommodation providers to see if they are available and happy to continue to work with Shepherds Walks Holidays.

  • Check out local services – restaurants, pubs and shops on route. To ensure all details are still relevant and correct. This will be done for each holiday that we offer.

Ensure that all trails have no changes – look at any routes that may closed, have diversions or are inaccessible. This was especially important in the aftermath of Storm Arwen a couple of years ago.


Next steps

Once we have all of the information above, we can then begin to plan another year of Shepherds Walks Holidays.

From updating our website with dates for guided trips and information for self-guided holidays, we then start to plan our Shepherds Walks Holidays brochure which can be posted out free of charge.

This includes details of all of our holidays along with images and reviews from our many satisfied customers.

As part of our service, we will transfer baggage and arrange pick up from arrival points and drop off for customers arriving by train, plane or where your vehicle is parked.  We have a trusted network of providers that we work closely with to ensure that our clients are treated with the best and friendliest service.

The 2024 Season

Our 2024 season is shaping up to be one of our busiest years to date, we have been inundated with bookings and enquiries from all over the world, and we look forward to welcoming customers old and new into the Shepherds Walks Family. Our first walking holiday of the year has been completed and we have a very happy group of walkers, despite the UK weather. They thoroughly enjoyed their trip and took part in some fabulous days walking which was tailored to their needs. St Cuthberts Way Feedback.


Why choose Shepherds Walks Holidays?

  • We can offer bespoke bookings to ensure you are able to walk the distance that you wish to complete each day. If you would like a rest day or a day to do some sightseeing, then our bespoke booking service allows this. We can also add extra nights prior to your holiday or once your holiday is finished to give a relaxing feel to your walking holiday.

  • We will pick you up from your arrival point and transport you to your first night accommodation and transfer you back at the end of your walking holiday.

  • We have walked all the routes that we offer, so we know exactly what you are going to embark on and can advise you of any aspects of your holiday over and well above what our competitors can.

  • We are a local business to many of our trails and if you need us any time on your holiday, please just ask. We will give you a contact number to call in the event of any issues out of office hours. If you are on a self-guided trip and would like to catch up with us over a drink then please just let us know. We love to hear how our customers’ holidays are going.

  • As we don’t cut corners, and provide the best customer care and service, we want to see you again and want you to speak highly of Shepherds Walks Holidays. This is why we are literally willing to go that extra mile. This information you receive at every stage will be clear and leave you asking no questions and looking forward to your holiday, knowing that you are in safe hands.


Our holidays 

Hadrian’s Wall trail

St Oswald’s Way

St Cuthbert’s Way

Northumberland Coastal Path

Yorkshire Dales – 3 Peaks

Berwickshire Coastal Path

The Dales Way

The Cumbria Way

The Isle of Man

A Taste of 2 Trails

The Cleveland Way

The Herriot Way

The Pennine Way

Northern Saints Trail


Please let us know if you have any questions or queries regarding the holidays that we have on offer. We will try our very best to accommodate your needs and requirements. We have many years of experience and can offer our advice and experience to have a chat with you to discuss any questions or special requests you may have.

We a proud to offer the service and support that we do, and we want you to enjoy your UK walking holiday. We are now heading into the 2024 season, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our clients, who will take part in the most amazing UK walking holidays with the best scenery, service and support that you could ever wish for.

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