Call us crazy but at House of Coco we love cold crisp walks in the winter and we were pleased to hear that hiking isn’t just for fair-weather days, according to Alison Howell’s Foot Trails, which has launched a page dedicated to walking in the West Country in winter.
The new Winter Warmer page features the Bath-based walking holiday specialist’s best self-guided tours to take at this time of year, such as Knights Medieval Castle in South Wiltshire because of the terrain’s natural drainage. It also offers tips on what to wear and pack in a day-bag for a hike at this time of year, as well as compelling reasons for stepping out into the landscape when it might be tempting to batten down the hatches.
Two-night, as well as three-night, itineraries are made available at this time of year by Foot Trails, and walks strike out from one base rather than following a linear journey, just in case the weather closes in. Country pubs are hand-picked not just for their excellent food and drink but also the guarantee of a roaring log fire. Waterproof notes and maps and “not so nice today” packs containing alternative ideas for more inclement winter days are among the thoughtful touches that make this walking holiday specialist stand apart from its competitors.
Foot Trails – which was recently named Best Local Low-Impact Tour Operator by Greentraveller – draws on expert knowledge gained by the team during more than 12 years tramping across the region, come rain or shine, to create inspiring, seasonally appropriate walks.
“Too many people pack away their boots over winter and remain unaware of the beauty and opportunity for fresh air and exploration that this time of year can offer. This is a fantastic season to embrace the great outdoors. Winter’s silent landscapes and stillness are soothingly peaceful, which our guests often really appreciate at this time of year,” says founder Alison Howell.
Foot Trails specialises in designing walks to suit individual tastes, for adults and families. Routes are plotted to avoid the crowded national trails, instead following local paths, with notes provided about local history and nature to immerse guests in the cultural landscape and put them back in touch with the natural environment. Country cafes and inns are hand-picked for award-winning food and drink and stylish, comfortable accommodation, to add a touch of luxury and promote sustainable rural tourism.
To book, visit www.foottrails.co.uk or call 01747 820626.
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Notes to editors:
Alison Howell’s Foot Trails is an innovative and award-winning British travel company and the leading specialist provider of rural walking holidays in South West England, with more than 850 miles of trails in Somerset, Wiltshire, The Cotswolds and Dorset. The successful Foot Trails brand, established in 2002 by Alison Howell, has been built on a passion for rural England, an unwavering determination to provide unique walking-holiday experiences and a strong commitment to ensuring tourism is sustainable and impacts positively on the landscapes and economies of rural communities.