Top five tips for a half-term walking holidayAdvice on outdoor clothing and holiday companies

21 May 2014

walking half term

Hoping to head out into the great outdoors for some walking this May half term? We help you to sort out all of your walking holiday essentials.

When organising a walking holiday – there’s lots to think about – not only where to go and which company to travel with, but also where to stay how to make sure you have all of the best walking equipment.

Which? can help you to choose with our five top tips.

Best holiday companies

If you fancy an organised walking holiday or joining a group walk for company, there are lots of travel companies who can help.

Tour companies can transfer luggage between walking destinations, book accommodation and plan your walking routes. If you choose to join a group walk you will have an expert guide and more security if you’re taking a more adventurous route.

To find out which of our recommended holiday companies offer walking trips, check out our holiday companies survey.

Best walking shoes and walking boots

Whether you’re planning a week’s hiking or a day’s rambling it’s important to make sure you buy the right walking boots or walking shoes.

Good walking boots offer both comfort and durability, and Which? test results have found that you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to get the best.

We tested walking boots from top brands including Berghaus, Brasher, Hi-tec and Karrimor. Find out which boots we recommend with our walking boots reviews.

Go further: Walking shoe reviews - Men's and women's walking shoes put through our gruelling tests

Best backpacks

A well-designed backpack can make the difference between an enjoyable day’s hiking and an aching back. Whether you plan on carrying a light picnic or essential climbing gear, you need a rucksack you can trust.

Three companies stood out as the best backpack brands in our survey, all receiving top marks for comfort.

Go further: How to buy the best backpack – choosing the right backpack for you

Prepare for all weathers

The British weather can be completely unpredictable. If it’s hot you should always start your walks early to get some miles under your belt before the heat of the midday sun hits.

And if your holiday is beset by rain, make sure you’re equipped with the best waterproofs. We’ve tested waterproof jackets from big brands including Berghaus, Mountain Equipment, Regatta, Sprayway and The North Face.

Go further: Waterproof trousers reviews – brands rated for comfort, durability and water resistance

Book the best holiday cottage

If you're planning on walking in the UK, renting a holiday cottage is a popular holiday option and there are plenty of last minute deals available for families or groups of friends.

Find out which holiday cottage providers Which? recommends in our recent survey of UK self-catering accommodation.

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