Breathtaking Mountain Walks for you to do independently
Ideas, Information & Local Knowledge on a daily basis
Collett’s specialises in walking holidays in the Italian Dolomites, the Austrian Alps, the Picos de Europa and Pyrenees. Walkers stay with us (in delightful hotel or self-catering accommodation) between May and late September. In each of our majestic mountain destinations, you can self-guide as much as you like – every day if you wish – whilst also having the opportunity to join free and optional organised walks on a day to day basis.
Whether you seek out challenging high trails or idyllic riverside strolls, we can provide everything you need to put together a succession of unforgettable self-guided walks. So, please browse the pages of our walking holiday destinations in the knowledge that – if walking independently is your preferred option – we have the perfect walking holiday for you. Read on and find out how it all works…
Our impressive Ideas & Information Files await you in each of our destinations. They detail numerous stunning walks, which we categorise by degree of difficulty. You will find several options in each of the following categories: Easy & Easy Moderate – Moderate & Moderate Hard – Hard & Very Hard. For each walk we give a ‘step by step’ route description, the duration, ascent, degree of difficulty and the relevant section of map. To facilitate preparation and navigation, we have produced Route Laminates for each proposed walk. You can borrow these on a daily basis.
About three weeks prior to your holiday, we send you a good walking map of your chosen destination. Don’t forget to bring it with you! It will cover most of the walks featured in our Ideas & Information Files, but if you select a walk not featured on this map, the relevant map will be available for you to purchase or borrow in resort.
Office Hour is the perfect opportunity for self-guiders to plan their days. Taking place in an informal atmosphere each early evening, it is a popular Collett’s institution, when you can chat with our own walkers over a sociable pre-dinner drink. Whilst browsing the map, they will enthusiastically pass on their extensive local knowledge and opinions on the itineraries that take your fancy. They will offer you helpful tips and provide useful logistical information.
At Office Hour, you can also get details of our organised walks taking place the following day – and, although you might have come to stay with us with purely self-guiding in mind, you are welcome to join these walks as often as you wish. They are free, optional and unfailingly breathtaking. Most – if not all of them – are featured in our Ideas & Information Files and therefore available on a self-guided basis.
For the record (and depending on your chosen destination), our Ideas & Information Files also contain proposals for self-guided Via Ferrata, bike rides, locally-supplied alpine activities, places of interest and other days out.
In addition to the above, we also offers two dedicated self-guided holiday packages as follows:
Route Descriptions & Laminates
- Each route contains the following details:
Grade; distance; ascent; descent; approx. walking time; Map #; Terrain; how to get there.
- They have a written outline of the walk, sometimes with numbers (in brackets) corresponding to specific points on the route itself.
- The route is also shown on a highlighted section of a specific map, which has not always been reproduced to the scale 1:25,000 due to size restrictions
- They use our ‘Layman’s grading system:
Easy – Easy/Moderate – Moderate – Moderate/Hard – Hard.
- This is not easily compared to any other type of grading system, but a rule of thumb would be that a hard here would be no harder than a big day out in the Lake District, north Wales or Scotland.
- There is a CAUTION NOTES, HINTS & TIPS section for particular dangers and points of interest we feel need extra focus.
- There is also an ALTERNATIVES/ VARIATIONS section which suggest ways of lengthening or shortening each route where applicable.
These route descriptions are NOT meant to be used as ‘stand-alone’ guides, in fact, they are specifically designed to be used in conjunction with a 1:25,000 scale map.You should not attempt these routes or any mountain walk without a suitable map and the ability to read it.
A Sample of our Organised Walks Programme
Below is an example of a weekly walks programme in the Dolomites. Something similar is produced on a weekly basis in each of our destinations, although remember we offer a few extra options in the Dolomites. The essential details of each featured walk can be browsed in our ‘Ideas & Information Files’ – or you can chat with our hosts at Office Hour about any walks which take your fancy. In the Dolomites, we have a separate timetable for Wildflower Walks in June and July and another for War Walks in August and September.