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Walking Holidays For Beginners

by Steph 5th May 2016
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Thinking of going on a walking holiday but not sure where to start? With Eurocamp you can get the perfect introduction to what a walking holiday is like by staying at one of our parcs that’s ideally situated for walking, with easy access to some exclusive walking routes, each graded from beginner to expert so you won’t end up out of your depth.

What’s more, when you’ve done your walking for the day, you’ll be able to take a dip in the parc’s pool, take part in other sporting activities or just sit back and relax with a good book.

We’ve got lots of walking routes available, but to keep things simple we’ve rounded up our top 5 parcs with exclusive Eurocamp walking routes, perfect for beginners. Our ‘leisurely walk’ grading means they’re suitable for all ages with no steep sections and only gentle hills. Each walking route is available to download when you’ve booked your holiday at our walking-friendly parcs!

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Le Ranolien, Brittany

Take in the seascapes of Brittany’s spectacular coastline from La Ranolien campsite on the Pink Granite Coast walk for beginners. Over a distance of 6km this walk is accessible direct from the campsite and will take approximately 2.5 hours. There are 5 other routes within 30 minutes drive of the parc of varying grades.

When you’re not walking, take a dip in one of the pools or indulge in a treatment in the on-parc spa.

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Les Grottes de Roffy, Dordogne

Enjoy the beautiful greenery and river valleys of the Dordogne landscape on 2 leisurely walking routes you can start direct from the parc. Start with the 5km Sainte Nathalène to Saint Vincent Le Paluel route taking around 2 hours and then another day step things up on the 9.5km Le Moulin de la Tour route.

When you’ve not got your walking boots on, head to nearby Sarlat, a medieval town of narrow winding streets and bustling markets or take a trip down the Dordogne River. On parc, why not take a refreshing swim in one of the pools or try your hand at archery?

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La Ferme de la Serraz, The Alps

There are 6 Eurocamp exclusive walking routes around this parc, with the nearest beginners level route taking in the Lathuile Forest just a 10 minute drive away. This 9 km long route should take a good 3 hours, so it’s perfect for a full day out walking in the picturesque area of the Alps, surrounded by birds and wild flowers.

When you’re not on the walking trail but still want to enjoy the natural surroundings, climb to the top of a 40m waterfall at Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex. Alternatively, you can stay on parc and get a few lengths done in the pool surrounded by a breathtaking Alpine backdrop.

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Domaine de Chalain Campsite, Jura

If you’re a beginner to walking, the Jura is a magnificent place to start, with green forests, lakes, gorges and waterfalls to enjoy. There are a couple of walking routes direct from the parc, but for beginners, it’s worth taking a 15 minute drive for an Amble around Lac de Bonlieu. Take your pick between the full 7.7km or a 5km alternative if you fancy cutting it shorter.

Back on parc, set in the grounds of a château take advantage of free canoe hire, a lakeside beach or a relax in the jacuzzi.

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Bella Tola, Susten

Set in the Pfyn-Finges Nature Park, this parc is a perfect base to start experiencing the joy of walking holidays, with a fantastic network of footpaths. The closest beginner route is just a 10 minute drive away and over a distance of 3.7km, which will take you approximately 1.5 hours.

If you’re feeling up to it there’s a moderate walking route direct from the parc, it’s over 8.1km in the Nature Park via The Bhutan Bridge. When you’re back on parc, relax by the pool amidst the mountains and dine on the restaurant terrace. Just don’t forget to squeeze in a trip to the Matterhorn!

If you’re an experienced walker and have any tips for beginners, please do share them in the comments below, or if you’re thinking of giving a walking holiday a try for the first time, please feel free to ask us any questions.

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