Whether you’re an experienced rambler or just enjoy a casual stroll, we all know one of the best ways to see the UK is by foot; climbing the hills for aerial views of the countryside or hiking one of the many coastal paths for spectacular seaside scenery. With so much of Britain to explore, it’s no wonder one of our top requests here at Sykes Cottages is for walking holidays.
If you think your holiday home would make a welcome heaven for tired boots then why not advertise as walker friendly? To make sure you’re providing everything a walker requires from their holiday, keep reading as we suggest ten things you can supply to make your cottage more walker friendly.
1. Outdoor hose. Every seasoned walker knows it’s important to keep your boots clean as mud and dirt can be surprisingly abrasive. By installing an outdoor hose, guests can wash down their boots after every outing.
2. Boot scraper and/or brush. Whether you’re able to supply an outdoor hose or not, a good boot scraper and brush can go a long way in keeping your visitors’ walking boots clean.
3. Drying area. The British weather is never that reliable so after a long hike in the rain, walkers require a warm area where they can dry their cloths and boots – preferably somewhere that’s not too hot.
4. First aid kit. When stocking your first aid kit, make sure to consider any additional supplies a walker may need like Vaseline for chafing, tweezers for pulling out thorns and small sachets of Dioralyte for dehydration.
5. Local walking routes. Does your cottage offer fantastic walks from the doorstep? If so, make sure to leave a guide or map for your guests along with the routes difficulty level and timing.
6. Public transport information. When on a walking holiday, many people leave the car at home. Because of this, a list of local taxi providers and a bus time table can come in handy.
7. Local information. Chances are your guests are new to the area, so details on local eateries, pubs, tourist information centres and attractions will help them get a feel for the area and what’s available.
8. Emergency contacts. If your guests become ill or get injured, they’ll need to know who to contact. We advise supplying details of the local doctor, dentist and, if your property is pet friendly, vet.
9. Internet access. Having internet access at your property will allow your visitors to check weather conditions, discover new walking routes and even order food without leaving the cottage.
10. Country code. Most walkers will know the country code but by displaying it at your cottage, you can gently remind your guests of the rules and keep your neighbours happy at the same time.
And there you have it, 10 ways to make your holiday home walker friendly. If you need more information on kitting out your holiday cottage for walkers or if you have a new holiday rental you’d like to advertise through Sykes Cottages then either visit our website or give our owner team a call on 01244 356 695.