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Whether you’re in the camp of the experienced hikers or the casual ramblers, there’s no denying that walking is one of the UK and Ireland’s most popular pastimes. It’s one of the few physical activities that can cater for all ages and abilities, you can get your pets involved and best of all, it’s completely free! It’s great for your health and with benefits such as weight loss, higher vitamin D levels and reduced risk of heart disease, we should all aim to walk as often as we can!

Cottages for Walking Holidays

Walking holiday in Devon

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Here at Sykes Cottages, we have a wide variety of holiday cottages that are perfect for walking holidays. More and more people are choosing walking holidays for their UK getaways and with an abundance of stunning scenery and fantastic walks on offer, why not?! With thousands of cottages available across the UK and Ireland, we are sure to find the perfect cottage to suit your needs. Many of our cottages also have special facilities for walkers to make your stay even more enjoyable. Some cottages can offer outdoor hosepipes for you to hose down your muddy boots and most will have washing machines for your muddy clothes! Many cottages even have specific drying rooms where you can leave all your walking gear to dry without it getting in your way.

National Park Cottages

Walking in the Lake District

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We also have a superb selection of cottages in National Parks which are ideal for walking holidays. Whether you’re an experienced or an amateur walker, you can book a holiday cottage in one of the UK’s National Parks and immerse yourself in the beautiful countryside and fantastic walking opportunities which can be found right on your doorstep. Although it may not be the first thing that springs to mind, walking holidays also make perfect romantic getaways; the breath-taking scenery of Britain’s National Parks will provide the perfect backdrop for spending some quality time with your loved one. You’ll be able to get away from it all and spend a few days in sync with your partner, leaving any stresses and worries behind. Best of all, you’ll have unlimited time to chat and enjoy each other’s company as you ramble through some of the UK’s most glorious scenery, something that can be quite rare in our hectic everyday lives at home.

Walking Holidays with Dogs

Walking with dogs

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Walking holidays are perfect for people with dogs as you don’t have to go through with the hassle and upset of leaving your beloved pets in a kennel while you head off on holiday. At Sykes Cottages, we love dogs and we know that you do too. That’s why we’ve recently launched our guide to some of the best dog walks in the UK, which you can see here: Take The Lead. Featuring walks in the Lake District, Norfolk and South West, you’ll be spoilt for choice on where you take your dog this year. If you don’t fancy any of those destinations, over half of our properties all across the UK and Ireland accept pets and will be more than happy to provide a base for your walking holiday. Your four-legged friends will love a trip away exploring new surroundings and stretching their legs whilst you can enjoy your holiday with the added bonus of your pets’ companionship.


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