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Sheep in a field on the West Pennine Moors near Darwen

Escape the stresses of everyday life and join us up north in Lancashire on our new walking weekend. The countryside has inspired authors with its canals, rivers, woodlands and coast while our wonderful guided walks introduce us to some of the best walking in England. Grade - Easy to Medium

The Lancashire moors, Tockholes road, Bolton

Our Weekend

We join our Tour Leader and fellow walkers on Friday evening for a welcome drink and dinner at the hotel before striding out on first walk on Saturday.

Walk 1 – 7 miles (11km) / 1000ft ascent – Forest of Bowland Area

On Saturday we head over to The Forest of Bowland which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Renowned for its grandeur and isolation of moorland hills to the undulating lowlands with their settlements, woodland cloughs and river valleys. Our walk takes us from the small hamlet of Dunsop Bridge (the official centre of The British Isles according to the Ordnance Survey) through farmland and over moorland for a lunch stop in the picturesque village of Slaidburn on the banks of the river Hodder. In the afternoon our walk continues along the shores of Stocks Reservoir to end at The Forest Centre of Gisburn Forest a haven for mountain bikers.

Walk 2 – 4 miles (6.5km) / 700ft ascent – Winter Hill

Our half day circular walk is on the slopes of Winter Hill a well known landmark for those travelling along the M6 motorway to the North of Bolton. The highest point in the West Pennines, Winter Hill overlooks the village of Rivington. The early stages of the walk are within the estate once owned by Lord Leverhulme where we leave the terraced gardens and head higher on to the open moorland to Rivington Pike with its impressive views before returning to our start point.

Preston Marriott Hotel

Set in 11 acres of beautiful grounds, our Lancashire based hotel offers the best of both worlds in regards to location for both exploring the countryside and other attractions

The hotel can be found just off Junction 1 of the M55 for the A6. Preston Station is the nearest station just under 4 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Facilities include

Facilities at the sophisticated hotel include a restaurant, coffee house, lounge bar, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and spa (extra charges apply).

Rooms include 

Many of the guest rooms have picturesque views and all feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, safe, ironing facilities and Wi-Fi (chargeable).

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What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 2 guided walks including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Half Board:
    Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Walking Notes
    Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 6.5 to 11km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.



Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel can be found just off Junction 1 of the M55 for the A6. Preston Station is the nearest station just under 4 miles away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 11km (7 miles) on the first walk and around 6.5km (4 miles) on the second walk. A coach transfer is included to the start of and back from the end of the walks

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Hat & gloves
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas.

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10Ͽratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10Ͽf the metered fare.

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What's included:

  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • 2 guided walks including transfers
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Half Board:
    Breakfast & dinner

What's Extra:

  • Insurance see here
  • Walking Notes
    Grade: Easy to medium
  • Distance: 6.5 to 11km per day
  • Walking boots: Essential
  • NB:
    You must ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the chosen Walk or Trek according to the different grades.



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