Self-guided walking

Self-guided walking holidays

Our self-guided walking holidays in the UK and Europe are a wonderful way of you discovering for yourself and in your own time, not just the headline attractions but also the hidden gems of these countries that most tourists never get to see. Our aim is for our customers to finish their holiday feeling like they have seen a slice of authentic British or European life!


We offer a selection of self-guided walking holidays in Britain and Europe, featuring hand-picked boutique accommodation, along the Thames, in the Cotswolds from Oxford to Bath, London, Dorset, Devon, Yorkshire, the Lake District, Yorkshire, Scotland, Wales, France, Ireland and Portugal. Our 'gentle' walking holidays consist of a series of optional walks, which can be combined with driving, cycling and even a hop on a boat or two. The 'not-so-gentle' walking trips are by no means extreme, and typically do not exceed more than 15 miles/24 km per day.


With 25 years of experience in creating the best UK and Europe walking holidays, our value is in our unmatched knowledge of the areas we cover. Wendy Carter, founder of The Carter Company has an amazing amount of walking trip expertise that's worth its weight in gold, which our customers benefit from. Wendy can tell you where to find the best slice of carrot cake in Oxford, or the rarest selection of butterflies in France.

We are really proud of the walking holidays we offer in Europe and the UK. We put a lot of care and thought into researching and designing creative walking routes and unusual itineraries off the beaten track, which we hope give our customers the opportunity to see a more authentic side to Britain and Europe. Our unique walking routes take in the famous highlights of each area, but they also let you discover the lesser-known local favourites that most guide books and tourists on buses don't even know about. Our customers often leave saying they feel they have really got to know the places they visited.


All customers are given a Carter Company Adventure Handbook to complement their walking route directions, which is brimming with our insider tips on the best things to see and do in the area. Our reps on the ground keep close to the real locals and keep us informed on what the inside track is!

We are flexible! As a small and dedicated team, we deliver a genuinely personal service. If you want to add on elements to an existing holiday, or adapt it in any way, we are more than happy to do this. We also create tailor-made walking holidays on request. Contact us at our office for more information about how we can help you to create your perfect holiday.