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GRADING - Wilderness Walking
Grade - green
The following information provides an overview of our grading levels for our Wilderness Walking trips. For more specific information please check out the relevant Trip Dossier. If you are in any doubt about your suitability for a trip please get in touch and we will be happy to provide a recommendation.
Our Green grade walking trips involve straightforward hiking, following generally good trails with no major ascents. These walks are taken at a leisurely pace and will last for around 5 hours each day. The terrain underfoot will usually be on paths or hill trails but these may still be muddy or rough in places.
The daily walks are mainly glen and coastal hikes, with some ascents of low level hills, up to around 1,500 feet / 450m high. So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:
- Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
- Have you done this recently?
Green Graded Walking Trips
- Applecross and Torridon (Green)
- Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside (Green)
- Outer Hebrides and Skye (Green)
- The Orkney Isles (Green)
- The Shetland Isles (Green)
- Walking the Autumn Glens (Green)
- Winter Highlands (Green - no winter skills required)
Our Trip grading system - Choosing the right trip for you
We have put together a range of grading videos which will give you an even greater understanding of what to expect on your Wilderness Scotland holiday.
Grade - blue
Our Blue grade walking holidays will involve hikes up some fabulous hills but also include some lower level walks. Generally, a more challenging day will be followed by an easier one. The walks are conducted at a reasonable pace but there will still be plenty of breaks. You can expect to be out hiking for 6 or 7 hours each day, perhaps longer on some occasions. The terrain underfoot can be anything from good trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.
On the days when we hike to a summit, this will involve elevation gain of anything from 400m to 900m (up to 3000 feet), occasionally more. The ascents may be steep in places but no scrambling will be involved. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:
- Can you comfortably hike for 10+ miles (16+km), including elevation gain and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions?
- Do you enjoy hikes such as these on a fairly regular basis?
Blue Graded Walking Trips
Grade - red
Our Red grade walking trips involve much the same type of terrain as those graded as Blue. However, you can expect to climb a hill most days and there will be a couple of longer, more challenging days within the itinerary. There may be some ridge walks and while there won't be any technical scrambling, a good head for heights may be useful.
To help you decide if you are fit enough for this grade of trip, ask yourself:
- Can you comfortably hike for 15+ miles (25+km), climbing mountains and covering a variety of challenging underfoot conditions?
- Can you do this for a few days at a time? For example, do you regularly climb 'Munros' or the high peaks of the Lake District?
- Do you relish the thought of long days in the mountains, with steep ascents and challenging terrain, whatever the weather?
Cairngorms National Park
Scotland, PH22 1QH
Tel: 01479 420020
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