Hike Grades

HIKE GRADING
Our hike grades are a guideline for you to gauge the most appropriate route selection for your days hiking.
Challenging

Daily Distance: Distance isn’t the deciding factor

Ascents: 800-1400m (2500 and 4500 ft)

Terrain: Very Hard

Hikes with high peaks, multiple ascents and difficult arêtes in some exposed areas. These are very strenuous and exciting hikes where participants should be experienced and fit, as they would require large amounts of strenuous climbs and scramble in order to enjoy these levels of hikes. 

‘Scrambling’ means that hands are needed for movement along a trail over rocky terrain. It is intermediate between walking and rock climbing. Scrambling does not always mean ‘vertigo-inducing’! 

Technical skills and equipment might be required such as the use of ropes, ice axe’s and use of crampons would be required.

Energetic

Daily Distance: 15-25 km (10-15 miles)

Ascents: 500-1000m (1500 and 3000 ft)

Terrain: Moderate to Hard, stronger pace

If you already enjoy the mountain, moorland or hill walking, these hikes let you pick up the pace by climbing higher peaks and walking more challenging tracks. Your reward is a really exhilarating walking programme that might include some tracks close to adjacent to steep drops. Some light scree and rocky terrain might be involved with some short and low levels of scrambling.

The terrain is moderate to hard with normally 13-19 km (8-12 miles) daily, with ascents of 500-1000 m (1500 – 3000 ft). Walking times of around 7 hours plus a day.

Footwear recommended for our Energetic Hike is definitely walking boots with a moulded sole with a deep tread, good ankle support and waterproof uppers are essential for walks in the winter. Lightweight walking boots with a moulded rubber sole with a good tread and which provide ankle support might be adequate for some summer walks 

Moderate

Daily Distance: 15-20 km (9-13 miles)

Ascents: 250-600m (800 and 2000 ft)

Terrain: Moderate, mainly paths

Slightly strenuous walking on easier to moderate slopes, tracks and paths, plus hills and easier mountains, which may be rough or wet underfoot at times. Typically, these hikes will be in areas of low-level mountains, moorland or undulating countryside.

The terrain is moderate will vary from peaks reaching 750m (2500ft) at certain mountain points with inclines between 250-600m (800ft and 2000ft) with daily walking rarely between 5-6 hours rarely exceeding 6 or 7 hours.

Footwear recommended for our Moderate hikes would be a lightweight walking boot with a moulded rubber sole with a good tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended for these hikes. If you are an experienced walker with strong ankles a good quality pair of trail shoes may well be suitable for some walks dependent upon the ground conditions.

Relaxed

Daily Distance: 10-15 km (6-9 miles)

Ascents: under 300m (under 1000 ft)

Terrain: Mainly paths

Our easier walking grades, where hikes are at a gentler pace, with only an average fitness required. You’ll enjoy days out on gentle slopes, distinct coastal and valley tracks and paths that are mostly defined paths, with no special difficulties.

The terrain is easy with walks from 10-15 km (5-8 miles), average 4-5 hours walking a day with some sightseeing and inclines generally under 1000ft (300m). This is not to say that the terrain is not wet or muddy!

Footwear recommended for our Relaxed Hikes would be good quality walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded rubber sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these hikes.

Leisurely

Daily Distance: 6-12 km (4-7 miles)

Ascents: under 300m (under 1000 ft)

Terrain: Good paths and gentle pace

Our easier walking grades, where hikes are at a gentler pace, with only an average fitness required

You’ll enjoy days out on good paths, minimal slopes and tracks that are most popular and well-used paths, with no special difficulties or significant gradients.

Footwear recommended for our Leisurely Hikes would be good quality walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded rubber sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these hikes.

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Sofia Hyde
Sofia Hyde
2021-09-27T20:18:07+0000
I have sampled many AAA trips in the UK before, where the hospitality.and organising of activities had always been... outstanding , but abroad trips is yet another step up in terms of how immaculately everything had been orchestrated, from airport transfers to daily activities including evening meals, sightseeing and educational talks about local nature, customs and food. I fell in love with Slovenia thanks to you guys. This trip also boosted my confidence after long lockdown months and now I feel I am back on my feet again, my stamina improved after 5 days with AAA and now I am looking forward to exploring new roots with you! Thank you so much for such an amazing experience!read more
Elena Richter
Elena Richter
2021-09-23T14:04:16+0000
Just back from a double adventure with Mike in Scotland - this was my first longer trip with AAA and it definitely... won’t be the last! Can’t recommend them highly enough - I was genuinely impressed with Mike’s knowledge of all things outdoors and his ability to keep an eye on everything and everyone at the same time! Him and the other guides, Nick and Jez, went out of their way to make everyone feel challenged, but also comfortable, safe and at ease. 10/10!read more
Koray Salih
Koray Salih
2021-09-22T18:53:54+0000
Bohinj Lake trip was very well organised. 10/10. Highly recommended 👌
Vanja Munerati
Vanja Munerati
2021-05-26T09:32:34+0000
Just back from a trip to the Scottish Highlands with Mike Hudson of AAA - kayaking and wild camping - as with the... previous trips I attended, great locations, organisation, food,camaraderie, planning and still some spontaneity.read more
Robin Drury
Robin Drury
2020-10-06T19:41:39+0000
Robin Drury Slovenia 2 & 3 were THE most amazing trips. Every day different and holding rewarding challenges. This part... of Slovenia is truly beautiful and has me totally hooked. Misha and Tatiana were brilliant hosts and went to great lengths to ensure everybody's max enjoyment. If I haven't up-sticks to go live in Slovenia by then, I shall certainly be going again next year!read more
Amit Sinha
Amit Sinha
2020-10-06T16:46:08+0000
Meticulous planning, excellent choice of routes, great food, everything I need for a memorable holiday :)
Joel Vos
Joel Vos
2020-10-04T00:11:48+0000
Amazing hikes, great groups, delicious food.
Joanne Mirfield
Joanne Mirfield
2020-09-23T11:28:41+0000
Just completed hiking in Scotland, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Oban and Isle of Skye followed by canoeing the Calidonian Canal.... Both fab trips, well organised and great food. Felt very safe on all the hikes even in bad weather and cater for all levels of ability. The Canoeing trip was amazing, we were blessed with sunshine most of the way, great organisation from Mike and leadership from the guide, the trip out did my expectations. Stunning camping spots and loch swimming every day.. I highly recommend AAA for trips and day hikes of which I have done many.. 👍👏👏read more
Terry Jeffery
Terry Jeffery
2020-08-03T15:50:39+0000
I joined the Canterbury trip at the end of July, the first trip I'd done with the group. Everyone was very welcoming... and friendly, the hikes were well organised, lots of lovely homemade food and excellent organisation throughout the weekend. I've made several friends there already and am looking forward to the next event I can join. Covid 19 has made this kind of event more of a challenge, but the planning was first rate. Thank you.read more
Joselyn Correa
Joselyn Correa
2020-08-03T14:07:12+0000
Joined the trip to Canterbury in July 2020. Fantastic organisation as always, delicious homemade food, great value for... money and friendly group plus excellent choice of hikes, combined with some sightseeing. In this Covid-19 situation, Mishal and the team made sure we were safe and behaved under government guidelines without affecting the overall experience. Looking forward to my next trip with AAA soon!read more
Elena Omisore
Elena Omisore
2020-08-01T09:16:24+0000
Friendly and warm group, very well organised, with home made delicious food. I went to many trips with AAA. My last... trip was to Cornwall in July 2020. I had amazing time and can't wait to join AAA again!read more
Stephanie Phillips
Stephanie Phillips
2020-03-04T20:01:56+0000
What an amazing experience! I recently joined the group on a trip to Pembrokeshire national park, Wales. If you are... even considering joining the group for a trip of any length. Do it! You will not regret it! Firstly it was amazing value for money and meticulously organised. There is loads of detail about the trip, accommodation and hiking but if you have any questions no matter how small, one of the amazing team will get back to you quickly. The food on the trip is something else! So much thought goes into all the meals and they are delicious! And they’re very accommodating to various dietary requirements. They offered yoga and massages as well as the hiking itself but equally there is no pressure. There were a choice of three hikes; longer, medium and shorter. We shared stories in the evening over dinner and it sounds as though they were equally as impressive and enjoyable. Each of us even got a chance to visit a secret beach. I had lots of freedom and time to do my own thing throughout the trip but rarely wanted to, the whole team and the other guests were so friendly and welcoming. I feel like I’ve joined a new family. I literally cannot wait to book my next trip!!!read more
Paula Newton
Paula Newton
2020-02-26T11:36:26+0000
Went on my first trip with these guys this past weekend, to Tenby. The organisation was top rate, excellent. Will... definitely be going againread more
Xing Rong
Xing Rong
2019-10-04T09:14:54+0000
Every trip I attended left me an unforgettable memory.
Sebastian Marchewka
Sebastian Marchewka
2019-04-25T13:53:59+0000
Passionate people traveling to amazing location across UK and Europe
Elizabeth Twist Ne Kain
Elizabeth Twist Ne Kain
2017-07-17T16:25:58+0000
I love hiking with this group, they are well organised, are very encouraging to all bikers and accommodate all levels.... The food is extremely delicious, it's fun after a days hike to help in the kitchen and reflect in the day's challenges.read more
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2017-07-12T20:12:46+0000
Superb and thoughtful organisation, great variety of activities, and Misha looks after each group very carefully as... well as joining in and being great fun. This was an unknown experience for me joining a group like this, but it was 100% positive. Thankyou!read more
Tanya Tim
Tanya Tim
2017-06-30T19:23:17+0000
All kinds of hikes to match anyone's strengths, superb food and organization!
Richard Gossedge
Richard Gossedge
2016-12-30T08:03:41+0000
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Rob Simpson
2016-12-12T15:11:01+0000
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2016-09-15T14:34:10+0000
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