April 6th 2017

It is more than 30 years since three young men, all friends who loved hiking, laced up their boots and started to offer simple walking tours in rural England.

And so began The Wayfarers Walking Vacations

As our first walkers prepare to set off on our spring 2017 Walks , we asked The Wayfarers’ founder Michael West how come his concept has stood the test of time.

Michael says: 'I and my friends and fellow Founders, Christopher Hague and Peter Clifford, all realized we were looking for the same thing – and so, it turned out, were many others.

'One of our founding principles was to design a trip that we would enjoy ourselves, away from the hurly-burly of modern life. If a day passed without seeing a motor-car, that would be perfect (though not quite so easy these days!).'

Slow Travel

Long before 'slow travel' became a buzzword, The Wayfarers were on track with tours that didn’t rely on miles covered by automobile or tour bus. Meeting local people and simply chatting; enjoying delicious meals in good company and really getting to the heart of a place: that was what it was all about. It wasn’t long before The Wayfarers’ take on walking vacations attracted a host of 'Friends' of like mind. 'That’s so important,' says Michael. 'Our guests are all interesting and interested people. One of the best things for us as hosts is to witness participants meeting for the first time on Sunday and weeping as they part the following Saturday!'

What is it about The Wayfarers Walks?

The secret ingredients

Ask Michael what is the best thing about The Wayfarers and he has no doubts. 'Our Leaders and Managers! They aren’t professional guides; they come from a variety of backgrounds - farmer, army officer, business professional, chef, garden designer - and do it because they love it.' Michael concludes: 'Our philosophy is simply this: No rush, good food, congenial company, comfortable lodging, fresh air, unique visits and insights, value for money and, above all, fun!' Read what our Wayfarers say about our Walks in our Reviews section.

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