August 25th 2015

Press Release   24 August 2015 The Wayfarers Walking Vacations' Sneak Preview 2016 THE WAYFARERS Walking Vacations has released its online Sneak Preview 2016 brochure, offering an early peek at the full range of early season hiking tours across the globe. 'Far from the Madding Crowd', a Walk in Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, UK, is one of five brand new itineraries being offered. Guests will visit Hardy’s birthplace, his townhouse, and the countryside that inspired him. They will enjoy a private tour of stately Mapperton House, home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, where director Thomas Vinterberg filmed many scenes in the 2015 movie version of Far From the Madding Crowd. They will also hike a stretch of the spectacular Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Other new Walks are in UK’s North Cornwall, setting for TV’s Poldark and Doc Martin, the Lake District and the Scottish Islands. Wine buffs and foodies will love the Walk in the lush Burgundy region of France. Well-loved favorites have been refreshed and updated and for the first time, The Wayfarers hosts a Winter Walk featuring snow-shoeing and cross-country ski-ing in the Austrian Tyrol. Other fully all-inclusive Walks, escorted by The Wayfarers’ renowned Walk Leaders and Managers, range from Argentinian Patagonia to New Zealand, USA and across Europe.

Spring brochure 2016 cover

The Wayfarers’ Founder Michael West said: 'We know that many people are already thinking about their spring and early summer vacations for 2016 and our Sneak Preview is a great chance to get a feel for what The Wayfarers’ take on slow travel is all about. 'Our tours are all based on small groups and so this is the ideal opportunity for our guests to ensure their place on their first-choice Walks. 'Our new Walk in Dorset, where Betsy and I live, is sure to be a winner – the scenery in this most rural of areas really is as lovely as it appeared in the Vinterberg movie and the coastline is simply stunning.' The Wayfarers 2016 Sneak Preview Brochure and Walk Schedule are available online to download at The full print version of the 2016 brochure will be available in early fall. Photo captions: The Wayfarers Sneak Preview 2016 cover. Far From the Madding Crowd – the Dorset coastline Walk details: Thomas Hardy’s Dorset – Far from the Madding Crowd All-inclusive price for six nights from $4,495 US dollars, based on double occupancy. Departures 15 May 2016 and 25 September 2016. Walk Level 3 - Terrain: Pastoral countryside, coastal walking, village lanes and some hills. 7-12 miles walking per day. Pictures are available at higher resolution upon request. For more information on any of our Walks and destination images, please contact Anne King at Watershed PR on 00 44 1308 420785 or email [email protected] About The Wayfarers Walking Vacations: Founded more than 30 years ago, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations was named by National Geographic Traveler as purveyor of one of the ‘50 Tours of a Lifetime,’ and by National Geographic Adventure as one of the ‘Best Hiking Companies,’ The Wayfarers offers an eco-sensitive walking vacation of both culture and fitness in 19 countries with 40+ itineraries. Walks cover England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, Patagonia, Colorado, Southwest USA, South Africa. Wayfarers Walks offer exclusive entrees into homes and gardens otherwise closed to the public, graceful accommodations, outstanding cuisine, and meetings with local residents. Walks are from 6-13 days and are rated on a five-level challenge scale. Price per person is all-inclusive from Day One: including all transfers, hotel accommodation, full board plus twice daily snacks, wine with dinner, tips, entrance tickets, maps and postcards. The Wayfarers is a member of Trusted Adventures,, dedicated to the highest standards of small-group travel and supporting local economies. The Wayfarers Walk Away Guide explains the benefits and practicalities of walking vacations and is guaranteed to inspire new walkers. Available free of charge at

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