December 28th 2016

PRESS RELEASE  December 2016 WHY SPRING HIKING WORKS: THE WAYFARERS WALKING VACATIONS EXPERT VIEW Take to the trail in spring for perfect hiking weather and be met by vibrant spring colors and awakening wildlife instead of the summer crowds. That’s the advice from Walk experts at The Wayfarers Walking Vacations. Master guide Alessandro Tombelli, who leads many of The Wayfarers’ all-inclusive small-group tours in Italy, says: 'Spring is the best time to see Italy, especially the south, where we find the best weather and the greenest Walks. 'Wild flowers and plants such as orchids, poppies, broom, corn marigold, mimosa and wild fennel abound on most of our itineraries in spring. 'My best memories are of Sicily and Selinunte, where the ruins are almost covered by masses of flowers of different colors. On the Island of Mozia it is just a blanket of yellows, blues, pinks and white.' Alan Pinkney, our Walk Leader in the UK and Ireland, says that a spring journey heightens the senses and our appreciation of the countryside. 'It’s just a magical time of year. The sight of arriving swallows in the old barns, the sound of ascending skylarks above the meadows and the still silence of an early morning walk across the dewy moors create an unforgettable experience. 'It is the only time of year you can walk through the early hay meadows, and admire bluebells in the hedgerows or the wild orchids of the Esk valley.' The Wayfarers’ founder Michael West adds: 'I believe that the spring, after the frosts of winter and before the heat of high summer, is the most wonderful season to go hiking. And at this time of year, who wouldn’t want to have a glorious walking vacation to look forward to!' The Wayfarers offer early season hikes in the UK, Italy, France and Croatia. Scotland – The Highlands. Serene lochs, majestic mountains and Royal Edinburgh. Walk Level 3. 8-12 miles walking per day. 21-27 May 2017. Price for 6 nights from US$4,395 per person, based on two sharing. France – Provence. Fragrances, flavors and fine dining. Walk Level 3. 8-12 miles walking per day. 14-20 May 2017. Price for 6 nights from US$4,795 per person, based on two sharing. Italy – Puglia. Beauty, history and local cuisine. Walk Level 3. 8-12 miles walking per day. 7-13 May 2017. Price for 6 nights from US$4,395 per person, based on two sharing. Croatia – The Dalmatian Coast. Islands, sleepy villages, shining seas. Walk Level 3. 6-10 miles walking per day. 13-20 May 2017. Price for 7 nights from US$4,595 per person, based on two sharing. Photo captions: 
  1. The Wayfarers’ Walk Leader in Italy, Alessandro Tombelli.
  2. Alan Pinkney, The Wayfarers’ Walk Leader in the UK.
  3. Wildflowers along the trail in Yorkshire, England.
NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on any of our Walks and destination images, please contact Anne King at Watershed PR on 0044 1308 420785 or email [email protected] Tel: 1-800-249-4620 Facebook The Wayfarers Walking Vacations; Twitter @wayfarers; Instagram Wayfarerswalks. About The Wayfarers Walking Vacations: Founded 33 years ago, The Wayfarers Walking Vacations are the leading independent walking tour specialists. They were 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 offer eco-sensitive hiking vacations in 18 countries with 40+ itineraries. Seeing local cultures and place on foot and up-close, they provide the ultimate in Slow Travel. Walks cover England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Norway, New Zealand, Patagonia, Colorado and Southwest USA. 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, and entrance tickets. The Wayfarers are 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 yorkshire englandALAN PINKNEY Yorkshire

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