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Why wait for Summer when Spring calls you now?

When you travel in Spring (as The Wayfarers love to do), your destination will greet you in its finest colours: fresh, green and vibrant after drab Winter. Spring is the most glorious season to enjoy a Walking Vacation in particular, when you can appreciate both nature and historical sites, ahead of the noisy crowds and heat of Summer.

The Wayfarers recommend Europe for Spring Walks and offer an inspiring, diverse choice for all fitness levels - covering the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Michael West, founder of The Wayfarers Walking Vacations, is a passionate Spring Walker: ‘It’s the ideal season to appreciate nature and explore a region. It’s not too hot, or too cold and because it’s much quieter, we’re able to give our guests the authentic experience of unspoilt countryside and villages. Once our guests have tried a Spring Walk, that’s it - they’re converted.’

Where to see Spring flowers

The Swiss and Austrian Alps and Italian Dolomites reward the walker with meadows carpeted with the most beautiful wildflowers. In France and Italy, Spring brings the vines into leaf, blossom onto the fruit trees and local people out basking on their balconies.

The early bird to Britain sees the rolling countryside of Yorkshire as an almost dazzling green, the hedgerows of Cornwall and Devon bursting with wildflowers, the Lake District stretching out before them fresh and invigorating.

Wayfarers Walks include visits to some of the world’s most wonderful historic gardens. Whether it’s The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England, Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy or King Ludwig’s palace at Herrenchiemsee in Bavaria, Germany– all are a feast of flowers in Spring.

Where to enjoy the peace of Spring

Most major sites of literary, religious or historical importance are best enjoyed with the space and quiet to soak up the atmosphere and connect with the past. Wayfarers Walk Leaders know the best times to visit sites such as the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi; Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Edinburgh Castle, the battlefield at Culloden, ‘Downton Abbey’ (Highclere Castle), Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lake District, the Roman temple at Segesta, Sicily and The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

All these places are vastly quieter in Spring. In addition, it’s the invaluable knowledge of the native Walk Leader and Manager, which adds to the experience, helping guests to gain a deeper appreciation of the monument’s cultural significance.

Where to taste the freshest regional cuisine

Whilst mainland European countries have firmly established their gourmet credentials, the UK has gained ground and now has a reputation for great, fresh farm-to-table produce. Wayfarers Walks make a point of tasting local specialities, including the regional cheeses such as Wensleydale in Yorkshire, Munster in Alsace; mountain cheeses of Austria and the Dolomites and the French array of cheeses. We enjoy fresh fish and seafood in Croatia; roast lamb and sticky toffee pudding in Yorkshire; the freshest pasta pesto in Italy and specialities such as moules frites or coq au vin in France.

All Wayfarers’ hotels and restaurants make the most of the locally sourced food on their doorstep, to give guests an authentic taste of the region.

The Wayfarers has published a comprehensive, free Walk Away Guide, written by travel writer Everett Potter, which explains why a walking vacation is a great way to explore a country, and how to prepare.

Find out more about The Wayfarers Walking Vacation destinations in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland) and Ireland.

Find out more about The Wayfarers Walking Vacation destinations in Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Switzerland & Slovenia).