Reviews of Mickledore Travel
Walking the Dales WayFind more about Dales Way >
The entire walk was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There was wonderful varied scenery virtually every mile of the way. We met interesting people - walkers and locals - and enjoyed good food. The accommodation overall was excellent. Pity the latter half of the walk was marred by rain. Thoroughly recommended.
This was my 6th walking holiday arranged by Mickledore. As ever,they provide a first class, prompt service. Pleased to see that they have recently added a further 2 walking holidays to their list.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 9 Dec 2016:
Thank you for your very kind feedback, we are pleased to have provided your 6th holiday and we are very happy that you had a great time again. It really is a beautiful walk.
We still have plenty more holidays for you to choose from and I hope you find the two news ones- Herriot Way and the Peddars Way & North Norfolk Coast-of interest. We look forward to arranging your next trip very soon.
Cumbria - Vale of Lorton Walking TourFind more about Vale of Lorton >
Our walking holiday (Vale of Lorton) was well organized and very enjoyable, but best of all we had great weather! Loved it ... the views were spectacular! I would highly recommend this walk.
Mickledore did a great job of organizing the tour (walk) ... everything worked out great. Exceeded our expectations.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 21 Nov 2016:
We are pleased to hear that you had a great time on your Vale of Lorton walk, it really is spectacular. I hope that you will return to try out another of our routes soon.
Perfect organised Rob Roy Way
First of all I would like to thank Mickledore for their perfect organisation and provided detailed OS maps.
Day 1, Drymen to Aberfoyle: First I walked in the wrong direction to take some photos of the church. On my way back was a sign pointing to a viewpoint. From there you have a pleasant view to Loch Lomond. Then I started walking the Rob Roy Way. It is boring walking a long distance on tarmac but there is very little traffic. Passing Muir Park Reservoir there is quiet a pleasant view. Reaching the parking space at Old Drymen Road I turned left on to the forest track, avoiding the tarmac of the Rob Roy Way. At the aqueduct I joined the RRW again till I reached Aberfoyle.
Day 2, Aberfoyle to Callander: My host recommended to go up to the waterfall of Aberfoyle, so I did. A pleasant walk and view and I also spent some time at the nearby wildlife view point, watching birds and squirrels. Then I walked on the forest track for a while, don’t miss the small, steep path going down to the RRW. This is for some time a forest track then turning into a small path, sometimes wet and later being quite swampy but nice to walk. Reaching Lochan Allt a’Chip Dhuibh this would be the place for picnic with a lovely view over the water but I missed it there having my meal along the track over Loch Venachar. Later on the track turns down to the loch, there are also some Picnic areas along the loch. There is now a bit of tarmac till after a bridge , then turning uphill on a forest track which changes on the highest point into a path leading down to Callander.
Day 3, Callander to Strathyre: The RRW would be all day along the national cycling route no. 7. I only follow it to Kilmahog then turning uphill on a private track, later onto sheep tracks partly over moor until I reach the highest point at Bealach Gaoithe . Some meters steep down the hill, then turning right and following a swampy path presumably from deer, leading me further down to a forest track which a follow for a long time, later on turning down to Loch Lubnaig which I reach at Ardchullarie More. Now I have to follow the main road till Runacraigh . There I turn over a grassy patch (and through some blackberries!) into the wood where I find a forest track again which leads me near Strathyre. A short bit along the road and right at the beginning of the village is a coffee shop where I get my first Espresso of the day.
Day 4, Strathyre to Killin: My host recommended an alternative route from Balquhidder over the hills to Killin. But as rain started yesterday evening and carried on all day today I stuck to the original route which is on the dismantled railway track which is also the cycling route. There is a lot of water coming down the hills, especially in Glen Ogle. On the top there is a forest track leading into the valley, joining the railway track again. At the entrance of Killin there are the falls of Dochart with plenty of water today. The Inn with the same name provides me with my daily Espresso.
Day 5, Killin to Ardtalnaig: More pleasing weather today, cloudy but dry. The RRW follows first the small road to Loch Tay, after a while turning uphill but still tarmacked until you reach Loch Breaclaich. From there it is a natural track still going uphill to 500 meters. Crossing some sheep the track leads me down to the pipeline and the track follows this. After some 100 meters there is a high post with a yellow mark on top. This leads to the path over the moor and the path is waymarked like this right to Brae Farm. Over the moor you cross some remains of shieldings. Four times this day there are rainbows over Loch Tay, a very lovely sight. From the farm a tarmacked road leads down to Aldeanaig. Now it’s all tarmac again along Loch Tay to Ardtalnaig. There I meet Deborah and William from Florida, which missed the junction going uphill and walked all along the Loch. They stay at the same B&B in Killin. We also join for dinner.
Day 6, Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy: Today I walk with the couple from Florida. A taxi brings us to the start at Ardtalnaig from where we have to walk along the Loch Tay to Acharn. There we leave the road uphill to the very nice waterfalls of Acharn and the Hermits Cave. Still going up we reach a rock where we have a break for lunch. A sign directs us to the Queens Drive but after a while I feel we are wrong. A look on the map confirms this, we are to low down but a path leads us up to the forest where we join the Queens Drive. A nice walk along the hillside follows until we meet the small road to Amulree. On this we go uphill passing by the left turn at Tombuie Cottage to the RRW still going uphill until we reach a no named reservoir. From there leads a track to Aberfeldy through a lovely solitude hilly scenery. Sometimes are black grouse flying from the bushes. For a longer time we follow Urlar Burn. Near Aberfeldy a path leads through the forest to the Falls of Moness, Birks of Aberfeldy and after that it is only a short distance into the town.
Day 7, Aberfeldy to Pitlochry: I join the couple from Florida again and we walk out of town. At the distillery of Aberfeldy there is a short Scottish shower, my umbrella is only for protecting my camera. Turning left after the cemetery we reach river Tay, now walking a longer time along its shore which is a very pleasant walk. After a while we are on the dismantled railway track, formerly leading to Aberfeldy. At Grandtully we walk till the camping site, there is also a large picnic area where we enjoy our lunch, sitting at the sun. Three minutes’ walk through the wood brings us into the village where we are surprised to find the Highland Chocolatier, which of course we visit. We cross the bridge to Strathtay, soon going uphill, following the sign pointing to Pitlochry. At first along the Tullypowrie Burn, then over grassland we reach the highest point where we come into a forest. Soon after that there is a stone circle (only 3 stones) on the left side to the forest track. Steadely going downhill we come to Middleton of Fonab, then crossing the A9 with a lot of traffic. Now Pitlochry is not far, on the way into the town we have coffee and cake. Today we do not have the same B&B but we join for a last dinner in the evening.
From B&B's to the tour maps, everything was perfect.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 9 Nov 2016:
Thank you for taking the time to send us your detailed feedback. We are really pleased that you had such a good time and and we hope that you will return soon.
ExcellentFind more about Dales Way >
Walked the dales with friends all aspects organised by mickledore to a very high standard
Knowledgeable and very helpful and very efficient in dealing with any queries we had
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 1 Nov 2016:
Thank you for your feedback, we are very pleased to hear that you were happy with our service and I hope that you will be back to try another walk with us in the future.
Superb walk along Hadrian's WallFind more about Hadrian's Wall >
Very well organised with excellent accommodation throughout. Comprehensive walking notes ensured we got the most out of what must be one of the most fascinating and underrated active holidays in Britain
So well organised that we had no occasion to contact them for advice or help. Will use Mikledore again.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 28 Oct 2016:
We are pleased to hear that everything ran like clockwork leaving you with no need to contact us. Although we love to talk to our customers I'm glad that you didn't have to think about us while you were enjoying the walk. It really is a fascinating route. Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback and we look forward to arranging another walk for you in the future.
Hadrians' Wall highlights walk.Find more about Hadrian's Wall >
A six day holiday in Northumblerland and Cumbria following the Hadrian's Wall path. Staying overnight at Bed and Breakfast accommodation along the way.
The Company was well organized and responsive (even at short notice) to my questions and requests.
They supplied me with useful and good quality maps and guides.
The overnight accommodation which they selected for me was a very high standard, and I was very pleased overall.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 26 Oct 2016:
Thank you for your feedback, we are pleased to hear that you found us well organised and responsive and that we were able to help with your booking at short notice. We do our very best to source good quality accommodation so we are happy that you were pleased with our choices. I hope that you will be back for another walk soon.
Coast-to-Coast Walk from St. Bees to Kirkby StephensFind more about Coast to Coast Walk >
We hiked 8 days from St. Bees to Kirkby Stephens staying in B & Bs along the way.
MIckledore arranged the places where we stayed, provided books and guidelines for the hike itself and picked up our bags each morning and transferred them to the next B & B.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 19 Oct 2016:
Thank you for your feedback and for rating your holiday as "excellent". We are pleased to hear that you had a good time and hope that you will come back and do another walk with us very soon.
We walked the Hadrian Wall in september 2016.
Everything was very well organised. Accomodation, Luggage transfer , taxi's and even the weather!
All our hosts were very hospitable and frienly and the B&B's really interesting and lovely.
The food in the pubs and B&B's were from normalgood to excellent.
everything very well organised. Never a problem.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 19 Oct 2016:
Thank you for your feedback. Its great to hear that you had a good time and everything went according to plan. We put a lot of effort into making sure it all runs smoothly so you can just concentrate on walking.
I hope you will come back and do another walk very soon.
Remembering schooldays in the LakesFind more about North Lakes Traverse >
Our circular walk in the Lake District led us to Pooley Bridge where we were able to visit the site of my wife's old school more than 55 years ago! The weather lived up to its reputation of being changeable but the scenery was superb.
Mickledore never fail to provide an excellent package and full support.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 10 Oct 2016:
Thank you for your feedback and how wonderful to come back after 55 years and visit the site of the school. I'm pleased to hear that our service was excellent and I'm sorry this didn't extend to the weather on this occasion! I hope you will be back soon- we will be happy to organise a trip for you again.
Always cater for the individual bookingFind more about The Inn Way to the Lake District >
We were walking the Inn Way in the Lake District. We like walking onto a different destination and Mickledore are brilliant at the logistics of booking the forward destinations and ensuring your luggage is always there. You can just get up and go, looking forward to a good days walking. Friends laughed at the prospect of us including 44 pubs on our walk but really it was about the circular route and linking in with some areas previously visited when we did the C2C. I prefered this walk, I liked that we stayed in small villages or B&B that wouldnt get the C2C trade. There were less people walking and we got to see more of the Lake District itself. Some hard days walking.
We've just walked The Inn Way with the help of Mickledore Travel. This is the 3rd trip we have used them. Even on an established route, you never feel that you are just a number or just "a booking". Your requests are listened to & every attempt is made to cater for them. You dont end up staying or walking en mass with other people on the same holiday. Feedback is actively encouraged and Im sure is listened to.Our experiences with Mickledore mean they are our "go to" company when researching or planning our next walk. I always recommend Mickledore to people when talking about walking holidays. Their walkers holiday pack, maps, routes, guide book, accomodation lists etc is very comprehensive.
Mickledore Travel responded to this review on 7 Oct 2016:
Thank you for your fabulous feedback, we are pleased to hear that you had a great time and were happy with our service once again. We do encourage feedback as it is extremely important to us to hear our customers views - we take this into account when reviewing our accommodation and existing routes and also when we develop new ones. I do hope that we can arrange another holiday for you very soon.