The May Highlights Newsletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                               May 2016

Welcome to High Point Holidays' May newsletter.  This month we focus on Coastal walking. We have another new guidebook from Cicerone as our new competition giveaway, this time it's the wonderfully rugged Pembrokeshire coast.
Don't forget to book early to secure our 1st choice accommodation.

Best Wishes
Mark Armstrong
Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Walking on the Coast:

Our coastal trail walking holidays follow some wonderful trails along interesting and picturesque coastal scenery, where each day you'll enjoy a new experience.

Pyrenees Coastal Trail
6 nights - £610 - 5 and a half days independent walking between guest houses
A classic coastal and mountain trail flirting with both the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea as it moves south from Collioure in France to Cadaques in Spain.

French Fjords: Calanques National Park
4 or 5 nights - From £525 - 3 or 4 days walking based in Cassis.
The Calanques coastline offers a unique landscape of beautiful fjords and dramatic cliffs, small ports and wonderful panoramic viewpoints where gleaming white limestone cliffs form a stark contrast with the deep blue sky and the turquoise Mediterranean Sea.

Brittany's Emerald Coast
6 nights - £665, 5 days walking between guest houses
The Emerald coast is home to some of Brittany’s most impressive coastlines, with dramatic rocky headlands jutting into the sea, enclosing picturesque coves of beautiful golden sand.

Dorset's Jurassic Coastal Path
5, 7 or 8 nights - From £430 (5 nights) - 4, 6 or 7 days walking between guest houses
A stunning section of England's South West Coastal Path between Lyme Regis and Swanage. It has been designated a natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO with its cliffs capturing 185 million years of the Earth's history.

Cornwall's Dramatic Northern Coast
5 or 6 nights - From £420 (5 nights) - 4 or 5 days walking between guest houses
The rugged and sheer cliffs, as well as the picturesque fishing villages makes this one of the most enjoyable sections of the South West coast path.

Calanques National Park

Walking Holiday Updates

High Point Holidays' 2016 Independent and Guided Walking Holiday Brochures are currently still available. If you have not received a brochure, but would like one please e-mail us and let us know.

Please note the brochure is also available online on our

Guided Walking Holidays Updates

Amazing Auvergne 21st - 28th August
Confirmed with spaces available

Please note that the European Football Championship (Euro 2016) is taking place in France next year from 10th June - 10th July. As travel costs may be affected by this event, it is wise to book holidays as early as possible.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any queries on any of our holidays

Ever disappointed that we do not do walking holidays in a particular country or region, then why not send us your suggestions to

New Independent/Self Guided Walking Holidays for 2016:
Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path


Win one of 3 copies of Cicerone's guidebook on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Published by Cicerone last month, this new guidebook has the information you need to help you plan and complete the 180 mile trail along the coast from Amroth, near Tenby, to St Dogmaels, north of Newport. In the book the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is split into 14 stages of between 9 and 16 miles.

Opened officially in 1970, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path offers some of the finest walking in Britain, where each turned corner reveals something new.

Win yourself a copy and see why this coastal trail is so special.
Competition is open until 2nd July 2016
Visit our competition page for further details

Wonderfully Wild: North Pembrokeshire Coast
6 nights - £485 - 4 or 5 days walking between guest houses

Explore the beautiful north Pembrokeshire coast with its volcanic headlands and glacial valleys between the town of Newport with its sandy beach to the lovely harbour village of Solva.
Sign at bottom of Cliffs on South West Coast Path

Safety Advice for Coastal Walkers

Avoid sitting directly below cliffs on beaches – there is always a risk of rock fall.
Be cautious about using areas with tidal elements – make sure the tide doesn’t cut you off.
Beware of steep, shelving beaches and large waves. If a large wave hits you, it is possible to be swept out into the sea.
Listen to the local weather forecast
Wear suitable clothing – water and windproof and footwear with deep treads.
In extreme weather conditions take care when walking on exposed areas - or consider whether to walk at all.
Keep to the path, away from cliff edges and overhangs.
Cliff-top walking can be dangerous in high winds.
If you take a dog with you, keep it under close control - the same applies to children who may not see the danger in a cliff edge.

Keep to the path and follow advisory signs and waymarks as the route may have been altered because of dangerous landslides or rock falls
Pembrokeshire Coast Path

10 Good Reasons to go Coastal Walking

1. The Walking

Coastal walking can certainly stretch your muscles; there are always going to be a reasonably constant variation of elevation and descent where rivers have run to the sea and glaciers have carved out valleys.

2. The Views

The coast is forever providing a different view with headlands, coves and valleys at regular intervals and picturesque fishing villages add to the variety. Every turn of headland brings a new view ahead and behind.

3. The Quality of the Light and the Big Sky

Artists have flooded to the Cornish coast since the early 19th century drawn by the rugged topography as well as the unique quality of the light. St. Ives in Cornwall is famous for its special luminosity resulting from the effects of the ocean surrounding it and in the north of Brittany, often a clear light, reflects off white sandy beaches and shallow, emerald bays. Monet was fascinated by the beautiful coast of Brittany - he painted the cliffs and wild seas of Belle Ile.
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