The June Highlights Newsletter of High Point Holidays

Highlights                                                    June 2016

Welcome to High Point Holidays' June newsletter.  This month we take a look at some of the lesser known or 'secret' regions to enjoy walking in France, including Les Baronnies in the Provence. And you can read our blog on the 'not-so-secret' places.
Don't forget to book early to secure our 1st choice accommodation.

Best Wishes
Mark Armstrong
Walking in the Baronnies

'Secret' France:

We have several walking holidays in lesser known areas of France where you can get away from the main tourist areas and explore the real local character of a region. Here's just a few of our favourites:

Secret Provence: Tour of the Baronnies
7 nights - £665, 6 day independent walking tour moving between guest houses
A walking holiday exploring a remarkably beautiful area of the northern Provence known as Les Baronnies. Les Baronnies is a secret and unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountain sides decorated in purple lavender flowers.
"Thanks very much for putting so much thought into making this a memorable holiday for us." R & D Flack

Queyras - Best Kept Secret in the Alps
7 nights - From £665 - 6 days centre-based walking holiday
The Queyras is an unspoiled, rugged region of the French Alps with breathtaking scenery. Its range of accessible mountain passes and summits linked by good trails make this region a paradise for walkers wishing to have a real high alpine experience. In addition, its location in the Southern Alps on the border with Italy means it enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.

Secret Burgundy - Chardonnay Vines & Historic Villages
7 nights - £735 - 6 days walking between guest houses
The southern Burgundy in central France is a treasure of historic chateaux, villages, and of course romanesque churches set in rolling countryside carpeted with vines and forests.
"Enjoyed everyday. Guest houses all superb. Great food. All well planned walking routes and stops. Looking forward to our next holiday with High Point." G. Davies, UK.

Walking in the Queyras

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 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:
See our full list of independent walking holidays
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.

You can read what we thought of the guidebook on our blog.

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.
Lavendar in the Baronnies

Les Baronnies

Les Baronnies is an unspoilt corner of France where the Alps meet the Provence with beautiful historic villages clinging to rocky mountainsides decorated in purple lavender flowers. Sheltered by the mountains, its privileged position and distinct climate gives the region a remarkable light that draws you into the rugged and beautiful landscapes laid out before you. Also wild thyme, lavender, herbs and pine produce a wonderfully scented landscape. Each corner of this fascinating area has its own characteristics; rocky bluffs and cliffs define summit tops from which steep slopes marked by ravines descend into narrow gorges or wide fertile valleys covered in lavender, fruit trees and olive groves. Oak forests, scrub and moorland add to the tapestry of vegetation covering the hills on this French walking holiday. The influence of both the Alps and the Mediterranean has created an exceptionally rich fauna and flora including orchids such as the Sabot de Venus, vultures, chamois, wolves and wild boar.
Early summer is perhaps the best time to visit the Baronnies if you are looking for warm conditions as you are more or less guaranteed good weather (although not as hot as in July and August) and the lavender is starting to flower.
Baronnies walking holiday

Not-so-Secret Places

There seems to be a growing trend to call stuff 'secret' in order to give it an air of exclusivity; using the word secret as a marketing tool to make people think they are somehow special in being let in on some secret product, place or activity. The BBC, have made another series of a programme called Secret Britain, where we are shown places that not many people know about, well at least until they've watched the programme. Maybe it should be called Not so Secret Britain, Anymore.
I admit we titled some of our holidays with the adjective 'secret.' In this sense we are doing, I suppose, what everyone else is doing and that is trying to convey the message that these areas are lesser known.
It is the growing trend of marketing people to have to tell everyone how exclusive something is. But it is still possible in this world to discover your own likes, interests and identity.

For example, in the UK it's possible to seek out your own special areas and walks. Using historical information and maps, you can look for footpaths that would have been important in the past, but were never tarmacked and turned into modern roads and look for their destination. So go look for clues on your map and seek out some 'secret' locations of your own. SEE MORE

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