September 2021 - the best adventures to book now

We're often asked, "Where are the best places to go on a walking holiday in September?" The choice can seem overwhelming - from walking and cycling... Read more
September 2021 - the best adventures to book now

We're often asked, "Where are the best places to go on a walking holiday in September?"

The choice can seem overwhelming - from walking and cycling holidays in UK and Europe, either guided or self-guided, to far-flung destinations around the world. Here we've picked our favourite adventure holidays for September, ranging for those which will satisfy thrill-seekers, to ones which will suit those of you with just a long weekend to spare or perfect holidays for anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors at their own pace - the self-guided way.

Also, we thought you'd like to hear what our customers thought too. So we've included some of your own feedback in our recommendations below - don't forget we publish all our reviews so do take time to read these on each trip page.

Finally, you can BOOK all KE and Mickledore trips WITH CONFIDENCE. Read more about the safety of your money and our customer promise here.



September holidays in the UK




Let's start close to home, for those of us who are based in England, that is. Often over-looked for being on our doorsteps, England has some adventures that really pack a punch.

Our sister company Mickledore, also based in Keswick, has some stunning and meticulously planned self-guided trips - their customer satisfaction stands at a near-perfect 99%. Also worth noting that all Mickledore trips offer different variations on duration - so if you like your adventure hard-core you can really challenge yourself but you can also pick easier variations and still complete your goal. Equally if you only have a weekend spare for your walking holdiay in the UK - you can pick trips from just 2 days long, enough for a quick outdoor active fix.



The Coast to Coast - self-guided walking

We think the English Coast to Coast holds its place as a classic long-distance trail with well justified pride. Created by Alfred Wainwright in 1973, if you take-on this 182mile epic you'll pass through three stunning National Parks - the English Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North Yorks National Park. Hard to beat if you're looking for a 2 week challenge - some of our customers have done the walk 2 or 3 times already! From £969, 2020.

In your words:

"This was a fabulous holiday and experience for me that I will remember always. The planning, preparation and knowledge of the Coast to Coast that Mickledore have was the primary reason for the venture being such a success. You clearly have a great portfolio of hosts who enjoy delivering genuine hospitality. The facilities were also a far cry from the brands that are such a part of modern life and that was perfect for me."
Martin, Dorset UK
Coast to Coast, September 2019



Hadrian's Wall Walk

This may be our absolute favourite English walk for encompassing vast swathes of heritage and history with the wild countryside of the borders. They reckon it took 15,000 men 8 years to build Hadrian's Wall - so at one point 2000 years ago, this northernmost part of the Roman Empire (the southernmost parts were in modern day Libya and Egypt near the Sudan border) was one of the most multi-cultural and busy parts of Roman Britain. Walk the 89mile line of Hadrian's wall built between AD120 to AD 128 and also walk across the narrowest part of England, from Tynemouth to Bowness on Solway. Lots of different durations available, from 3 days to 10 days of walking.

In your words:

"Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly team. Everything went very smoothly and we had a fantastic family holiday. Can’t thank the Mickledore team enough in helping us plan our walk, the quick turn around on any questions and the very clear breakdown of costs and confirmations were gratefully received."
Susan, Wiltshire UK
Hadrian’s Wall Walk, October 2019



The South Downs Way

We're always talking about the wonderful North at KE, because it's close to our hearts. But obviously the south of England is full of brilliant adventures too. Where better to escape the town or city than England's newest National Park, the South Downs National Park. Whle Hadrian's wall can claim a heritage of a couple of thousand years, the South Downs Way is believed to have been used for at least five milennium.  Expect Bronze Age barrows, with grassy ramparts still clearly visible at Old Winchester Hill, or as a circle of beech at Chanctonbury Ring and Iron Age hillforts, where beacons were lit at Ditchling and Firle to warn of the coming Armada. Variations on the 104mile trail from a leisurely 9 days walking to a short weekend break of the highlights with 2 days walking.

In your words:

"The South Downs Way was one of the best linear walks to date. Very scenic, spectacular views throughout and varied. All of our accommodation was of a good quality and as convenient to the route as possible (adding only 15 miles to the 100 mile trail). Once again, Mickledore excelled at organising a memorable holiday that passed all too quickly. Well done to all involved.

How likely is it that you would recommed Mickledore to a friend? Extremely likely – quality of service throughout, quality of B&B’s, faultless baggage service. Inspection of B&B’s by Mickledore a comfort to know (all B&B owners say you are the only company they deal with who do this)."
Christopher, E.Yorks UK
South Downs Way, May 2018




One visit is never enough for those of us who are passionate about Scotland. Our trips explore the wildest places - UNESCO geoparks, National Parks and remote, uninhabited archipelagos. National Geographic judges Scotland just as highly as we do, naming it one of the 50 Must-Visit Places on Earth.


Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt

As the UK’s first UNESCO Geopark, the beauty of the land north of Ullapool in Scotland’s North West Highlands cannot be exaggerated. It’s a land that’s home to iconic and distinctive mountains such as Suilven and Stac Pollaidh which rise proudly from the loch-strewn moorland. The coastline is just as spectacular, strewn with the shining white sandy beaches that Scotland is famous for interspersed with steep cliffs and sea-stacks. On this holiday we hike a mixture of hill, glen and coastal walks and take a day to cruise the tiny Summer Isles, enjoying every aspect that this landscape of outstanding natural beauty offers.

In your words:

"We had a wonderful group and guide! That added so much to the fun and challenge everyday! The highlight hike for me, was getting to a high peak on Suilven....our longest hike."
Debbie, Canada, August 2018

26 Sept 2020, 4 Sept 2021, 7 days, Grade 5, Group size 2-8



Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside

National Geographic recognised how special the Cairngorms were, naming the area one of the 50 Must-Visit Places on Earth, while the Queen herself holds the spot especially dear – her Scottish residency is at Balmoral, Royal Deeside. Meanwhile, the Cairngorm National Park delights at every turn. On this walking holiday, we enjoy some of the greatest easier hikes in the Cairngorms National Park as we explore Strathspey, where the high plateau soars above charming villages, Royal Deeside and Highland Perthshire. Our exploration of Scotland’s largest National Park will be based around two centres and wherever we hike we’ll enjoy the fantastic scenery, sense of wilderness and rich history and heritage. As well as hiking in the wilderness, we’ll visit a 13th century Highland Castle, a wildlife reserve and truly savour the heritage of the region at a whisky tasting in a local distillery.

In your words:

"Small groups, excellent guides, comfortable accommodation and walking in superb locations in Scotland - Will was a fantastic guide - fun, friendly, welcoming, interesting, attentive to each person and incredibly knowledgeable on the history, geography and geology of the wonderful areas we visited"
Lesley, UK, Oct 2019

19 Sept 2020, 18 Sept 2021, 7 days, Grade 3, Group size 2-8


The West Highland Way

The West Highland Way needs no introduction – a world-class hike through the majestic Scottish scenery and joining a guided walk will allow you to learn about the area’s fascinating history and legends, as well as identifying the flora and fauna along the way. Along the 95 miles (152km)route, we’ll travel along the banks of Loch Lomond, across the wilderness of Rannoch Moor with its herds of red deer and then reaching the dramatic and forbidding valley of Glencoe, we’ll take the high pass of the Devil’s Staircase over the mountains. We’ll finish in Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. The trip includes all accommodation, delicious meals and full luggage support meaning guests can travel light, concentrate on the walking and immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.

In your words:

"This was a fantastic trip. The scenery was breathtaking and the guide was truly excellent. I saw many other solo hikers struggling with backpacks and having their focus taken up by the challenges of organizing accommodation and food. I was so glad I didn't have to worry about those things and could, instead, focus on the hike."
Simone, Canada, September 2019

14 Sept (women only) & 28 Sept 2020, 06 Sept & 20 Sept 2021, 7 days, Grade 5, Group size 2-8


Sea-kayaking Scotland


Sea-Kayaking The Scottish Highlands

Scotland is regularly voted the number 1 destination for sea-kayaking in the world so you should definitely have it on your bucket list. If you’ve never sea-kayaked before, then this is the perfect holiday for you combining expert tuition with the thrill of journeying though the spectacular coastal scenery of the Northwest Highlands. There’s also a day off, mid-trip, to rest up or enjoy a gentle hike with your guide. We’ll be staying at a cosy Highland Inn near the shores of Loch Torridon, and as with all our Scottish holidays, expect top notch local food prepared from fresh produce. A first-class introduction to sea-kayaking in Scotland with all your essential sea-kayaking gear included.

In your words:
"I have already recommended the holiday to all my friends and family. We would love to return and do it all over again."
Sandy, UK, October 2019

13 Sept 2020, 17 Sept 2021, 6 days, Grade 2, Group size 2-8

We have a fantastic range of walking, hiking, trekking, cycling and sea-kayaking holidays in Scotland and Ireland for September 2021. To read more about our holidays click here.


September can be one of the nicest times to visit Europe - the intense heat of the summer mellows, as do the colours of the countryside, while the weather is usually stable and warm - the perfect temperatures to enjoy walking the stunning landscapes. After the high summer season, the prettiest places in Europe settle back into age-old tranquility and the trails will be quieter for you to enjoy.




We have a wide range of European self-guided walking and cycling holidays with over 35 to choose from. Will it be cycling from Bolzano to Venice, tackling the mighty Tramuntana mountains in Mallorca, or enjoying a quick break on the gorgeous coastline of Brittany that appeals. All our French self-guided holidays can be reached by train or by driving yourself - if you're not ready to travel via the airports yet. In fact, if you enjoy the journey and you have the time, you can reach most of our trips on public transport or in your own car. Just get in touch for options. Holidays are available to book for September 2020 and September 2021.



Self-Guided Walking on Brittany's South Coast

Discover the beauty of Brittany on this self-guided short break as you walk on the Morbihan Gulf.

This trip was launched in March just before lockdown. We're really excited about it as it's such a lovely part of France and really close to the for a short hopover - but no reviews yet. Perhaps you could be the first?

Departures throughout September 2020 & 2021, 5 days, any size group from 1 person upwards.


Self-Guided Walking on the Cinque Terre

Discover the 5 colourful villages of the Cinque Terre on our self-guided walking holiday on the Italian Riviera.

In your words:

"My first self-guided walking holiday and what a delight it was! Getting around on the trains was super easy, allowing for loads of flexibility to have a lie in one day or start early another. The route notes were easy to follow and all the trails very well way-marked. It was great to also be able to get further afield from the most popular routes on the Cinque Terre, I particularly liked the Lerici Loop and the hike from Marola to Portovenere. Staying in the little village of Corniglia was perfect. Some great restaurants here - highly recommend Ristorante Cecio and the Cantina da Mananan for delicious food. Oh and have plenty of the fantastic local Cinque Terre DOC wine! Yummy!"
Mei Ping, Windermere, July 2019

Departures throughout September 2020 & 2021, 7 days, any size group from 1 person upwards.



Self-Guided Walking on Corsica

Explore culture rich Corsica on this self-guided walking holiday with hire car included, from the mountains to the coast, ending in captivating Calvi

This holiday was new before lockdown so we're awaiting our first feedback - we hope you'll tackle the trails and leave us your thoughts.

Departures throughout September 2020 & 2021, 8 days, any size group from 1 person upwards.



Self-Guided Cycling Bolzano to Venice

Cycle from the Italian Alps to Venice, sail across Lake Garda and explore Verona all at your own pace.

A very popular route but no reivews. Please leave one if you've been and if not, choose this trip and send us your feedback - we love to hear from you.

Departures throughout September 2020 & 2021, 8 days, any size group from 1 person upwards.


All our trips have 2021 dates available - as it's self-guided, you can pick any date that suits you, your partner, family or friends, whoever you wish to travel with. For more self-guided holidays, click here.




Corsica - The Complete GR20

On this absolutely classic walking holiday we'll walk the complete GR20 Haute Route on Corsica, one of the finest and hardest mountain walking routes in the whole of Europe. Rising abruptly from the Mediterranean Sea, with granite peaks soaring to over 2500m, Corsica is known as 'the Scented Isle'. Famous for its dramatic coastline and pretty, perched mountain villages, the island reveals its most spectacular scenery only to those who are prepared to explore it on foot. Over the course of a truly spectacular 2 weeks we will cover a total of 180km of mountainous terrain, with approx 12,000m altitude ascent and descent, as we trek the entire GR20 route, from the pretty village of Calenzana near the northern coast, all the way down to Conca, in the south east.

Only 2 places left for Sept 2020 and 1 place left for Sept 2021 - so do book now if you have your sights set on the ultimate adventure!

In your words:

"This is not a trek for beginner walkers at it involves scrambling (sometimes before first light) and long days with a lot of steep ascent and descent. That said it also doesn't require you to be superman/ wonder woman. If you're a runner or cyclist or have done a few multi day treks then you'll manage. The scenery is varied and beautiful, from the high and dry dusty areas in the north (which has the hardest walking) to the greener and immensely photogenic landscapes in the south, I was continually suprised by just how beautiful the area can be. The remoteness of some of the camp sites make you feel that you've really earned the scenery."
Ben, Ashford, Nov 2018

Sept 6 2020, Sept 5 2021, 15 days, Group size 6-10


Sacred Summits of Olympus and Meteora

Captivating Greece is home to the breath-taking UNESCO floating monasteries of Meteora and to "the home of the gods" Mount Olympus, the highest peak in the country. Dominating a UNESCO national park and world biosphere reserve, dramatic Olympus, the Throne of Zeus is the highlight of this fantastic trekking journey which includes stays in traditional mountain huts and a spectacular trek onto the mountain.We’ll explore trails used by 11th Century monks and visit two of the monasteries before heading to the quaint town of Litochoro with its stunning mountain backdrop. Mount Olympus is the second highest peak in the Balkans and this holiday is a real mountain adventure complete with dramatic ridges and breath-taking scenery. If you’re looking for a unique trekking journey with views that extend over to the coast, then this is the perfect choice.

There's just 2 places left on our September 2020 departure, so if you are interested, please get in touch asap!

In your words:

"The walks around Metoria are quite short and gentle. The area itself is quite stunning. The ascent of Olympus was an experience not to be forgotten, We were blessed with good weather, cold but mainly dry. The huts were idyllic and very cosy. The ascent day was fairly full on but technically OK."
John, Stoke-on-Trent, October 2019

26 Sept 2020 & 25 Sept 2021, 8 days, Group size 6 to 8



Across the Julian Alps to Triglav

Superb European hut-to-hut trekking holiday in the Julian Alps of Slovenia including Mount Triglav and stay in Lake Bled.

In your words: "We loved this trip. You get the chance to spend a lot of time relatively high walking on interesting and quiet trails. There is plenty of scrambling, some on nearly every day which keeps it interesting. While the distances don't look huge compared to some trips, most of the days were full. Views are superb and we got to see a decent amount of wildlife."
Jonathan, Newcastle Upon Tyne, September 2019

5th September 2020, 4 & 11 Sept 2021, Group size 4 to 16, 8 days


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