WELCOME TO THE WALKING PARTY

Our guided walking holidays in France, Spain, Italy, England and Kenya are different.  Not only are they  rambles through inspiring and timeless landscapes; each one is an opportunity to get fully acquainted with a region through its food, wine, nature, local characters and heritage. Led by me, your host James, our holidays are suitable for keen and reluctant walkers alike. All our itineraries are carefully crafted to let you experience traditional life at ground level and immerse you in stunning, natural environments.

Other than walking we also arrange family parties or private parties that can involve as much, if any, walking as you wish.  These involve canoeing, picnics, wine tastings, riding, swimming, cycling and the fun of being at the table for good food and fine wine and chatter.  They revolve around a particular place of stay of character and authenticity like a private chateau in the Dordogne or a beautiful mill house on the Célé river.  Whichever you choose, our aim is to make it a memory to cherish all your life.

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Catalunya

8 Days

Our Spring trip to Catalunya remains a firm favourite and always books up early. A compelling mixture of...

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Barging and Walking

7 Days

For walkers and non-walkers alike, this is one of the perfect ways to explore a region. A morning's...

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Tuscany

8 Days

Discover, on foot, all the delights of the fabled Tuscan lifestyle, its flawless landscape, the Val d'Orcia, extraordinary...

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The Way of Saint James

8 Days

New in 2016 the Way of Saint James is an ancient pilgrim route that strings together a series...

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Treading the Grape

8 DAYS

A unique chateau-stay in the Dordogne for wine lovers who want to immerse themselves in the excellent wines...

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French Cooking

8 days

Indulge yourselves in a week of hands-on cooking and demonstrations by five different cooks in the rural heart...

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MEET YOUR HOSTS

JAMES AND DIANA

With backgrounds in the travel industry and shared passions for culture, gastronomy and nature, James and Diana Tamlyn set up The Walking Party in 1996 to provide guided walking holidays. The company is run from the couple’s 18th-century farmhouse in southwest France.

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Amazing scrumptious picnics, spoilt rotten every day. Many surprises for me… Nothing was too much trouble.

celebrity chef - Mary Berry

A dripping, icy cold bottle of champagne magically conjured up from a woodland spring; fields of wheat, wild orchids and poppies; markets of mouth-watering fruits, vegetables and cheeses; laughing at our guide’s impersonation of Dud and Pete; the magnificent topiaried gardens of Marqueyssac – these are but a few of the many memorable moments of our eight-day guided walking holiday in the Dordogne Quercy, France with The Walking Party.

Lesley Anderson - A magazine

“They describe their walks as “walking holidays for the discerning traveler, rambling in wilderness or pasture, alike with the gentle flow of conversation or time for quiet thoughts.” It is all that and more. Much emphasis is placed on food and wine, both uniformly delicious on both our trips, and there is a pleasant surprise around every corner. To call them delightful hosts is to understate the fact. You will not only experience stunning natural landscapes but meet and get to know delightful people along the way.”

Lucy McCracken - Happy Customer

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