Family-run company, Pied A Terre Adventures, has released a selection of self-guided walking routes in the UK to help people explore the great outdoors after being cooped up due to COVID-19.

The company, which was co-founded by husband-and-wife team, Richard and Kirstie Betts, has 10 years’ experience arranging walking adventures, courses and challenges in the UK and beyond.

The newself-guided breaks provide inspirational, quality and sustainable walking experiences, allowing guests to escape, reconnect and engage in nature. Each trip is meticulously tailored to those taking part, and Pied A Terre Adventures will create a personalised itinerary, organise every bag transfer, make sure all equipment is in order, coordinate with each accommodation, and be on hand 24/7.

Every walker will also have their own Virtual Guide. This brand-new mobile application allows customers to access their own programme, trail notes, top sights and adventure pack. In addition, they will have the local knowledge of Pied A Terre Adventures’ expert guides at the tap of a button. The Virtual Guide will also plot the route via OS Maps, share insights to local flora and fauna and recommend places to eat and drink.

Bespoke requests are always welcome too: whether it be a luxury hotel with a pool, first-class seats on a steam train or an extra beer or wine tasting tour. Pied A Terre Adventures will always strive to make the customer’s feeling a reality.

Following the pandemic, Richard turned his sights on the UK; guests can see the South Downs in a new light, savour a picnic (with wine or beer), and get clued up on the fascinating geology of the local area. Most tours begin and end near mainland train stations, and those that don’t are easy to locate with public transport, so it is easy to travel in and out of London in a sustainable way for an adventure in the countryside. And all trips are dog friendly; four-legged companions are welcome.

Richard and Kirstie’s main goal is to help as many people as possible connect with the outside world. Working with a bespoke, knowledgeable team (comprising geologists, climbing instructors, professional photographers and yoga teachers) Pied A Terre Adventures now offers a wide range of guided and self-guided tours. Richard also holds an impressive number of professional outdoor qualifications, including Walking Group Leader, Nordic Walking instructor, Hill & Moorland Leader, National Navigation (NNAS) Tutor Award, Mountain Leader and International Mountain Leader. In addition, he is a mental health first aider, which is ever more important following the sharp rise in mental illness due to Covid.

Richard says, “We are delighted to be launching post lockdown walking adventures, experiences and courses. Never before has the great outdoors been so sought after as an escape. Drawing on 10 years’ experience, we have crafted a collection of immersive guided and self-guided walking adventures based on our client’s feedback.

“Our experiences are aligned to meet our client’s needs – ranging from one-day self-guided hikes to multiday bespoke family adventures that can include luxury hotels and personalised itineraries. All our experiences share a common thread, which is to showcase the best the local area can offer. We are proud of our partnerships with amazing local producers, accommodation providers, pubs, breweries and vineyards.

“We are passionate about creating and providing inspirational, quality and sustainable walking adventures where our guests can escape and immerse themselves in the outdoors, have fun, learn, challenge themselves, and create lifelong memories”.

For more information on Pied A Terre Adventures, please call 01403 788994 or visit