About Us

Load Off Your Back: Specialists in independent walking holidays

Load Off Your Back offers self-guided walking holidays throughout the UK and mainland Europe on some of the great showcase long distance footpaths and National Trails. You'll walk from inn to inn with your baggage transported between overnight stops, so all the load you'll need on your back is a daypack carrying a jacket, your camera, perhaps a lunch and anything you really need when out on the trail.

Walk Your Own Walk

It's your holiday, so choose where and when you want to go. In the UK you can choose for how long, and how far you want to walk each day. You can hike, ramble or stroll. You get the flexibility and independence to choose your route, pace and who you walk with.

We take the load of making all the arrangements for you. We'll book your accommodation, move your bags, provide the maps and guidebooks and give you the support you need.

See more advantages of an independent self-guided walking holiday.

Taking the strain out of walking since 1946

Load Off Your Back is the self-guided holiday arm of sister brand and guided walking holiday specialist Ramblers Walking Holidays; for over 70 years we have operated small-group guided walking holidays in spectacular locations throughout the UK and the world - currently about 140 itineraries in about 60 different countries!

Since 2011, with Load Off Your Back, you can enjoy the same experience on your own or with your family and friends on these holidays for the more independent minded walker. You'll find plenty to get your pulse racing and your feet tingling for adventure. There's simply no better way to explore and unwind.

Giving back - to communities, to you, to local walking groups

When you holiday with us, apart from enjoying a great experience, you help give back and support conservation projects in the communities we visit, benefit from our loyalty programme and support local walking groups in the UK. For more information, take a look at the Responsible Tourism section.

About RWH Travel

Load Off Your Back is operated by RWH Travel Ltd, a leading operator of walking, sightseeing and experience holidays throughout the world since 1946 and trading as:

Ramblers Walking Holidays   www.ramblersholidays.co.uk
Small group guided walking holidays throughout the world

Chapters Experience Holidays   www.chaptersholidays.co.uk
Small group guided experience holidays - Your story starts here...

Ramblers Cruise & Walk   www.cruiseandwalk.co.uk
Small group guided walking holidays based on cruise ships with forays into the countryside ashore

Adagio   www.adagio.co.uk
Explore the world gently

RWH Travel Ltd is a company registered in England & Wales with company number 527266.

Our VAT registration number is 490 2438 48.

Contact Us

If you have any queries, would like us to send you a quote, or you would like to make a booking, please email us at: info@loadoffyourback.co.uk

Registered office:

Load Off Your Back
Lemsford Mill
Lemsford Village
Welwyn Garden City
United Kingdom

Our usual office hours are: Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

General enquiries:

+44 (0) 1707 386 726 or
+44 (0) 1707 331 133

Out of hours emergency number:

+44 (0) 7734 331663

Guided Holidays

Small-Group Guided Walking and Experience Holidays

If you'd like to join a group of like-minded travelling companions, take a look at our range of guided small-group walking and experience holidays throughout the UK, Europe, and other destinations around the world.

All our small-group holidays are graded so that you'll know what to expect and range from gentle sightseeing on foot to some adventurous and energetic programmes in the high and remote parts the world.

Small-group guided walking holidays worldwide ramblersholidays.co.uk
Experience & adventure holidays worldwide chaptersholidays.co.uk
Guided walking holidays based on cruise ships cruiseandwalk.co.uk
Adagio. Explore the world gently adagio.co.uk

Self-Guided Walking

Walk your own Walk

Taking a Load Off Your Back holiday gives you the independence to enjoy an authentic personal adventure through some of the most beautiful and wild landscapes of the UK and mainland Europe.

You'll have both the freedom to decide your own route and pace with the security of having the team at Load Off Your Back take care of arranging your accommodation, the movement of your bags and provide you with the support you need to be able to concentrate on simply enjoying the walk.

Why go Independent?

•  You've got Complete Flexibility

You get to choose when, where, how far, at what pace, for how long and everything else about your walk

•  You get to choose who you walk with

It's your walk, you can choose who accompanies you

•  It's up close and personal

It's down to you to check your route, stop where you please, and talk to the locals and other walkers along the way

•  You'll stay in B&Bs and small accommodations

You'll rarely encounter a faceless chain hotel, but stay in small, often family run, B&Bs, guesthouses and hotels all with their own character

•  You stay Independent, but with back-up

You've got the Load Off Your Back team to take care of the routine arrangements and leave you to prepare for and enjoy the walk itself. But you can relax in the knowledge that we're in the background to provide support to resolve any minor problems that crop up during your trip

•  You'll get that great sense of achievement

You've decided what you're going to do, you've done it, and at the end of it you can look back at a remarkable life-affirming trip

Meet the Team

When you book a Load Off Your Back holiday you're in good hands. Your holiday arrangements are looked after by our team based at Lemsford Mill on the River Lea in Hertfordshire.

Kinga Faulkner
After graduating from the University of Derby, Kinga travelled extensively and her experience includes working at an outdoor pursuits centre in New Zealand. She joined the company in 2013 and after a stint as Health & Safety Co-ordinator found her niche developing and managing the self-guided programme for Load Off Your Back.
Gina Przybylak
Gina joined RWH Travel in 2016. She studied International Relations and her experience in administration and customer service helped her to develop her communication, time management and problem solving skill into an art. She believes that the happiest and the most successful people in life are those who have managed to build their careers and leisure activities around their talents and passions in life. Her role of Product Manager with our Load Off Your Back programme helps her to combine her personal love of travel with making others holidays as stress free as possible.
Ramblers Adagio