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Mark Armstrong

Creating and organising someone's walking holiday experience is quite a responsibility. Howerver, any burden that this responsibility may have is redeemed by the fact that you are sharing with them your own experience and knowledge of the area. This wish to share our love of the countryside where we live, have grown up in or travelled to, drives us to create the best possible walking experiences and strive to improve where necessary to ensure that the holiday is our guests High Point of the year.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We specialise in active holidays, mainly self-guided hiking holidays, but also guided hiking holidays and self-guided cycling holidays in France and the UK. We focus on off the beaten track destinations with a strong regional identity, often overlooked by large companies, where our customers can enjoy a true local experience. When we create a walking holiday, we try to put together walks that cover the best a region has to offer in all its variety. We try to give our customers the opportunities and time to visit landmarks if they choose in order to add local interest to the experience. In the UK, we mainly focus on the South West of England where we are based, though we do cover areas further afield where we have experience and knowledge of the area."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Having spent most of my working life in retail when redundancy happened, I was able to use some of my time helping my brother to grow and develop his relatively new travel business, High Point Holidays. Over the last 7 years this involvement has steadily increased, leading to today running the UK office."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Visiting New England in the fall was a magical experience. Usually my wife and I enjoy visiting areas of the UK and the holidays usually combine some walking, history, gardens and any other things of note in the local area. Last year we explored an area of the South Cornwall Coast, where we run a walking holiday. The walking was combined with visiting the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan, 2 places that can be visited on High Point's walking holiday with a diversion and an additional day. "

Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain.
Walking Tour of Wessex: Salisbury, Stonehenge & Shaftesbury - 8 Days

This self-guided 8-day hiking holiday explores the beautiful countryside of the Wiltshire/Dorset border in southern England. Start your journey in the historic cathedral city of Salisbury, following ancient Wessex paths through the region’s famous chalk hills and valleys. Pass neolithic monuments, idyllic country villages, and grand country houses before ending at the Saxon hill town of Shaftesbury.