Win! A holiday for you and your Headwater Hero to Europe – worth up to £3,500

Closing date: 19 Dec 2019

Is there someone in your life who always goes the extra mile? Who’s always there when you need them - no matter when, where, or how? Now’s your chance to say thank you in the most extraordinary way: by winning you both a relaxing cycling or walking holiday in Europe with Headwater.

Win a cycling or walking holiday for you and your friend to Europe (Shutterstock)

Win a cycling or walking holiday for you and your friend to Europe (Shutterstock)

Nothing clears the mind and reinvigorates the soul quite like discovering a new destination – immersing yourself in rich cultures, unspoilt landscapes, and a feast of local cuisine. And the slower you travel, the better: both cycling and walking are renowned for their meditative qualities, and are excellent for banishing stress.

So what better reward for your Headwater Hero than a holiday in Europe that combines all of this – with high-quality accommodation, an interesting self-guided itinerary, and a plethora of adventures on foot or by bike. You’ll be active, yes, but you can also explore at your own pace – and relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. The only difficult part? Deciding where you want to go…

Take your time

Win a cycling or walking holiday for you and your friend to Europe (Headwater)

Win a cycling or walking holiday for you and your friend to Europe (Headwater)

From the far west of Portugal’s Algarve to the Carpathian mountains of Romania, Headwater specialises in holidays to Europe’s most spectacular spots – with walking and cycling adventures for all fitness levels.

Walkers can set their sights on classics such as the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and the mighty Italian Dolomites, or tackle little-known trails through Spain’s Sierra de Gredos, or the perfumed lemon groves of Gozo. You’ll either stay in one central hotel, enjoying walks in the local area – or complete a linear multi-day trail between various different accommodations, with a luggage transfer service included to help lighten your load. 

For invigorating routes through some of the continent’s most staggering scenery, try the Classic Swiss Alps Walk – a seven-night adventure in Kandersteg, the heart of the Bernese Oberland. You and your Headwater Hero will follow flower-strewn pathways around emerald lakes and glacier-topped valleys, with the Eiger and Matterhorn rarely out of sight. You’ll be appreciating the mountain scenery rather than hoofing up to high altitude: this itinerary is designed for medium-fitness walkers, with cosy and comfortable accommodation and all of your meals provided.

Alternatively, raw coastal splendour awaits on the Secrets of Sicily itinerary. The western reaches of this Mediterranean isle are rich in sandy coves and lofty clifftop vistas – yours to discover on wild herb-scented walking trails, with the sapphire ocean sparkling below. 

Not all heroes wear capes 

Whether you and your hero are well-versed cyclists or simply enjoy pootling along easy picturesque routes, Headwater’s two-wheeled adventures will leave you spoilt for choice. Options include lazy jaunts around the likes of pretty Lake Constance and Burgundy’s Chablis vineyards, through to more challenging breaks in the Provence hilltops, and along Portugal’s historic Douro Valley. Armed with  a detailed itinerary, route notes and a fully-serviced bike, you’ll enjoy peace of mind as well as those peaceful landscapes – and there’s always an informative briefing with local staff before you hit the trail. 

Not feeling as fit as you’d like? No problem – most holidays come with the option of hiring an e-bike, to make easy work of any uphill climbs. Even if you’ve not cycled for years, the Loire Gastronomic Cycling trip is a joyful doddle – with flat, easy trails through this most verdant of valleys. The route meanders through sun-kissed vineyards and medieval riverside settlements, with plenty of opportunities for wine tasting and countryside picnics along the way. 

Wherever your Headwater trip takes you and your hero, it’ll be an adventure that neither of you will forget – full of fun, laughter and well-earned relaxation. And chances are, you deserve a holiday as well: so why not nominate each other? After all, not all heroes wear capes... some of them wear walking boots or bike helmets too.

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How to enter

Headwater is offering one lucky winner two places on a self-guided European cycling or walking holiday of their choice – worth up to £3,500. That’s one place for you and one for your Headwater Hero. With all accommodation, flights and a self-guided itinerary included, you can simply relax and enjoy some quality time together. To enter, visit headwater.com/HWHero and tell us – in 100 words or less – what makes your Headwater Hero so special.

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