Starting in 2010 with a trek clear across England to explore the ruins of Roman Emperor Hadrian’s fortified wall, the routes of Bucket List Hiking Club and Historic Hiking Adventures have expanded. They now include the mystery of Loch Ness, the WWII fortifications and summer residence of Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight, the castles of Scotland’s Ayrshire Coastal Path and the backcountry routes of legendary outlaw and folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. If you have a passion for active, historically-fascinating yet fun and luxurious adventures, join us as we explore the paths less traveled!
“I know of no other endeavor that offers the transformational powers of Historic Hiking Adventures to recharge, reflect, relax and regroup. The combination of exercise amongst breathtaking landscapes, the onsite exploration of remote historical sites, the camaraderie with fellow “Adventurers” and the comfort of refined yet quaint accommodations all come together to offer unique experiences that you will always treasure.”
- Matt Durfee, President and Founder
When Matt Durfee discovered the potential to hike established trails in the United Kingdom without the discomfort of camping, he embarked on a “bucket list” adventure of his own by hiking the entire route of Roman Emperor Hadrian's Wall. The 84-mile historic trail that follows the wall cuts entirely across northern England from the North Sea to the Irish Sea.
Matt was drawn to the adventure for the fresh air, beautiful scenery, and exercise, but soon he learned that the hiking tours were very effective in recharging, reflecting and reducing stress. He returned to England and Scotland several times. Out of these repeat hiking trips, Historic Hiking Adventures offering Bucket List Hiking Tours was formed. “It’s incredibly rewarding to witness the enchantment and wonderment of my fellow ‘Adventurers’ as they take in the breathtaking trails and historical sites that they would have otherwise never experienced had it not been for Historic Hiking Adventures.”
Ranging from three to six dedicated days of hiking and exploration - our tours include ample time to visit museums, historical sites, and quaint villages.
Importantly, tours do not involve strenuous backpacking (primary luggage is transported for you each day) to enable more sightseeing and enjoyment. Finishing each memorable day with a glass of ale, wine or local spirits in a quaint upscale hotel or country inn can serve as a satisfying reward for a day of hiking.
ABOUT MATT DURFEE
After a successful 25+ year career as an executive and manager for corporation giants like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Hard Rock Cafe, Nestlé, Frito-Lay, and Marriott, Matt started his company specializing in teaching job search skills and providing career transition services to both individuals and companies throughout the country. He is a published author and his book, “Job Search Skills from the Reluctant Expert,” is mainly based on his experiences of finding a new career path. His book reached #1 in its category and started with his favorite Winston Churchill quote: “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” Matt's proudest role, however, is being "Dad" to his teenage daughter Jacqueline.