Great Britain - England Walking Tours
Escorted Britain Walking Tours 3, 4 and 7 nights
We have British walking tours every week March through October throughout Britain, graded for different levels of activity. Walking vacation packages in Wales, and travel packages to Scotland. We have two types: Escorted (guided) and self-led. They are all Country House Based, staying at one hotel for the whole length of time . All holidays have been designed by WALKERS FOR WALKERS. Our group walking tours of England are guided by experienced leaders
Stay at a country house hotel, and take interesting forays into the countryside. We walk some of Englands most stunning footpaths in varying terrains. Come discover why Britain is a nation of walkers, and why the best way to experience the diverse landscapes, history, and the people is on a walking vacation.
Locations: Choose from 18 magnificent locations English Walking Tours:
Choose from 4
glorious locations in Scotland: Glencoe (Western
Highlands), Isle of Arran (Islay & Jura), Island Hopping in the Hebrides (the Isles of Skye, Raasay, the Uists, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay), Island Hopping on Orkney & Shetland. Choose from 2 locations perfect for the mountains Wales Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia
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One week tours start in Britain on Saturday and end on Saturday. If you are including air from the U.S.A., you would leave the U.S.A. on Friday, and return on Saturday. Some locations have 3 and 4 night walking tours, too.
We will provide you with directions to your country house.
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Sample Tour: Bourton on the Water, Cotswolds
Harrington Hall dates from Tudor times. Built of Cotswold stone, it is quietly tucked away just 100 yards from the center of Bourton-on-the-Water. This is one of the showpiece Cotswolds villages, 40 minutes from Oxford. Within this most English of landscapes there are absorbing village to village walks, paths across the Cotswold plain. On the way, you'll find medieval churches, country estates, and a wealth of prehistoric sites, burial mounds and Roman villas. Highlights include: Following the trail of Charles II's escape from Cromwell · The Cotswold escarpment between Broadway and Snowshill - a wonderful area for views. · A village-to-village hike along the Coin Valley from Bibury. · From Nettleton to the Duntisbourne villages via one of the watersheds of England. · The old capital of Mercia (Winchcombe) through Guitting Wood and via Sudeley Castle.Guided Walking with Sightseeing at Bourton-on-the-Water Up to 5 miles with some ascent Each days guided walking and sightseeing will be selected from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included in the cost of your holiday; please allow £30. If you have a National Trust card, remember to bring it along.
Short Walks are 5-7 miles, easy gradients. Medium Walks are 7-10 miles, undulating with gentle gradients. Long Walks are 8-11 miles, 430-1740 ft ascent during the day.
Devon & Cornwall
Cornwall Granite cliffs. Sandy beaches. New friends. Old fishing villages. Hidden coves. Abandoned tin mines. The artist colony f St Ives. Shared stories. The best coastal walking in Britain on the South West Coast Path. Your step-by-step journey to Cornwall starts here. Cornwall has England's most exciting and diverse coastline with dramatic granite cliffs, golden-sand beaches and old fishing ports. All are featured on our guided Classic Walking holidays. St Ives stands at the eastern end of Penwith, the granite peninsula that forms the big toe of Britain, with exhilarating cliff top walking right the way round past Land's End to Penzance. Cornwall offers a mix of old and new with Iron Age villages, futuristic Goonhilly Satellite Station and the world-famous biospheres of the Eden Project.
Special Offers for Solos A great deal for
single guests save on our twin for single occupancy bedrooms are often
in demand, but for holidays in Britain. So if you havent reserved your
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Two locations: Derwentwater With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. The nearest station is at Penrith on the west coast main line between London and Glasgow. The 18 mile journey from Penrith station to Derwent Bank can be made by taxi or bus. Taxis cost £32 per journey - less if shared.
Highlights: The village of Buttermere and lakeshore path Whinlatter Forest Visitors Centre Castlerigg Stone Circle and Watendlath with the much photographed Ashness Bridge and a launch trip on Derwent Water Magnificent Aira Force Waterfall and the mansion of Dalemain near Ullswater
Ascent: Up to 5 miles with some ascent 50-200 ft. Each days guided walking and sightseeing will be chosen from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included
Accommodation: With the best waterfront of any hotel on Derwent Water, and splendid views of the surrounding fells, Derwent Bank offers a truly exceptional location. Derwent Bank has 32 bedrooms, all located in the main building. Some of the rooms have views over the lake, whilst others face towards the mountains of Cat Bells and Grizedale Pike. In addition, in the grounds there is the newly refurbished Coach House, a luxurious two bedroom apartment.
Conistonwater Outstanding location overlooking Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains Ascend the mountain summits of the Old Man of Coniston, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes Walk by lakes and tarns and visit the Lakeland stone villages of Grasmere and Hawkshead. The nearest station is at Windermere. The 13 mile journey from Windermere station to Monk Coniston can be made by taxi or bus. Taxis cost approx £18 per journey - less if shared
Highlights: Cruise Coniston Water on the restored steam yacht Gondola Visit Wordsworths Dove Cottage in Grasmere Walk by the River Esk and travel on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway Walk through woodland to Hawkshead and visit Hill Top where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her famous stories
Ascent: Up to 5 miles with some ascent - up to 350 feet. Each days guided walking and sightseeing will be selected from the following provisional program. Admission fees are not included
Accommodation: As a historic National Trust property, Monk Coniston is full of romantic, gothic-style charm. With a most attractive Lake District setting, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday. Monk Coniston has 33 bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the adjoining cottage and counting house.
Southern Yorkshire Dales Hills and DalesThe Three Peaks of Yorkshire. Escape. Brontë moors. Massive cliffs. Cobbled streets. A famous railway. White drystone walls. Green meadows. Discover the Yorkshire Dales from their most famous landmarks. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is deeply rural, with stone-walled dales and an abundance of natural beauty, including wild flowers, waterfalls, scars, caves and limestone pavements. The Dales are home to a number of features for you to discover, such as the 250ft cliff of Malham Cove and Gordale Scar. Streams and quaint former lead mining communities are dotted throughout the beautiful valleys, while The Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y ghent are extremely rewarding for the keen walker. The challenging long distance trail of the Dales Way offers a complete Dales experience.
The 7 mile journey from Skipton rail station to Newfield Hall can be made by taxi. Taxis cost £14 per journey - less if shared.
OTHER YORKSHIRE WALKING LOACTIONS:
Sedbergh - Yorkshire
Enjoy a half-day walk in the morning of 3 to 4 miles, returning to the comfort of your Country House after lunch. Although the distances and ascents are modest we aim to include the best scenery. Longer walks shown below. Holiday highlights: Pendragon Castle and along the Eden Valley Scout Scar high above Kendal and Sizergh Castle Smardale Gill Nature Reserve, managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust Dating from 1535, the small manor house of Thorns Hall retains its historic charm with wood-panelled public rooms, fireplaces and a cobbled courtyard outside. Up to 4 miles with some ascent.
Each days half-day guided walking will be selected from the following provisional programme: Brigflatts and the River Rawthey Walking from Thorns Hall, we make our way down to the riverside at New Bridge. We follow the River Rawthey, through to the tiny hamlet of Birks, continuing along the river to the world famous Friends Meeting House at Brigflatts. After spending a little time there, we cross fields back to Birks before returning to Thorns Hall by way of the Sedbergh School grounds. Distance: 4 miles The Upper Eden Valley After an interesting drive along Garsdale and the Mallerstang valley we leave the coach near Pendragon Castle, supposed to be the birthplace of Uther Pendragon (father of Arthur of the Round Table) and now a ruin. Our route takes us along the upper Eden Valley passing the ruins of Lammerside Castle, before reaching Wharton Hall, the earliest fortified building still standing in the area. We continue to Stenkrith Bridge, where there may be the opportunity to go on to Kirkby Stephen. Distance: 3 miles Scout Scar and Helsington Church High above Kendal we make a short and gentle ascent to the summit of Scout Scar. From here we walk above a limestone escarpment enjoying glorious views across the Lyth valley to the Kent Estuary and Morecambe Bay. We continue to the tiny church at Helsington and a short walk towards Sizergh Castle. Distance: 4 miles The Dales Way and Dent From Cross House we cross the river by Tommy Bridge and join the Dales Way, a long-distance footpath starting at Ilkley and finishing at Bowness-on-Windermere. We walk a small section of this path as far as Barth Bridge, passing below the village of Dent. We shall then return to Dent for lunch. The church, which was rebuilt in 1417, is worth a visit if there is time. The village also has links with Adam Sedgwick, the founder of modern geology, to whom there is a memorial stone. Distance: 4 miles Smardale Gill Nature Reserve We leave the coach at Newbiggin-on-Lune, a small limestone village in the shadow of the northern Howgill Fells. We follow a lane to Brownber before joining a track which was once the route of the Tebay to Darlington railway line. This leads into Smardale Gill, now a nature reserve managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. We cross a viaduct with spectacular views down into the Gill before walking back along an old quarry track to Smardale Bridge. From here we follow tracks and lanes to our starting point for the drive back to Thorns Hall. Distance: 4 miles By train The nearest station is on the main line between London and Glasgow. There are also direct trains to Oxenholme from Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Manchester Airport
Longer Walks: Day 1: Arrival day Meet your leaders who will tell you more about the walks.
Day 2: The Howgill Fells and the Lune Valley Easier Walk: A circular walk from Sedbergh taking in the Dales Way to Lincolns Inn Bridge and returning across tracks and field paths via Brigflatts and Birks. 7½ miles with 400 feet of ascent. Harder Walk: From Bowderdale we take an undulating ridge over Westfell and Hazelgill Knott to the summit of The Calf, the highest point in the Howgills. We return to Sedbergh along the ridge spanning Calders, Arant Haw and Settlefellbeck Gill. 9 miles with 1,800 feet of ascent. If guest numbers permit, a Medium Walk visits Foxs Pulpit, a rocky outcrop where Quaker George Fox preached. After viewing Lily Mere and Killington Reservoir, we return to Sedbergh along the River Rawthey. 9½ miles with 650 feet of ascent.
Day 3: Mallerstang - myths and legends Easier Walk: Starting at the Thrang we enjoy walking in the Mallerstang and Eden Valleys to finish at the market town of Kirkby Stephen. Highlights include Pendragon Castle, Lammerside Castle and Wharton Hall. 7¼ miles with 475 feet of ascent. Harder Walk: Following a bridleway from Shaw Paddock to Hell Gill Bridge we ascend gradually onto Mallerstang Edge and over High Seat and High Pike Hill with fabulous views. We descend to Nateby and Kirkby Stephen. 10¼ miles with 1,425 feet of ascent. If guest numbers permit, a Medium Walk will go from Aisgill Moor along Lady Annes Way, past Hell Gill Bridge and the Thrang to Kirkby Stephen. 10½ miles with 200 feet of ascent.
Dovedale, Derbyshire in the Peak District
Enjoy a half-day walk in the morning of 3 to 4 miles, returning to the comfort of your Country House after lunch. Although the distances and ascents are modest we aim to include the best scenery
The well dressing village of Tissington and Chatsworth Estate (They decorate water wells. It has nothing to do with what clothes they wear).
The Cromford Canal and Arkwrights Mill
A walk around Victorian Buxton ·
Short walks: Up to 4 miles with some ascent · Each days half-day guided walk will be selected from the following provisional programme:
· The well dressing village of Tissington · Following the Tissington Trail along the disused track bed of the former Ashbourne to Buxton Railway to Tissington, we have time to explore the village. This attractive stone-built village is home to the well dressings which take place on Ascension Day. 3.5 miles with 225ft of ascent.
· Along the Cromford Canal · The Cromford Canal was opened in 1794 to link Arkwrights Mill at Cromford to the canal network. The walk is along the towpath with plenty of time to look at the interesting flora and fauna. There is much of interest including Gregory Tunnel, Wigwell Aqueduct, Lea Wood Pumphouse and the Cromford and High Peak Railway workshops and visitor centre. 3.5 miles with negligible ascent.
· A walk around Victorian Buxton · From the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton we can view the Octagon Pavilion and Opera House, St Johns Church, the Palace Hotel and Paxtons great fan window at Buxtons Railway Station. The Spring Gardens bring us to the Old Thermal Baths and an opportunity to taste the health-giving spa water at St Annes fountain. After a short ascent of The Slopes we can see St Annes Church, one of the oldest buildings in Buxton. 2.5 miles and 200ft of ascent.
· Chatsworth Estate and Edensor · Leaving Baslow we walk through Chatworth Estate to view Chatsworth House, ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire. Descending gently to cross the River Derwent we visit the model village of Edensor where all the houses are built in different styles. It was built in 1839 when the original estate village was demolished because it spoilt the view from Chatsworth House. 2.75 miles with 175ft of ascent. · A tour of Aelfstans Field · Alstonefield is a picturesque village, high on the Staffordshire moorlands. Despite being around 1000 feet above sea level it was once under a warm tropical sea somewhere near the equator and fossils abound. After looking at the villages early water supplies we follow good field paths to Narrowdale before joining a minor road at Hulme End back in Alstonefield. 3 miles with 175ft of ascent.
Longer walks: Up to 5 miles with some ascent. This provisional programme shows some of the finest natural scenery available in the Peak District with the minimum of coach travel. The walks will be leisurely and will allow sufficient time to also view places of architectural, historical and industrial interest. Admission fees are not included in the cost of your holiday; please allow £30. If you have a National Trust card, remember to bring it along.
-Alstonefield to Milldale via the River Dove We explore the village of Alstonefield, high on the Staffordshire moorlands before descending Sunny Bank and heading up to the scattered settlement of Stanshope. A pleasant descent of Hall Dale brings us to the River Dove and the towering limestone outcrop, Ilam Rock. We follow the river upstream to two large caves known as Dove Holes and arrive at the hamlet of Milldale with its picturesque Viators Bridge. Then to Shining Tor and we walk across fields high above the River Dove looking down to Lode Mill Bridge and Wolfscote Dale. Distance 4½ miles with 450 feet of ascent.
-Cromford, railway history, and Arkwrights Mill We begin at Middleton Top Engine House on the disused Cromford and High Peak Railway, visiting the National Stone Centre. Continuing along the Cromford and High Peak Trail we pass the towering gritstone outcrop of Black Rock, popular with generations of rock climbers, before descending Sheep Pasture Incline to join the Cromford Canal at High Peak Junction. Here is a visitor centre and old railway workshops with much original equipment. This is believed to be the oldest railway line in the world still in its original position. After a visit to the Lea Wood Pump House we continue along the canal towpath to Cromford Wharf and Arkwrights Mill. Distance 4 miles with negligible ascent.
-Below Birchen Edge to Chatsworth We cross the moor high above Baslow in northeast Derbyshire, below Birchen Edge and the more adventurous may enjoy the short ascent to Nelsons Monument and his Three Ships before we descend to the Chatsworth Estate and the Hunting Tower, high above Chatsworth House. A zigzag path through the woods brings us to Chatsworth House where we spend the afternoon visiting the House and gardens or the estates model village of Edensor. Distance 3 miles with 200 feet of ascent.
-Lathkill Dale to Bakewell From Middleton-by-Youlgreave we follow the infant River Bradford downstream before it merges with the larger River Lathkill at Alport. A walk up Lathkill Dale brings us to Raper Lodge which featured as The Vicarage in the 1970 film of D H Lawrences novel The Virgin and The Gypsy, starring Franco Nero. Field paths bring us to Bakewell, the largest town in the Peak District National Park, famous for its Bakewell Pudding. Distance 4½ miles with 200 feet of ascent. Baslow Edge and the plague village of Eyam We return to the moors above Baslow passing Wellingtons Monument and the large Eagle Stone as we walk high on Baslow Edge to Curbar Gap. Here we can look down on the impressive Calver Mill which featured as Colditz Castle in the TV series Return to Colditz. We visit the plague village of Eyam, passing the boundary stone where money was left soaked in vinegar to be exchanged for food and other essentials for the beleaguered villagers. We may view the Magpie Mine high on the moors above Sheldon, which is the best-preserved 17th-century lead mine in Derbyshire. Distance 4 miles with negligible ascent.
-Newton House lies at the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, surrounded by rolling green fields. This 18th century former coaching inn has excellent walks from the doorstep, and is an excellent base for a walking or leisure activity holiday. By train From the south and east it is easiest to travel to Derby station. This is on the Midland main line between London and Sheffield and is also served by direct trains from Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Edinburgh. From the north-west it is quicker to travel to Buxton station this is at the end of a branch line from Manchester
What to Bring:
Bring worn-in walking boots Waterproof jacket (with hood) Waterproof over trousers Spare sweaters or fleece (several thin layers are better than one thick layer) Thick and thin socks General outdoor clothing A small rucksack to carry spare clothing, food and drink
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