Discover the majesty, history and drama of the beautiful English countryside on foot and venture into another world. National Parks and coastal villages; Roman forts, castles and ancestral seats; cathedral spires and chocolate box cottages – all on offer as you walk the country’s national trails and long distance paths; some official, others just well known, but all with interest, heritage and natural history at each step as you follow in the footsteps of earlier trail walkers.
Defenders of the land, traders, invaders, archaeologists, writers, artists and enthusiasts have all walked before you, taking in the spectacular scenery of the high ground, tranquil pastures, rugged coastal routes dotted with river valleys, woodlands, sheer cliffs and secluded beaches await you.
Wainwright discovered the joys of English Lakeland, Hadrian fortified the northern outpost of the Roman Empire, the trade and control of the British Empire was maintained from English rivers and harbours, Mary Anning discovered some of the first evidence of dinosaurs on the shores of Dorset and the evidence of the industrial revolution is scattered across the landscape.
Take a look at the route options for walking the path for a holiday with a duration and daily walking distance to suit you.
Offering picturesque views of traditional English countryside, the North Downs Way stretches from Farnham to Canterbury, and passes through some of the most spectacular areas of natural beauty England has to offer. The pleasant climate makes walking the trail enjoyable throughout the year, and the terrain is mild to moderate; making it suited to a range of walking abilities. The rolling countryside, picturesque views, and charming English villages make for an experience never to be forgotten.
The Ridgeway is one of Britain’s oldest and best-loved trails. Following a route used since prehistoric times by travellers, farmers and soldiers, it passes through secluded valleys, woodland and ancient landscapes left almost untouched by the taint of modern life. It combines some of Britain’s best historical monuments, ranging from the Iron Age villages to Bronze Age burial sites, with charming market villages and larger towns to cater to all tastes.
The Pennine Way boasts some of the best scenic walking in Britain, and is referred to as ‘Britain’s best known and toughest route’. The route passes through many areas of national interest, such as the Calder Valley, known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, and the moors of the Peak District, the most scenic of Britain’s famous national parks. With both cultural and historical sites of interest.
The Cleveland Way is a National Trail of astonishing variety. With much of the route situated in the North York Moors National Park, there are fascinating and beautiful landscapes for you to savour which, when paired with the dramatic cliff tops and fishing villages of the Saltburn to Filey section of the walk, create a unique setting for this scenic route through the Yorkshire countryside.
Our Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path holidays is fantastic together or apart. In total, this 93 mile trek includes stunning country walks through the heaths and footpaths through woodlands and the variation in views will keep you excited and on your toes. Even if you choose to walk half our holiday, you will still be experiencing a walk full of memories.
Sun, palm trees and sandy beaches. Tunisia, Greece or maybe Maldives? Well no, it is our own Isle of Wight! We call it the jewel in a crown for a good reason – the island has a lot to offer not just for beach lovers, but also for keen walkers. Its beauty charmed Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Lewis Carroll and Charles Dickens. Now it is time for you!
The Cotswold Way National Trail runs for just over 100 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath through the high country of the Cotswolds; an improbably attractive quintessentially English countryside of limestone hills dotted with attractive well preserved picture-book villages of honey-coloured stone.
The rolling countryside of the South Downs has some of the finest views in Britain. The 102 mile National Trail takes you from Winchester, the first capital of England with it's majestic cathedral to the spectacular white chalk cliffs of Eastbourne and Beachy Head. The way follows for the most part the ridge of the South Downs making this trail a comfortable introduction to long distance walking.
The Jurassic Coast Path includes some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery along the South West Coast Path from the charming port of Lyme Regis to the stunning sands of Studland Heath and the bustling port of Poole.
The Cornish Coastal Path offers breathtaking scenery encompassing some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in Britain. The mild climate makes walking possible all year round. The ever changing views include fishing villages, sheer cliffs, pristine beaches and turquoise seas enabling you to have an experience that will be treasured for a lifetime.