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.
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.
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 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 Thames Path follows Britain's best known river from it's source in Gloucestershire. It meanders through some of England's most beautiful countryside embellished with lovely towns and villages. The river flows past locks and under magnificent bridges to the grand city of Oxford
This is one of Britain's most famous walks. The author Alfred Wainwright devised the route and it has been a passionate quest for many thousands of walkers who take in the outstanding beauty and variety that the Coast To Coast Path offers.
The Unesco World Heritage site of Hadrian's Wall is a majestic and staggering monument to Roman ingenuity, stretching from the vibrant and proud city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to the peaceful solitude of the Solway Firth via historic Carlisle. Hadrian's Wall passes through the beautiful and unique Northumberland National Park and is littered with Roman turrets, temples and forts including outstanding Vindolanda and Housesteads.
Take independent day walks from our recently refurbished Country House, Hassness, situated in the beautiful and popular Lake District. With this holiday there is no need to pack and unpack each day. We provide bed and breakfast, a map and some suggested walks to suit how enegetic you’d like you day to be.
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.