8 incredible walking tours in England
England is a walker’s paradise. With rolling hills and valleys, lakes and mountains, moors and coastlines, this country has some of the most breathtaking scenery, and the best way to see it is by walking. But besides hitting the trails and tracks and stopping for a pint in a country pub, there are also some amazing city walking tours and interesting art walks you can take. You can book organized tours with dedicated guides who know their area well, or you can be your own guide and take things at your own pace. To get you started, here are 8 amazing walking tours to try in England.
1. The Lake District – Literary inspiration on a large scale
This Inntravel tour is the perfect introduction to walking in the Lake District National Park, an area of ââhigh hills and shimmering waters, which is also home to a fascinating literary culture. Walkers stay in three high quality country inns and end up in style at a four star retreat in Grasmere. The journey begins on the shores of Windermere, England’s largest lake, where a circular route takes walkers to Ambleside, the iconic lakeside town, past Stockghyll Force, a waterfall that tumbles 21 meters (about 60 feet ) and to the top of Wansfell Pike.
After crossing Windermere by boat and crossing the falls to Hawkshead, home to an impressive collection of Beatrix Potter artwork, guests arrive in Coniston. From there, there are several routes to choose from: a challenging hike to the top of the Old Man of Coniston or a gentler but equally scenic walk to Tarn Hows through a coniferous forest. The final base is Grasmere, accessible by walking past the Cathedral Quarry, then further walks and time to visit Dove Cottage, the former home of William Wordsworth.
Pro tip: Be sure to pick up some traditional Grasmere gingerbread in The Grasmere Gingerbread Shop. It’s unlike any other gingerbread you’ll ever taste – spicy and crumbly and completely unique.
2. England from coast to coast
Wilderness England offers an adventure accessible to all on this 12-day trip that takes hikers from St. Bee’s Head on the shores of the Irish Sea to Robin Hood’s Bay, crisscrossing three of the national parks of northern England and walking 128 miles. Starting in the Lake District, guests will travel through Ennerdale Forest and Honister Pass, visit Wordsworth’s home in Grasmere before taking a steamboat trip through Ullswater. Heading to the Yorkshire Dales there are stops in charming villages such as Gunnerside and Ravenstonedale and hikes through the rolling countryside of Swaledale. The third and final national park is the North York Moors where, after treks in the brilliantly named Great Fryup and Blakely Ridge, the group arrives at the North Sea. It’s a pretty long hike so it’s only suitable for experienced walkers.
3. The Cotswolds Way
The Cotswolds is one part of England that doesn’t need to be introduced. The chocolate box charm of its honey-hued villages and rolling landscapes are famous the world over. Walkers on this self-guided journey that follows the 102 miles of the Cotswolds Way, perhaps England’s most beautiful long distance trail, will see much of the Cotswolds as expected, but also another side of this region. Walkers will pass Belas Knap, a 5,000-year-old Neolithic burial chamber, follow ancient tram routes and see the remains of ancient kilns and limestone quarries. Starting in the medieval town of Chipping Campden, home to 256 incredible historic buildings, the route will meander south for nine days before ending in the regency city of Bath.
4. Tailor-made walking tours with the Gainsborough Bath Spa
The Gainsborough Bath Spa has partnered with The Bath Tour Guide, creating bespoke (personalized) tours. Choose from two-hour walks to discover the best moments or day-long adventures to discover the secrets of the city. Literature lovers can rejoice with a specialist book tour on Jane Austen and Bridgerton fans can marvel at the Georgian splendor of Bath while admiring the meeting rooms of Bath where parts of the hit series have been filmed. For something a little more unconventional, the Laugh at Bath tour ensures a light and comedic walk through Bath’s history with a mischievous tour guide, Jamie.
After a year of separation, an uplifting humorous walking tour is a great opportunity to catch up on some late fun. Guests will be picked up from the hotel to embark on a journey through the city, exploring famous landmarks and monuments, from the magnificent Bath Abbey to the iconic Royal Crescent. Led by knowledgeable guides, families and friends can discover hidden gems and lesser-known delicacies, so even locals might find a new favorite corner of this beautiful Somerset city.
Pro tip: Make sure to try the Thermae Spa while you are in Bath. With a rooftop mineral pool, naturally hot and aromatic steam rooms, a heavenly relaxation room, and a generous ice room, it’s the perfect way to spend a few hours in spa town.
5. Food, Fashion and Photography Walks in London
Join East Londoner Simon as he guides groups through iconic London markets. Choose one or more markets in Camden, Borough, Brick Lane, Portobello Road or Columbia Road, or Simon’s own Hackney Market. Along the way, groups will meet locals and get a taste of real London market life. Visit historic locations to hear local history, from Shakespeare to WWII until today, spot street art, stop for coffee, and immerse yourself in the region in one way only a visit with a local can. You can also enjoy a unique view of London with a private night photography tour. Capture London’s famous landmarks in the evening light, from the iconic London Bridge to the city’s tallest building, The Shard.
Expert guide Andrei is a professional photographer and enjoys sharing his knowledge and advice, from street photography to architecture and the abstract. Practice different photo techniques including long exposure and for beginners learn how to expose, compose and set camera settings for the best results. Other photography spots include Borough Market, Town Hall, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Millennium Bridge.
To learn more about food markets in London, check out 9 Best Street Food Markets in London.
6. Pick up food in Falmouth with an expert local guide
Learn to identify the tastiest and most nutritious edible plants, from delicious seaweed to bright summer berries and the freshest spring young shoots. Zoe, a guide with the Tours By Locals platform, will give an introductory talk to Swanpool before wandering through the woods, fields and hedges to spend a few hours picking up a variety of seasonal local wild foods. Take a stroll along the beach and on the rocks near Blue Flag Gyllyngvase Beach and collect some of Cornwall’s tastiest seaweed, then sit back and enjoy your food feast. This is a pleasant, gentle walk suitable for all fitness levels focused on finding food and appreciating the area rather than distance.
7. Plymouth walking tour
From the classic 1950s architecture of the reconstructed town to the picturesque grandeur of the Hoe expanse, Plymouth never fails to amaze visitors. The walking tour introduces the expanse of Plymouth Hoe and the medieval Old Town, while taking in views of the waters of the Sound, which will soon be the UK’s first marine park. The tour is led by the local guide, Chrissie, who has been a Blue Badge Tour Guide in the South West of England for many years.
Pro tip: Don’t miss a visit to the Plymouth Gin Distillery, one of the oldest distilleries in the country, where you’ll learn about how gin is made and get the chance to taste it. For more ideas of things to do in the city by the sea, take a look at Best things to do in historic Plymouth, England, The City By The Sea.
8. North Downs Way Arts Trail
The North Downs Way Art Trail is designed to inspire visitors to stop, rest and take in the magnificent views along the 153 mile long trail that runs from Dover in Kent to Farnham in Surrey. The trail and artwork will all reflect the unique characteristics of each beautiful place, and are all made from sustainable materials, and will also serve as sculptural seating for visitors to sit, reflect, and relax while by being surrounded by wonderful and inspiring art. , history and nature. In addition, each piece will be accompanied by a range of downloadable self-guided walking tours that will make it even easier to visit the sites.
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