Spring is here so why not book yourself on a fantastic walking holiday at some of the UK’s most exciting beauty spots
Are you itching to get outside and explore Britain on foot? If you’re up for a challenge, as well as a chance to see the country, a rambling holiday could be just the tonic this summer.
Here’s our pick of seven top walking holidays.
1. Coast to Coast guided trail
The Coast to Coast is one of the most popular long distance walks in England. It was devised by Alfred Wainwright and weaves its way from the Irish Sea at St Bees to the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay. Along the way it takes in three national parks, lakes, woodland, valleys, moorland and coastal scenery.
A 15-night holiday with HF Holidays includes stays at hotels and guesthouses along the route, an experienced guide and luggage transfers.
It costs from around £2,049 per person.
2. Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk
A five-night walk along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast – Britain’s first Unesco Natural World Heritage Site – is on offer with Headwater.
There’s an opportunity to explore landmarks such as Durdle Door, seaside towns, villages, white cliffs and National Trust castles.
It is priced from around £599 per person from headwater.com.
3. Literary walk around the Lake District
Fancy seeing what inspired literary greats such as Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Arthur Ransome? A seven-day trek around the Lake District with Exodus Travels promises just that, along with jaw-dropping scenery.
The walk includes sections along the Cumbria Way and stone villages, as well as stays in four-star accommodation.
It costs from around £799, exodus.co.uk.
4. Llangollen and the Dee Valley
If you fancy something shorter how about a two-and-a-half day walk in one of Wales’ most historic areas?
Secret Hills Walking is offering this break, which includes a guide who will share local knowledge and history of the area, which is all within the UNESCO World Heritage site and Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Beauty.
You’ll discover medieval castles, ruins, cliffs, hills and salt quarries, as well as walking part of the famous Offa’s Dyke.
It costs £385, Secrethillswalking.co.uk.
5. Exploring the Cotswolds
If you’d like to discover typically English countryside then the Cotswolds has to be the place to go.
An eight-day ramble, from Stratford to Winchcombe with Sherpa Expeditions, allows a chance to walk from village to village, stay in family-run B&Bs and guesthouses and take in beautiful countryside.
It costs from £650 per person, Sherpaexpeditions.com.
6. Mary Queen of Scots Way
The Mary Queen of Scots Way crosses Scotland from Inversnaid to St Andrews and is said to feature landscapes frequented by Mary Queen of Scots herself.
A four to five-night ramble with Contours Walking Holidays takes in lochs, mountains, waterfalls and forests, not to mention castles, hill forts and priories, old towns and villages.
It costs £360 per person from contours.co.uk.
7. Best of Hadrian’s Wall Path
Become immersed in history with a Hadrian’s Wall walking holiday along Britain’s largest surviving Roman monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Hadrian’s Wall Path follows the course of the Roman barrier closely along its entire length. With rolling countryside, sights to see and museums to explore, a six-day ramble along the route with Macs Adventure should prove a good way to satisfy the urge to explore.
It is priced at around £415 from macsadventure.com.
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