2018 dates (start in London) – 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 29 July, 26 August, 23 Sept
The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the clock on Platform 1. We then jump on the bus and travel the one hour to Windsor where we step inside the world of King and Queens and take in everything Windsor has to offer. Packed with regal history at every turn; home to the Queen, the site of Henry VIII’s grave and monarchs since 1066, Windsor is a “must see”. We walk around Windsor Great Park and then straight down the Long Walk into Windsor Castle itself. A maximum 6 miles but most people will walk 3-4 miles for a gentle start to your holiday.
We walk along the wonderful canal route towards the beautifully named Honeystreet, along the towpath through the stunning Wiltshire countryside. We have coffee alongside the canal at Crofton and lunch in the cafe at Honeystreet before setting off, by support vehicle to the World Heritage Site and monument at Stonehenge which is an undoubted highlight of the tour. We then stay overnight in Devizes after a total of between 4-8 miles.
We head off on the Kennet and Avon canal for a wonderful flat walk, alongside the boats, stopping at the pubs and soaking up the atmosphere as the landscape slowly passes by. We pass over the majestic Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts before finishing the walk for the day in Bath with its stunning architecture, Roman Baths and Jane Austen. With distances from 3-8 miles.
A morning transfer into Devon, with 2.5 hours in the support vehicle and an afternoon walk along the Granite Way on the edge of the stunning Dartmoor National Park. The Granite Way is a wonderful way to unwind before the obligatory Devon Cream Tea and the night in the excellent George at Hatherleigh. An additional option to walk onto Dartmoor itself. Routes between 4-11 miles.
Named after the otter in the book by Henry Williamson, the Tarka Trail is off road, flat and a delicious walk into the heart of North Devon. We start in Barnstaple and have coffee before walking on the trail towards the Bideford. We aim to be back at the George in Hatherleigh mid afternoon, giving some time for R+R. A distance between 4-8 miles.
We transfer the few miles into Cornwall and ready ourselves for the Camel trail, a 6 mile, off road track through the stunning Camel Estuary, from Wadebridge and into the wonderful fishing village and foody hotspot, Padstow. Fish and Chips is a must at the end of the tour! We then transport guests to Bodmin Parkway station for pre-booked travel all the way to London (4.5 hours). Guests are welcome to travel back in the support vehicle but the train is the preferred and more comfortable option.
Guests stay in the best 4* hotels in the Cotswolds and South West region, with unbeatable settings, wonderful accommodation and stunning food – just see Trip Advisor for the Port Gaverne Hotel. Further options are available for those who want to stay in a country cottage location or in a selection of hand-picked bed and breakfasts or pubs.
Our walks differ from almost every other type of walking tour – we call it “walk in walking”. Each day you will be transported close to an iconic point of interest e.g. Oxford and you will be able to literally walk directly into the city. The transfers are free, in the morning and afternoon and allow our guests to immerse themselves in England’s iconic places. Transfers are on average 30 minutes, with no one journey over 45 minutes.
Walk as much or as little as you like as there are options to suit all ages and abilities. Every day guest will be able to shorten the walk if required ensuring guests only need to walk the miles that suit them.
And if you need picking up, then, no problem, we are always on hand to help. A support vehicle is with the guided tours at all times.
Guides are local experts in history, heritage, flora and fauna. They know every gate, stile and pub!