The tour starts at London Paddington railway station where we pick-up all guests from the Paddington Bear statue on Platform 1. We then jump onto our 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”. You will walk from Windsor Great Park, down the Long Walk and right to the back door of Windsor Castle itself. We then bus to the New Forest and the wonderful Manor Hotel where you will stay for three nights.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
The New Forest is the ancient hunting forest of the Royals and home to thousands of free roaming ponies, cows, deer and donkeys. We walk on the ancient byways and paths through the ever changing landscape of moors, heathland and forest, visiting its beautiful villages for coffee and lunch. With routes to suit all the New Forest is a walk you will not forget.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
We walk through beautiful countryside to Salisbury, with its wonderful Cathedral and the imposing Neolithic remains at Old Sarum. After lunch, we travel in the bus towards Stonehenge through a wonderful, quiet valley before visiting the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge – an undoubted highlight of the tour. We call this Neolithic day!
Mileage: 4-8 miles
We walk out of the forest along well marked paths and disused railway lines down to seaside at at Bournemouth and Poole until we reach Sandbanks, with its London priced houses and chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck. We then walk down the beach before travelling to the imposing Corfe Castle and the Elizabethan Mortons hotel.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
We first visit Corfe Castle, standing proudly in the countryside since the 11 Century and walk into the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, with its cute villages and dramatic seaside cliffs and views. The walk is relaxed with a couple of large hills thrown in to give everyone a little test! The evening is again spent at Mortons in Corfe Castle.
Mileage: 4-10 miles
A shorter morning walk to the beautiful Lulworth Cove, home to many geographical wonders and then onto the majestic sea arch at Durdle Door, one of the jewels of England’s coast. After lunch we will transport guests to the nearest train station where it is a 2 hour journey into Waterloo station and the end of the tour.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
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 Burley Manor 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. This tour includes 4 dinners.
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. Stonehenge and you will be able to literally walk directly into the monument. 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, style and pub!