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Self-Guided Walking & Cycling Tours

Escape the Crowds and Explore the English Countryside

Our Self Guided tours will immerse you in the best of the UK countryside and coast. You can bike or walk or at your own pace and in your own time, away from the crowds and back to nature. From the Cotswolds to Cornwall we have created a magical mix of our favourite routes, taking you to the best landmarks, landscapes and trails, so you can maximise your time in the fresh air, carefree with the wind in your hair. Discover the history and heritage of our National Trails, and rest your legs in traditional British Pubs and hand-picked hotels, where your luggage will be waiting for you every evening.

England's World Heritage Sites

On our self-guided tours we believe in providing an unparalleled active and cultural experience through the magnificent English Countryside. It is the mix of biking and walking with visits to some of the most iconic places of interest which sets Active England Tours apart and immerses our guests in England at its finest. Windsor Castle, Oxford, The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Bath and Stonehenge are just some of the highlights!

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Self-Guided Walking Tours

Classic Cotswolds Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites you could not fit in to a ‘normal’ self-guided walking trip.
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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time.
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Cotswolds Short Walks – 6 Day Self-Guided

With shorter walks each day, return to nature hiking through the Cotswolds, enjoying the freedoms of walking in at your own pace, in your own time.
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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Return to Nature and the English Countryside on an 11-day, 10-night tour tracing the full length of the rolling Cotswold hills.
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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Return to nature on this 7 day long distance walk following the Ridgeway National Trail, Britain’s oldest road; a route used for at least 5,000 years, since prehistoric times, by travellers, herdsmen and soldiers.
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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

On our self-guide Cornwall walking tour, discover the UK’s longest and best loved National Trail. Explore the Cornish highlights of our incredible 630 miles of unbroken South West Coast Footpath.
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Self-Guided Cycling Tours

Classic Cotswolds Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

This tour encompasses the whole of the Cotswolds as well as visiting some incredible iconic locations and World Heritage Sites, you would not normally get to visit on a ‘normal’ self-guided cycling holiday.
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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

This Cotswolds tour offers a complete self-guided experience. Return to nature, escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the English countryside.
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Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Our self-guided Cornwall cycling tour is ideal for those who want to get away from the crowds and back to nature, becoming immersed in the Cornish countryside and coast.
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Conquer the Cotswolds – Self-Guided Cycling Weekend

Cycle 80 miles a day for three days (shorter/longer routes available!) on this epic challenge which takes you on a full circuit around Cotswolds ‘Golden Triangle’ of Oxford, Stratford and Bath.
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Self-Guided Tours with Routes for all Fitness Levels

With routes for the novice walker through to the experienced cyclist our tours are relaxed and inclusive. Bike or hike as much or as little as you like, with a daily “bailout” option to ensure guests only need to cycle or walk the miles that suit them. England has some of the most picturesque scenery and beautiful historically significant sights, throughout the Cotswolds countryside and Cornwall coast waiting to be explored. Electric bikes are available on all of our cycle tours.

There is also the option to take the self-guided Coast to Coast Challenge – walk or cycle the breadth of England, following trails through National Parks, or tracking Hadrian’s Wall across the country. 

If you’d prefer to join a group with a guide to tell you all the stories as you go, take a look at our guided cycling and walking tours. 

No Hassle Self-Guided Holidays in England

We take all the hassle out of going on holiday, whether for a week or weekend away in the UK. Experience the best of England without any of the hassle – we’ll do all of that for you. We include all luggage transfers, accommodation, transfers, maps, and GPS instructions taking you to incredible iconic castles, islands, cliffs, beaches and ancient sites to visit along the way. We know every pub, restaurant, path, track, trail and more, and  give you the best recommendations along our carefully curated routes and trips! Our tours are all an easy train journey from London and other major cities, so you can arrive refreshed and ready for your holiday or weekend.

Private Tours

Walk or bike with friends, family or as a couple on a magical tour through the countryside and coast of England. If you would like to turn this tour (or any of our tours!) into a private trip for your family or friends, we can create a tour to suit your group exactly – whether you want more time by the ocean, along the coast, on top of cliffs or hiking and biking through secluded valleys and woodlands. Whether you want to stay in 5 star hotels, or go glamping, spending your evenings around a fire pit – there is a tour for everyone!

Why go on a self-guided walking holiday or cycle tour in England?

With exceptionally well-planned routes, our self-guided tours are designed to suit the independent traveller or groups of travellers; those who wish to travel at their own pace and speed. With Ride With GPS and maps, we detail all of the points of interests, lunch stops, cafes – and of course pubs! Cycle and walk at your leisure, safe in the knowledge that a support team and emergency support vehicle is always on standby, and your luggage will be waiting for you in your accommodation each evening. We provide hikers with walking poles, while cyclists are given a fully equipped bike, with the option of an e-bike if preferred. 

Where are the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds stretch from Bath in the South to Stratford Upon Avon in the North, and across to Oxford in the East. They are known for their breath-taking natural beauty, rolling hills and historic towns and villages, built from the golden Cotswold stone. They are reckoned to be the epitome of the traditional English countryside. They are 1 – 1.5hrs from London by train, and on some tours we collect you from the capital. 

Where is Cornwall?

Cornwall is in the far Southwest tip of England, bordered by the famous English Channel and Celtic Sea. Known for its natural beauty, rugged coastline, idyllic coastal villages, beaches and walking and cycling trails, Cornwall is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground! Add in some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted, and a few cream teas, and you will understand why it is known as the jewel of the English Coast.

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling -   Self-Guided Weekend 

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn– SG Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks  Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

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Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

Lake District Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Lake District Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Lake District Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Lake District Adventure Break- 4 Day 

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall – 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Hadrian’s Wall - Self-Guided

Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day 

Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day 

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Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cornwall Adventure Weekend– 4 Day

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Cornwall Adventure Weekend - 4 Day Active Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided