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Walk The Lake District + Coast to Coast

Walk the Lakes or Hike Coast to Coast

Our self guided walking tours will immerse you in the best of England’s Northern countryside, hiking the magnificent Lake District National Park, or walking across the country from Coast to Coast through the splendour and majesty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. Our routes will lead you away from the crowds and back to nature with a magical mix of the best experiences, trails and places of interest on route. Enjoy the freedom of the road less travelled, the culture and heritage of our National Trails, and rest your legs in our wonderful pubs, hand-picked hotels and BnBs every evening.

Long Distance Walking Trails in the North of England

Step back in time on one of our idyllic walks through the magnificent Lake District or take on the challenge of the Coast to Coast walk across the country, along routes used since Roman times, winding through villages, over ancient passes in the hills, over moors, into woodlands, valleys, and with panoramic views around every corner. These linear journeys are the perfect way to discover England at its finest, travelling on your own or in your own group along these beautiful trails.

Our tours are rated 97% excellent, just take a look at our Trip Advisor page, and are the perfect balance of active travel and relaxation.

Your Northern Adventure Starts Right Here

Walking in the Lake District

Walk Coast to Coast

14-18 Day Self-Guided
190 miles of magical walking from the western edges of the Lake District, through the Yorkshire Dales and across the North Yorkshire Moors - from one coast to another, leading you from one breath-taking view to the next
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Ullswater walking holiday view

Walk The Lake District

9 Day Self-Guided
Drink in the Lake District Landscapes; the fells (hills), dales (valleys) and the lakes and the stunning colours and light from Easter until the onset of winter. Immerse yourself in nature, walking at your own pace, in your own time.
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Walkers on Watsons Dodd

Walk The Lake District

7 Day Self-Guided
Drink in the Lake District Landscapes; the fells (hills), dales (valleys) and the lakes and the stunning colours and light from Easter until the onset of winter. Immerse yourself in nature, walking at your own pace, in your own time.
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Our Tours Are Rated 97% Excellent by Trip Advisor

Self-Guided or Private Walking Tours in the North

We take all the hassle out of walking by including all luggage transfers, organising and booking all accommodation, providing maps, GPS instructions, and recommending incredible iconic palaces, castles, estates, ancient sites and more to visit along the way. Walk through the hills (fells), moors and alongside the lakes, rivers and streams, into our wonderful small villages and market towns which criss-cross the stunning landscapes.

If you are looking for more gently rolling hills, you can walk the Cotswold Way or the Ridgeway on our self-guided tours, while you can get to know like minded walkers on our guided holidays, exploring the richly varied landscapes of Cornwall and the South Coast of England.

We also offer private tours so you can create a bespoke itinerary for you and your group.

English Walking Holidays in the North of England

Our walking holidays are designed to be completely relaxing. Travel to the Lake District by train to the start the walking tours, or leave your car in secure parking – we will arrange transport back to your car at the end of the tour. We also offer a range and accommodation options, both pre and post tour so you can guarantee to start your tour refreshed and go home invigorated. We begin our tours, in or close to the Lake District which is an hour and a half north of Manchester. 

Top things you need about Walking Coast to Coast and Lake District Hiking

How to get to the Lake District and Coast to Coast trail?

Our Coast to Coast tours also start in the Lake District, with direct trains from London to Oxenholme and Carlisle probably being the quickest and most efficient mode of transport. Guests can also drive to the Lake District or fly into Manchester. You can transfer from the end of the Coast to Coast on the East back to the start if needed. 

How hilly is the North?

The North of England is hillier than many of the other regions of England. However the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales have a variety of routes which makes the regions great walking country and suitable for those who are moderately fit and active. There are many hills (fells and moors) but the incredible views from the top more than make up from the ascents! However, you will be able to miss out some of the steeper inclines – or add in some hillier walk for those looking to stretch their legs as there are routes for everyone and we can tailor your tour to your specific preferences.

What is the best way to get out of London and to the North?

The best way to travel up North is by train, directly to the Lake District or by car, both a 4 hour journey from London. All of our self-guided trips begin from the Lake District. We can also arrange pre and post accommodation at a range of different locations so you can arrive relaxed, refreshed and ready to start your tour. You can also fly into Manchester and transfer to the start of the tour from there.

Can I do a walking tour as a solo traveler?

All our trips are open for single travellers to join. You will have a great time on our walking tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group, meeting like-minded people on our guided trips, or choosing your own adventure on our self-guided tours. “As a single female, I would not hesitate to go on another Active England trip as a solo traveller”. S.G.

Where is the Lake District, England?

The Lake District is in the North West of England, with rugged mountains (fells),  dramatic lakes (meres) and deep valleys formed by Ice Age glaciers. It contains England’s highest mountain, and deepest lake, and is both a National Park and a World Heritage Site, in recognition of its natural wild beauty and cultural significance, having inspired generations of poets, writers and artists.  

What is the Coast to Coast trail?

The Coast to Coast trail starts in the Lake District, on the West Coast with the Irish Sea, heading East to the beautiful Robin Hoods Bay, overlooking the North Sea. It takes you through three National Parks (The Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors), and a range of incredible landscapes in each. It was created in 1972 by Alfred Wainright, the famous British fellwaker, illustrator and walking guide author, incorporating the most beautiful and varied landscapes across the North. He was a keen proponent of taking time to “stand and stare”, and you won’t be short of opportunities to do so! 

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