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Walk The Lake District + Coast to Coast

Walking Holidays in the Lakes and Beyond!

Our self guided walking tours will immerse you in the glorious Lake District, while the Coast to Coast Walk takes you on to the sublime majesty of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors National Parks. Enjoy the freedom of the road less travelled, the culture and heritage of our National Trails. After climbing Helvellyn or Catbells, you’ll be glad to rest your legs in our wonderful pubs, hand-picked hotels and comfortable BnBs every evening, or relax by the calming waters of Buttermere or Windermere.

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.

For more long distance trails have a look at our self guided walks along the Cotswold Way and the Ridgeway, or explore the highlights of the South West Coast Path in Cornwall. We also offer Autumn walking tours, so you can enjoy the hills in their russet splendour. 

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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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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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Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 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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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.

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 Coast to Coast and Lake District Walking

Where is the Lake District?

The Lake District is in the North West of England, with dramatic high fells, peaceful 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 is a largely unmarked route starting in the Lake District by 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 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! 

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

All the tours start at railway stations in the Lake District, so the quickest and most efficient way to get there will probably train. Our Lake District circuits start at Windermere, 3.5 hours from London by train, and easy to reach from Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester and across the country. Guests can also drive to the Lake District, though this is a great way to explore the Lake District without a car, or also fly into Manchester. 

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 walks for those looking to stretch their legs. There are routes for everyone and we can tailor your tour to your specific preferences.

Can I do a walking tour as a solo traveller?

All our trips are open for single travellers. You will have a great time on our walking tours whether travelling on your own, as a couple, family or group, 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.

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Source to Sea - Wye - 7 Day 

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Source to Sea - Wye - 7 Day 

Devon Adventure Holiday - North to South - 6 Day 

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Devon Adventure Holiday - North to South - 6 Day 

Source to Sea - Devon and Cornwall - 7 Day 

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Source to Sea - Devon and Cornwall - 7 Day 

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Cornwall Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Dorset Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Dorset Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Weekend - 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Weekend - 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 4 Day

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Thames Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Thames Swimming Weekend – 3 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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Devon Swimming Holiday – 6 Day

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