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Walking tours in England... recommendations please.

 
Guest
on 04/22/2012

So I've decided I'm going to make my first trip to England in August.  I'm thinking of making this a two-week trip with a few days in London.  I really like to walk and I know there are great walking tours all over the country.

I've been thinking about doing a tour along the Cornish coast.  I've found some inn-to-inn 5-7 day tours in the neighbo(u)rhood of £600.  Does that seem like a good price?  The plan right now is stay in London a few days, take a train to wherever the tour starts, then back to London for a few days before I leave... but this is just the preliminary plan, I haven't booked any tickets yet. 

Have any of you done any of these tours (anywhere in England, not just Cornwall) and do you have any recommendations?  If so, where?  

I'm sure the tour will end up being a wizzle.  Smile

Thanks!

 

JoHarrington
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on 04/22/2012

Call me biased but have you also thought of Wales?  Some of the most stunning scenery in the British Isles is there.  I definitely recommend Snowdonia. There's a hostel on top of the Llanberis Pass. I took a Japanese friend up there once and she got out of the car, went down onto her knees and sobbed with the sheer beauty of it. 

If you prefer proper hotels/B&Bs then there's Bettws-y-Coed at one end and Caernafon at the other.  I can help you with some pointers on great places in Wales, if this appeals.

Cornwall is also very, very lovely, so a thumbs up on that.

(Incidentally, Cornwall isn't in England (last paragraph). Careful of getting lynched making that mistake there!)

If you're set on England, then consider Derbyshire Dales, Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors.  For truly stunning scenery, you'll want to go to Scotland, especially the north-west or one of the islands, like Skye.

NB  London is very expensive and not at all central.  It's right down in the South.  You'll get all of the landmarks there.  It might be worth flying out of one of the more northern airports, like Manchester, East Midlands or Birmingham.

I'm being told here that Western Ireland is amazing for walks.  Shannon Airport will certainly get you back to America.

Please do feel free to run any plans by me.  I might have some insights into distances and such.


Guest
on 04/22/2012

I'm going to read that again and do a little googling then get back to you, but I should say I live in Stockholm, Sweden (American in Sweden) so there are a lot of places in the UK I can fly to directly.  Smile  I don't feel like doing Ireland or Scotland this trip, I'll do those later.

katiem2
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on 04/22/2012

Sounds amazing, enjoy your travels 


JoHarrington
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on 04/22/2012

Last time I did a big trip around Snowdonia, it was with someone from Stockholm!  She flew into John Lennon Airport in Liverpool.  I picked her up there and we made our way down West Wales, then across to Cardiff and to London from there. 

John Lennon or Manchester would put you close to Peak District or the Yorkshire Dales too.


humagaia
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on 04/23/2012

Since you live in Sweden, London will not seem so expensive. 

If you have visited the lakes in Sweden you probably would not be in awe of the English Lake District. Scotland, Wales and the Central northern belt of England (the Pennines) may not give you a different feel for countryside, over that of Sweden , even if you do live in Stockholm.

August is the end of summer, just as in Sweden. As a contrast to the coniferous woods of Scandinavia, you may like to consider taking in some deciduous woodland (forest) walks, together with coastline of adventure and discovery. If you base yourself in London it is but half the distance to get to Dorset, East Devon and the New Forest.

My suggestion would be to Google 'New Forest, UK', 'Dorset, UK', 'Lulworth Cove', 'Durdle Dore', 'Jurassic Coast, UK', and 'UNESCO Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site'.

You may be able to fly to Southampton airport but basing yourself to the west of Gatwick airport would allow you to access London and Dorset easily by train, or by road if you are hiring a car.

WalkinginDorset.co.uk

http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/new-forest-walks.html

 


2uesday
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on 04/23/2012

Hello, just wanted to add to check the dates of your travel against when the Olympics are on here in London. I have read it will put up the cost of London accommodation and will also mean lots of extra people using trains, buses and London airports at that time.

The coast line of Britain is worth exploring.

Cornwall is lovely but lots people go there in August ( it is our school holidays July/August so cost rise then and you would pay more than at other times of the year).

If you decide to go to Cornwall it is worth visiting Saint Michael's Mount which is like a small island with a church on it. You reach Saint Michael's Mount by boat or causeway depending on the tides. Cornwall was very popular in the past with artists.

 

 

 

TerriRexson
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on 04/23/2012

My partner's father used to lead walking tours in England and Wales. For HF Holidays, I think. He's visiting this weekend, I can ask him what he would recommend. What do you want to get from the holiday? Meet people, activities in the evening, just the walking?

As others have said, visiting during the school holidays will put the prices up a lot. Visiting in either early July or early September would be better value for money and quieter - though the weather may be worse. But you're probably not coming to England for the weather! It can be very unpredictable even in August. 

Cornwall is a good choice. I'd recommend a trip to Tresco if you can fit it in. Lyme Regis is a lovely place to stop off on the way. 


2uesday
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on 04/23/2012

I have been looking at websites about Lyme Regis as I want to visit there one day. Here is a link that gives you and idea of the place.

Lyme Regis 

We have tourist info. from tourist boards if you do a search for the place and look for Tourist Information. 

Tourist information shops or offices in the UK, are a great way to find out what is happening locally.   In the Lake District they even have days when guides will take you on walking tours the one I went on was free (you have to book in advance). 

If you are in the Glastonbury area, the Glastonbury Tor is a great place to walk up to get a wonderful view of the countryside.

 

Guest
on 04/24/2012

Okay, I'm kinda thinking that maybe it will be better to go in September.  I had considered the Olympics traffic at the beginning of August but I forgot about school holidays.

Still looking up all these suggestions!  Thanks all!

onetimeuser
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on 04/26/2012

£600 is a fair price for August in Cornwall, because demand is so high during that period.

If you want it quieter and a bit cheaper, then go in early July or mid-to-late September.

Cornwall is a great area of the country (by country I am referring to UK really) but it isn't really representative of typical UK, it's unique.... almost tropical in the Summer. 

Other awesome areas for walking include the New Forest, Peak District, Lake District, North York Moors, and as somebody else said.... Snowdonia. 

The Scottish Highlands probably top them all, but you are talking a lot more money to go there.... you can only really fly, and the price of internal flights seem to have increased a lot in recent years.

Newquay in the summer can be a bit crazy, it gets full of students and teenagers drinking and surfing on the beach, a bit of a party town.... if you prefer quieter and more mature activities then you would be wise to avoid Newquay in the summer. 

onetimeuser
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on 04/26/2012

"since you live in Sweden London will not seem expensive"

I'm not so sure about that to be honest, depends where she lives in Sweden I guess, I doubt London will feel particularly cheap even if she lives in central Stockholm. 

It won't seem expensive, but I bet there isn't a whole world of difference between the two, particularly when considering that tourists tend to hang around the Leicester Square area.

I paid £7 for a single vodka and mixer in a chain pub in Leicester Square four years ago! 

I'd hazard a guess that Cornwall and/or Snowdonia would feel cheap for her though! Hey, if she wants cheap she should head up to the Lake District area.... you can still find a £2.50 pint up there!

pkmcr
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on 04/28/2012

Call me biased but get away from London and explore England Laughing But if you do want to spend a few days in London then take a look at London Attractions

But then get exploring the National Trust site to discover the amazing beauty of this Blessed Plot

 


Guest
on 05/14/2012

Update:

I've had terrible luck finding a job so I've decided to go back to school.  I'll be studying network and server stuff for a year starting at the beginning of August.  

So I may or may not be doing a walking tour in England this fall.  We'll see how my school schedule looks.

Lots of great suggestions though... thanks!

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